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  1. Agustin's Linux Manual
  2. Multimedia & Hardware Installation
  3. About the Author
  4. Contents
  5. Multimedia
  6. Default Audio Setting
  7. Audio Application
  8. The Play Directory
  9. The Equalizer
  10. Options Sub-menu
  11. Movies & DVDs
  12. Starting Xine
  13. Video Conferencing
  14. GnomeMeeting's Main Window
  15. The Desktop
  16. Office
  17. Networking
  18. Multimedia Submenu
  19. Web Browsers
  20. Installing New Hardware
  21. Loading Modules for Hardware
  22. Introduction to IDEs
  23. Tweaking the Hard Drive
  24. Setting (U) DMA
  25. Installing a CD/RW
  26. Floppy Disk, Zip Drives
  27. Installing USB Devices
  28. Fire wire IEEE 1394
  29. Using the CD-Writer

Audio application

If you love listening to those MP3s or watching your DVDs, then this section is for you. Of course this book wouldn't be complete if I would not discuss the freedom of the open source in the multimedia world. In this section I will discus XMMS and Kscd for the audio and Xine for your videos.

The X multimedia System (XMMs) can play a variety of audio sources, such as MP3s and regular CD music.

To launch XMMS, click on your KDE or GNOME menu and choose Multimedia =>Sound =>XMMS.

  • Multimedia->Sound->XMMS

Note: If XMMs is not on the multimedia menu, it is because it is not installed. Install it, logout and restart X.

The XMMS Player

XMMS Player
Fig 5.4

This is the main window; use your mouse to play around with it. It is not difficult to use. It actually really looks like a regular disk player.

The circle on the upper left corner has a menu in which you can select the other parts of the player.

The XMMS Main Menu

XMMS Main Menu
Fig. 5.5

The menu has two buttons:

  • Playlist Editor
  • Graphical EQ

By pressing these buttons you make them available as part of the player.

Clicking on play file, a new window pups up to select the location of your file to play. see figure Fig.5.6

From this panel you can create a directory, delete a file if you wish or rename the file. The button at the home directory where the mouse pointer is on fig. 5.6, is used to select a different directory for your mp3s source. If you know the exact location you can type it on the command line where it says selection at the bottom of this picture. Once you have selected the directory, just press:

Load files
Fig. 5.6
  • Add selected files or
  • Add all file in directory.
  • Click Ok

Click on play button and there you go.