ecotec
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Sharing mp4 files to samsung TV

Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:59 pm

I have a Samsung H5500 TV and want if possible to stream from my pi where I have a few mp4 files on an ex4 external hard drive. There is a wired network connection between both.

It plays mp4 files perfectly from an attached usb stick, but it would be great to dispense with transferring files to usb!

Is there an easy solution?

thanks!
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fruitoftheloom
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Re: Sharing mp4 files to samsung TV

Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:16 pm

ecotec wrote:I have a Samsung H5500 TV and want if possible to stream from my pi where I have a few mp4 files on an ex4 external hard drive. There is a wired network connection between both.

It plays mp4 files perfectly from an attached usb stick, but it would be great to dispense with transferring files to usb!

Is there an easy solution?

thanks!
Does the TV support DLNA and can play files from a computer on the same network ? If so then:

http://bbrks.me/rpi-minidlna-media-server
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ecotec
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Location: Norfolk

Re: Sharing mp4 files to samsung TV

Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:35 am

Thanks fruitiftheloom, yes the tv does support dlna, I have installed minidlna successfully, edited the config file as per the instructions but seem to have issues...

edit of config to show path to files
media_dir=v, media/wd/tv
same for the other 2 - videos and pictures

then when I restart the minidlna service - i get permission denied. So i'm guessing the file paths are OK but minidlna cannot access the folders? HDD is in ex4 format. However the pi is now listed on the TV so the minidlna part seem to be working.

so from a bit of googling i'm guessing something like the following needs running?

sudo chown pi:pi /media/wd
sudo chmod 777 /media/wd

is this correct?

thanks!
b raspbian running get-iplayer and mini dlna server
b+ running volumio
pi 2 - dietpi - pihole, ssh and a few other bits

ecotec
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Location: Norfolk

Re: Sharing mp4 files to samsung TV

Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:07 pm

right, all working now, entered lots of commands into the terminal but not working until i followed the permissions edits here:

http://dvpizone.wordpress.com/2014/03/1 ... pberry-pi/

now working perfectly!
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b+ running volumio
pi 2 - dietpi - pihole, ssh and a few other bits

bestautumnn
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Re: Sharing mp4 files to samsung TV

Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:23 am

From Samsung official website, we clearly know that Samsung TV is only compatible with MP4 in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video codec and AAC audio codec. However, MP4 is a container format which contains various kinds of video and audio codecs. Once the MP4 files can't meet the requirement of Samsung TV input format, you'll get into trouble to play MP4 in Samsung TV.

To solve this issue, you'd better to convert your MP4 to Samsung TV MP4 format. Highly recommend three methods here:

Method One: HandBreak can convert MP4 to Samsung TV MP4 format.

Method Two: A full tutorial to help you solve various kinds of video that Samsung TV won't play at http://www.idealshare.net/video-convert ... y-mp4.html

Method Three: Online-converter is similer to HandBreak.

Hope one of them fits you.

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