Ellisa is an open source media center that can play DVDs, VCDs, video files and even display your photos. The support for video files is extensive and the player can handle almost any video that you might throw at it.
Elisa is extensible and is based on a very neat plugin architecture, which means that if there are features that you miss from the default install, they’re usually just a plugin away.
In the true spirit of open source, Elisa is available for both Linux and Windows with a Mac OS X port on the way.
Once you’ve installed Elisa, the application starts right away and the first thing that it does is scan your hard disk for all the media that it recognizes.
The scan is done in the background and Elisa uses very little resources while the scan is going on, so you can continue using your computer as you normally would.
As I mentioned earlier, Elisa also supports plugins and comes bundled with a lot of very useful ones. To enable plugins, go to the plugins configuration menu.
Browse over to the plugin library and you’ll be able to see the list of plugins that are available for you to enable. Chose the plugin that you want to enable and you’re all set. No restarting of the application, no dependencies to take of. As easy as pressing a button :-)
Elisa is a very capable Media center application that can easily give it’s more established cousins a run for their money.
If you’re an Apple Frontrow or Windows Media Center user, give Elisa a try and I’m quite sure you won’t be disappointed.
What other Media Center applications do you guys use ? Let us know in the comments.