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Avidemux vob to avi, lightning fast

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Avidemux is a fantastic piece of kit.

Transcoding takes a lot of time and CPU, whereas this application moves the content from one container (vob) to another (avi) instead.


select vob
e.g. VTS_01_1.VOB
name the file
e.g. file.avi


Written by SilverWav

April 19, 2010 at 1:12 am

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Doing a Kamikaze run and Installing Lucid 10.04 Beta 1

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So thinking of taking a chance and installing the 10.04 beta1 tonight :-)

I did a backup and started to do a mental check-list of what I would need, before doing the deed.

Spotted this article on Arstechnica… nice! Also very handy, cheers Ryan.

I am on 9.04 64bit so… get TestDrive and install.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:testdrive/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install testdrive


Then run “TestDrive” (System Tools menu).

I went with the defaults:


Welcome to Testdrive!

1. Ubuntu Desktop (lucid-amd64)
2. Ubuntu Server (lucid-amd64)
3. Ubuntu Alternate (lucid-amd64)
4. Ubuntu DVD (lucid-amd64)
5. Ubuntu Desktop (lucid-i386)
6. Ubuntu Server (lucid-i386)
7. Ubuntu Alternate (lucid-i386)
8. Ubuntu DVD (lucid-i386)
9. Ubuntu Netbook (lucid-i386)
10. Other (prompt for ISO URL)

Select an ISO to testdrive [1]:
INFO: Using KVM for virtual machine hosting…

INFO: Syncing the specified ISO…


receiving file list …
1 file to consider
711749632 100% 936.46kB/s 0:12:22 (xfer#1, to-check=0/1)

sent 143 bytes received 711988704 bytes 957617.82 bytes/sec
total size is 711749632 speedup is 1.00
INFO: Creating disk image [/home/sil/.cache/testdrive/img/testdrive-disk-JbZ_w9.img]…

Formatting ‘/home/sil/.cache/testdrive/img/testdrive-disk-JbZ_w9.img’, fmt=qcow2 size=6442450944 encryption=off cluster_size=0

INFO: Running the Virtual Machine…


5 minutes from start to finish and we have lift-off!

How Cool is that :-)

It even offered to install a bootable image to a USB drive (well we will see how successful that was later).

Now just waiting for the official 10.04 Beta1.

Some Screenshots to pass the time…

First Impressions

You know I think I like it :-)

  • Wow purple… well that’s a bold choice :-)
  • I wasn’t planning on using that dark a theme, but now I have seen it, I may be able to live with it.
  • Controls on the left… yep I can retrain myself to use them, hopefully there is a good reason for the change.

I wonder what Mark is planing for the space on the right :-?


[Update 19th March 2010]

Release was postponed until the 19th!
But never mind, see the thrilling conclusion in my next post: Taking A Chance On Lucid 10.04 Beta 1 :-)

Written by SilverWav

March 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm