TinyTV Customization Tutorial Page
This page includes some details on how the TinyTV settings menu works, and some details about how you can paint your TinyTV and personalize it!
As of April 2020, the settings menu used with the TinyTV, is also usable with Tiny Video Player kits
You can customize and choose different modes on the TinyTV to play videos:
- TinyTV Mode: This is the default mode that all TinyTV's come programmed with. This setting makes every different video a channel and begins playing all of them at the same time like a normal TV. Includes static animations between channel changes. When turned off, videos will not function as channels - they will be selectable in a scroll menu using the TinyScreen+ buttons. Once selected, the videos will begin playing from the beginning. When the video is complete, the user will be returned to the menu to select another video.
- Full Volume: Turns the volume all the way up (The TinyTV speaker is tiny, so to get the most out of your sound experience we recommend converting videos with loud audio, and sticking the speaker to the back panel of the TinyTV enclosure to maximize it's abilities - make a firm seal. To test the seal, play a video with audio as you press the speaker into the back panel.)
- Loop Video: Once you select a video on the TV, it will continuously loop. Press the upper left button to scroll through the list of videos to select. When combined with Auto Play, the first video listed on the SD Card will automatically begin playing the video and continuously loop (repeat) it until turned off.
- Show Time: Toggle the time bar at the bottom of the screen on or off
- Auto Play: Upon startup, or powering on, the TinyTV will play all of the videos available on the SD Card in order. Press the upper left button to scroll through the list of videos and select a different video.
To enter the settings menu, power off the device and hold in the upper right button while turning the unit on:
Go to the settings menu by pressing the upper left button.
Here you should be able to scroll through options, select the toggle option on the lower left side to turn modes on and off, and then Save & Exit once you are satisfied with your settings selections.
Note: Once the settings menu is used, a settings document, and IR Codes document (Settings.txt and IRCodes.txt) will appear on your SD Card so that your settings are remembered through power cycles. These text documents will take precedence over the program if you make any program changes and upload them - so you may need to remove the text files from the SD Card to clear settings.
IR - Button Customization
The TinyTV kit comes with a Tiny Remote that can be used to change the channels, volume, or power the unit off (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). You can use different remotes or change the button definitions that match these functionalities under the IR option of the settings menu.
To change the button definitions, you just need to scroll to the button option you wish to redefine, press the button and ensure that the IR code has appeared, and then save the new definition.
Painting & TV Customization
Check out the TV Kit Customization Blog on our main site.
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