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This workshop is part of the Graphics Lab, a project aimed at picture retouching to improve the graphical content of the Wikimedia projects. More information about the lab can be found on its main page and requests pages (Illustrations ; Photographs ; Maps ; Video and Sound). To ask questions or make a suggestions, see the talk page of the graphic lab page.

This specific page is the requests page for the Video and Sound Workshop. Anyone can make a request for a video or sound to be improved. The standard format for making a request is shown below, along with general advice, and should be followed.

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Vidéo subtitles[edit]

Request: Hello, could someone check the timecodes in TimedText:Barack Obama 2011 Tucson memorial The video is about 30mn long and I'm afraid the subtitles start to diverge at around 8mn. Thank you, Comte0 (talk) 06:09, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Stock-brush-red.svg Request taken by Bloonstdfan360 I'll look over this when I have more time (this weekend). --Bloonstdfan360 / talk / contribs 05:16, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done --Morn (talk) 13:46, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

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Flooding video with chat[edit]

Request: Could someone remove (blank out) the chat on bottom? Cannot be cropped since the timestamp should survive. The source video is probably available (if needed) from the uploader (had a conversation with him in IRC). Thanks! :) --Saibo (Δ) 22:50, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

I'd propose the green text (title of video/IRC chat) be preserved. The first one should appear in the entire video probably reading "LordKaT Live! | Hurricane Irene Transmission, Live from Staten Island" or some similar message. Another possibility is the move of the time stamp to the bottom corner of the video above the chat area (on the tree). -- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 17:28, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s): ✓ Done:

There seems to be some problems on the top and bottom of the video, can this be fixed? It wasn't visible in the source video. -- 15:29, 2 September 2011 (UTC)
Awesome (also the full editing source code - great!). For some reason the time stamp is jumping vertically. Do you know why or have an easy way to fix it?
@87...: I do not notice the problems you describe. Which player do you use? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 00:54, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
I am using the default flash player here on wikimedia websites. Not certain what is running. If you full resolution the video on chrome there is discoloration at the top and bottom edge of the video form time to time. Maybe it is a player issue. -- とある白い猫 ちぃ? 02:07, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
✓ Done Ok, I solved the "jumping" glitch. --McZusatz (talk) 18:05, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
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Russian federal subject anthems[edit]

Request: Needs compression 02:16, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s): Do you mean the bit rate? --McZusatz (talk) 18:10, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

The bit rate. They need cleanup. --Участник (talk) 07:03, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
I don't suggest to reduce the bit rate even more. Right now its at approx. 128 kbps for those files and that's just fine. A higher bit rate would only boost the file size and lower the quality. A lower bit rate would introduce even more compression artefacts. --McZusatz (talk) 10:45, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
The first file has some errors (cutting, etc.) in playing. Should you fix that? --Jun Tarashchalev (talk) 02:26, 5 April 2012 (UTC)
Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:24, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Buryat anthem in Russian[edit]

Request: Could you replace with ? --B. N. Yenereganov (talk) 12:02, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Is this a different version? Then it should not be replaced. If relevant, you can upload this as a new file and link those two version to each other. --McZusatz (talk) 12:27, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
Likely a same version. Please replace with a new one, thanks. --B. N. Yenereganov (talk) 01:21, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
Why should this be replaced, if its the same version? --McZusatz (talk) 08:55, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
The file comes fromГимн+Бурятия , but it is low quality. The same file from is high of quality. --B. N. Yenereganov (talk) 02:41, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
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Badly muxed videos[edit]

Request: bugzilla:41376#c3 has a list of videos where "oggThumb failed to create the thumbnail". Looks like they might have problems similar to File:200908281027-Jack Herrick-Lessons from wikiHow.ogg which was fixed. Could someone check how they can be fixed and if possible do it? --Nemo 19:11, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:25, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Remove Reflections[edit]

Request: Have a look at the ifc. Is this even possible? --McZusatz (talk) 11:18, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

{{ifc|please remove water reflection (sky, houses, people) for the purpose of this vid is to see the floating leaves under water. TY!}}

Graphist opinion(s): The use of a polarizer filter is indicated in such situations (see:Vermeidung_von_Spiegelungen). I don´t know how to remove it now... Regards, --Pristurus (talk) 22:43, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:25, 5 June 2015 (UTC)


Please cut and increase the loudness.--Antemister (talk) 21:19, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Did some trim, noise removal, amplification and normalization. Ok? --McZusatz (talk) 00:30, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:25, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Request for subtitles[edit]

Request: Attach subtitles to the following videos

File:President Obama speaks on explosions in Boston (2013-04-15).ogv does not yet have any subtitles in English.✓ Done File:Dmitry Medvedev - International Space Station.ogv needs subtitling from the Russian transcript and the English transcript. In addition File:Dmitry Medvedev address on 26 August 2008 regarding Abkhazia & South Ossetia.ogg needs subtitles from the Russian transcript as well as the English transcript

Also File:Rimah Fakih, The First Muslim Miss USA, is Touted and Criticized by Arab Americans.ogv needs English subtitles

Also File:Depression era gangsters.ogg

WhisperToMe (talk) 09:03, 16 April 2013 (UTC) Opinion(s):

✓ Done File:Dmitry Medvedev address on 26 August 2008 regarding Abkhazia & South Ossetia.ogg. Is it ok this way? (Google did the job for me).
And for File:Dmitry Medvedev - International Space Station.ogv I am not sure where the TT starts. Is it the whole page like this? --McZusatz (talk) 07:41, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
It might be. Ask a Russian speaker and/or compare it to the Russian subtitles. WhisperToMe (talk) 00:54, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Also File:US President Barack Obama, surveillance activities, June 2013.ogv

✓ Done. --McZusatz (talk) 09:06, 16 July 2013 (UTC)


WhisperToMe (talk) 17:22, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done. --McZusatz (talk) 21:20, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
Thank you :) WhisperToMe (talk) 03:12, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Locally uploaded on English Wikipedia but can be altered and transferred to Commons: en:File:NSApolygraphvideo.webm to the English Wikipedia. This is the transcript (Archive), and it would go to: WhisperToMe (talk) 18:22, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

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Request for American sign language video footage for File:Sextortionagent_interview.ogg[edit]

Request: Make American sign language video footage for File:Sextortionagent_interview.ogg


WhisperToMe (talk) 04:11, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:27, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Make Commons-appropriate version of :en:File:NSApolygraphvideo.webm[edit]

Article(s): for non-fair use versions of National Security Agency


Even though NSA-produced videos are public domain, the NSA-produced video at en:File:NSApolygraphvideo.webm also included short excerpts of copyrighted material from Meet the Parents and The Simpsons. Please make the following adjustments and upload the file to the Commons:
  • Cut out "Meet the parents"/"Simpsons" 00:20 to 00:27
  • Cut out Simpsons 00:35-00:38
  • Blacken visual of Meet the Parents but keep audio 00:48-00:51
  • Cut out Meet the Parents 00:52-00:53
  • Cut out The Simpsons 01:10-01:16

Thank you, --WhisperToMe (talk) 03:05, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:27, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Ernie Banks Medal of Freedom presentation at the White House[edit]

Article(s): Ernie Banks Wikipedia article


Can someone please extract the section from the video here: where Ernie Banks gets the Medal of Freedom? I'd like to add that portion of the video to his article, but the whole ceremony is posted. Perhaps there is also value in extracting each "section" of the presentation for use in the respective articles, but I'm only interested in the Ernie Banks portion.

The video is 1700 MB, and I really don't have the necessary software to extract such a small portion from such a large video... --Oaktree b (talk) 05:25, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

It would help if you provided us with a time code (i.e. the minute and second where the section begins and the minute and second where the section should end.) --McZusatz (talk) 09:44, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
✓ Done Victor Treushchenko (talk) 15:24, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
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EOL videos[edit]

Videos: Encyclopedia of Life educational videos (collection on Vimeo)

Many are lovely and CC-BY or CC-SA.
Can someone please extract and convert and upload these to Commons? Thank you. --SJ+ 20:23, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
Hmm, they limited their api to 60 items but there seem to be more than 350 videos... --McZusatz (talk) 14:00, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:28, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Removing noise from sound (in video)[edit]

Article(s): en:To the Sky (Tijana Dapčević song) +az, bg, cs, hu, hy, no, ru, sv, tr


In these videos there's a "beeeeeep"-noise that I don't know how to get rid of. I also want to fade in and out in the beginning and the end of the videos, but I thought it might be easier to fix the noise if I didn't. --abbedabbdisk 15:45, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

This is really easy to do in three steps:
  1. Extract the audio:
    ffmpeg -i Tijana_Dapčević_-_To_The_Sky_presentation_\(English\).webm -vn -c:a copy audioStreamOnly.ogg
  2. Remove the noise using audacity: Select a "noise-only" part of the audio and click on "Effect" - "Noise Removal ..." - "Get Noise Profile". Select the whole audio stream and click on "Effect" - "Noise Removal ..." - "OK:
  3. Merge the audio back into the video:
    ffmpeg -i LowNoiseAudioStreamOnly.ogg -i Tijana_Dapčević_-_To_The_Sky_presentation_\(English\).webm -c:a copy -c:v copy MERGED.webm
--McZusatz (talk) 11:31, 6 May 2014 (UTC)
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Reduce data size and conversion to animated GIF[edit]

Article(s): en:Florence et al.


I need to get this vid 75% downsized (not possible with freeware) and converted to an animated GIF . Could someone with a proper software do that please? --Mattes (talk) 17:41, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

I could do it, but there is no reason to make an animated GIF? The webm plays fine in browsers and the GIF would be large and pointless? Can you explain why you would need that? Nesnad (talk) 07:34, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

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Add subtitles to Edward Snowden videos[edit]



Please add English subtitles. File:Edward Snowden speaks about NSA programmes at Sam Adams award presentation in Moscow.webm already has English subtitles. --WhisperToMe (talk) 13:48, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:30, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Requesting a 'help video clip' Universal language selector extension for Marathi language[edit]

Article(s): w:mr:विकिपीडिया:Input System; w:mr:विकिपीडिया:धूळपाटी/फाँटप्रॅक्टीससहाय्य; MW:Help:Extension:UniversalLanguageSelector/Input methods/mr-transliteration; Some other help pages on various wiki projects like mr-wiktionary/wikisource and on; and on introductory pages on Marathi language webpages news portals and mr-wiki communities on facebook etc.


Details of your request go here...

Hi, I dont know if this is the right place to make this help request.

  • requesting help for 'help video clip'

We came across one video clip for Universal Language Selector help for Telugu language wikipedia as shown below. The clip is usefull but it does not show how to access help page. We will apreciate if some one helps us with simmiller clip for Marathi language with w:mr:Marathi Wikipedia background/or commons Marathi main page background. This shall be usefull to marathi language users on commons too and many more wiki projects including that of Marathi Wikipedia.

  • We prefer video clip for अक्षरांतरण input option in ULS (after selecting अक्षरांतरण if you type marAThi it gives मराठी - i.e. Marathi)
    • I am not sure if We can have a chance to fit Following sintence in subtitles
"अक्षरांतरण मध्ये टाईप करा/Type (मिळेल/get): marathi (मरथि), marAthee/maraaThee (मराठी),mahaaraaShTra (महाराष्ट्र), Jnaaneshvara (ज्ञानेश्वर), teMDUlkara (तेंडूलकर) KShaNaardha (क्षणार्ध) pravaasa (प्रवास) pRthvee (पृथ्वी) • rrya ऱ्य, rrha ऱ्ह, E अ‍ॅ, O ऑ."

Thanks and Regards

Mahitgar (talk) 09:51, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

This looks like a simple screen-capture. If you tell me your operating system, I can tell you how to do it yourself. --McZusatz (talk) 09:30, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Windows 7 and Fire Fox that gets auto updated version
Mahitgar (talk) 13:11, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
I used some years ago. Download & install version 2.7.2 (Build r326) and select "Region"->"Full screen" after starting the program. Everything should be pretty self-explanatory. As soon as you are done with the recording and saved the file and you are unsure about editing (trimming, cropping, cutting, ...), just let us know. --McZusatz (talk) 16:03, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for this valuable info, its nice of you. Since I posted help requests else where earlier along with this. The author of Telugu clip has come forward to help us out, as of now we would prefer to have the clip same from him since he has already done similler work. And in longer run focus is to develop some Marathi Wikipedia users for this task but certainly that would take time. For any further required help we will certainly come back to you. Warm rgds Mahitgar (talk) 03:16, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
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Add subtitles to Poul-Henning Kamp videos[edit]

Article(s): Poul-Henning Kamp


Please add English subtitles --WhisperToMe (talk) 12:34, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:33, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Requests for subtitles of Hindenburg newsreels and radio calls[edit]

Article(s): en:Hindenburg disaster


Requests for subtitles of Hindenburg newsreels and radio calls --WhisperToMe (talk) 14:27, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s):

Working on the radio audio. The newsreel video already has subtitles. --Stock-brush-red.svg Request taken by Maklaan (talk) 12:44, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done radio audio -- Maklaan (talk) 15:03, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

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Subtitles in Japanese[edit]

en:Shinzo Abe
  • I would like for subtitles in Japanese to be made, and then those subtitles should be translated into English. Thanks! --WhisperToMe (talk) 09:32, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
Red x.svg StaleYann (talk) 20:34, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Rotating a video[edit]

How to rotate a video? Thanks in advance, --Yann (talk) 23:20, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
Normally your transcoding program should do such things for you. Using the ffmpeg command line you have to add the additional parameter -vf "transpose=2" to get a 90 degrees (counterclockwise) rotation. Stock-brush-red.svg Request taken by Pristurus (talk) 00:37, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I used Firefogg, and it didn't. Regards, Yann (talk) 00:54, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, you may give ffmpeg a chance... Alternatively upload your source (mp4) to an external filehosting page and I will do the rotation for you. Using the existing webm file would result in an unnecessary loss of quality. Greetings, --Pristurus (talk) 12:23, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  • ✓ Done - Beautiful scene. Not sure quite why you needed this as a video and not a picture though, the video doesn't show anything a picture couldn't? Cheers, Nesnad (talk) 07:52, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
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