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Email text encoded with ASCII+1 scheme?

Something extremely strange is happening to me. I receive an email newsletter (about film news) and recently most of its text has suddenly begun to look like gibberish. The corresponding article, ...
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Non-unicode characters language in OS X

In Windows, whenever I am facing an incorrect display of non-unicode characters (for me usually Russian (Cyrillic) characters may get displayed as ancient runes =), I go to regional settings, set ...
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View Big5 File in Text Editor

I have a file encoded in Chinese Big5. Is there a text editor that I can use to view the file in Chinese? I'm on Windows. If I view the file in Notepad++ I see it decoded with my 8bit locale.
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Change excel encoding

Some ill-written program has exported an Excel file with the wrong Hebrew encoding, with cryptic strings like: ãåç ì÷åçåú äåãòåú åéîé äåìãú Using an encoding-solver site, I found out that the ...
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Windows 7 and UTF-8 saving and display in programs

I just got a new system, Windows 7 Home Premium, installed Notepad++ and used it for a few days. I wrote some html/php files in Chinese, saved as UTF-8 without BOM. Uploaded to server and tested, all ...
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Arabic subtitle files (srt) encoding is corrupted on windows 7

i copied some arabic subtitle files from a friend and when trying to view them on windows 7 home premium with notepad the texts appears as follows: ÃíåÇ ÇáÓÇÏÉ ÃäÇ ÇáÂä Úáì æÔß ÅÑÓÇá ÅÔÇÑÉ ãä åÐÇ ...
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Extracting and re-combining audio from a video

I'm fed up with Vegas, Premiere, Pinnacle, SoundForge and all of the other editors I've tried. I'm trying to modify the audio of an AVI file, but all of the editors I've tried insist on re-encoding ...
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Media Encoder w\ Merge Files & SandyBridge Hardware Encoding Support

So i have a Z68 chipset that allows Quick Sync encoding on my i7 processor. I want a media encoder that supports both Hardware encoding and allows me to "merge files". My problem is Fraps breaks my ...
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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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Decent profile for transcoding to webm and mp4 files with ffmpeg [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What bunch of ffmpeg scripts do I need to run “Video for everybody”? I am in the process of converting large, high quality, mxf container files (using mpeg-1 ...
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Default outgoing email encoding for Thunderbird 7.x and later [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change Thunderbird default encoding? How can I force Thunderbird 7.x to use UTF-8 as the default encoding for outgoing emails? Superuser has an answered question Change ...
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Best Handbrake settings for encoding TV shows

Been using Handbrake since it's the fastest and easiest program for me to understand as I'm not a real A/V guy and I'm getting some under par results from it when it comes to TV shows. I see episodes ...
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Compressing a bunch of HTMLs into one PDF

I have a lot of HTML files (webpages, saved with FireFox as one <filename>.html file and a <filename>_files directory with statics). How can i compress them into one large PDF file with ...
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What are the standard encodings in today's operating systems?

What are the standard encodings in Mac, Unix and others? I know that if my friend who uses Windows sends me a file, it'll most probably be encoded in cp1251. So in emacs, I can do: ...
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“poor” video encoding performance of the i5 2500k under Linux

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty), with an i5 2500k (not overclocked) and a z68 board. I'm trying to encode DVD quality VOB files to the iPhone preset in Handbrake, but in mkv format. I'm currently ...
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Naming confusion : Why it is not called Decoding but Encoding in every browser?

In browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and IE, there is an option called Encoding. It is used to decode the HTML documents into different languages. As far as I know, say, if I choose, "Encoding ...
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View properly file names inside a ZIP file in windows 1251(cyrillic) encoding

I have a zip file where directory and file names ( thousands of files ) are encoded in Windows 1251, according to its creator. I.e. the filenames contain Russian or Cyrillic letters. My Windows XP SP3 ...
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Why does encoding a video using the MJPEG codec take longer than MPEG-4?

I am testing the encoding performance (MPEG-4 and MJPEG) of a smart camera. I have written an application in OpenCV/FFMPEG for performing encoding, where the application captures images from the ...
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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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Video encoding for mobile: How do I choose FPS and bit rate?

I'm going to encode a video from DVD to mobile supported format (mp4, flv, H.263). For a 320x240 screen if I choose around 600 kb/s, how would I know FPS that I want? How is the bitrate is related to ...
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White Question Mark in Black Diamond

We are all familiar with the white question mark inside of a black diamond (�) when there is an encoding issue. Does this 'character' have an offical name? Or is it only referred to as the 'white ...
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Batch encode multiple webfont files into a CSS file?

I want to batch encode several .otf font files into a single CSS file. To my understanding, base64 embedded .otf fonts can be read by most browsers. Since Font-Squirrel's @font-face generator doesn't ...
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Terminal in OS X Lion: can't write åäö on remote machine

Can't type åäö on the command line when ssh'ing to a Debian machine. It works locally though. Changing 'Declare terminal as' to 'xterm-color' doesn't seem to help, either.
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change mp4 `ftyp` from `isom` to `mp42`

Will I be able to change the ftyp of an mp4 file? I have two mp4 files and placed it unto media info to see what is the difference. The other mp4 plays on my sansa fuze device while the other does ...
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Open source tool to merge videos (VCD CD, DVD chapters) without losing too much data prior to encoding

Is there an opensource tool to merge videos alongside with encoding. Merge in a sense to merge vcd cd1 and vcd cd2. or to merge different chapters of dvd. can handbrake do this?
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How to auto detect text file encoding?

There are many plain text files which were encoded in variant charsets. I want to convert them all to UTF-8, but before running iconv, I need to know its original encoding. Most browsers have an ...
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Encode HD video to a good format for editing

I have a video that I would like to edit, but it's currently a mov (H.264) file, which makes frame by frame editing impossible. So, I'd like to re-encode it to a better format. I read that DV is a ...
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How can I change the default encoding type Thunderbird uses when composing a new email?

Whenever I compose a new email message in Thunderbird, it defaults to the Western (ISO-8859-1) encoding, and I have to manually change it to UTF-8 every time. How do I change the default?
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Video encoding: How much does the video file size increase with fps?

Given that the next blockbusters of e.g. Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) and James Cameron (Avatar 2) are going to be shot with a frame rate of 48 fps (or even more) - i.e. more than the usual 24 fps - I ...
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Find all UTF-16 encoded files on Windows

Is there a tool available for Windows (command line, gui, script, etc.) that can recurse a directory and identify all files encoded as UTF-16?
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software to recode mp3 files

I have a mp3 file which in some players I can't seek properly (for example in Foobar). I think the timing information is messed up. I'm thinking of recoding it, maybe it will fix the problem. Can you ...
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Special characters in chrome

If I search for something containing non-ASCII characters from the address bar, using Google as the default search engine, any result that features the special characters in its URL is broken (the URL ...
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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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Change default code page of Windows console to UTF-8

Currently I'm running Windows 7 x64 and usually I want all console tools to work with UTF-8 rather than with default code page 850. Running chcp 65001 in the command prompt prior to use of any tools ...
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ImageMagick cannot use identify on remote image if it contains a port number

I am having trouble using exec identify on a remote image with imagemagick if the url contains a port number. So the url appears like this: http://isite.com:81/image.jpg If I remove the :81 it works. ...
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If I compress a file in a .7z archive with password, is it undecryptable without password?

I'm just curious to know whether or not an encrypted file is really save in terms of decrypting if I compress (or just save) a file into a .7z archive with a password. If I use a strong and ...
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Utility for converting Shift-JIS encoded files to UTF-8 encoded files

My client has a ton of Japanese text files which are encoded in Shift-JIS. They need a utility which can convert these files to UTF-8. Ideally, the tool would offer both command-line and interactive ...
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Encode DVD to H.264

I generally use dvd::rip software to encode DVDs to XviD files with specified size. I try the options of the software to encode to H.264, but it wasn's successful. How can I rip DVDs and encode to ...
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Can I set KiTTY default codepage to UTF-8 instead of ISO-8859-1?

I always use UTF-8, but KiTTY always resets to ISO-8859-1 for new sessions, so I have to configure this every time. Can this be altered?
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Fonts and encoding in windows live mail

Sometimes I have non-english emails (arabic for example). When I try to open them with windows live mail, it doesn't show them correctly.. for example such this: ...
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Do the same lame settings (--alt-preset standard) have differrent names?

I've always used windows, and therefore EAC to rip my CDs, but since I've started using Ubuntu more often, I decided to try to rip some albums there. I ended up using k3b (since I found it in the ...
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How is this word document encoded?

We have a program that was written for us by a developer that we can no longer contact, the program opens word documents (forms) that we use in our company, you can tell they are Word documents as the ...
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Why does my e-mail render incorrectly only for certain recipients and when I use a certain server?

This has been driving me absolutely crazy for a few days now. I have an e-mail. If I send it from a Windows Server 2003 server via MailEnable, a certain person receives it using Outlook 2003 just ...
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windows XP command line encoding

I have a problem when executing a "type" command on a file that containg regional characters. Although i can see the file properly with notepad or any other editor, when i try the command "type file" ...
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Grep a strange acirc character

I have this character appearing in places in some files I have: Â (if you can't see it or it looks like a question mark it's the Acirc character (capital A with a circumflex over it)) I simply want ...
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Why does video file size drastically increase on import from camera? (iMovie)

My Sony camera has a 60GB hard drive and can store many hours of 1080p video. However, when I import these videos in iMovie (i.e. h.264) in their full 1080p size, they end up consuming something like ...
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ffmpeg hangs when creating a video

I am trying to insert an audio channel with a video: first of all I extract the audio from the original video for processing: ffmpeg -i lotr.mp4 lotr.wav I then extract all frames for later ...
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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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How to add subtitles in other places

I've seen some videos where there are signs written in another language, and right next to the sign a subtitle has been added to explain what it says. So far I have only been able to add subtitles to ...