WordPress and Theora video and Vorbis audio Free Software formats

Well, there is a good news for those who are Free and Open Source Lovers. WordPress has finally implemented the Free formats for audio and video. That means that it can play Theora and Vorbis files. What I like the most is that the Administrator can choose just to play the Free video and audio formats. :) It is located on the user’s dashboard under settings media. There is an option just to choose that.

I do not know when was the time that this was implemented. But now it is set by default.

Thanks WordPress.

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Any video files to vorbis audio.

Guys, people do not know how much power they have with free and open source software, but a neat tool is out and the name is ffmpeg2theora. I wrote a little bit about it before, but this time I am going to talk about how to convert any video file into ogg Vorbis. That is the extension that end on “OGG” Well, I usually try to find out what are the bittrate for the video and audio. There are a number of ways to do that but I usually use a tool which is call “mediainfo” if you would like to go to their website just click here.

With “mediainfo” you can find out information about any about any files out there, so, install it and take advantage. Now, going back to the subject. there are files that I download from the Internet, video files I mean, and convert them to Vorbis media that is OGG file. Any how here is the code: ffmpeg2theora –novideo –no-skeleton input.videofile -o outputmusicfile.ogg . And there you have it, the sound of the file rip from it and encoded in ogg format. There are more tricks, but for that you might want to use the man pages or do ” man ffmpeg2theora”

Now, you have the power to rip any video files into OGG audio files.

The power is users. Just like Captain Planet. :D

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Ffmpeg and Linux

For a while I have been searching for a tool that would allow me to encode movies in Linux. I knew about ffmpeg but I was a little upset with Ubuntu because the ffmpeg application was not compiled to function with none free codecs. Those codecs might be: x264, mp3 among others codecs and containers like MP4.

Well the good news is that in Linux we do not need all those containers and Junk. I discover, and I know this is not new, that it is good enough with Theora/Vorbis. I know that there are other GUI tools to do all the encoding, but for some reason, I am happy enough with he fact that I can use a tool like ffmpeg to do the job of free and open source software. I got to tell you, it is neat and fast. Here is the command that I would use to encode any file into Theora/Vorbis video file: ffmpeg -i input.file -vcodec libtheora -ac 2 -acodec vorbis output.ogv

It is this simple. For more information you can always “man ffmpeg” command and learn more about it. One last thing, I usually like to rip the audio of any videos to put it on my Personal Media Player (PMP) and I would need to rip the audio and put it in Vorbis or OGG format. If you want to do that the command is: ffmpeg -i input.file -vn -ac 2 -acodec vorbis output.ogg

This should work. The reason why I am writing this is because the community is always giving me so much, this is just a way for me to give back to the community.

Until later. :D