Imagination: A fine photoslideshow software

Since I got my first digital camera in 2002, I was hunting for a photo slideshow software in my Debian machine. I searched apt / google / lots of search engines / asked geeks. From nowhere I got a perfect solution. So I abandoned searching and continued using the old windows moviemaker (at my office) whenever I was in emergency. One week ago, a boy from neighbourhood asked me to make his photos to video and burn it in dvd format. I agreed to help him. I searched for “photo slideshow” in apt-cache search. And I got imagination.

Imagination is wonderful. It has all the transition effects according to the The SMIL 3.0 Transition Effects Module. The output can be saved as .vob or .ogg files. There is also another good slideshow software is bombono which is also very good.

FFmpeg / MEncoder commands

FFmpeg is a BIG tool inn video editing. With FFmpeg, you can split / cut / join / convert your videos with just commands in the text console. Many video converting / editing software using FFmpeg and Mencoder in their back-ends. Hers is some useful ffmpeg / mencoder commands which I used so many times earlier.

How to convert avi format to mpg format with mencoder

mencoder input.avi -of mpeg -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg1video -oac copy other_options -o output.mpg

How to combine two avi files to single avi file using mencoder

mencoder -forceidx -ovc copy -oac copy -o file.avi p1.avi p2.avi
eg.
mencoder -forceidx -ovc copy -oac copy -o myfilename.avi \home\tom\Documentries\Movies\converted\cvt_VTS_01_1.avi \home\tom\Documentries\Movies\converted\cvt_VTS_01_2.avi

How to cut an avi file using mencoder

mencoder -ss 00:00:20 -endpos 00:00:50 -ovc copy -oac copy bigvideo.avi -o result.avi

To Rip VCD to .avi

ffmpeg, ffmpeg -i yourVCD.dat -y output.avi

To cut an mp3 file

ffmpeg -acodec copy -ss 00:00:31 -t 00:01:00 -i input.mp3 out.mp3

To convert wmv to flv

ffmpeg -i sourceFile.wmv -sameq -acodec libmp3lame -ar 22050 -ab 96000 -deinterlace -nr 500 -s 640x480 -aspect 4:3 -r 20 -g 500 -me_range 20 -b 270k -deinterlace -f flv -y DestinationFile.flv

To split from vob to mp4 without losing quality

ffmpeg -i sourcdFile.vob -sameq -ss 00:00:02 -t 42 DestinationFile.mp4
ffmpeg -i sourcdFile.vob -sameq -ss [start time] -t [total seconds] DestinationFile.mp4
eg: ffmpeg -i \home\tom\TVCs\One.VOB -sameq -ss 00:00:02 -t 32 \home\tom\TVCs\Two.mp4

To convert from mp4 to wmv

ffmpeg -i \home\tom\tomLog4\WEB_0386.MP4 -sameq \home\tom\wmv\WEB_0386.wmv

To convert from mp4 to mpg

ffmpeg -i E:\tomLog4\100VIDEO\WEB_0386.MP4 -sameq \home\tom\movies\WEB_0386.mpg

To convert mp3 file to video with jpg frame

ffmpeg -f image2 -loop_input -i pic.jpg -i pic.mp3 -vcodec mpeg1video -qscale 2 -acodec copy -shortest newvideo.avi

To join three .mp3 files

ffmpeg -i concat:"File1.MP3|File2.MP3" -acodec copy File_Joined1.mp3
ffmpeg -i concat:"File_Joined1.mp3|File3.MP3" -acodec copy File_Joined2.mp3

FFmpeg official site | MEncoder official site