"Bootable video" ?

April 6, 2010 at 13:08:21
Specs: FreeDOS, embedded GEODE

I want to make a thumb drive, so any computer (especially my
little embedded geode board) can boot from it. Basically what I
want is when my computer boots from the thumb drive, it will
play a movie automatically, in an infinite loop. So if i plug this
into my little embedded board, and power it on, it will load a
movie and play it infinite times automatically. I designed a
solution for this, what is the following:

I downloaded FreeDOS (a DOS to run off a USB thumb drive) and
installed it on my pendrive. Then I downloaded a very handy
media player for DOS, called QuickView. I added QuickView and
my .avi file to the pendrive, then i added a line to the
autoexec.bat, so that when it boots up, it will play my movie

That is exactly what I want, but unfortunately, QuickView is not
free. And the demo version doesnt support the infinite loop
option, so it takes me back to the command line after one play.
So what do you think? Any solutions? Is there a free video player
for DOS, what can play videos in an infinite loop ? Or what
should I do ?

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April 6, 2010 at 14:45:12
I don't know QuickView but you can embed it in a loop inside your autoexec.bat. Probably there is a time lag between video executions due to the restart of the viewer but this may be a workaround if nobody suggests a better solution.

your command to play video
goto :LOOP

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April 7, 2010 at 00:39:36
Thanks, but this demo version of the viewer makes a few seconds pause (with copyright text on the screen) before it continues. So in this loop, after each play, this message will come up, saying that I need to buy the viewer to get rid of this message. But thats not really good if this message comes up on an advertising monitor, is it ? But thanks for your reply

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April 11, 2010 at 08:35:33
Try the old and very good "Sea Graphics Viewer 1.3" of Photodex Corporation (c)1995-97.

Use command line:

sea file.avi

ProgramĀ“s download at Simtel.net and many web and FTP sites.

Good luck..

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June 17, 2010 at 10:05:25
There's an old and probably somewhat incomplete port of MPlayer to MS-DOS.


You'll want the .7z package. I believe its capable of supporting newer sound cards as well, if that's an important / useful feature, too. I don't know exactly how much CPU power it takes to play a video, but I assume since the board is capable of booting from USB, it should be powerful enough for a standard resolution video as long as its not too big a file. To loop the video, you would use it like:

mplayer -loop 0 filename.avi

-loop 0 should loop it an infinite number of times.

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