OpenShot: How to Edit Video Files in Ubuntu 14.04

OpenShot: How to Edit Video Files in Ubuntu 14.04

Quick guide on how to use the OpenShot video editor to clip files using the Razor tool in Ubuntu 14.04 and any other OS with OpenShot installed. If you have any comments or video suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments section below.

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Connect to SSH/SFTP Servers Using FileZilla

Connect to SSH/SFTP Servers Using FileZilla

A friend wanted to know how to connect to my Linux server via SSH but PuTTY doesn’t provide an easy way to transfer files.  Fortunately, FileZilla allows you to connect to SFTP servers and the client is available on the major operating systems.  If you have any additional questions feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

 

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Convert .OGV/.OGG video to .MP4 with OpenShot

Convert .OGV/.OGG video to .MP4 with OpenShot

recordMyDesktop is a solid screen capturing program for Linux but one of its cons is with .OGG/OGV format you get after export.  Fortunately, there are several methods in Ubuntu 14.04 and other versions to convert the files into a format that video editors like.

Convert .OGV files to .MP4

There are several transcoding programs you can use but in Ubuntu 14.04 and Elementary OS I’ve had limited (absolutely zero) success with the transcoders I’ve tried. However, its possible to use OpenShot to convert files to several different formats including .MP4.

1.) First, download the latest build of OpenShot:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc

2.) Next, create a new project and import the .OGV clip

3.) Drag the clip into Track #1 or #2

4.) Navigate to File+Export Video (or CTRL+E)

5.) Use these settings:

OpenShot Settings

6.) Click Export Video and let it grind out the .MP4

 

Convert .OGV files to .AVI

This can be done with OpenShot but its much easier to just use mencoder from the command line.

1.) Open a terminal window

2.) CD to the directory containing your .OGV file

3.) Copy & paste “mencoder -idx input.ogv -o out.avi -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc” without the quotation marks and replacing “input.ogv” with your file name

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How to change your nameserver on Namecheap.com (or other domain registrar)

How to change your nameserver on Namecheap.com (or other domain registrar)

This guide will show you how to change your Namecheap settings to point your domain to the nameservers provided by your hosting company. Generally, the process to accomplish this can easily be used for other domain registrars.


STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

 

1.) Login to Namecheap.com or your registrar

2.) Next to “Number of domains in your account” click “View” (If you’re using a different registrar, simply navigate to the domain you want to modify)

Namecheap Domain Management

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3.) Find the domain that you want to modify and click the associated link (the link is in red in the following image)

Namecheap Domain List

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4.) Click “Domain Name Server Setup” in the left-hand menu

Namecheap Domain Nameserver Link

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5.) Click the radio button next to where it says “Specify Custom DNS Servers” and type in the Nameservers shown in the image.  Lastly, click “Save Changes” to update your settings.

Nameserver 1: ns4013.hostgator.com

Nameserver 2: ns4014.hostgator.com

Namecheap Update Custom Domain Nameservers

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It can take up to 24 hours before your website is viewable by most people.

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How to install Windows 8 (and other operating systems)

How to install Windows 8 (and other operating systems)

As part of our beginner series on computer troubleshooting we will show you how to install an operating system on your computer or upgrade to a newer version of Windows or Linux. Most operating system installations are done in such a similar way that the following knowledge can be also used in future operating system installations.  Generally, OS installations consist of loading the media with the installation files, partitioning the hard drive, installing the OS and configuring your new operating system by filling out a series of form fields.

Important Notes:

During this tutorial we will show you how to install Windows 8 to provide you with the most current likely situation

If you have any difficulties, use the comment system below this tutorial to post your question and we will answer it as quickly as possible.

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What Cloud Backup Service should I choose?

What Cloud Backup Service should I choose?

If you’ve had a computer for any amount of time it is inevitable that you’ve lost data due to a hard drive failure, a virus, or some other disaster.

Cloud storage services allow you to backup your data to the internet so that if the local data on your phone, tablet or computer is ever lost or stolen, it can be recovered from their service.  All of the services below offer space to your personal or business files, but they differ when it comes to features, storage & price.  I’ve categorized each service by summary, features, price & overall score to help you determine which one is right for you.

If you would like to add more information about services featured below please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Included in this comparison you will find information about Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Dropbox to give a well rounded view of what is available.  We didn’t include Apple’s iCloud at this time because it simply isn’t up to par with other offerings.  For more information check out an article titled Apple’s broken promise on The Verge.

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