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Setup and Configuration of Opensource Media Center - Elisa

Elisa is an open source cross-platform media center connecting the Internet to an all-in-one media player.

The Elisa Media Center has many advanced features that will make your media center experience unique. It features an intuitive interface with a professional look and feel which can be easily used with a standard TV remote control.

  * Watch pictures with previews and animated slideshows
  * Watch movies and video clips
  * Browse music collection by artists or albums covers
  * Browse internet radio and picture websites
  * Media Browsing using Cover flow, Grid view, List view, Drag-and-drop
  * Audio visualization during playback
  * Supports all media formats using Gstreamer multimedia framework
  * Autodetection of media on your network that includes:
Network Drives
Windows Mediaplayer
iPods, cameras
USB hard drives
  * Flickr integration and basic browsing
  * YouTube integration and basic browsing
  * Shoutcast integration and basic browsing
  * Remote control support
  * TouchScreen Support
  * Samba & UPnP and DAAP shares
  * Automatic updates of plugins and core
  * Themes

OpenSuse user can use 1 click installer - here from Packman which supports openSUSE 11.0/10.3/10.2. This will download the elisa YaSt Metapackage (YMP) file and launch YaST Package manager for installation.

For Ubuntu:
Add the following line in /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb gutsy main

Import the GPG key:
$ wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

$ sudo aptitude update

$ sudo aptitude install elisa
$ sudo aptitude install elisa-extra

Setup and Configuration:
Thanks to the distro-specific packages provided by Fluendo, installation is simple for the majority of users. 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/.

You can add as many locations as you like. Just scroll down in the file to find each list. To configure movie directory, for example, look for the line [plugins.movies]. Beneath it is a line reading locations = ['file://./sample_data/movies/*'] -- change this to point to a directory on your own system, such as locations = ['file:///home/yourusername/movies/*']. If you have multiple directories, separate them with commas: locations = ['file:///home/yourusername/movies/*', 'file:///home/yourusername/tvshows/*'].

You are not limited to file:// URLs, either -- network shares are accessible via other standard protocols, from smb:// or nfs:// to http://. When you have made the appropriate changes to the [plugins.movies], [], and [] sections, save elisa.conf and restart Elisa.

Demo (Youtube):


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