It’s that time of year again when the trees are in full blossom and the daytime temperature hits 20 °C (68 °F)!
That said, it can still go as low as -4 °C (25 °F) at night, and it even snowed this morning. Luckily, there’s nothing left of it now, so it’s time for a traditional Spring Video!
What’s the easiest way to download a video file from YouTube, Vimeo etc. in Linux? And how do you extract its audio track as an MP3 file?
You can opt for one of numerous online video converters, but I personally prefer doing that from the command line using youtube-dl.
It supports video downloads from YouTube, Vimeo, BBC, CBS, and about 1100 more (even from YouPorn).
Being in the software business for a couple of decades, I used to think it’s generally a good idea to test the software you develop before you ship it out. Yet, I keep stumbling upon situations where the developer doesn’t seem to recognise the value of tested software.
Say, I’ve been using the Foscam C1 webcam for a couple of years, one that looks like this:
Here’s one of the reasons:
The most worrying part is that in Russia that is considered a funny minor incident.
I didn’t participate this time, but was filming instead. There was also another cam, so the idea was to put both footages together nicely, and I volunteered for that.
I’ve tried a number of video editors for Linux, most of them proved to be utterly unusable (Pitivi wouldn’t allow me to edit track properties, OpenShot lacked the very basic timeline shift function, Shotcut quit abruptly after adding a clip, Kino is discontinued long time ago). Finally I’ve tried Kdenlive, and that one is absolutely fantastic! I was surprised how quick and hassle-free video editing can be nowadays. All in all it took me about a couple of hours, including the final render.
The result is under the cut:
Last weekend I’ve finally got to visit the most eminent, in every meaning, place in Amersfoort. Since I’d come to live here, my country has changed its president twice, one of them has divorced and the other has made quite a few equally destructive achievements, yet I failed to take my time to get to it.
In the brochure of Spoffin I found a discount coupon for climbing the tower for € 2.50 instead of € 4. The coupon was valid until August 31st, which conveniently fell on Saturday. This chance we couldn’t miss.