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Fedora® 11 and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® Bible by Christopher Negus

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Chapter 8. Music, Video, and Images in Linux

In This Chapter

  • Listening to music

  • Using Webcams and TV Tuner cards

  • Playing video

  • Working with digital cameras and images

Nearly every kind of audio and video format available today can be played, displayed, encoded, decoded, and managed in Linux. With the development of the Theora video codec, there are now patent-free, royalty-free formats available for every major type of multimedia content available today. If you are starting from scratch, you can legally create, manipulate, and share your own multimedia content from Linux using all free applications and codecs.

This chapter covers many different tools that come with Fedora and RHEL for playing or displaying digital music, video, and images. It also takes a swipe at explaining some of the legal issues surrounding software for playing commercial movie DVDs, MP3 music, and various audio/video formats in Linux.

Video content that is readily available on the Internet for playing movie clips, commercial films, and other content can be viewed using several different players in or available for Fedora and RHEL. Also, you can view live television and video using TV Tuner cards (or TV cards for short) and Webcams.

Because CD-ROM is the physical medium of choice for recorded music, this chapter describes how to set up and use CD burners to create your own music CDs. After your CD burner is set up to record music, you can use the same CD burner to back up your data or to create software CDs. (The same ...

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