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Programming the TinyTV or Tiny Video Player

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.

TinyTV and Tiny Video Player kits are shipped with the TV and Video Player programs pre-uploaded, respectively. This tutorial is for those that wish to get more involved in the programming aspect. If you are interested in looping or auto playing videos, or want to turn off the TV mode that starts playing all videos once the unit is turned on - please refer to the Settings Menu Tutorial. The settings menu has some basic common settings that can be toggled without doing any programming!

If this is your first time programming the TinyScreen+, please go through the TinyScreen+ Setup Tutorial before proceeding.


Materials

Hardware:

Software:


Software

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.

Download the following zip file of the TinyTV / Video Player program and open it in the Arduino IDE:

TinyTV / Video Player Arduino Program

Turn the switch on the TinyScreen+ to ON, and plug it into your computer using a Micro USB cable.

To program the TinyScreen+, you need to make these selections under the Tools tab: 

  • Tools -> Board -> "TinyScreen+"
  • Tools -> Port -> "COM##(TinyScreen+)"
  • Programmer -> "Arduino as ISP"

Tools selections

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.


How it works

After the program is uploaded, the TinyTV will begin playing the first video listed on the SD Card with a .tsv extension. Each video on the SD Card will show up as a "channel" that you can scroll through with the channel buttons on the remote. The videos all begin playing as soon as the TinyTV is turned on to mimic a real TV. When left on a channel, the video on that "channel" will repeat. Use the Tiny Remote to control your TinyTV from a distance (the remote works best about 12-18in. away from an IR Receiver. Works best with the TinyTV when pointed toward the top - where the receiver is), or use the following diagram of button functions right on the TinyTV enclosure:

TinyTV Button functions

To customize your viewing experience, you can use the Settings Menu Tutorial to turn off the TinyTV program for the Tiny Video Player program. Additionally you can toggle Auto Play, and Looping settings to customize your palm-sized video display.

The Tiny Video Player program will display a side-scrolling menu of 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 that shows you 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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