Jun 162009

Moovida, previously known as Elisa is a free open source media player for Linux and Windows. Moovida brings together all your movies, music, TV shows, tunes and photos , internet videos/music/images etc in one simple innovative interface making it more a feature rich Media Centre than a simple Media player. You can play all your media on your PC, Laptop or even your HDTV.

Features include,

Share your media from your computer on your TV with Interface is optimized for television viewing
Remote control support, Optimized navigation for simple remotes with 5 buttons
Automatic media detection like iPods, cameras, USB hard drives, and other peripheral devices
Automatic updates of plugins and core software
Search your favorite artists, songs, movies, TV shows or your own pictures.

Thumbnail Previews, Animated slideshows with extensible effects, Album handling, Organizes pictures by date/viewing, Image controles
Full-screen display of all supported picture and image formats via a TV
Play music while watching your pictures
Recognize digital cameras and other plug-and-play devices

Movies & TV Shows
Full HD support with HD backgrounds (fan art) for all of your movies & TV shows
Play all your videos & dvds (all formats)
Organizes your video files into movies and TV shows and TV shows into seasons and episodes, favorite videos, automatic playlists based on viewing, Actor list, Plot synopsis and additional info for all movies & TV shows,
Streaming over network
Subtitle support, Audio language selection for DVDs
Access online video content like YouTube, Balzac, Onion News Network, TED, Game Trailers, Powell Skateboard Video podcast, Discovery Channel News, Apple Movie Trailers, Qik Mobile Videos, RTBF, Flemish TV with plugins
Supported video codecs: mpeg1, mpeg2, vp6, svq3, mpeg4, h264, h263, theora, wmv
Supported video containers: avi, asf, mov, ogg(ogg,ogv,ogm), matroska(mkv), flv(flash video), mpeg
Supported subtitle formats: srt, ssa, subtitles included in supported containers

Organizes your music according to artists, albums, genres, time periods and alphabetical order
Album art downloads automatically
Stream music and add audio from networked systems
Manage your favorites by Artist, Albums, Tracks and Radios
Automatic playlists of recently played, most played and recently added tracks
Integrate your library with online content services like Shoutcast, Grooveshark, Yes.fm, RTBF radio, flemish radio
Supported audio codecs: mp3, ac3, aac, dts, vorbis, flac, wma

Install Moovida in openSUSE

Click this oneclick1-click installer hosted by packman to install Moovida on openSUSE 11.1/11.0/10.3

This should download the YMP file and automatically launch the YaST package manager to add the required Repositories, download and install Moovida and the  dependencies. Click next on the Moovida installation screen and Next again on the installation proposal window. This should start adding the required repositories, download and install Moovida and its required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation completes successfully.

This should install Moovida under “Applications – Multimedia – Audio Player”.

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When you launch Moovida, scroll to the left of the window to “Devices & Shares” to select your devices and or stores from your local or network systems to scan for your audio, video, picture files etc. This should scan for all the media types under these stores and list them. From there on, you should be able to select files from the library and create/modify your playlists etc.

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The plugin architecture allows add-ons to enhance features for Moovida. A few examples are the Youtube, Flickr, grooveshark plugins that allows viewing online videos, pictures, audio etc.
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The interface of Moovida is so smooth and elegant, I have to admit this has to be one of the best, if not the best Media Center I have seen. Click here to visit the project home.

Troubleshoot startup problems:

Moovida may crash when you try to start after successful installation. When you try to start from the terminal window, you may be faced with the following error message:

saihari@opensuse11:/usr/lib> moovida
Launcher core version: 1.0.2
/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/twisted/internet/_sslverify.py:4: DeprecationWarning: the md5 module is deprecated; use hashlib instead
import itertools, md5
Current core version: 1.0.2
WARN  MainThread      plugin_registry             Jun 16 19:29:28  plugin Coherence has the following unmet dependencies: Twisted>=2.5.0 (elisa/core/plugin_registry.py:365)
WARN  MainThread      plugin_registry             Jun 16 19:29:28  plugin elisa-plugin-coherence has the following unmet dependencies: Twisted>=2.5.0 (elisa/core/plugin_registry.py:365)

ERROR: Caught a segmentation fault while loading plugin file:

Please either:
– remove it and restart.
– run with –gst-disable-segtrap and debug.
Fatal Python error: Can’t initialize module pgm.

This error seems to be caused by the library file libgstffmpeg.so . To resolve the problem, simply rename the file libgstffmpeg.so under /usr/lib64/gstreamer-0.10/ or /usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10/ (in 32-bit version).