KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

You should not run the shell script from the commandline. You should run the Kommander script using the Kommander Executor. See the included README file. - Jan 08 2006
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Could you please contact me by e-mail? I need more info, and e-mail communication is a lot easier. - Jan 08 2006
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Thanks for your feedback! My email address can be found by clicking on my name at the top of this page.

Special characters should work perfectly as long as you select fonts that support them. If this is not the problem, you can try if ImageMagick can render special characters in the first place. The wizard uses ImageMagick to render the characters.

Kommander has some limitations, controlling the Next/Previous buttons is one of them.

About NTFS filesystems: I could add a thousand more sanity checks to the wizard, but there is a limit.. :) The wizard assumes that the filesystem is decent, which is indeed not the case for NTFS. It is up to you if you want to use filesystems like that, but please don't complain if this leads to trouble.. - Jan 08 2006
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Yes, this is planned. There will be a possibility to create a text file that has the same name as the MPEG, but different filename extension. This file can contiain time codes and the wizard will automatically find and use them.

Maybe this feature will be in version 1.1. - Dec 19 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Latest version adds support for Ubuntu.

Have fun! - Dec 17 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Well, all the wizard is doing is give the command "Play this file" to KDE. If that command does not do anything, there isn't much I can do about that..

About your suggestion: The wizard is already pushing the limit. DVDAuthor is not very good at menus with more items on it. There is a work-around, but that will only complicate things. - Dec 17 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

What happens exactly? Or what doesn't? - Dec 16 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Every week someone is trying to execute an XML file...

This is a Kommander file, not a shell script. The answer to your question is in the README file: You should use Kommander to execute Kommander scripts. - Dec 16 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Yes, I know.. :)

Just for a minute, a forgot that the biggest part of the world is still using the ancient 1.6.x series of the MJPEGTools package. The latest version should fix this problem.

Thanks for your report anyway! - Dec 14 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

The wizard searches all common font paths I have seen in various distributions.

If you could tell me what distro you use and where your fonts are, I can add them to the wizard.

The wizard supports both truetype and type1/postscript fonts. - Dec 08 2005
DVD Rip-O-Matic

Video Apps by meneerdik 125 comments

The fact that your MPlayer can play XviD files does not mean that it also supports XviD encoding.

Apparently, XviD encoding has been disabled in your version. - Nov 30 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Could you please contact me by e-mail, it will be much easier to solve the problem that way.

Thanks! - Nov 27 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Could you tell me what command you need to use to burn a DVD ISO using K3B 0.12.x? - Nov 20 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

I use dvdauthor-0.6.11 and imagemagick-6.2.2.3.

If you want to know what other combinations will work, please ask on the dvdauthor mailing list. - Nov 20 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

I know nothing about DVB files and I don't have access to them.

If someone can point out how to use DVB files with DVDAuthor I might be able to add support for it.

Regarding subtitles: This is on my TODO list. Patches are welcome of course.. :) - Nov 20 2005
DVD Rip-O-Matic

Video Apps by meneerdik 125 comments

Using libavcodec would require DVD Rip-O-Matic to use different commands for encoding. I chose to use XviD directly rather than via libavcodec.

Future versions of DVD Rip-O-Matic will probably add support for mplayer versions that only have libavcodec support.

Regarding uninstalling: Any new version will automatically replace the old one, uninstalling is not needed. - Nov 20 2005
DVD Rip-O-Matic

Video Apps by meneerdik 125 comments

It's not a shell script but a Kommander script. As you can read in the README file, you need to run it using Kommander. - Nov 20 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

As you can read in the README file, the Installer.kmdr file is a Kommander script, not a shell script.

You should run it using the Kommander Executor. You can do that by opening the file in the same way as you would open any other file: Just click on it with your mouse and it will run. - Nov 17 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Have a look at the KmPg2 MPEG2 encoder project:

http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=29587

This tool will soon support AVI/WMV/AFM/OGM/... video formats as well.

I prefer not to merge AVI -> MPEG2 conversion into the DVD authoring wizard, because it would never yield high quality DVD disks, unless you add lots of options to it. IMHO it is much better to have two easy-to-use tools that are very good at one specific job. - Nov 17 2005
As soon as the MPEG encoder from the MJPEGTools project supports it, sure... - Nov 16 2005
If you could additionally handle use cases like "make a DVD out of every video format supported by [backend programs] (e.g. avi, wmv, ...)" you would be The King Himself.

Just wait for KmPg2 version 2.0...

The only thing I find kind of sad is that your programs are seperate ones and not integrated into K3b

Well, that would require me to dive into full-blown C++ KDE/QT development. I'll stick to simple scripting for the moment. :)

The K3B developers are currently focussing on the Audio department of K3B, my guess is that the Video department will be next. We'll see what K3B 0.13 will bring... - Nov 15 2005
Well, Kommander is not very well suited for developing full-blown applications with menus, project management and so on.

Besides, I'm a fan of the "One App For One Task" approach. Combining everything into one big monster-app generally won't make things any simpler.

One thing that could be useful though, is some kind of project management that lets you store settings between uses. - Nov 15 2005
DVD Rip-O-Matic

Video Apps by meneerdik 125 comments

Yes, I might add OGM support some day.

Currently, this is more difficult to do, because mplayer/mencoder does not have native support for the OGM container format. Patches are always welcome though! :) Also, virtually any player, even hardware DVD players, can play XviD, while many players do not play OGM. - Nov 15 2005
Hardware Messages MOCKUP

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by RikRat 26 comments

This is very easy to code by yourself.

Personally, I created a simple Bash script that listens for HAL events. For example, when I plug in a USB memory stick, it will automatically show a balloon saying:

"New device detected: Kingston DataTraveler, 512 MB storage space."

Also, it automatically mounts the device and shows the contents in a new Konqueror window.

When I plugin my digital camera, it also displays a message and automatically synchronises the images with my DigiKam photo collection.

If I'm not mistaken, KDE 3.5 has a similar HAL-based feature built in. - Oct 06 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

My server seems to work again.

Have fun! - Sep 28 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

The harddisk of my server seems to have died. I hope to get a chance to visit a hardware store this week and get the server back up.

In the mean time, I am applying for a sourceforge account. - Sep 25 2005
DVD Rip-O-Matic

Video Apps by meneerdik 125 comments

I uploaded the correct file. - Sep 21 2005
DVD Rip-O-Matic

Video Apps by meneerdik 125 comments

Sorry, I uploaded the wrong file... :(

Also, my server is having another harddisk failure. Will fix this mess tonight. - Sep 21 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Oh wait.. I didn't read your full story.. :D

Thanks! - Sep 20 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Ah, thanks, I didn't know that. Will try to think of how to do this correctly. Suggestions are welcome.. :) - Sep 20 2005
KPowersave

System Software by dkukawka 157 comments

I don't understand how to compile this thing. I don't have any kapptemplate directory anywhere on my Gentoo system.

It looks cool though... - Sep 19 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

And with version 0.95 you can check the DVD compatibility of your files directly from the wizard.

Better? - Sep 07 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Have a look at the dependency list. - Sep 07 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Hmm.. Do you have some other default shell than bash? There is a little bug in the installer, it calls 'sh' in stead of 'bash'. Normally, that's not a problem unless you have some weird kind of default shell in stead of 'sh' or 'bash'.

Fix will be in next version. - Sep 07 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

You need to run the Kommander dialog. This dialog will create the config files for you and call the shell script.

If you really want to manually create configuration files, look in the script to see the required format. - Sep 07 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

I don't understand what you mean. This is a script, it does not need to be configured, compiled or installed.. - Sep 06 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Thanks a lot for your feedback. Sanity checking is already being worked on. I don't know about the extended thumb customization though. This wizard is intended to bring simplicity, not feature-completeness. But maybe I figure out a clean-and-simple way to do it. - Sep 02 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Could you please send me the DebugOutput file that is generated by the wizard? You can find it in the output directory for your DVD. - Aug 21 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

The wizard dumps all its debug output to a file called "DebugOutput" in the output directory that you selected for your DVD. - Aug 21 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

I can help if you send me the full debug file by email. - Aug 20 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

You are not supposed to use the shell script manually. Use the Kommander wizard in stead. - Aug 20 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Version 0.93 should solve the font problems that some people have reported.

Please test and tell me if things are working properly now.

Thanks! - Aug 17 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Wow, thanks a lot!

I will do a search-and-replace and release a new version!

:) - Aug 17 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

The wizard searches for fonts in the most common places. It seems that you do not have any fonts in those places.

Could you please run:

locate *.ttf *.pfb

and tell me where it finds your fonts? I can add these font paths to the next release. - Aug 17 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

The problem is in this line:

INFO: [mp2enc] The MPEG encoded output file name is "/home/pinom/Dokumenty/temporary/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_10513/soundtrack."

That output file lacks the ".mp2" filename extension, so it cannot be found by DVDAuthor.

I really don't see how this is possible, because this filename is hardcoded into the script. The only way to make this happen is to change the script itself... - Aug 15 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

I'm fairly sure that the sh @global(_KDDIR)/DVDBuilder.sh" is correct. I always run the wizard directly, without installing and it works perfectly.

It is hard to imagine how

./DVDBuilder.sh

returns zero and

sh "@global(_KDDIR)/DVDBuilder.sh"

does not return zero. What happens when you replace the line

sh "@global(_KDDIR)/DVDBuilder.sh"

with just

"@global(_KDDIR)/DVDBuilder.sh"

What Linux/KDE/Kommander versions are you using? - Aug 15 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Good to hear!

I'm also planning to release an MPEG2 encoding wizard very soon. It uses MJPEGTools to create image processing chains that optimize the video stream before it reaches the encoder. The resulting MPEG2 files look *very* good. It will include a profiler that you can use to find the optimal processing pipeline for any video source.

So, stay tuned.. :) - Aug 14 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

'emerge bc' should help... It should be installed on any Linux box. Since this utility is shipped seperately on Gentoo, I will add a dependency check for it. - Aug 14 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

Creating a S(VCD) is completely different from creating a DVD. It differs so much that I don't see how I could unify (S)VCD support with my wizard in a way that is not completely insane.. :) I'd better create a special wizard for that, but I don't think I will do this. Where I live, everybody uses DVD.. :) - Aug 14 2005
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

Video Apps by meneerdik 219 comments

You might want to try version 0.92. The feature that shows a red rectangle around the selected video did not work, it was fixed in this release. - Aug 14 2005