(Solved) PGS Subtitles not showing in KODI

Trying to convert some subtitles

PGS Subtitles not showing in KODI

I recently noticed one of the Blu-ray titles I ripped with MakeMKV then compressed with Handbrake wasn't displaying the subtitles in KODI despite the fact my bash script includes the --all-subs switch, which should embed all subtitles in the compressed file. After a bit of research I discovered that not all subtitles are the same. Some subtitles are text-based, while others are graphics-based.

Partial movie list & buying DVDs & Blu-rays

The Merchant of Venice

I've started an online movie list

There are so many movies in my movie collection that I'm starting to buy duplicates of movies I already own. In an attempt to cut down on buying duplicates of the same movies I've started an online movie list here:

Handbrake is chopping off the end of movies

Bad rips

Cut, Handbrake ate the end of my movies and tv shows

Over the weekend I spent a considerable amount of time using Handbrake to rip some of my media collection only to discover that the end of several movies and episodes of television shows had been cut off. At first I thought it was just a glitch with a movie I'd recently purchased and ripped for our media centre, but as I was transferring some episodes of a television show I'd also ripped I noticed the file sizes for some of the episodes were extremely small.

My Current Method for Ripping DVDs and Blu-rays

Things were starting to get crowded because of all the DVDs

How it started

Over many years I've amassed a large collection of DVDs and Blu-rays. I started collecting DVDs a bit more seriously around the time Rogers Cable in Canada decided to switch from an analog to a digital signal. When I first started collected DVDs I found a program called transcode that was capable of ripping the main DVD file and creating an AVI file. At the time I still used a 19" LACIE CRT monitor as a television, so 1080p wasn't even on my radar. Years past and my collection grew.

Finally a backup for our Kodi media centre

The top process in htop is an rsync session copying from one 8TB drive to another 8TB drive

Backups are important. I know backups are important. But for the past 2 years we've gone without a backup for the KODI media centre in our living room. Why haven't I backed up our server when I know it's important? In one word: cost. My budget for hardware is pretty limited. This is the main reason our media centre isn't running a new Ryzen processor with an m.2 drive. It's the reason why when I wanted to upgrade my own desktop (from an old Gigabyte motherboard and an A8-5600K APU) I instead opted for an Atermiter X79 Turbo motherboard and E5-1650 CPU from AliExpress.

Old video card showdown in the Xubuntu Corral

MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB Twin Frozr III video card

Buying a new video card right now is extremely difficult. Even if you can afford the extremely inflated prices of modern video cards, they're still pretty rare. One option is to buy a low-end card like the GeForce GT 1030. But even GT 1030s are scarce in some areas. Another option is to look at the used market, but even the used market has become pretty ridiculous in some areas. Cards with 4 years of use are selling for the same price or more than they were when they were brand new.

Installing KODI on Xubuntu 20.04

KODI open source home theatre software as installed on Xubuntu 20.04
The KODI wiki is an excellent place to start for information about KODI, however the install instructions do not work on Xubuntu 20.04.

Linux CD ripping in 2021 using Asunder

Using Asunder to rip a CD under Xubuntu 20.04
Asunder is a simple music CD ripping program for Linux. The version of Asunder in Xubuntu 20.04 needs some tweaking to work better.

Managing files in Linux using the Terminal

The terminal isn't as difficult as it's made out to be

People are sometimes afraid of Linux because they associate Linux with a command line window or a terminal. And while it's true a lot of things can be done in a terminal window, these days most tasks can also be done graphically. Why use a terminal at all then if most jobs can be done graphically? The terminal uses fewer resources to accomplish the same task. The terminal is also almost always a faster way to do the same job.

Beginner lessons learned from the 38th GM48 Game Jam - un-made game

GM48 - 48 hour GameMaker game jam results

About the 38th GM48 game jam

The 38th GM48 game jam is the 38th 48 hour game jam put on for developers who use the GameMaker game engine. Developers have 48 hours to create a game. Before the 48 hour jam starts participants up and down vote topics. The topic chosen for the 38th GM48 game jam was "Sixty seconds."