Need help setting up a "music video jukebox" system

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by xtsquintx, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. xtsquintx macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2012
    I'm having a hard time figuring out how to go about creating a music video jukebox system and am hoping someone could offer advice. It's something I'm trying to implement for a monthly music event I host at a bar; basically I want it to work like one of those internet jukeboxes, only it would play videos instead of music.

    Here are the functions I'm looking for:
    - ability to browse a library of videos with accompanying thumbnails & artist/song info (just displaying the file name is probably good enough)
    - a "two screen" system that allows the menu/library to be accessible during video playback (ie. a control device powering an external video feed [ipad/laptop supplying video to a projector])
    - ability to cue videos to a playlist, even while a video is currently playing
    - ability to inhibit a user from exiting/closing the player
    - touch screen controls (via iPad hopefully?)

    My first thought was to just use the iOS video player "app" and use a video-out dongle to power a projector. However, there are no playlist capabilities, nor can you browse through other videos while one is playing (the iPad only displays that "video is playing on external monitor" screen).

    I've searched through the App Store looking for something that might be able to do what I want, but have only come across video players that just add the ability to play non iPad-encoded videos... no playlist capabilities. Maybe there is one out there that I just haven't found yet?

    As of yesterday I thought about the idea of using an Apple TV somehow. A 1st generation one would allow me to load the videos directly on in and work like a "video iPod", right? Alternatively, buying a current (3rd) gen Apple TV means that I would have to stream them from a laptop/server/iCloud(?)... which shouldn't be a problem because the bar does have WiFi. However, I do prefer the idea of not relying on an internet connection. I have no idea if Apple TV offers any kind of playlist system though... and I'm pretty sure it's a one-display setup as well, right?

    I also assume there must be some kind of PC/Mac software solution I could run off of my laptop/desktop, too... but haven't had luck finding anything like that either.

    Any help/suggestions would be very much appreciated, thanks!
  2. spblat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    For an 80s party I once downloaded a ton of 80s tunes, and a ton of 80s music videos. I went through some processes to normalize the names of the music video files and then I algorithmically created a bunch of G-Force scripts that would play the correct video in the background when a given song came up in iTunes. Not sync'd perfectly but the combined visuals of the music videos and the psychedelic graphics were pretty fantastic.

    You'd probably need a special license to exhibit G-Force in public.

    (Edit: I used a Mac Mini to display all this.)

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