I'd like to connect a RPi2 to an old TV (via composite) and use it as media player.

With a plugged USB stick containing movies (avi files, DivX or other formats, etc.), I would like the RPi to auto-play the first movie found on USB stick (on boot, i.e. it will start without user interaction).

1. What solution is usually used for this media player purpose?

2. As I will have no keyboard connected, what would you use to allow the user to browse the movies? (next/previous movie, pause, fast forward, etc.) Just a mouse? something else?

  • Do you want to use the RPi for other purposes? I had a script set up to play a looping video on boot with a RPi Zero. I used OMXplayer, so didn't need a GUI installed. It worked fine, although I've since upgraded my solution. If you use a RPi with a network connection, you can still remote in (e.g. using ssh) and do other things as it plays videos on the display. – bobstro Aug 31 '17 at 23:11
  • use adafruit video looper link below learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-video-looper/overview – Thomas Joseph Apr 21 '18 at 20:29
  1. Make a python script to autorun, usually kodi is used.
  2. Use an ir remote.
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  • Is there a distro that I could just put on a µSD card, thus without requiring manual scripting? I would use mouse (I don't have an IR remote, anyway how could I connect it to RPi)? – Basj Aug 31 '17 at 21:56
  • Nope, and a mouse might work. Also a USB receiver for the ir remote. – Enan Srivastava Aug 31 '17 at 22:39

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