hydra3333
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advice on beginner media player for Pi3/Pi4

Sun Feb 11, 2024 11:38 pm

Hello.

A mate has a new offroad caravan and they are intending to travel around Australia.
He has a 4Tb hard drive (200Gb unused) with movies and pics and whatnot for entertainment hoping to use on a small TV in the van.
No internet where they are going. They are not all that computer literate :)
The media are 576p/1080p in .mp4 containers with codecs mpeg2/mp2, h264/aac, h264/mp2, h264/ac3.

I had a google and there do not appear to be any cheapie current out-of-the-box media players here able to handle large external USB drives, they seem to be limited to "1Tb support".

So, I had a "brainwave" :)
Perhaps I could repurpose one of my old Pi3 or Pi4 as a media player with the hard drive plugged into one end and the HDMI output into the TV ?
From time to time they will have to rely on solar to recharge batteries, so the Pi's low power usage would seem to make it perfect for this scenario. I suppose they could use a laptop, if a Pi is a no-go.

However, I am unsure if a Pi3/Pi4 with some sort for media player "package" would read and play those formats without jerkiness etc ?

Not sure about a remote control for it, if such a thing exists ? Perhaps plug in a USB keyboard with a long USB cable may have to suffice ?

Recommendations for an easy to use non-internet media player package for a Pi3B would be most welcomed.

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mooblie
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Re: advice on beginner media player for Pi3/Pi4

Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:56 am

Libreelec (which is pre-bundled with Kodi) here:

https://libreelec.tv/downloads/raspberry/

It will use the remote that comes with the HDMI-connected TV, out of the box.

ame
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Re: advice on beginner media player for Pi3/Pi4

Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:48 am

Most people get a caravan so they can enjoy nature. If you just want to watch movies you can do that at home.

Since this person is not computer literate I'd suggest they get an old (or new) laptop as you have already surmised.
Oh no, not again.

hydra3333
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Re: advice on beginner media player for Pi3/Pi4

Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:05 am

snip, double post.
Last edited by hydra3333 on Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:08 am, edited 1 time in total.

hydra3333
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Re: advice on beginner media player for Pi3/Pi4

Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:06 am

hydra3333 wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:05 am
ame wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:48 am
Most people get a caravan so they can enjoy nature. If you just want to watch movies you can do that at home.
True. Although at night seeing nature is a tad challenging apart from the occasional eastern brown snake nibbling one's feet and starwatching and campfire games get a bit old after a month or two ;) Travelling NZ one may well think differently though :)

Thanks for the suggestions !

ame
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Re: advice on beginner media player for Pi3/Pi4

Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:19 am

hydra3333 wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:06 am
ame wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:48 am
Most people get a caravan so they can enjoy nature. If you just want to watch movies you can do that at home.
True. Although at night seeing nature is a tad challenging apart from the occasional eastern brown snake nibbling one's feet and starwatching and campfire games get a bit old after a month or two ;) Travelling NZ one may well think differently though :)

Thanks for the suggestions !
My longest camping trip in Oz was six weeks. I didn't feel compelled to fill every waking moment with TV (probably because I can read). But, each to their own.

If you give them a Pi they could spend hours trying to make it work.
Oh no, not again.

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