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How to Side Load Videos into Littlstar using MacOS

March 7, 2017

Alright, let’s get right into it. You’re trying to side load some videos on a USB stick from MacOS or OSX into Littlstar media player. For the sake of simplicity, we’re going to erase the entire contents of your USB drive in this tutorial. Be prepared to lose all data on that drive!

Step 1: Open up Disk Utility. Under Applications > Utilities > Disk Utilities. It looks like this.

Disk Utility

Step 2: Grab your USB Stick, plug it in. I just bought this USB stick specifically for side loading. At $10 for 32 GB, it’s a pretty hard deal to beat.

Step 3: Let’s start formatting the drive. Click on the drive you just plugged in on the left column, and click the “Erase Button”.

Erase Clicks

Step 4: Format the drive. Your name can be anything you want, but the ExFat and Master Boot Record settings are important.

Erase Settings

I’ve noticed that GUID Partition does NOT work. I haven’t had success with MS-DOS (FAT) either.

Step 5: Ignore this error if you see it. Click “Done” and repeat Step 4 again.

Oh noes! Erasing failed.

Step 6: Amaze in the glory that is a success message.


Step 7: Eject that disk.

Alright, now this part is how I’ve figured out if things will work or will not work. Turn on your PS4, plug the newly formatted USB drive (without content) into your PS4. Open the Littlstar App. Navigate to your Library1. You’ll need to have created an account and be logged in. You’ll see a message that says “You have not yet downloaded any videos, downloaded videos show here.”

Littlstar Message!

Now, Littlstar will have tried to create a directory on that USB stick. If it is formatted correctly, the directory will be created. If not, there will be no directory.

Plug your USB drive back into your computer. If the directory called LITTLSTAR has been created on your USB drive, then congratulations! The hard part is over!

Even more Success!

You can now drag files with the appropriate naming conventions into the LITTLSTAR directory.

Good job! Now go enjoy your PSVR.

Edit: User /u/hellsfoxes on reddit pointed out not to load the files that look like ._filename_sbs_180.mp4. Instead, load files that look like filename_sbs_180.mp4 (note the leading period and underscore). Loading the first style of files will make the app go into an indefinite loading screen.

  1. Hint, if you can’t figure out how to get to the “Library” part in Littlstar, press the circle button once or twice. 

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