For a few days, I have been using an old netbook as a multimedia center. I connected it to my TV via HDMI and it works like a charm. The most common use I make of it is for watching HD movies. However, one of the things that was a bit annoying for me was having to open VLC every time and having to open the movie, hit play, etc.
All of this can be done remotely through an Android device and Android Remote for VLC.
Steps to follow
1. Install Android Remote for VLC on your Android device.
2. On the netbook, open VLC using the following command:
vlc --extraintf = luahttp --fullscreen --qt-start-minimized
This allows VLC to be controlled over the network (wifi).
It is possible to achieve the same result from the VLC graphical interface:
i. Open VLC and then Tools> Preferences> Show Settings and check the option Todas, .
ii. Interface> Main interfaces and select options Web e Lua performer.
3. For VLC to accept remote control, you must add the IP of your Android device to the list of supported IPs.
Open a terminal and run:
sudo nano /usr/share/vlc/lua/http/.hosts
Add the IP of your Android device and save the changes.
5. Finally, run the Android VLC Remote app on your Android device and make sure it detects the VLC server (in my case, the netbook) well.
Not only will you be able to play, pause, raise / lower the volume, etc. In addition, you will be able to choose the file to play and change the playlist, all from the comfort of your sofa.