Video players

lukefromdc at lukefromdc at
Tue Jun 4 03:25:38 UTC 2013

A video player is a prerequisite to video editing, as you must be able to play
your own rendered files and the clips you make them from. If posting them to
a video site like Liveleak, Flash in the browser is also needed, to check that 
the upload works.

The videos I make are done like this:

1: copy the folder containing AVCHD videos from the camera card
onto the desktop and name it

2: Open Kdenlive, save a blank project in the new folder

3: Use Gnome-mplayer to play clips, looking for the good ones.
Totem can lock up Nemo/Nautilus on a drag and drop,
so I usually use Mplayer for this job. Xine is hard to 
drop clip after clip into, but ALL the players are somewhat
buggy for this.

4: Drop the good clips into Kdenlive, set up the timeline

5: Add backing music to the timeline. Use Audacious to sample
backing music if not already decided-or mplayer to play a music
video which can also provide backing music

6: Render .wav audio, 720P rescale, full 1080P in that order, using
H264 codec at 2000 for 720P, 6000 for 1080p

7: Use Avidemux to replace the bad audio track (dropouts) Kdenlive
gives rescaled files rendered from AVCHD right now with the .wav
track, saving as copied video, AAC audio in MP4 container, do this
only on the 720P as the fulleres file has good audio

8: Use qt-faststart from the command line ro remake the final files
into "web optimized" MP4's with the headers up front.

9: Play the files, check for both human and machine errors!

10:: Post the 720P to Liveleak, then archive both rendered files on
both primary and backup disks

On 06/03/2013 at 8:18 PM, "Len Ovens" <len at> wrote:
>On Sun, June 2, 2013 11:58 am, Hartmut Noack wrote:
>> Am 02.06.2013 17:23, schrieb Len Ovens:
>>> In the mean time, Parole (like thunar) has been fixed and works 
>>> anything I have tried it on.
>>> We should perhaps switch back to Parole,
>> Most people, that want a videoplayer that works for more or less
>> everything will end up with either Mplayer or VLC both work with 
>> also both are needed for encoding/videoediting anyway.
>> I understand, that they are a bit tooo skilled to be shipped 
>with Ubuntu
>> by default but anyway: most users will end up with one of the two
>> because they are simply the best solutions....
>> So if you want the best for the user just install a script that
>> recommends to install one of them.
>Thank you for your comment. At the moment there doesn't seem to be 
>who does more video than anything else. The purpose of a video 
>player at
>this point was for the normal desktop use as in completeness. I 
>had not
>thought of it as an essential tool for video creation.  That would 
>be my
>blind side. I understand video from an analogue and live 
>production POV,
>but not Desktop video creation. So I have added parole to fill the 
>spot. Xine (which works for me when other things don't) seems to 
>come by
>default. But if there is something that is needed to fill a spot 
>in the
>video creation workflow. I would like to hear more about it. I had 
>thought that the video editors like kdenlive provide their own way 
>showing a video and that because of that a video player would not 
>A good description of a video workflow for those of us who don't 
>anything about it would be very useful. In fact a documentation of 
>video work flow for those starting out in video creation would be
>Len Ovens
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