Media Player 4 Museum

A minimalistic, Open Source Video Player.
Loops all MP4 Files from USB Memory.
No nonsense. Version 3 Beta! for Raspi 3 B+

  • New! Supports multiple usb sticks and NTFS and ExFAT (ignore error on boot)
  • Skip Files with a Switch
  • Player will boot up within 30 seconds.
  • Video files are sorted A..Z for playback.
  • System is read-only, no need to shut down
  • Will work perfectly 24/7 or on a timer switch
Installation in 4 simple steps:
  1. Download the Image for V3beta below...
  2. Clone Image to a Card for Raspberry Pi (howto)
  3. Attach USB Memory Stick with .mp4 files
  4. Connect to screen and power supply
Optional: Connect a Switch to skip files: schematic

3D Print Enclosure

This will fit a Pi A+. New Version!

  1. Download zipped STL files
  2. Print nicely
  3. Mount Pi with 4x M3 18mm

 

FAQ

Where's the magic? How does it work?
After booting up, it will run the mp4museum.py script located in the pi home directory.

How do I login?
Connected to a Network providing DHCP, you can use SSH, User pi, Password mp4museum

Would it play video files from SD Card?
It could, but the internal card is used read-only. If you know your linux, go hack it: RE-mount as RW, store media in home folder and change mp4museum.py accordingly.

I want a button to skip files
Connect a switch between +3.3V and GPIO18 (schematic)

I can't put this together myself
Please feel free to contact the author. I can do customized versions including your media on request.

 

Problems & possible solutions

USB Stick Format: Use a Flash Drive, and not a Harddisc. FAT32, HFS, NTFS, ExFAT supported.

Check the LED's: Red steady = Power Good, Green flickering = Booting / Working, Green steady = Boot Issue / SD Card Problem

No sound or image on hdmi? Check this out to learn about setting up config.txt.

AV Check (V3 only) During logo playback you should hear a film projector sound. Also, there are thin orange lines in all four corners- if you cannot see them, check your overscan settings.

Hardware Problems: Needs good power: Original Raspi, maybe Apple iPad Charger. HDMI output is not very capable, stick to one cable between Pi and Screen/Projector, also, keep it short.

White/Green Screen at the end of Video - This could happen if the omxplayer app has problems with reading your file. Try to encode your .mp4 using a hight-quality preset in handbrake.

What is it doing? What's going wrong? Login via ssh, run "sudo killall python" to stop the regular autostart script. execute "python mp4museum-test.py" to see debug info in your remote session while the video should play back on the connected screen. It should say "skip" when it detects a signal on GPIO18.

 
Download

Version 3 beta of august 23, 2018 ISO Image in ZIP
(download 575MB, image MD5 Checksum 63e7619d6fb983b884234b1ceb8e3b73)
 ✓ Tested on Pi 1, 3+, A+, Zero

Version 2 of may 26, 2017 ISO Image in ZIP
(506MB, MD5 Checksum 22489c0ea4e559a48ee4e4158663f9e2)
 ✓ Tested on Pi 2, 3, A+, ZeroW

Version 1 of november 18, 2016 ISO Image in ZIP
(684MB, MD5 Checksum faba1905352d7db74c5a3da139b5b221)
 ✓ Tested on Pi 2, 3, Zero, A+

 

About

Julius Schmiedel is a media artist from cologne.

Please send your feedback to julius©urgu⋅de
Let me know about problems, solutions, back padding.

System Based on Raspbian Lite and OMXPlayer
Enclosure is a remix of this thing.
Last Update: dec 7th, 2018