If you’ve always wanted to search for movies or TV shows from your desktop, here is a tool that meets your needs and does it for you, whenever you want: VidMasta.
Not everyone can watch what they like at the time they spend on TV and even with modern receivers, it is not always possible to record the programming to watch later. VidMasta is the solution for this type of problem, it is free and multiplatform, that is, it can be installed and run on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
VidMasta: an application that searches for movies and TV shows
With VidMasta you can search for movies, read, view, watch and download all movie or television titles that are being shared online. To use it, no additional software is needed other than Java (version 6 or higher).
Using VidMasta, you can do the following:
- Watch or download movie and television titles in any format;
- Maintain your anonymity via automatic filtering of untrusted IPs, the use of proxies and encryption;
- “Deep Search, Best Source” algorithm to find “superior” links for downloading video.
- Download video subtitles;
- Define the number of results per search;
- Set the minimum and maximum size of a downloadable video file;
- Define the extensions of video files that can be downloaded;
- Search for movie and television titles by name, release date, genre, rating, country and language;
- Automatic sorting of search results by popularity
- Hear and read short summaries of titles;
- See title trailers;
- View release dates and title ratings.
Preparing the system to install VidMasta on Linux
One of the prerequisites for the program is the installation of the latest Java (the current minimum requirement is Java 6), for that, see the tutorials below or access this link and follow its instructions:
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Installing VidMasta on Linux to search for movies
To install VidMasta and be able to search for movies, do the following:
Step 1. Run a terminal;
Step 2. Use the command below to download the program. If the link is out of date, access this page, download the latest version (with the extension .jar) and save it with the name vidmasta.jar:
wget https://ufpr.dl.sourceforge.net/project/vidmasta/vidmasta-setup-26.0.jar -O vidmasta.jar
Step 3. Start the program’s installer using the following command. In the small window that appears, click on the arrow icon and select the “Portuguese” language, then click on the “OK” button:
sudo java -jar vidmasta.jar
Step 5. The following screen will be displayed. Click “Next” to continue:
Step 6. Select the installation path and click on “Next”;
Step 7. After completing the installation, click “Next” again;
Step 8. In the “Processing” window, click “Next”;
Step 9. Under “Configure shortcuts”, check the options you want to use. If you can, avoid using the option “Create additional shortcuts on the Desktop, as it is still problematic. To continue, click on “Next”;
Step 9. Finally, click on “Done” to finish the installation;
Step 9. The installer creates a shortcut, but if it fails and your current graphical environment supports it, create a launcher for the program, executing the command below;
echo -e ‘[Desktop Entry] n Version = 1.0 n Name = vidmasta n Exec = / usr / local / VidMasta / vidmasta / VidMasta.jar n Icon = / usr / local / VidMasta / vidmasta / favicon.ico n Type = Application n Categories = Application ‘| sudo tee /usr/share/applications/vidmasta.desktop
Ready! Now, when you want to start the program, type in a terminal the following command
java -jar /usr/local/VidMasta/vidmasta/VidMasta.jar
If your distribution supports it, place the shortcut on your desktop using the system file manager or the command below, and use it to start the program.
sudo chmod + x /usr/share/applications/vidmasta.desktopcp /usr/share/applications/vidmasta.desktop ~ / Work Area /
If your system is in English, use this command to copy the shortcut to your desktop:
cp /usr/share/applications/vidmasta.desktop ~ / Desktop
For more details on this task, see this tutorial:
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Then, use this shortcut to start the program.
If you want, you can also use Nautilus to run the program just by right clicking on it, inside the program folder and choosing Java as the execution option.
How to remove the program on Linux
To remove the program on Linux, do the following:
Step 1. Run a terminal;
Step 2. Use the command below to uninstall the program.
sudo java -jar /usr/local/VidMasta/Uninstaller/Uninstaller.jar
Step 3. On the screen that appears, check the option “Force the removal of / usr / local / VidMasta /” and then click on the “Uninstall” button.