Playing local Video content on the Wii U

qweborfA quick post on how I got the kids videos playing on the Wii U this morning. I’m running Ubuntu Studio on this computer, but the idea is the same even for Windows, Mac, or BSD. A simple HTTP Server, and mp4 video played through the Wii U Internet Browser.

From the Software Center in Ubuntu I found the server Qweborf, and installed it. Opening it up, I made a http directory on the Desktop, and chose it as the directory to serve. Then I dropped the files in there and started the server.


If you don’t know the IP of your computer look it up

$ ifconfig

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr (your mac address) 
 inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
 inet6 addr: (your inet6 address) Scope:Link
 RX packets:5679305 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
 TX packets:3703226 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
 RX bytes:4521950937 (4.5 GB) TX bytes:9325905863 (9.3 GB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback 
 inet addr: Mask:
 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
 RX packets:203480 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
 TX packets:203480 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
 RX bytes:23289411 (23.2 MB) TX bytes:23289411 (23.2 MB)

Mine is so on the Wii U, I open the Internet Browser and type

and it shows the files. Click to play. Now, I found that mp4 videos worked so far. Most of my stuff is MKV from Handbrake. Open a terminal.

$ sudo apt-get install libav-tools
[sudo] password for user: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 40 not upgraded.
Need to get 3,304 kB of archives.
After this operation, 9,396 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 trusty-updates/universe libav-tools amd64 6:9.18-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 [3,304 kB]
Fetched 3,304 kB in 11s (281 kB/s) 
Selecting previously unselected package libav-tools.
(Reading database ... 319257 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libav-tools_6%3a9.18-0ubuntu0.14.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libav-tools (6:9.18-0ubuntu0.14.04.1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ( ...
Setting up libav-tools (6:9.18-0ubuntu0.14.04.1) ...

And then it’s just

avconv -i movie.mkv -c copy movie.mp4

I found anything with AC3 audio didn’t play. So I converted it to AAC. It takes a bit of time to transcode the audio.

$ avconv -i movie.mkv -c:v copy -c:a libvo_aacenc movie.mp4

Flash videos to mp4?

$ avconv -i movie.flv -c copy movie.mp4

That’s pretty much far as I’ve got.



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