There is a new tool available for Sparkers: Videomass

What is Videomass?

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

– 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

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.


The project page at GitHub:
Author: Gianluca (jeanslack) Pernigotto
It is a free and open source application, released 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

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-play

Search window
Player window

The Sparky Play MP3 project page:
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’

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:

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.

– 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

sudo apt update
sudo apt install sparky-tube

Sparky Tube

The Sparky Tube git repo:
The application is created by our community member Elton Fabricio Ferreira.


Plasma video wallpaper

There is a new, small tool available for KDE & Sparky users: Plasma video wallpaper module.

The module lets you use a video file as an animated wallpaper or lock screen.

It can be installed from Sparky repository via Synaptic or apt commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install qml-module-org-kde-video-wallpaper

Then go to your desktop settings and change Image option to Video, then pick a video file.
It needs to log out and log in back.
Tested on Debian testing “Buster” / Sparky 5.

Plasma video wallpaper



There is a new application available for Sparkers: MotionBox.

From the project page:

MotionBox is a Video Browser for Motion Freedom.
Built to access and traverse decentralized video sources.
Built to load and play multiple video resources.

MotionBox accesses videos directly via DuckDuckGo.
It streams Torrents, Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and SoundCloud.
All of this inside multiple tabs and without ever showing an ad.

MotionBox can be installed from Sparky repository via Synaptic or apt commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install motionbox

If you have any problem with running the app, try to run it in a terminal emulator via the command:
and provide an output to our forums, please.




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.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qmplay2



Sparky 4.3 MinimalISO short introduction



Sparky 4.3 MinimalISO short introduction of the upcoming update of next iso images.

Used open-source tools to make the presentation:
– Gscreenshot – lightweight screenshot tool
– GIMP – raster graphics editor
– Audacity – audio editor
– OpenShot – video editor

Used audio track “Peace Within” by Peter Rudenko
which was released under Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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