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My Video and General FAQ

Hi guys, due to the unexpected popularity of my videos I have been a bit overwhelmed by the responses I’ve received, so I thought I would answer some of the most repeated questions here in one post for you. If I have directed you here it is because I do my best to give a relevant, personal answer to all of the messages I have received, but I’ve answered your question previously so you can benefit from what I’ve already written. 😎

1. Technical Support Questions / Detailed Explanations
2. Video Recording/Editing
3. Hardware/Software/Distribution Info
4. Personal Info/Choices/Linux vs. Windows

1. Technical Support Questions / Detailed Explanations…

I love you guys, I really do, and I so badly want to help each and every one of you, but trying to help everyone troubleshoot their issues or solve problems would be extremely difficult for me, and I couldn’t answer you in a timely manner. So please use one of the support channels available to you that I use at the least, and then point me to the question there – I’ll do my best to try and help out too, but no promises! Some of the places I go first are: #linux and #ubuntu on IRC, or #ffmpeg for ffmpeg questions, #kdenlive for kdenlive, and so on – the folks on IRC are patient and helpful. For those running a variant of Ubuntu, there is no better place than the Ubuntu forums for support, as the community there is absolutely massive, and friendly!

2. Video Recording/Editing

What video camera do you use?

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 – watch my video here for details.

Update: Most of my videos you see produced after October of 2010 were shot with my Panasonic HDC-TM700 it records in 1080p, full HD at nearly 60 FPS and I’m loving it! I’ve also upgraded my webcam to the Logitech c910 which can shoot 720p at 30 FPS.

What microphone do you use?

Marshall MXL USB.008 USB Condenser Microphone – for Narrations

Update: I still use the above mic for narrations, but I got a new Rhode SVM condenser mic after October 2010 to be used with my Panasonic TM700.

What screen capture program do you use?

I use ffmpeg’s -x11grab option to record my desktop, though I have also used gtk-recordmydesktop for a quick and easy GUI front-end (unfortunately it only records in OGG format), and also kdenlive has a screen capture utility. While the option to record audio is available, I do my narration after recording my desktop.

Update 11/2011 – I found a screen capture program for Linux that I love, it’s called the Kazam Screen Casting Tool, and here is my video review of it.

What non-linear editor do you use to edit your videos?

This is one area where dual-booting with Windows helps me. Depending on the video I may use Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas Pro, or KDEnlive for my video. Each does things a little differently than the other. I am always looking for good (hopefully open source?) video editors, and am hopeful that lumiera or another Linux program can someday be to me what Final Cut Pro is to Mac users.

3. Hardware/Software/Distribution Info

What theme do you use?

Slickness Black – watch my video here for details.

Where did you get your background picture? Was it made in gimp?

I love fractals, and the majority of the pictures I use are from with the Creative Commons license. (You may also have seen pictures of Adriana Lima or Alessandra Abrosio 😉

What distributions do you use?

I work on a handful of different computers, which have a combination of Ubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Server, Windows Vista, and Windows XP on them at the moment. I don’t currently use other distributions, though I have Debian and 64 Studio and intend on seeing if they will work better for some of the things I’m trying to do, like multimedia production. For the foreseeable future my videos will be based on Ubuntu, unless someone can give me compelling reasons I should switch to a different distribution when I’m comfortable with this one.

What animation/effect/setting am I seeing on your desktop?

Watch my Compiz videos here, here, and here for details on my desktop settings, including the animations, zoom effects, and so on.

What computer hardware do you have?

I have several different PCs, and I record from a number of them, so my answer will differ on any given day!

4. Personal Info/Choices/Linux vs. Windows

Why did you use this command/program/shell rather than this other one/do it this way?

One of the best things about Linux is the amazing number of choices you have to do any one task. I try to focus my videos toward newbies to Linux but also introduce them to slightly more advanced concepts, while staying as distribution-neutral as possible. I know there are many other ways to do everything I talk about, and please do keep giving suggestions on how to improve, I love them!

A/S/L/what do you like/who do you like/etc?

Read my About Me page here! <3

Why do you hate Windows/Microsoft?

I don’t hate Windows or Microsoft, I use Windows all the time for playing games and certain tasks I haven’t fully switched over to Linux for yet (like some types of video editing). I think Linux is better for certain things, and Windows for certain things, so I try to use the best tool for the job.

So why did you say this negative thing about Windows/Microsoft/etc?

Microsoft is easy and fun to joke about, but that doesn’t mean I have something against them. I joke about everything, and I like to use satire in my videos/articles. Unfortunately satire and sarcasm don’t always translate well over the internet…

How can I get in touch with you/learn more about you/get to know you better?

My About Me page here is a great place to start. Honestly I am a Twitter addict, so add me on Twitter here and you’ll get to read more than you ever wanted to know about me! Now with frequent TwitPics too!


  1. Brian Watkins says:

    Can ubuntu be installed on a ematic tablet that runs android 4.0 ?

  2. Derek says:

    Hi,Just a very quick question on you tube video standards. Many downloads have mp4 files in HQ135 HQ141 etc. What is this ? it wont play on my Linux VLC player or anything else. Is it a standard for handheld devices ?? can it be played with a new codec ?
    Can’t find answers on Web Sites. Thanks for any light you can bring on this subject.

  3. prasanta biswas says:

    i installed windows 7 after i installing fedora 19,, i lost the grub bootloader of fedora which is replaced by windows bootloader. now i dont have dual boot i cant access fedora.but i know it is still in the partition. how to get back grub to dual boot.please help.Regards Prasanta Biswas from Kolkata

  4. Jesse says:

    Dear Nixie
    I just started watching your youtube channel and found it very informing. My step sister’s name is also Nicole. Although I am not new to linux, I am not much of a veteran either. I am interested mostly in the security side of linux such as kali linux (backtrack 6).

    I just bought a ultrabook from amazon, the Acer aspire s3-391 and wanted to install Ubuntu. I checked their (ubuntu) forums and still need help. When I try to boot from a usb or sd (no cd tray) card I am told booting from usb is not supported. I tried downloading to desktop and installing from there and still given an error message. I tried installing BIOS and no luck. I do not like windows 8. If you could help me learn how to get a real OS on my laptop instead of windows or show me where I could find a video or tutorial on this I would be grateful.

    Regards, Jesse

    • Nobody says:

      You need to set the BIOS to boot in “legacy mode” instead of UEFI. If ubuntu already supports UEFI, then you could also simply import/whitelist the EFI files from the boot media inside the BIOS.

  5. mrezstreet says:

    I did a upgreat from ubuntu 13.02>14.04 and my password on login wont work. All the things I find online wont work due to what ever error made this happen. Sadly my all my data along with 20k pictures are all on this bad upgrade. Installed 12.04 on harddrive and use it again. Any hope to fix this?

  6. Blake Ayrl says:

    Thought of one idea for a video for you it isn’t up my alley but encrypting a hard drive ~ best wishes on your health ~

  7. Ricardo A says:

    I installed Ubuntu 15.10 x64 on a virtual box on my windows laptop and no matter what i’ve done from your video I cant seem to get any sound at all. I even followed some guides. Do you have any idea what i can do to fix that issue?

  8. adam says:

    Dear Nixie,

    So I’m on my second day of using linux mint 18.1 Cinnamon. Thus far, I cannot get to any wifi connectivity (Ethernet is connected and working). I been through most problems with helpers on Hex chat, running most of the command lines available! It’s an Intel 7265 Card. HP ENVY. Ive just entered the bios and reset to load default…still not luck. And chance of a suggestion…Pretty pls.

  9. Ahmad says:

    hi i have been trying to ask you for a favour, for the 4th time my Terminal got crashed. It wont start and it seems many people have this issue and many people used different methods in order to have this problem fixed. Can you help me fix this problem ? and you should do a video about it it seems many are searching for solutions online.

    Each time terminal crashes, i havce even paid money for technicians to take a look at it and they couldnt fix it, so i have to re-install my ubuntu and now happened again 🙁

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