MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS

Multimedia apps:

  • VLC - a audio and video player/ internet radio streamer
  • Audacious - a music player
  • Cmus - a text based music player
  • Pavucontrol - GUI of audio mixer
  • FFmpeg - a command-line movie/music converter
  • Gimp - an image suite
  • Viewnior - an image viewer
  • Shutter/ Flameshot - screen capture apps

1. Play audio and video with VLC

www.videolan.org

Vlc have it own codec pack, so you do not need to install any others. It will play any media format out of the box.

apt-get install vlc

2. Play music and other audio with Audacious:

http://audacious-media-player.org/

I love its lightweight and the ability to change sound card easily (I use an USB DAC/AMP).

apt-get install audacious

Where to get the “grey” theme:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/?content=135104

My Audacious with the theme:

audacious

3. Cmus as text based music player

https://cmus.github.io/

Though we have a lot other options for GUI music players, I still want to introduce you to this text base (console) music player CMUS for its ability to manage large music library.

apt-get install cmus

It runs directly from your terminal emulator. To initiate it, in a terminal enter cmus command.

It uses keyboard shortcut to control, please go here to know more about it: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cmus#Adding_Music

4. Pavucontrol to specify audio output

To install:

apt-get install pavucontrol

To select specific output for each programs:

pavucontrol

This feature is essential for me because I want the audio to output to various ends - Usb soundcard, on board soundcard, HDMI, blootooth speaker…

5. FFmpeg as movie/music converter

https://www.ffmpeg.org/

apt-get install ffmpeg

Here is one example of convert .mp4 video to .mp3 audio:

ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -b:a 128K -vn music.mp3

6. Gimp as image suite

https://www.gimp.org/

apt-get install gimp

With my primitive demand on an Image manipulating app, Gimp can replace Photoshop CS.

7. Viewnior as image viewer

http://siyanpanayotov.com/project/viewnior/

Viewnior is a very fast and competent image viewer.

apt-get install viewnior

8. Shutter for screen capture

http://shutter-project.org/

Shutter is powerful! It gives you a lot of options (which windows, which menu, which area of the screen..) to capture your screen and give you the tools to edit captured image. In fact, almost all images on this website are captured by Shutter.

apt-get install shutter

shutter

UPDATE 27 Nov, 2019: I found that Shutter was removed from Debian Buster because of an unsecured dependency https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=914183. I have replaced it with Flameshot https://www.ubuntuopenbox.com/apps/flameshot/.

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