Archive for April, 2012

Free online fussless Word to PDF converter

For the moments when you really need a PDF from a word document and all your installed PDF tooling fails you:

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Online PostScript to PDF (ps2pdf) converter
Because it is web-based, there is no need for any installations and tedious postscript drivers.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Merging audio files with VLC

To merge the (audio) contents of a play list into a single mp3 file you can use VLC as follows:

vlc <INFILES> --sout "#transcode{acodec=mp3,ab=<BITRATE>,channels=2}:std{access=file,mux=raw,dst=<OUTFILE>}" --sout-keep

For example if we have a playlist called playlist.m3u and we want to create a 192kbit mp3 called merged.mp3 we do so as follows:

vlc playlist.m3u --sout "#transcode{acodec=mp3,ab=192,channels=2}:std{access=file,mux=raw,dst=merged.mp3}" --sout-keep

This method re-encodes the audio. This method is slow, and lossy (mostly noticeable when using low bitrates), but the resulting mp3 file is properly playable in most media players. There are ways to merge mp3s without re-encoding, but the duration of the files can often not be properly detected by most players.

Based on: Decentralized Streaming

Monday, April 16th, 2012 Uncategorized 3 Comments