@kinosocial like, kodi?
Kodi, plus something like mediaelch to organize files.
@kinosocial kodi? But it needs to be at the internet to get info bout your local movie files though.
@kinosocial We used to use XBMC for that! It would read our video file collection and display it really nicely. Haven't used it for a few years now, but I'm sure it will still be an option.
@kinosocial Ah, I hear XBMC is now known as Kodi, so yeah, I second that rec. ^^
@kinosocial I use the KODI software installed on a Raspberry Pi 3. I then SSH from the Pi to my network attached storage on other machines and let the KODI software index and sort. You can sort by anything! Time, title, year released, actor, director, you name it!
That sounds good... it would be nice to have a little box that I could plug into the TV and watch stuff from.
Is it difficult to install Kodi on a Raspberry Pi?
@kinosocial Not at all, just go to the official Kodi website and download a disk image. Write the image to a 16 gig micro sd card, install the card in the Raspberry Pi and boot her up!
Can a hard disk be plugged into the Pi to store the videos on?
@kinosocial For the TV in our guest bedroom, we have another Kodi that simply connects to the main Kodi serve via ssh and guests can watch anything on my drive as well. I've had 4 Kodi units all streaming from the primary Kodi server without slowdowns or buffering!
Wow. Time to start saving up for a Pi then!
Thank you, that sounds like exactly what I was after.
@kinosocial Pi's are pretty cheap. Amazon is where I get mine and I usually only pay about $40 for them. A Pi 3 is best but my main Pi server is actually an older Pi 2. Make sure and get a Class 10 micro sd card from a reliable manufacturer, rather than a generic. Happy to help!
This is very good advice. Kodi is excellent and probably the best way to do what you're after. A Pi will work fine. I would also suggest looking at the Odroid HC1 or HC2 if you plan on hooking up a hard drive. It is much faster in terms of CPU, memory and network performance and is designed to fit an HDD/ssd in a neat package. It's not even any more expensive if you factor in having to buy an adapter or external enclosure which you need with the Pi.
In fact, I see they have an 8TB now, so I just ordered one of these!
@kinosocial Just to pipe in on this: I like Plex less because I feel it likes phoning home more, but is sooo much easier to set up and than Kodi. I like Kodi on a theoretical level but it's kinda a nightmare to handle (e. g. movies/series/metadata not getting recognized, you need to "clean" the library manually after changing/deleting files etc).
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