HowTo: Eliminate the Green Bar on video playback in Totem (and other media players)

Tutorials
Some people, including myself, have experienced an annoying issue whereby some videos you playback, particularly those encoded with the Xvid codec, have an apparent corruption of video represented by a thick Green Bar(TM) somewhere on the image. Generally the colours are askew as well and sometimes sections of the image are blurred. You might assume that the original video is corrupt in some way, but this is not the case as the video will typically run fine through media players on other platforms. (more…)
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Subtitle Downloader

Misc, Review
I'm a big fan of simple applications that fill a big void or annoyance in life, and one of those annoyances is finding suitable subtitle files (.srt files) for your movie rips. To fill this void is a simple application called SubDownloader that does its best to crawl the 'net for suitable subtitle files for whatever movie you select in the file browser. (more…)
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HowTo: Create your own subtitles to display on video in Totem

Tutorials
Subtitles - a simple, but effective means of communication for speakers of non native languages and the hard-of-hearing. We see subtitles in DVD's and on TV in various forms. It would be good to utilise subtitles for a home video that you have encoded to give to your parents or grandparents, both of whom are a little hard-of-hearing, but it's an effort to add subtitles to a video, encode it again and it will ultimately bother those people who don't need to view the subtitles. You don't have to encode the subtitles as part of the physical video, however. Most media players, including Ubuntu's Totem have the ability to overlay subtitles on top of the video being played back. This allows you to create your own custom subtitles and be…
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