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 displays 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 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):

  • Ardour[1]: digital audio workstation that provides non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo and more than 200 LADSPA & LV2 plugins.
  • aTunes[2]: 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.
  • Audacious[4]: audio player with a focus on low resource usage, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats.
  • Decibel-audio-player[5]: audio player built around a highly modular structure that lets the user disable completely the features he does not need. Able to play CDs directly.
  • gtkpod[6]: graphical user interface for the Apple iPod.
  • Hulu-Desktop[7]: an application for watching Hulu programming without a web browser.
  • Miro[9]: HD video player that can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free Internet TV shows and video podcasts.
  • Totem[11]: the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on GStreamer. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation.
  • UMPlayer[12]: universal media player that can handle any media format and play audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV/radio cards, YouTube™ and SHOUTcast™ streams.
  • VLC[13]: simple, fast and powerful media player which plays everything: files, discs, webcams, devices and streams.


References


  1. http://ardour.org/screenshots/
  2. http://www.atunes.org/?page_id=5
  3. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/screenshots?lang=en
  4. http://audacious-media-player.org/images/audacious-3.3.png
  5. http://decibel.silent-blade.org/index.php?n=Main.Screenshots
  6. http://www.gtkpod.org/index.php?title=Screenshots
  7. http://www.hulu.com/labs/hulu-desktop/
  8. http://kaffeine.kde.org/?q=screenshots
  9. http://www.getmiro.com/download/screenshots/
  10. http://projects.gnome.org/rhythmbox/screenshots.html
  11. http://projects.gnome.org/totem/
  12. http://www.umplayer.com/
  13. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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