Wednesday, July 11, 2007

How to Install Elisa media center in Ubuntu

Fluendo’s Elisa is a free software media center application that can play your DVDs, video files, music, and pictures. Since it is designed for extensibility, Elisa has the potential to do much more. It does not handle television or video recording functions, but it is a slick and promising project.

Elisa media center Features

  • Elisa supports a wide range for media formats through the use of the GStreamer multimedia framework, including but not limited to Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, Matroska, MPEG 2, MPEG4, Quicktime and Windows Media. Commercially licensed plugins that work with GStreamer and Elisa are available from Fluendo.
  • Elisa supports playing both local music files and web radio stations. So if your media center is connected to your hi-fi system you can use it as a web radio tuner or you can use it as a jukebox for your own music files.
  • Elisa supports any remote control supported by the linux infrared control project, this includes many of the most popular infrared remote controls out there.
  • Elisa can view photos and images in all the most common formats used like jpeg and png. Elisa can also do simple manipulation of the photos like rotating photos that are taken in portrait mode.
  • Elisa supports playing back DVD’s
  • Elisa is cross platform allowing you to install it on both GNU/Linux and Unix systems, but also on Windows systems.
  • Elisa supports DLNA compliant upnp multimedia devices. This means photos, music and videos shared from such devices are available in Elisa. Elisa is also able to share its own files to upnp enabled devices.
  • Elisa can act as a DAAP client so as to browse and play music files shared on the network by iTunes, Banshee or Rhythmbox
  • Elisa is also able to browse and display pictures shared on Flickr

Install Elisa media center in Ubuntu

For Ubuntu Edgy Users

You need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line save and exit the file

deb edgy main

For Ubuntu Feisty Users

You need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line save and exit the file

deb feisty main

Now you need to update the source list using the following comamnd

sudo apt-get update

install elisa using the following command

sudo apt-get install elisa

This will install all the packages required for elisa media center.

If you want to open go to Applications -> Sound & Video ->Elisa Media Center

Once it opens you should see the following screen

On launch, Elisa looks for the configuration file ~/.elisa/elisa.conf. If it does not find one (and it won’t the first time you run Elisa), it creates a skeleton elisa.conf file that you can then edit in any text editor.

The important options to customize are the locations in which Elisa will look for media. The default elisa.conf specifies ./sample_data/movies, ./sample_data/music, and ./sample_data/pictures — directories that do not even exist inside ~./elisa/.

Elisa Media Center plugins

If you want Elisa Media Center plugins check here


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