Need to organize all your Movie, Music, Book collection ?

November 24, 2006

Data Crow.
Always wanted to manage all your collections in one product? You want a product you can customize to your needs? Your search ends here!
Using Data Crow allows you to create a huge database containing all your collected items. A lot of work? No! Data Crow project retrieves information from the web for you. Including front covers, screenshots and links to the online information. Follow the easy installation of this free product and see for yourself. It is written in Java so you must have the Java runtime machine installed on your computer.

Have you ever needed to organize all of your collections with one single program?

Data Crow is a media cataloger, perfect for those who like to collect software, books, movies and/or music. It enables you to create huge databases containing all your collected items with very little work and time spent. You may be asking yourself “How is it possible?”. Well, it’s pretty simple. In order to register an item to your collection, you only have to type in the item’s name or title and Data Crow fetches the rest of the item information from the web. It’s able to search either on Amazon, IMDB or both at the same time. 

For music files you’ll have to browse to the directory containing the media and Data Crow will read and import the embedded tag information. It supports formats such as mp3, ogg, flac, ape and audio cd’s. Moreover, for Audio CD’s, you can use the MusicBrainz or FreeDB servers to search for audio albums.

Follow the link for the complete review by Softpedia:

Data Crow 2.9.1 Beta Review – Data Crow 2.9.1 Beta Download

The homepage of Data Crow is:  Data Crow’s Nest

Some screenshot:

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Enjoy !


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Put the right tag to your MP3 – Kid3

November 23, 2006

Kid3 0.8 (Default branch)

ScreenshotKid3 tagger can edit the ID3v1 tags and all ID3v2frames in MP3 files and the tags in Ogg/Vorbis and FLAC files in an efficient way. It is easy to convert between ID3v1 and ID3v2, set the tags of multiple files to the same values and generate the tags from the file name or vice versa. Import impossible from freedb.org, MusicBrainz, and other sources of track data.

There are already binary packages available for the major distribution (debian, dapper, rpm). There is also the windows binary available.

Easy to install, it took just 2 minutes on my KUbuntu Edgy. I used the Dapper package.  Immediately after I was already able to use it. It is pretty straightforward, you select the directory with the music you want to tag. Kid3 automatically will import all the file in the directory and try to attribute the right information to the ID tag. If it doesn’t work then it is possible to check the various web database. The process is easy and most of the time it is required to just insert the Album name  and voila‘ all the info are imported and put in the right place. It is possible to edit the same field on all the file in one shot and save the file with a new generated name from the updated information.

The help file is well done and clear.

THE GOOD.

Easy to use, easy to install, stable and well done.

THE BAD.

Still some small bug. The user interface can be improved with some caption.

THE TRUTH

It is worth to install and spend the few minute to practice. You will save time when you have to adjust your music collection.


License: GNU General Public License (GPL)


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Video Editing in Linux

November 21, 2006

I have tryed video editing in Linux, there is a choice of open source software to do it but don’t expect you can get the same quality of tools like Adobe premiere. Some times can even be frustating, since your project are not compatible from one revision of software to the other or the crashing is always near.

I am sorry to say that but is the crude realty. Anyway, I was able to create a good video from my wedding shooting with Kino, so the situation is not so bad. Take a look to this article, even  if I don’t agree with the first part of it, it is a good revire of the tools available.

While digital video editing today is an affordable, popular activity for both the computer hobbyist and amateur cinematographer, many people seem to think that video creation under Linux is either impossible or too difficult for the average computer user. Not so! From video capture to editing to DVD authoring and encoding, you can create high-quality videos easily with free, open source software.The applications you will require are:Cinelerra – Non-linear digital video editor and compositorKino – FireWire DV video captureXawdecode – analog (VHS and camcorder) video capture, DVB capture, streaming and TV/DVR functionalityMEncoder – video conversionDeVeDe – MEncoder GUI for easy DVD and VCD creationMPlayer – DVD and video playbackdvd::rip – for ripping DVD videoFirefox with the Flash 9 plugin and VideoDownloader extension – for capturing video off the WebK3b – for burning DVD or VCD images

Linux.com | Easy video creation using only FOSS software


Samba and Firestarter: Howto

November 20, 2006

I use samba to share the folder on my Kubuntu machine with the XBOX that I use as media center. After installing Firestarter, I couldn’t access anymore the folder from any computer in my home network, XBOX included. Of course I have enabled the Samba policy in Firestarter (Port: 137-139 445) and my network address (192.168.1.0/24), but still no results.

An explanation of the reason can be found in this thread of the Ubuntu Forum : http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=190542&highlight=samba+windows+unauthorized+access

The solution is rather simple. Open Firestarter, then Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced Option, just remove the check on “Block broadcast from external network”.

Firestarter setting

That’s it. You will be able to run Firestarter and view you Samba share again.

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Blog from pocket pc

November 3, 2006

I’am trying to write a post from my pocket pc directly on the web.