The video below demonstrates using a Raspberry Pi micro-computer as a standalone, high-definition video player for use in museums, galleries or any space equipped with an HDMI capable flatscreen monitor or projector. The RPI provides an inexpensive alternative to using a laptop, Mac Mini, or DVD player for the display of high definition content by video-artists, film-makers, and photographers. I’ve written a script which makes the system extremely easy for anyone to use. Simply connect the RPI to a video display with a HDMI cable and power up the RPI. Once the RPI boots, it will immediately play and loop a series of files stored in a folder designated by the user. It will run for days without a hitch.
With an additional usb WIFI stick attached to the RPI, a user can remotely connect and change what files play or upload additional content. In addition, the RPI uses an SD card for its file system providing easy backup capability and a simple way to exchange content. The script I’ve written uses the RPI’s stock system resources and does not rely on third party code which would require download, installation and future updates.
I will be teaching a workshop on the RPI HD video player at Machine Project in Los Angeles on August 20th and 22nd, 2013. Details about the workshop will be available soon.