TheRealZarek
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Playing movies from external hard drive

Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:42 pm

I just bought the Raspberry Pi 400 from Canakit. It came with a 16GB SD card that is preloaded with Rasbian OS. I have an external HDD with movies and TV shows. I've heard people recommend Kodi, but I can't figure out how to set it up. If I wanted to plug the Pi into a TV and play the movies from it, what would be the easiest way for a beginner like me?

dom
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Re: Playing movies from external hard drive

Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:41 pm

I'd start here: https://libreelec.tv/

pigeonface
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Re: Playing movies from external hard drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:34 am

I'm trying to do a similar thing to TheRealZarek (and I'm also a beginner).
My aim is to have a device in the car to play movies from a flash drive. I have a ZeroW and i'm getting a 7" touchscreen. I'm aware i need a power adaptor (12v-5v stable) for this so that's ok, but my knowledge/experience of Kodi etc is limited. I'm not interested in streaming anything, i just want to to view local files. Would LibreELEC/Kodi cope with this ok? I'd like the interface to be as simple as possible.

I've also heard that PLEX or OSMC could work but they look like they're focussed on streaming options. Does anyone have any experience with these?

LTolledo
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Re: Playing movies from external hard drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:52 am

I have Kodi installed in a RPiZW with RPiOS.
however it looks like this...
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usually connected to a HDMI monitor, with keyboard and mouse (via USB dongle on OTG cable adapter).
media are accessed from a NAS (or a shared directory on a w$ laptop).
this was my hotel room media player, to be attached to the hotel TV.

for the OP's requirements, bluetooth keyboard track-pad combo is a must
and the flash media plugged via OTG cable as well.

3.5" monitors may be a bit small for the kids to watch on to...
better get a 7" HDMI monitor... those run on 12v.

playing retro-games will be possible upon changing the microSD card with RetroPie or similar apps.
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dom
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Re: Playing movies from external hard drive

Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:42 pm

pigeonface wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:34 am
Would LibreELEC/Kodi cope with this ok? I'd like the interface to be as simple as possible.

I've also heard that PLEX or OSMC could work but they look like they're focussed on streaming options. Does anyone have any experience with these?
Kodi is the application. LibreELEC and OSMC are distributions designed primarily to run Kodi.
OSMC doesn't support Pi4/400 currently (but will in upcoming version).

Kodi is primarily designed to run local content (that's all it does out of the box).
You can get add-ons that allow streaming from many services (iplayer/youtube/netflix/amazon etc), but that isn't required.

drtechno
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Re: Playing movies from external hard drive

Sat May 01, 2021 2:20 pm

install vlc player on it and play the file from its location with the x-windows file manager.

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