So in my quest to be the best damn board game guy to hire at conventions I am re-purposing a device given as a gift (HD Kindle Fire 6) to make it a video station to learn how to play board games.
So far the process has been…interesting. If I didn’t get this device for $0 I would have gotten a different tablet but the advantage with this is that not only can I drop in an SD card for more storage (a LOT more by my estimation) but I also have access to apps in both the Amazon Marketplace and the Google play. Sorry @Apreche , stock Fire doesn’t do jack for this purpose and I need to bend it to my whims.
Thankfully this device does NOT need to be rooted to do this, awesome less prone to bad things happen. I found a video player called MX Player that will not only allow people to more easily view and navigate the video but also supports subtitles.
Now to the personal hell:
Most youtube videos do not have them outside of the auto generated nonsense. The biggest one in question is the watch it played channel. Which is considered the gold standard for learning how to play board games. The problem? Only dutch captions. How the hell did that happen? At least if the video is an older one there is a way.
So an item I found out is that I can cheat by downloading the auto translated comments on videos to give me a framework to start on and then edit the results to make sure a human can understand it. The problem is well the formatting is like this:
A format only a computer would love.
Now the kicker in all of this is that in order to get maximum help on this the channel still needs to enable subtitle editing, which unfortunately most people (including this one here) doesn’t have enabled. If they do have it enable I can’t cheat and use the YouTube editor to very easily edit this. Which leads me to…
At least I now have a list of programs I can do it locally and then via VLC can test to make sure it is working. From there all I need to do is transfer the video and title (with the same name) to the biggest SD card that can work with the fire and I am in business.
So why I am telling you all this? Its because if anyone in insane enough to do this point them my way so that I can collaborate with them. If nothing else my fallback will be to pick games I have in my collection, find the best video tutorial I can on them, make the subtitles and use them locally for upcoming conventions/events.
Otherwise I am converting this into a damn panel.