Multimedia/9.2

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PC-BSD has been pre-configured to support most multimedia formats and makes it easy to install most open source media applications using AppCafe®. In addition, the following Control Panel icons are available, regardless of the desktop:

  • Sound Configuration: this utility will display the recognized audio devices and allows you to select and test which device to use by default.
  • Mount Tray: this application automatically detects the insertion and removal of media in USB devices. This means that any desktop should notify you if a media is inserted into a USB CD/DVD device.

If you insert a CD/DVD media into an internal CD/DVD device and your desktop does not notify you, you can still mount the media manually as the superuser. This command will mount a CD inserted into the first internal CD device:

mount -t cd9660 /dev/cd0 /media

If you install your web browser using AppCafe®, you should be able to play most media formats, including Youtube videos, Internet radio, and many trailer and movie sites.

NOTE: if you happen to come across a file that you can not play in a web browser or media player, it is probably because it is in a proprietary format that requires a licensing fee or restricts distribution of the codec that is required to play that media format.

The Multimedia category of AppCafe® contains several dozen applications for playing and editing multimedia. It includes these popular applications (click the links to view screenshots):

  • Amarok: music player that includes integrated support for many web services such as Last.fm, Magnatune, Echo Nest, Ampache, MP3Tunes, Jamendo, OPML, and Librivox.
  • Ardour: digital audio workstation that provides non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo and more than 200 LADSPA & LV2 plugins.
  • aTunes: full-featured audio player and manager that can play mp3, ogg, wma, wav, flac, mp4 and radio streaming, allowing users to easily edit tags, organize music and rip audio CDs.
  • Audacity: multilingual audio editor and recorder.
  • Audacious: audio player with a focus on low resource usage, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats.
  • gtkpod: graphical user interface for the Apple iPod.
  • Hulu Desktop: an application for watching Hulu programming without a web browser.
  • Miro: HD video player that can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free Internet TV shows and video podcasts.
  • Rhythmbox: integrated music management application.
  • Totem: audio and video media player.
  • UMPlayer: universal media player that can handle any media format and play audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV/radio cards, YouTube™ and SHOUTcast™ streams.
  • VLC: simple, fast and powerful media player which plays everything: files, discs, webcams, devices and streams.
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