Skip to main content

Moovida, the open source media center for Windows and Linux

Moovida, formerly called Elisa Media Center, is a decent open source media center for Windows and Linux. Like any media center software, Moovida allows you to watch movies, listen to music, browse pictures, stream online videos etc.

moovidai1

Moovida supports a large number of audio and video file formats as well subtitles. It also supports third party plugins that extends the functionality of this application. Since the project is a new one, the number of plugins is small but that number would grow as the community became larger. Some currently available plugins include a YouTube plugin that lets you browse, search and play YouTube videos, plugins for browsing photos on Flickr and Devaintart, listening to music and Internet radio on Shoutcast, Grooveshark and Yes.fm.

You can install the plugins from within Moovida’s interface or you can “drag and drop” the downloaded plugins into Moovida. The second method, however, didn’t work for me.

moovida3

Browsing photos on Flickr

moovida4

YouTube’s most popular videos for today

moovida5

Playing a movie from the hard drive 

Moovida plays multimedia files both on the local computer as well as networked computers. It automatically detects external plugged-in devices like iPod and USB camera and can directly play contents from it.

Media center software were never viewed as alternatives to traditional media players. Rather, they are designed to be used on a computer dedicated for this purpose. If you have an old computer, you might want to transform it into a media center with such software. In this regard, Moovida has a big downside – it’s resource hungry. Right now it’s using around 370 MB of memory and processor usage is hovering round 20%. You can’t run this software on old junk PCs.

If you want are interested you can take a look at MediaPortal, another open source media center, which is more powerful than Moovida.

Comments

  1. Thank you for this review on Moovida, i really enjoyed reading it.
    If you have any thoughts or feelings about how we can improve Moovida for the better i would love to hear them, so that we can continue to improve Movida for the better.
    Any feedback is good feeback :)

    Regards,
    Charles
    (Moovida Team)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

How to Record CPU and Memory Usage Over Time in Windows?

Whenever the computer is lagging or some application is taking too long to respond, we usually fire up task manager and look under the Performance tab or under Processes to check on processor utilization or the amount of free memory available. The task manager is ideal for real-time analysis of CPU and memory utilization. It even displays a short history of CPU utilization in the form of a graph. You get a small time-window, about 30 seconds or so, depending on how large the viewing area is.

How to Schedule Changes to Your Facebook Page Cover Photo

Facebook’s current layout, the so called Timeline, features a prominent, large cover photo that some people are using in a lot of different creative ways. Timeline is also available for Facebook Pages that people can use to promote their website or business or event. Although you can change the cover photo as often as you like, it’s meant to be static – something which you design and leave it for at least a few weeks or months like a redesigned website. However, there are times when you may want to change the cover photo frequently and periodically to match event dates or some special promotion that you are running or plan to run. So, here is how you can do that.

69 alternatives to the default Facebook profile picture

If you have changed the default Facebook profile picture and uploaded your own, it’s fine. But if not, then why not replace that boring picture of the guy with a wisp of hair sticking out of his head with something different and funny?