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Videomass

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Videomass

What is Videomass?

Videomass provides a graphical interface for audio and video conversions through FFmpeg.

Features
– Drag n’ Drop with multiple files at once.
– Batch processing for all included features
– Presets manager interface with fully customizable and expandable profiles.
– Dedicated interfaces: presets manager, video and audio conversions
– Displaying streams information.
– Playback for imported files and last exported file.
– Real-time video filters preview on the video conversions interface.
– Peak level-based audio normalization.
– RMS-based audio normalization.
– EBU R128 audio normalization.
– Setting duration portions for imported files, filters, export and tests.
– Log management.
– Multi language (English and Italian Languages support for now).
– Work on many platforms where Python3 and wxPython4 are supported,
including Linux, Unix, MacOs and Windows.
– Compatible with Python 3 only
– …And more

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install videomass

or via Sparky APTus-> VideoTools tab.

The Videomass tool is available for Debian “Bullseye”/Sparky “Po Tolo” only.

Videomass

The project page at GitHub: github.com/jeanslack/Videomass/
Author: Gianluca (jeanslack) Pernigotto
It is a free and open source application, released under the GNU General Public License v3.0

 

Strawberry

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Strawberry

What is Strawberry?

Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors, audio enthusiasts and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It’s based on a heavily modified version of Clementine created in 2012-2013. It’s written in C++ and Qt 5.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install strawberry

or via the Sparky APTus (with Sparky APTus Extra >= 0.2.16).
The tool is available for Sparky 4/Debian Stretch and Sparky 5/Debian Buster.

Strawberry

The Stawberry GitHub page: github.com/jonaski/strawberry
The project developer is Jonas Kvinge; it is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0

 

Sparky Play & Sparky Player

There are two new, small tools available for Sparkers: Sparky Play MP3 and Sparky Player.

What is Sparky Play MP3?
It is a simply, small, Yad based tool which lets you search directories and play mp3 audio files.

The tool lets you:
– choose a directory to be searched using a keyword (singer, song name, etc, whatever is used in a name of a mp3 file) or
– use * to find all mp3 files in a chosen directory
– display all mp3 files been found in a drop down menu
– play your mp3 files

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-play

Search window
Player window

The Sparky Play MP3 project page: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-play
The tool is created by Elton, partly based on a work of Raimundo Portela, with my small improvements.

 

The second tool is Sparky Player.
What is Sparky Player?
It is a simply and very small tool which lets play any audio or video file, which…
– it is available from a context menu only
– it doesn’t provide a standard’s desktop menu entry
– it doesn’t provide any button and other graphical features
– it calls and uses ‘ffplay’ to play all audio and video files
– it supports all audio and video files which are supported by ‘ffplay’ via ‘libavcodecs’

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-player

Context menu
Player window

Just mark your audio or video file and choose ‘Sparky Player’ to let it play, or set ‘Sparky Player’ as a default player for a chosen multimedia file.

Anyway, it lets you manage a playing audio or video file in a player window via your keyboard, for example:
– pause = space bar
– quit = q or Esc
– full screen = f
– right arrow = forward
– left arrow = back

The Sparky Player project page: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-player

Please test both tools and report whatever you find.

Sparky Tube

There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Sparky Tube

What is Sparky Tube?

Sparky Tube downloads a video file from a web site and converts it to an audio or video output file.

Features:
– download a video from a web sites
– convert it to an audio format: acc, flac, mp3, m4a, opus, ogg vorbis, wav; or
– convert it to a video format: avi, mkv, mp4
– store the converted audio or video file on your local disk
– lets you play the converted file using your default audio or video player
– small and lightweight – uses Yad as its GUI

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-tube

Sparky Tube

The Sparky Tube git repo: github.com/sparkylinux/sparky-tube
The application is created by our community member Elton Fabricio Ferreira.

 

Exaile 4.0.0 beta2

There is a new version of Exaile 4.0.0-beta2 available for Sparkers.

Exaile: Music Player for GTK+
Simple interface. Powerful music management. Smart Playlists. Advanced track tagging. Automatic album art. Lyrics. Streaming Radio. Podcasts. Secondary output device support. Easily extensible with 50+ plugins available.

The Exaile was my favorite music player until Debian devs removed it from Stretch and newer repos.
The Exaile was not under development the last 2 years, but this year it’s back as 4.0.0 beta release (!).
It uses Python and GTK+ 3.x libs and what I like much it’s very lightweight.

Installation:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install exaile

Exaile

 

pmrp

There is a new app available in Sparky repos: pmrp.

pmrp (Poor Man’s Radio Player) is an Internet radio player script written in bash.

Features :
– 350 hand-picked radio stations.
– Music, news, talk-shows, interviews, comedy, plays and much much more.
– Easy menu system to browse-navigate between different radio stations.
– Now playing information.
– Very low memory footprint.
– No configuration required. Ready to play from the word go.

The script is created by ‘hakerdefo’ and released under the Public Domain Mark http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0

Installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pmrp

It works in a text console so launch it with the command:
pmrp
or from the desktop menu-> Multimedia-> pmrp

pmrp

 

QMPlay2

There is a new app available in Sparky repos: QMPlay2.

From Softpedia:

If you are looking for a lightweight media player that can also help you listen to online radio stations and download videos from the Internet, you should try QMPlay2.
It is a simple application, designed with a fully customizable interface, supports numerous video and audio formats, can play online audio streams and enables you to save clips from YouTube.

It can play all formats supported by FFmpeg, libmodplug (including J2B and SFX). It also supports Audio CD, raw files, Rayman 2 music and chiptunes. It contains YouTube and Prostopleer browser. The application is created by Błażej Szczygieł.

Installation:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qmplay2

QMPlay2

 

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