Using Midi Maestro To Wirelessly Control YouTube/Video on PC

Dependencies

Windows 10 version 16299 or higher
Chrome Browser
FiveLoop Extension
MIDIberry App from Microsoft Store
loopMIDI - Virtual loopback MIDI cable
Midi Maestro 1.1.4 or higher

Introduction

Having seen some remote-control devices for controlling YouTube and so on, all with nice price tags attached. I thought surely, we can use MM to do this. So, with a little bit of digging around I found you can use the chrome extension FiveLoop to control online videos, including the all-important loop facility, for learning solos. As well as control by keyboard, FiveLoop can also be controlled by MIDI devices however, using wired MIDI would mean additional cables to trip over. So, I had to figure out how to use FiveLoop with BLE for convenient use, plus using BLE would also mean the same MM custom mode could be used on both PC and Android.

Process

The following steps should be done in order:

Install loopMIDI

This program is used to create a virtual loopback MIDI port to connect MIDIberry to FiveLoop, which usually requires a hardware MIDI port for communication. Use the plus sign to create a single port, it normally defaults as loopMIDI port. The ports created only exist while the loopMIDI application is running. So if you log-off, the created ports cease to exist, so you must create a port each time.

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Install MIDIberry

MIDIberry is an app than can send MIDI signals from INPUT to OUTPUT, between different MIDI devices. This includes Bluetooth MIDI (BLE MIDI / MIDI over Bluetooth LE). You can install it from the Microsoft store. To connect to MM, press and hold the Bluetooth button until it starts flashing, after a short time the light will go solid blue and MIDI Maestro (Bluetooth MIDI in) will appear in the input box. select the MIDI Maestro (Bluetooth MIDI in) as the INPUT, select the loopMIDI port as the OUTPUT. To check it works, select the BeatBuddy Mode on MM, press scroll down, and the command should appear in the input monitor box.

Install FiveLoop extension

In Chrome go to the 3-dot menu on the right hand side of the browser, click on it and select – More Tools – Extensions. In the extensions page search for FiveLoop and install it. The FiveLoop icon should appear on the right side of Chrome top bar.

In the Midi Maestro App

Go to ‘My Commands’ and create the following:

Command Name Device Description Type Channel Command Value
Play FiveLoop Play/Pause video CC 16 1 1
Loop FiveLoop Loop video CC 16 2 1
Fwd FiveLoop Fast forward video CC 16 3 1
Rev FiveLoop Rewind video CC 16 4 1
Speed Up FiveLoop Increase playback speed 5% CC 16 5 1
Slow Down FiveLoop Decrease playback speed 5% CC 16 6 1

Or download the ones I’ve already created in Browse Commands.

Create a custom mode and populate it as follows:

Pg 1 Redirect Top Line Bottom Line Command Press Release Midi BLE Toggle
1 None Slow Down Slow Down On Off Off On Off
2 None Speed Up Speed Up On Off Off On Off
3 None Loop - Loop On Off Off On Off
4 None Back - Rev On Off Off On Off
5 None Play - Play On Off Off On Off
6 None Forward - Fwd On Off Off On Off

Assign MIDI commands to FiveLoop

Click the FIveLoop icon in the Chrome browser bar. Then choose Start MIDI learn mode, the icons will turn blue. Click on the play icon, it will go pink, then press the Play/Pause button on MM. If all goes well Fiveloop will detect the MIDI command and the icon will revert to blue. Once all commands are assigned to each icon the select DONE.

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That’s it you should now be able to control video from the following sites and probably more.

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Enjoy!

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