Video player for artists by artists
VideoPi is a simple video player specifically designed for art installations. It is a Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi mini computer.
Commonly used media players don’t accept all video formats, require configuration to turn on looping and need to be manually switched on.
VideoPi solves these problems:
- it supports virtually any video format
- it plays all video files from a USB stick in a loop
- it turns on automatically when connected to power
- it supports both HDMI and S-Video output
VideoPi supports Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. It doesn’t support 3 Model B+ yet.
- Download VideoPi image:
- Download and install Etcher.
- Open Etcher and write the downloaded VideoPi image to your SD card.
If you don’t feel like installing VideoPi yourself, we can
- lend you a VideoPi (or two, or a dozen) for a daily price for as long as you need,
- or we can sell it to you, so it will be yours and yours only forever.
In either case, we will help you with the initial setup.
We haven’t come up with a price list or the exact extent of provided support and maintenance yet, so just send us an email and we’ll get back to you.
We are currently looking for a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, on which we could test VideoPi. If you’re in Berlin or Prague and can lend one out, please send us an email.
Make sure the HDMI or S-Video cable is connected before you power on VideoPi.
At first initial startup, VideoPi will show a message that it’s resizing the root partition and then it will restart automatically.
Once VideoPi finishes the startup, it will show a white desktop with its red logo. You can find a configuration icon in the top left corner. It allows setting screen resolution, sound output (HDMI or 3.5mm jack) etc.
To start playing videos, connect a USB stick. VideoPi will play all video files on the USB stick one after another in an alphabetical order. Once it finishes the last file, it will start again with the first file without any break.
To enforce particular video order, name your files with numbers or lowercase letters. Non-latin characters (with diacritics, cyrillic etc) as well as special characters (punctuation etc) are discouraged.
Volume adjustment is not available. Adjust the volume on your speakers.
If HDMI is connected, the sound will play from HDMI not the 3.5mm jack. To change that, use the configuration icon mentioned above.
The loop (repeat all) function cannot be turned off.
How it’s done
- pi-gen to generate a Debian GNU/Linux image
- udevil to trigger an action when USB stick is inserted
- mpv as a video player
- raspi-config as a configuration tool
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ support: turns on, no video playback (audio only).
- Fix looping of all files