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Quick update for Ubuntu 14.04 users: Transmageddon 1.0 and Snappy 1.0, both released recently, are available in the main WebUpd8 PPA.


Transmageddon 1.0 (video transcoder and now, DVD ripper)

Transmageddon 1.0

Transmageddon is a video transcoder for Linux which uses GStreamer. The latest 1.0 release comes with changes such as:
  • support files with multiple audio streams, allowing you to transcode them to different codecs or drop them from the new file;
  • DVD ripping support. So know you can use your movie DVDs as input in Transmageddon, be aware though that you need to install things like lsdvd and the GStreamer dvdread plugin from gst-plugins-ugly for it to become available. And you probably also want libdvdcss installed to be able to transcode most movie DVDs;
  • another small feature of the release is that you can now set language information on files with one audio stream inside. If you rip a DVD with multiple audio streams, Transmageddon will preserve the existing audio information, so in that case you shouldn’t need to set the language metadata manually;
  • VP9 support.

Unfortunately Transmageddon 1.0 didn't work properly in Ubuntu versions older than 14.04, that's why it's available in the main WebUpd8 PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 only. Add the PPA and install it using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install transmageddon
Or download the deb from HERE and install it manually.

To be able to rip DVDs (not tested!) using Transmageddon, you'll need to make sure that lsdvd, libdvdread4 and gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly are installed (and install libdvdcss2 via libdvdread4):
sudo apt-get install lsdvd libdvdread4 gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh


Snappy 1.0 (media player)


Snappy Player

Snappy is a GStreamer-based open source media player which comes with a minimalistic Clutter interface. The player features:
  • subtitles support;
  • video and audio synchronization tweeking;
  • multi-screen full-screen;
  • media queues;
  • history of played media;
  • seeking/muting/cycling through languages (audio streams);
  • frame stepping;
  • more.

However, there are no preferences/options at all so some of its features can only be controlled via command line.

Snappy 1.0 is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 and 13.10 only (for older Ubuntu versions it requires newer dependencies). Add the PPA and install it using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install snappy
Alternatively, you can also download the deb file from HERE and install it manually.
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