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Fix encoding of German umlauts in directories and filenames (ü = u╠ê and so on)

I have many zip-files where there are encoding errors for the German umlauts (äüöÄÜÖß). They show up in both the filename.zip as well as in the included directories and files like this: Fünf = ...
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What's wrong with `(add-to-list 'process-coding-system-alist '(“zsh” . utf-8))`?

In Emacs, I routinely use an inferior shell, invoked with M-x shell. I often need to specifically set its coding system, which I do with C-x RET p followed by utf-8 (twice). I want to do this once ...
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What is the best method for ripping DVD to stream to Xbox 360?

What is the best method to rip/encode a standard definition DVD, to be streamed to a Xbox360 from a Vista Media Center pc (preferably using free software). I’ve found tons of tutorials on the web ...
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Why do some PDF documents appear garbled and unreadable in OS X Preview?

I occasionally come across some PDF documents which are unreadable on a Mac when using the standard OS X Preview. They work OK in Adobe Reader, but not in Preview. Does anyone know what the cause of ...
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Convert ANSI text file(s) to UTF8 on Windows command line

I would like to convert (an) ANSI-encoded text file(s) (Win 1252) to UTF8 without BOM, ideally via a command-line call. My use-case: I export .tex files from Stata which I want to compile with ...
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How does the Java VM determine its default file.encoding?

I'm running a Java program on Mac OS X 10.8 (from the Terminal), and the Java VM's file.encoding is defaulting to "SJIS". I even tried a tiny Java program that does nothing but print out the system ...
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Change text encoding into Filelocator Pro?

I'm having problems viewing Cyrillic characters in FileLocator Pro. There isn't a language menu option in the program's settings. Is there a solution?
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Converting Filename Encoding

my operating system is Arch Linux. I am trying to extract a .zip archive that contains CJK characters in its filenames. It was most likely created on a Windows machine. I tried the unzip utility and ...
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Set filename character encoding in Putty's PSFTP

I am using PuTTY's command line utility psftp.exe to transfer files between a UTF8-configured linux server and a MS Windows PC. File names containing non ASCII characters (e.g., Japanese kana) are ...
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Error encoding with ffmpeg

I kept having trouble encode videos. I can encode the video to mpg but the size is 10+x bigger (no joke). So i thought i'd do something simple. Strip the sound, copy the video ffmpeg -i 5.flv ...
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In ffmpeg, how to delay only the audio of a .mp4 video without converting the audio?

In my .mp4 file the audio delay is -3840 ms. I synced it in KMplayer, and I don't want to use MKVGUI to make a .mkv file. I just need to delay the audio by -3840 ms, everything else intact. What would ...
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Get vim to ignore conversion errors when reading file

I have a UTF-16 file with a BOM. I've set fileencodings to: set fencs=ucs-bom,utf-16le,utf-8,default,latin1 However because of one character on one line, vim does not auto-detect UTF-16 and ...
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Ffmpeg chain references to other parts of the command for dynamic watermark size

I have been reading the ffmpeg documents for a while now. But I can't seem to wrap my mind around how the filters, naming and backreferences work. Or whether what I want is even possible. I am ...
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subtitle encoding issue with mkvtoolnix

so I've attached a few subtitles to a MKV with mkvtoolnix, but it appears that after muxing the character encoding is messed up. The input subtitles were UTF-8 encoded. I don't know what's the ...
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How to multiplex two videos with ffmpeg

I'm converting videos using the -s option for multiple resulutions and I want to include a short intro at the begining of the video. but for some reason it skips the second -i so i'm only getting the ...
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Automated script to change page encoding after page has been downloaded in Google Chrome

guys! My Chrome doesn't properly recognize page encoding of our local TWIKI site. So, every time i enter the site i have to set suitable encoding manually (Settings -> Tools -> Encoding -> Cyrillic ...
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DVDfab encoding error

I'm trying to use the DVD ripper that comes with DVDfab 8.1 to encode .mp4 video with single pass. I selected the first chapter, which is about 2 minutes long. When the conversion starts and gets ...
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How bitrate changes with screen size

I'm trying to DVDrip a 320x240 screen .m4v video. Is there some way to mathematically know the bitrate for the required screen size so that there will be no distortions and you can know the closest ...
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Good programs for adding hardsubs

What are some good programs for adding hardsubs to an avi file? I've tried mencoder, and it's pretty good, but I can't figure out how to change the color of the subtitles. So I'm looking for another ...
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Why does Komodo edit not open files on doubleclick due to some path encoding error?

When I double click a file in finder to open in Komodo edit, it displays an error message saying it can't find the file and the path is displayed, but with wrong encoding, such that special characters ...
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.VOB files editing, converting and showing with right software

please Audio and video editing and encoding help me! My problem is that: last week with my camera (Panasonics VDR D160) i have filmed one of my company clinics. Coming home, i move all the .VOB files ...
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How do I remove the green line in Adobe Media Encoder?

I'm trying to resize a Flash video (F4V) and in the media encoder, there is a green line along the left edge of the screen. This green line is visible in the Adobe Media Encoder, but not in the ...
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How to know current encoding in Firefox?

I use to on website which have some issues with local chars encoding ,but for one second it switch it up to the normal encoding, but I cant detect where/from encoding was made. Is it possible to see ...
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How to configure BeyondCompare to use Latin1 or ISO/IEC 8859-1 Encoding?

I would like inform BeyondCompare that the encoding of my file is Latin1 or ISO 8859-1. How can I do this?
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Change line endings and encoding of file at the same time

I have some files with Windows line endings and latin-1 encoding that I need to convert to unix line endings and utf-8. Of course I can for file in ./*.csv; do sed s'/^M//' "$file" > ...
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What encoding parameters are used for the /Windows/Media sound files?

Specifically, what's the: Encoding (e.g. signed 16-bit PCM, 32-bit float, A-Law, 24-bit AWVW, VOX ADPCM, etc.) Byte order (e.g. little-endian or big-endian) Channel count (e.g. 1/mono, 2/stereo) ...
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How can I optimize linux for encoding lots of video or a set of the same cpu intensive tasks?

I have a set of 4-5 machines which almost exclusively encode video all day, and sometimes all night too. I've searched many times to find ways to optimize them for this purpose, but not had any ...
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the kernel module .ko files are sent as base64 encoded in thunderbird

I am participating in the Eudyptula Challenge . where they need the attachments to be sent as text/plain . I tried it through various means and had a number of problems -> gmail web ui - no facility ...
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remove <200b> character from text file

I have a huge text file containing this string/character <200b> that I want to delete. I tried with sed but it didn't work. sed 's/<200b>//g' file The character never shows when I open the ...
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KINESIS Freestyle 2 and ASCII encoding with numpad

So basically I bought this expensive keyboard which I LOVE but I discovered I cannot ALT+123 to enter ASCII characters on the keypad. I can use the function (blue) "virtual" number pad it has, ...
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MySQL csv excel greek characters

I developed an application using Bottle web framework and Python, to import some data into MySQL database. Most of the data where in Greek characters. On my application side, i didn't any further ...
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Show ID3 tag encoding format

I want to see in which format the tags of my .mp3 files are encoded. For example: UTF-8 or Cp866 (Russia)?
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changing encoding in VLC, notepad++ etc. does nothing

I am trying to get Polish subtitles to display properly, but I can never get them to change in VLC, notepad++, word etc. no matter what encoding / character set I choose(btw I'm remembering in VLC to ...
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How to setup WDE-4220B ip video encoder?

I have WDE-4220B MPEG-2 Encoder with IP Output. Can anyone explain how should the setup/installation of this encoder be done? Obviously there is a software to use but I even don't know how to setup ...
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Markdown files corrupted after syncing in Dropbox

I like to take notes in Markdown format and save them to Dropbox. Today I tried to open one of my note files and discovered that the file extension had been changed to ".MD.blfwiqj". When I attempted ...
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Lowest possible CPU/GPU use for screensaver encode for mac (with handbreak or other free / cheap video encoders)

Similar to What video codec puts the CPU/GPU under the least possible load while decoding? I want to know what is the best option for a 2014 15 retina mac pro. I tried MPEG 2 and it won't go as a S/S ...
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mlmmj: convert all e-mails to UTF-8

How to convert all e-mails coming to the mailing list into UTF-8 using mlmmj? The major reason for me to do that is that I need to use the predefined UTF-8 footer, which may not be compatible to the ...
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Improper Encoding in Chrome

I started to get this weird issue with chrome (latest) where specific characters would be displayed as other characters. Here is one example so instead of < and > it displays W (with the ...
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ffmpeg error when encoding h264 mp4 video

I'm trying to do a simple encoding of an mp4 in h264 to mp4 but I keep getting the error: Error while opening encoder for output stream #0:0 - maybe incorrect parameters such as bit_rate, rate, width ...
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Selecting text from unprotected text pdf issue

I am trying to copy some text from tables in an unprotected pdf. However, when I highlight the text (about size 10 font), it appears as though I am highlighting text with a huge font (size 50+). It is ...
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ffmpeg -sample_fmt error under Windows

I was tasked to convert a simple audio track on windows using the following command: ffmpeg -i mySound.mp3 -acodec libmp3lame -ar 48000 -ab 128k -ac 2 -sample_fmt s16 out.mp3 However it fails ...
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Firefox encodes some characters as squares filled with numbers

Since a couple of days I'm experiencing this problem: Firefox (and Light too) displays a lot of strange characters in different websites. Something like: 🎂   And so on. I realized that those ...
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How to change character set of text in Excel 2013

I have the following issue with Excel 2013, which is still surprisingly lacking proper multilanguage support despite it being, you know, XXI century. I have a text in Excel 2013 which is displayed as ...
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Vim scripting with Tcl: encoding mismatch

I am trying to write a plugin for Vim using Tcl as the backend language. I have written and tested most of the code and it seems to work fine except for one hurdle I can't seem to get over: encoding. ...
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Arabic Filenames messed up after backup. How to retrieve?

I needed to back up a computer with mixed Arabic and English (Roman) filenames because the computer hard drive was about to fail. The files copied over successfully, or so I thought. When I went to ...
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PHP exec iconv doesn't work

I have an .sh script and an iconv command inside. I can't use the PHP iconv function. I don't knwo why but with my script the iconv command doesn't do anything. It's creating an empty file without ...
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Excel csv encoding default

Ok here's the deal I exported a csv in UTF-16 format via PHP and open it in excel...All the encoding works perfectly. My question is, suppose I edit this csv and then just hit save in excel and ...
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Keep formatting while pasting to Visual Studio 2012

I'm having trouble keeping special formatting while copying from Notepad++ to Visual Studio 2012. I can't paste it here either, so I've made some images. Notepad++ Notepad The characters in ...
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Encoding Problems with dropbox on fat32 used on Windows and Debian

I am using an encrypted (Truecrypt) data-Partition (fat32), on which my Dropbox folder is located. This Partition is mounted on Windows 8 as well as Crunchbang (Debian wheezy) and Ubuntu 12.10. When ...
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FFMPEG Multistream WMV

I need a program for Ubuntu Lucid that can covert a video file to a multistream WMV. I have been looking into FFMPEG, but I can cannot figure out how to do several streams in a single WMV. Currently ...