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Fri, Jul 05, 2024 8:57 pm

Selecting an Audio Track Language When Playing a Video with Windows Media Player

If you have a video file with multiple language audio tracks stored within it and need to change from the default audio track, say Italian, to another track, e.g., English, you can do so on a Microsoft Windows system, such as a Windows 11 system, using the default audio-video application that comes with the Windows 11 operating system, Windows Media Player (WMP) 2022. To change the language for a video that contains multiple language audio tracks, move the mouse pointer to the first icon on the right at the bottom of the Windows Media Player window (it is a rectangle with a few short horizontal lines at the bottom of the rectangle); you should see "Languages and subtitles (Ctrl+L)" appear when you move the mouse pointer to it.

Languages and Subtitles icon

Or you can just hit Ctrl-L, i.e., the Ctrl and L keys simultaneously, to bring up the option to select the language for the audio associated with the video.

Select Audio Language Track

The menu that appears that allows you to pick a language also allows you to choose a subtitle file, such as a .srt file, if you have one for the video.

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Fri, Aug 12, 2016 10:41 pm

Installing Amarok on a CentOS system

If you would like to have a free and open source, cross-platform, music player for use on a Linux system, Amarok , which was created by Mark Kretschmann, provides the capability to play various audio media files, such as MP3, FLAC, Ogg, AAC, etc. It also allows you to stream online music from services such as Jamendo, Shoutcast, etc.

To install Amarok on a CentOS Linux system using the yum package management utility, you will first need to configure the system to check the EPEL repository for packages. Once you have done that, you can issue the command yum install amarok from the root account to install the software.

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Wed, Apr 20, 2016 9:44 pm

QuickTime Player Crashing When Attempting to Save Recording

I recorded the audio for a talk on a subject of interest to me using QuickTime Player version 10.4 (833.7) on my MacBook Pro laptop running OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite). At the end of the talk, I stopped the recording and clicked on File and then Save to save the audio recording to the system's hard disk drive. When I did so, QuickTime crashed. I sent the report to Apple. Looking at the details for the report, I saw the cause listed as follows:

Exception Type:        EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000

Application Specific Information:
*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException', reason: 'Cannot set outputURL to NULL'
terminating with uncaught exception of type NSException
abort() called

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Sat, Feb 20, 2016 10:43 pm

Listening to Jamendo artists through VLC

The VLC media player, which is a free and open-source media player available for the Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, QNX, Haiku, Syllable, and OS/2 operating systems provides a convenient means to acces free music from Jamendo, a community of independent artists and music lovers that bills itself as "the world's largest digital service for free music". As of January 2015, Jamendo listed 460,000 tracks with more than 250 million downloads since the launch of the platform. Jamendo is a portmanteau of "jam session" and "crescendo".

The music provided through Jamendo is free for personal use, so you can download songs musicians have provided through the service legally. Jamendo's goal is to link artists who want to share their music and music lovers around the world. Jamendo provides an opportunity for the musicians that provide their music to Jamendo to obtain revenue from music synchronization licensing, i.e., the licensing of the right to synchronize the music with visual media, such as film, television shows, advertistements, video games, website music, movie trailers, etc., and through licensing the music to be used as background music for films, TV, Internet video, such as video logs, aka vlogs, etc.

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Tue, Nov 03, 2015 9:54 pm

Converting audio/video files to another format with VLC

The free and open-source (FOSS) VLC program can be used to convert audio and video files from one format to another. VLC is a cross-platform, audio/video (A/V) program that is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS systems.

VLC originated as an academic project in 1996. It was rewritten from scractch in 1998 and released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) in 2001 - see the Wikipedia article VLC media player for further details on the development history for the application.

Steps for converting a file from one format to another, e.g., a FLAC audio file to an MP3 audio format are provided here.

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Sat, Oct 10, 2015 4:06 pm

ACDSee Video Converter Pro - Error opening file for writing

When I attempted to install ACDSee Video Converter Pro 4.1 on my wife's computer, I received the mesage "Error opening file for writing" referencing the file CheckWinVer.exe.

ACDSee Video Converter Pro - Error opening file for writing

The problem was due to the fact that I hadn't right-clicked on the installation file and chosen "Run as administrator". When I aborted the installation and started over running it as administrator, the program installed successfully.

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Wed, May 23, 2012 7:17 pm

Creating an Audio CD from MP3 Files in iTunes

Apple's iTunes software can be used to "burn", i.e., write MP3 files to an audio CD that can be played in a car CD player or similar device. You can store up to 80 minutes of music or other audio files on a CD that will play in almost all CD players.

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