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Batch-convert files for encoding

How can I batch-convert files in a directory for their encoding (e.g. ANSI->UTF-8) with a command or tool? For single files an editor helps, but how to do the mass files job?
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Finding out if a FLAC or WAVPACK audio file is NOT originally encoded from a lossy source

Is there a way of checking that the so-called FLAC or WAVPACK audio file was originally encoded from a lossless source (WAV, CDA, APE, etc.) instead of a lossy source (MP3, AAC, ATRAC, etc.)? Say I ...
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Is there a license / royalty free DRM available for protecting and distributing content?

Is there a license / royalty free DRM available for protecting and distributing video content?
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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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What is this '°͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌' strange character?

I saw this °͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌͌ strange character online. I also noted that: It needs 26 backspaces to delete but behaves like one character when selecting. It is drawn vertically covering ...
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Firefox displays garbage characters in lieu of web page

On this web page http://taj.chass.ncsu.edu/Hindi.Less.05/dialog_script.html, firefox and opera running on windows and linux display the source html interspersed with garbage characters (for me, they ...
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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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convert file type to utf-8 on unix - iconv is failing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Batch-convert files for encoding or line ending under Windows How can I convert multiple files to UTF-8 encoding using *nix command line tools? I've got a php file on ...
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How can I convert from hex to base64?

Can anyone recommend a straightforward way/tool to convert hex to base64? I'm using Linux and OS X.
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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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OS X: Base64 encode via command line

Is there a terminal command in Mac OS X which will base64 encode a file or stdin?
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Rip DVD on Linux

I want to rip a DVD and store it in a good and compressed format. What software to use for that and what is the best format; I want best quality and low file size. +1 if I don't have to install any ...
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Remove Audio stream from XVID files

I have a bunch of Xvid files that each have an audio stream that I do not want. How can I strip the audio track I don't want using the Linux command line? I don't need the whole script (loop), ...
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Special characters in Emacs dired and attachment paths on Windows 7: “\374” instead of “ü” displayed

I want to use dired+ in Emacs for browsing directory paths on Windows 7. I'm having problems with special characters like äöü in dired mode and in attachment paths: dired When I'm trying to ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I create a zip / tgz in Linux such that Windows has proper filenames?

Currently, tar -zcf arch.tgz files/* encodes filenames in UTF, so Windows users see all characters spoiled in filenames which are not english, and can do nothing with it. zip -qq -r arch.zip files/* ...
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Is it possible to change the default encoding in notepad? [duplicate]

On windows 7 (x64), the default option, for saving text files in notepad is ANSI. One can select other encoding from the combo box, however, I'd like this option to be the default.
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How to switch back text encoding to UTF-8 with emacs?

Suddenly some of my text files, I'm editing with Emacs had changed and special characters were shown in a strange way, e. g. \344 instead of ä \374 instead of ü ... and so on. In another file I now ...
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Which resize algorithm to choose for videos?

I'm using VirtualDub for encoding with those settings. However I record my stuff in 1920x1080 and resize it down to 1280x720. Now the question: which algorithm should I choose when making a balanced ...
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Turn multiple PNG images into a H264 encoded 1280x720 animation for YouTube HD upload

I have lots of PNG images: pic1.png pic2.png pic3.png ... They are all of size 1280x720. I want to turn them into an animation and upload it to YouTube as a HD video. I've heard that H264 is a good ...
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Best Audio bitrate/encoding? [closed]

I want to rip all my CDs again. What is the best bitrate to use? I am thinking of OGG with 192 (it seems OGG uses ABR and doesnt have a VBR?). I cant remember what i used but i many ripped as m4a and ...
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What is the best way to reencode a video with Xvid?

What is the best way to reencode a video with Xvid? I used FFmpeg in the past (I havent tried using FFmpeg with Xvid however - does FFmpeg keep up with Xvid releases?). With FFmpeg I either need to ...
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How do I find out which language some Unicode characters belong to?

On Facebook, there are currently messages floating around with these strange chars: ก็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ กิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิิ ก้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้้ They are used to confuse the reader, because ...
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What is the video format to use for archiving videos for long term storage? [closed]

I want to store some videos for long term. But I'm not sure what is the most compatible video format. I don't want to wake up one day in the future when computers use some totally different ...
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Is it possible to improve video quality while encoding?

I have a cheapo HD camcorder that gives me MOI and TOD files. When I copy videos from the camcorder I use Handbrake to encode them into MP4. Upon playback of the TOD or MP4 file you can see what looks ...
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How to use mencoder to speed up video?

There's a webcam streaming WMV video that I can play/record with mplayer/mencoder (Debian Lenny including Debian-multimedia) just fine. I'd like to capture the video such that, when played back, it's ...
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Tutorials for HandBrake? [closed]

Does anyone know of any good HandBrake tutorials? I'm new to video encoding in general and could use the help.
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Computer Hardware Theory: Why binary bits?

Since this isn't a research-level question (seeing as I am not in a graduate program) I decided to plop on over here from the other CS Q&A site. Why do we use binary to encode information in ...
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What is the best Handbrake preset for playing video files on Tivo Series 3

I have Mac2Tivo app running, and I can put video files on Tivo. Tivo supposedly supports avi and various other encoding, but half the time video's don't play. I'm pretty sure this has something to do ...
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Can GNU sed (for Windows) handle Unicode? If so, is it a code-page/locale issue, or a switch?

I've been using GNU SED on and off for a couple of years now. It spins me out a bit sometimes, but it does a good job... for single-byte char sets! I now and then notice references to GNU SED being ...
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Copy + Paste Chinese From Website

I am re-branding a website that has both English & Chinese Traditional text. When I am copying + pasting the Chinese text into notepad++, the characters gets displayed as question marks. I tried ...
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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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dreamweaver disable “language for non unicode programs” detection

Dreamweaver CS4 auto-detects the language for non unicode programs in windows, in my case it is russian, and conviniently sets the default encoding to be western european instead of the much preferred ...
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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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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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My WMP only plays sound for my .mov files. How to fix it?

My friend created some .mov files with his mac. Now I'm trying to play them in my Windows 7 machine with Windows Media Player and I only see sound but not image. There must be an encoding issue. But ...
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Displaying Korean characters properly on a computer with English Windows XP

I have Windows XP Professional Version 2002 SP 3 English version I have installed the required input methods in Regional and Language Settings and as far as I know all the other options provided there ...
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Watch a partial WMV - partially downloaded in emule?

How can I watch a partial WMV, partially downloaded in eMule? I know it can be done for MPGs.
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Good DVD ripper - for Divx [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: DVD ripper for Windows Rip DVD on Linux Best Mac OS X DVD Ripper I'm currently going through my DVD collection, and digitising it, to allow me to watch it on a media ...