Using a ShuttlePro with Kdenlive

I bought a little hand friendly thing with a lot of buttons and wheels – a Jog-Shuttle called “Contour ShuttlePro v2”. It’s supposed to make video editing a lot easier by putting most of the functions you need on the fingertips on one hand. With mouse and keyboard there is a lot of moving around.
I got a bit of trouble while setting it up – so here is my write up for later reference – perhaps mostly for me after a reinstall.

Getting Kdenlive to recognize it

Out of the box some key work as mouse buttons and the wheel acts as a mouse wheel. The other buttons do nothing. But Kdenelive doesn’t find it.

I followed the manual and set up an udev rule. Get root and create the file /etc/udev/rules.d/90-contour-shuttleXpress.rules . Put this line into it:

SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0b33", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0030", MODE="0444"

Now we have to find the device address. Open a console and enter

fgrep Contour -A4 /proc/bus/input/devices

My output was:

N: Name="Contour Design ShuttlePRO v2"
P: Phys=usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.1/input0
S: Sysfs=/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb3/3-1/3-1.1/3-1.1:1.0/0003:0B33:0030.0001/input/input3
U: Uniq=
H: Handlers=mouse0 event0

The event0 in the last line is the number to be entered at Kdenlives dialog – in my case as /dev/input/event0.

Now Kdenlive found the thing an I could set up some keys. (Findig a good keymapping is another thing….. ) But the wheel made funny stuff – like the mouse wheel. Somehow Kdenlive got the events in duplicate – as mouse wheel and jog-shuttle. Chaos.

In a mailing list I found the solution: disable xinput for this thing. Look for the device by

xinput --list

I found the line

   ↳ Contour Design ShuttlePRO v2 id=8 [slave  pointer  (2)]

And with the line

xinput set-int-prop 8 "Device Enabled" 8 0

I got rid of it in xinput. The first 8 is the id of the device, the second one is magic.  😉

Now it works like a charm.



No Starch Press GIMP Books 30% off!


You know that I like the No Starch Press GIMP books – I even had my hand in the production of one of them. The other is always in reach at my desk. Over at Reddit there is a coupon code for getting 30% off of them – valid until May 6.

(I once got some $$$ and a crate of books from them for doing a technical review, but this is not paid by anyone for.)

Yay, mainstream! – and trojaned GIMP installers

This post describes a malware attack using a malicious download link for GIMP for Windows. You can trust this link, it’s the Source.

And now the WARNING!

(The title and the following text have been stolen by me from Michael Schumacher at the GIMP Developers Mailing List and GIMP Users Mailing List.) 


recently, we’re seeing more and more sign of GIMP becoming mainstream – the availability of several GIMP installers for the Microsoft Windows platforms loaded with trojans is certainly an indication for that.

The most common trojan seems to be InstallIQ. A piece of software that grants the providers of the actual installers plausible deniability because the installers itself is clean, and because the user has to agree to install additional “utilities” during setup.

Case 1:

Step 1: the victim is sent a scam mail pointing to a file at (which disguses as a image upload site).

Step 2: the files provided there are .gmp files (huh?)

Step 3: for viewing those files, there’s a link to, where the infected installer is located

Case 2:

Another victim or culprit of a related scam seems to be the site, which used to host a modifed version of GIMP which resembled the Photoshop UI. Either its original author has gone to the Dark Side, or that site has been taken over by a scammer – it is distributing InstallIQ-infected installers.


If you see any GIMP installer sites which have a fine print with phrases like

“is distributing a modified installer which is different from the original ones”




“the installer is compliant with the original software manufacturer’s policies”

then do the following:


And now it’s me again. InstallIQ seems not to be a trojan but an installer that pays out some money for the hosters. It has the capability to load more software and seems so to be considered a risk to the security of the system.

Exploring Picozu Beta

Breanna Carter has offered to write some news articles for Meet the GIMP!. This is her first piece, about a free to use online graphics tool. I’ll steer her to real Open Source in the future 😉 , but this project fro Romania is way to cool not to be mentioned. BTW, next show is in the works – Rolf 
The people at Picozu have created a purely web-based photo-manipulation and drawing app.  Picozu is still in beta testing mode, but may prove to be one of the most user-friendly and interactive online tools for designing images for the web and personal art.
Instead of relying on traditional software building tools to create the program, Picozu relies on HTML5, CSS, and Javascript to run. While you can access it from any browser, it seems to work best in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Because of the web browser integration of the product, it is easy to upload photos from your social media websites. If you sign in with Facebook, you can access any one of your albums for a wide selection of photos. You can also access sites like Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and Deviant Art as well.
Because the program doesn’t run on any Flash or ActionScript, mobile phone developers and tablet designers may begin to have a field day with the product. There is not a set standard for tablet design other than Adobe products and Picozu may take the cake for a free alternative.
When it comes to features, Picozu includes all of the basics of graphic programs  and more. Staples like brushes, filters, layers, curves, and a histogram are all present and easily accessible. Cropping and resizing are simple tasks and you can save your altered images to your desktop folders  for easy upload to social media sites, or Picozu’s own servers.
One of the most heralded innovations of the new browser app is the Picozu Shooter. Instead of fumbling around with messy browser screenshots, this add-on allows you to take still images of websites and transfer them directly into Picozu instead of fumbling around with GIMP. The only downside to this feature is that it is only available in Mozilla Firefox or Safari right now.
While many are praising this new innovation, it is still in beta and needs much more development. You can help contribute by using the service, giving feedback, or even giving donations to the developers in order to keep the product free of charge.

Torrents are working again

We have now a new torrent system with new trackers and a new packaging system. The newest up to ten shows will be available as single torrents. Then there will be packages of 10 and finally 50 episodes bundeled together.

And here is the first bunch:

The current show 149

Episode 100 – 149

Episode 050 – 099

Episode 001 – 049

I would be grateful for a bunch of seeders for the big bundles.

Thursday is the new Tuesday!

I need to chop up the production of the show into different parts, because rendering the video in the different stages takes a lot more time for the HD show. No problem, the computer can do that alone. But the gaps are now so large that I can’t fit the production into one day.

The problems with the video decoding are caused by the use of the “AVC1” codec. This thing is quite modern and powerful, but needs a lot of machine resources and current software for playing it.

I can’t help you if your machine is too slow to play the video – you’ll have to switch to the mobile version and have basically the same quality as before except for a worse zoom factor. If there is demand for an intermediate format we can do that also – just write a comment with a proposition.

Mac/Quicktime users find an update here:, for Windows this was recommended:

As I don’t use Windows or Mac I can’t t tell you what happens if you install the software. 😉 And if you have additional tips, links and comments, click on the heading of this posting and you’ll see a comment area below.

Watch your step! Web site testing under way!

Daniel is working on the new website design. Some stuff, like the video integration, is only testable under live conditions. Please post comments here, if you see anything that is not right.

At the moment we have managed to break all video downloads. But you can access them directly:


Extra files:

We are both working hard on destroying the rest of the system. 😉

We apologize for…. and so on, see sign at the End of the Universe. 😉