Tiny Video Player Kit Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to upload the Tiny Video Player program using the Arduino IDE. This tutorial is more tailored to those that did not buy the Tiny Video Player Kit, as the Kit comes pre-downloaded with the program that this tutorial will discuss.
If you bought the Tiny Video Player Kit and you are looking for the resource that teaches you how to add your own videos to the Tiny Video Player, please skip directly to the .TSV Converter Tutorial.
If you're still here, get ready to learn how to upload your favorite movies and videos into a screen you can comfortably fit in the palm of your hand.
You can take this project on the road with some movies loaded on it, or use it in your next project that needs some tiny video.
If this is your first time programming the TinyScreen+, please go through the TinyScreen+ Setup Tutorial before proceeding.
- Micro USB Cable
- Tiny Video Player Kit (the kit is a great deal!) or Individual Components:
- TinyScreen+ Processor Board] - Runs the program, has a SAMD 32-bit processor, OLED screen, USB and power circuitry.
- MicroSD / Audio TInyShield - Designed specifically for use with the TinyScreen+, this TinyShield has the microSD card adapter, audio driver and IR receiver (which can receive TV remote control signals).
- 290 mAh Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery - Used to power your video player, and is recharged when the USB is plugged into the TinyScreen+ board.
- 16x9 Speaker - for audio playback on videos
- 8GB microSD card and Adapter - preloaded with sample videos.
- Arduino IDE - used to program the processor on the TinyScreen+
- Arduino Program zip file to play Video on TinyScreen+ - this will need uploaded using the Arduino IDE
- BONUS: Arduino Program zip file to LOOP Video on TinyScreen+ - This program will loop videos (in order they appear on the SD Card) and will start playing the videos as soon as it's turned on.
- .TSV Converter Application - Use this App for MacOS or Windows to convert .mp4 files into a format that will work on the TinyScreen+
- Some videos!
- The micro SD card that comes with the kit is 8 GB, which may seem small, but most movies are around 1-2GB each. HD movies tend to be closer to 5GB, but that is still an impressive amount of memory in such a tiny package.
Step 1: Assembly (Hardware)
There is no soldering or complicated configurations to worry about, you simply have to plug connectors into the right places to assemble this project.
Starting with the SD and Audio TinyShield, plug in the SD card and the speaker to the slots on the TinyShield.
Plug the battery into the 2 pin connector on the TinyScreen+.
Be careful! The TinyScreen+ and the SD and Audio TinyShield both have a tan 2 pin connector. Make sure the battery is plugged into the TinyScreen+, and the speaker is plugged into the SD and Audio TinyShield.
Then attach the TinyScreen+ to the SD and Audio TinyShield via the tan 32-pin connectors.
Turn the switch on the TinyScreen+ to ON.
Step 2: Software (Setup)
If you have not already, download the Arduino IDE. This is the platform, or application we will use to upload a program to the TinyScreen+ so that it will work as a Tiny Video Player.
To setup the Arduino IDE to program the TinyScreen+, open up the Arduino IDE after downloading. You need to make these selections under the Tools tab:
- Tools -> Board -> "TinyScreen+"
- Tools -> Port -> "COM##(TinyScreen+)"
- Programmer -> "Arduino as ISP"
If you have any issues finding the correct port, you can unplug the microUSB cable and plug it back in while noting which COM## disappears and reappears during this process.
Step 3: The Code!
At this point, you have everything set up to upload the program to your TinyScreen+. Download the following zip file of the Tiny Video Player program and open it in the Arduino IDE:
After the program is uploaded, the Tiny Video Player program will begin playing all the files on the SD Card that have the .tsv extension in order.
The Tiny Video Player program has the following functionality programmed for the TinyScreen+ buttons:
If you want to add some new videos or movies to your SD Card, you can move on to the .TSV Converter tutorial for a more in depth dive into exactly how to do that using the TSV (TinyScreen Video) Converter. To sum up using the TSV Converter, you simply need to download either the MacOS or Windows app, open it and then upload the files you want to convert to the .tsv format. The converted videos will automatically save to the same file location as the original video. The videos you would like to play on the Tiny Video Player then just need moved onto the SD card being used in the project.
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