For a tech blog, I feel I write a lot of stories. And event though I want to share what I've learned, I also feel that including a little bit of background adds a nice layer of context to what information I'm trying to pass along. I definitely don't wanna write a novel, but I feel that a little backlog might add an extra element to what I'm trying to convey.

Like this story: A couple of months ago I saw an article posted by HowToGeek on video recording in VLC. After reading it I went home to try it out, and didn't get any luck, VLC didn't record for me. At which point I commented on the blog saying as much. (The date of my post is July 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm).

Here we are now, almost three months later and I have to eat those words. VLC record does work in linux. But if your using Gentoo you need to make sure you have the right USE variables set or else it won't record.

I came across this while trying to figure out how to get x264 encoding to work in ffmpeg. And in some random google link I came across this webpage hosted on VLC's website. It basically contained the “secret sauce” to build VLC properly in Gentoo to get VLC to record. So of course I see and follow through with the website of adding the line:

media-video/vlc wxwindows aac dts a52 ogg flac theora oggvorbis matroska
freetype bidi xv svga gnutls stream vlm httpd cdda vcd cdio live

to my /etc/portage/packages.use, then recompiled. And VIOLA, the record button now functions properly. I admit to feeling a little sheepish for posting my comment so quickly. And of course now I feel compelled to post again to that article telling them I was wrong. Also, I feel like I should also post a comment to the gentoo forums because I was not able to find anything there regarding this problem, and hopefully I can help someone out before it becomes a three month problem for them.

Internet, I learned my lesson. From now on I will do better due diligence regarding my research before I post comments again. Can you forgive me? Thanks!

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