Media Tools

This is the post 2 of 3 in the series: My Working Environment

Introduction

Okay, this post deals with tools I use to deal with my media files, namely, image, video and audio.

These are all very lightweight applications and run very fast. I will just just mention how to get started with these applications as lots of documentation as well as easy to read articles are present which explain their use better than I can explain. But if you have any doubts, you can still post a comment.

Feh

Starting with feh, use feh filename, to just view a file.

and to browse a directory,
feh -g 640x480 -d -S filename /path/to/directory

  • The -g flag forces the images to appear no larger than 640×480
  • The -d flag draws the file name
  • The -S filename flag sorts the images by file name

cmus

Now, with cmus, there are a lot of things you can do like with GUI music players like create libraries and playlist. I will mention some basic functionality.

enter(return key) – start playback
c – pause playback
v – stop playback
b – next track
z – previous track
s – toggle shuffle
x – restart track
i – jump view to the currently playing track (handy when in shuffle mode)
– reduce the volume by 10%
+ – increase the volume by 10%

mplayer

Well, I use this more than the other two tools. I also use this to play audio files sometimes. This is my config file for mplayer – config

For controlling the player,

Left and Right – Seek backward/forward 10 seconds.
Up and Down – Seek forward/backward 1 minute.
Page Up and Page Down – Seek forward/backward 10 minutes.
< and > – Go backward/forward in the playlist.
space – pause (pressing again unpauses).
q – stop playing and quit.
f – toggle fullscreen
v – toggle subtitle visibility.
x and z – adjust subtitle delay by +/- 0.1 seconds.

That’s it for this post. I’ll talk about the browser, file manager, shell and terminal I use next.

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