I’ve been thinking for a while on the right tool to create a media centre for home: today I’m giving a try to ELISA.
It is quite a mature all-media player which is written in python and based on gstreamer
It is possible to install it on Fedora 9 following this instruction. For Fedora 10 you’ll find that the repository has moved to
In order to install it I just:
- Downloaded elisa.repo from its original location and copied it to /etc/yum.repos.d
- Imported http://freshrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY-freshrpms
- Installed “elisa” from the graphical front end with all the related packages (plugins-good,bad and ugly)
After installation it crashed with the error:
Elisa failed to initialize: [Failure instance: Traceback: <type ‘exceptions.ImportError’>:
No module named cssutils
Installing package python-cssutils make it working for me. After looking at the Internet section, I tried to play the latest Apple Movie trailers directly from the program interface. But ELISA complained it could not find any MPEG4 or H.264 decoder.
Being gstreamer based, I thought that simply installing all gstreamer-plugins (again, good,ugly and bed plus some other) would solve the problem but… nope, still no H.264 video.
I eventually installed PackageKit-gstreamer-plugin and fired up Totem to see if it could play one of the trailer from Apple: it magically detected the missing plugin and asked me to install gstreamer ffmpeg.
Now everything is working like a charm!