playercast

Turn your media player into receiver for GNOME Shell Extension Cast to TV

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Playercast

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A simple app meant to be run in background. Automates the process of receiving cast media over the local network. Install it on device with any Linux DE to turn your media player into receiver that plays files cast with Cast to TV from your host PC.

To receive media set Playercast app as your receiver type in Cast to TV settings.

Only compatible with Cast to TV v10+.

Features

Installation

sudo npm install -g playercast

Requires one of the supported media players to work.
Currently only MPV player is supported. VLC support is planned for the future.

Usage

The application can be used from terminal with:

playercast IP:PORT

IP is the address of server PC with Cast to TV extension.
PORT is the listening port set in Cast to TV extension settings (default: 4000).

By default Playercast receiver name is autogenerated as Playercast-XXXX.
Custom name can be assigned with --name option:

playercast IP:PORT --name 'Raspberry Pi'

Select Playercast name in Cast to TV settings Other tab to control which of your devices receives media.

Install as systemd service

After testing in command line, app can be installed as systemd service with:

playercast IP:PORT --name 'Bedroom TV' --create-service

Above command can always be run again to update configuration with new device name, address or other args.

Remember to enable and start newly added service with:

systemctl --user enable playercast
systemctl --user start playercast

App will be running on each system boot as background service idling and waiting to receive cast files.

It is recommended to assign your server PC a static IP address, otherwise app will not be able to connect when IP changes.

Uninstall service

If you want to completely remove systemd service run:

systemctl --user disable playercast
systemctl --user stop playercast
playercast --remove-service

HDMI-CEC

Requires CEC capable device (e.g. Raspberry Pi) and TV with such functionality.
Additionally cec-client must be installed. On Raspbian it is included in cec-utils package.

sudo apt install cec-utils

CEC functionality is automatically detected and enabled on app launch.
It can be disabled with --disable-cec option.

Raspberry Pi marks HDMI port as active during startup. Which means that TV source will not be switched automatically on first media cast after system boot.

Switch HDMI after playback

When playback is finished, HDMI port will be marked as inactive. This causes some TVs to switch input source to another one. If you want to always switch TV to one of available HDMI ports after playback use --cec-end-hdmi option followed by number of the HDMI port.

TV Remote buttons keymap

Default keymap for controlling media player with TV remote.

`Up`       - switch video track                       `Play`         - play
`Down`     - switch audio track                       `Pause`        - pause
`Left`     - previous item in playlist                `Rewind`       - seek backward 10 sec
`Right`    - next item in playlist                    `Fast forward` - seek forward 10 sec
`Select`   - cycle fullscreen                         `Exit`/`Stop`  - stop player
`Subtitle` - switch subtitles

Alternative buttons keymap

Alternative keymap can be enabled with --cec-alt-remote option.

`Up`                   - next item in playlist        `Select`       - cycle pause
`Down`                 - previous item in playlist    `Play`         - play
`Left`/`Rewind`        - seek backward 10 sec         `Pause`        - pause
`Right`/`Fast forward` - seek forward 10 sec          `Exit`/`Stop`  - stop player
`Red`                  - switch video track
`Green`                - switch audio track
`Yellow`/`Subtitle`    - switch subtitles
`Blue`                 - cycle fullscreen

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