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Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:49 pm

So I have a camper, it has a projector screen and a portable projector. I have been trying to decide the best way to watch films and TV while out in the middle of nowhere camping.

I have tried a chinese mirroring adapter for my phone as a quick and easy option but its rubbish and I have found out these adapter leads do not support apps such as Netflix, Prime etc.. so this is no longer an option

The easy and obvious option is to just use a big USB stick, download media before we go and have it plugged into the side of the projector. However I would prefer not to need to spend an afternoon planning what films and TV we may want to watch over the next week before we go and then be limited to only the things I have pre downloaded when we are away.

I want to use a Pi as a mobile media centre that I can use to access TV and films using my phone as a hotspot. It would also be nice to have an additional Pi running game emulators so I can switch between the two using the projector as the display. My ideal set up would also include an additional touchscreen interface which could be used to control the media centre. The gaming Pi can run straight to the projector and be controlled by a bluetooth gamepad.

Questions:
- What is the best software to load onto each Pi for streaming media and playing Nintendo/Arcade games (I have used Kodi for media before but that was a few years back and there may be a better option now)
- Is it possible to have a small touchscreen interface as a separate display so menus, play/pause/back/forward/volume controls are on the touchscreen and the video is playing on the projector?
- What small touchscreen would you recommend if its possible?
- Am I right in thinking I can just have a simple HDMI selector to switch between the game and media Pis (both would be powered on or off by the same switch)
- What bluetooth gamepads would you recommend?
- Am I expecting far too much from a couple of £30 computers?!

This is as far as the plan has got



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Re: Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:46 pm

- Kodi is still the master of media centers.
- Where do you intend to store the media you want to play ?

- There are emulation images that comes with Kodi and make it fairly simple way to boot from the emulation software to Kodi and back again. One of these are https://www.recalbox.com/
You could test that out before ordering the HDMI switch and the extra Pi.

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Re: Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:33 pm

Pardon the question, but... Why bother going camping if you're only going to watch the idiot box?
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Re: Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am

If your relying on online resources such as netflix bbc etc i think you would be much better served with a chromecast stick and your mobile phone as an interface device, quick n easy to test/check within distance selling return periods.. . Imho a Pi media centre would shine with a local repository of media supplemented with online resources.

Pi putres are fantastic multi purpose devices but when it comes to watching hidef videos in a browser the fact its a £30 computer becomes apparent. slow laggy and stuttery, when compared to the performance of your average laptop. granted im basing my views on a pi 3b and not the latest incarnation

when travelling beyond the reach of wifi signals however a pi media centre with a terabyte disk full of mood music and video could be very useful.. and again for an interface use your phone to access the pi for your user interface, Making the diy pi/touchscreen device robust enough for drunken handeling @ 2am in the dark??.. most diy projects when complete need tender loving handling at least until rev 3 or 4 ;)

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Re: Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:55 pm

Make sure you look here:
https://www.matthuisman.nz/2017/03/retr ... -boot.html

I use this setup and it works great!
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Re: Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:00 pm

Thanks for the responses, mostly helpful. Given me a few more things to think about.

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Re: Newbie with a plan - media centre and game emulator in camper van

Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:16 pm

PhatFil wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:32 am
If your relying on online resources such as netflix bbc etc i think you would be much better served with a chromecast stick and your mobile phone as an interface device, quick n easy to test/check within distance selling return periods.. . Imho a Pi media centre would shine with a local repository of media supplemented with online resources.

Pi putres are fantastic multi purpose devices but when it comes to watching hidef videos in a browser the fact its a £30 computer becomes apparent. slow laggy and stuttery, when compared to the performance of your average laptop. granted im basing my views on a pi 3b and not the latest incarnation

when travelling beyond the reach of wifi signals however a pi media centre with a terabyte disk full of mood music and video could be very useful.. and again for an interface use your phone to access the pi for your user interface, Making the diy pi/touchscreen device robust enough for drunken handeling @ 2am in the dark??.. most diy projects when complete need tender loving handling at least until rev 3 or 4 ;)
Good shout using the phone as the interface, as usual I am trying to overcomplicate things!
I used to have a Pi2 hooked up to my TV running Kodi and had very few issues streaming films and TV shows plus my projector is 720p max so I’m not going to be pushing it that hard. Will hook up a basic version of what I want and trial it I think, Im sure I can find another use for the Pi if its terrible. If it works well Ill move on to integrating it into the van properly. Thanks for the advice.

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