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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    The simple answer is Yes.

    I know that David has been coding. (Check the new chat at www.falconchristmas.com )

    He's there a lot.

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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    david was on vacation so a slight delay. I have the alpha release and am currently running my lights with the pi player. it currently can setup a playlist and run it. lights turn on, no lag.

    the alpha release had some small issues (permissions of certain directories not set up right). a few weeks ago dave stopped by my house and helped me set it up. took about 30 minutes and raspberry pi was playing my lights.

    works, no lag, had speakers connected to audio out of pi.

    the alpha release would only work if you know unix commands. it should be very soon that dave gets out the beta release.

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    Sean,

    You mention no current control for legacy LOR control with the PI player but if you used your LOR controllers in DMX mode would they be usable with the PI player then?

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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    If you had the Pi output module that connects via ribbon cable. It has 2 Pixelnet jacks and 1 DMX jack.

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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    David just announced the first release of the pi player.
    Thread is on his site. http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php?topic=155.0

    650mbyte Linux OS + Pi Player image . I already got my image and have the pi player running my 12K channels.

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    [quote author=David Pitts link=topic=155.msg834#msg834 date=1376264326]
    You can find the first public Alpha Release here. Alpha 0.0.3
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/falc...g.zip/download

    We are getting the bug tracking system set up. We may end up using Github's ability to track bugs.

    Known things to implement/bugs

    1) Repeat/no repeat of playlists in immediate player.
    2) First/Last option for playlists.
    3) Weekday, weekend and other quick scheduling day options.
    4) Better music to sequence data syncing.
    5) E131 to Pixelnet/DMX bridge. (Half way done)
    6) Video playback, wireless slave operation.


    Follow the instructions here to get the image burned to your SD card(4gig minimum). You also need to have a USB memory stick formatted to Fat32 installed in PI to hold media.
    http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads under Raw Images. But use our image instead.

    This release is to get you familiar with player and possibly to allow a willing user to create a wiki and/or manual.
    This is an Alpha release and will be a bit buggy. This is still a work in progress.

    Thanks for your patience.



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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    I made this original thread sticky. The pi player continues to get better and better.

    I put this table in the first post, but will also post it here.

    Here is a post from falconchristmas that i made today.. http://falconchristmas.com/forum/ind...9.html#msg7229


    It was about a year ago that Mykroft and Dave Pitts introduced the Pi player on the DLA forum. After a disagreement with RJ about having discussion about the pi player and the conductor on DLA, Dave created falconchristmas.com (He lives in Falcon, colorado).

    When I saw the pi player at the Academy, I was blown away. Post from July 17,2013.
    http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...hlight=amazing

    I have the greatest respect for Dave as a person. He has no problem accepting critique of his designs, he incorporates other people suggestions willingly. When he got Capt Murdoch working on the pi player he told me "Man, that guy can code. He is better than myself in so many ways". He then hands his project over to Capt Murdoch. This is a true sign of a leader.

    I find it is easier to digest data presented in a table form, so here is my first pass of what we have seen in the pi player.

    Date July,2013 July,2014
    Computer Raspberry Pi Model B, 512mb Raspberry Pi Model B, 512mb
    SD card needed? Yes,4gb for OS Yes,4gb for OS
    USB Flash Needed? Yes,8-32gb for music, sequences Yes,8-32gb for music, sequences,movies
    Outputs Music thru 3.5mm jack Yes. OGG files Yes. OGG, MP3, MP4 files
    Uses a user defined NTP server to keep accurate time Yes Yes
    Optional RTC clock board Yes Yes
    Optional RDS ASCII output No Summer 2014
    Play composite NTSC/PAL video output Yes Yes
    Play video on 1080p HDMI output Yes Yes
    Video playback synchronized with sequence data No Yes
    Output: E1.31 at least 64 universes at least 64 universes
    Output: Pixelnet 32768 channels (with fpd) 32768 channels (with fpd)
    Output: DMX 6144 channels (with fpd) 6144 channels (with fpd)
    Output: Lynx Pixelnet USB dongle No Yes
    Output: DMX Pro compatible USB dongles No Yes
    Output: DMX Open compatible USB dongles No Yes
    Output: Renard No Yes
    Output: Output: Pixelnet-Open. It allows you to send one Universe of Pixelnet out via a $7 USB-to-RS485 adapter. No Yes
    Output: single strand of WS2801 pixels directly attached to the SPI port on the Pi No Yes
    Channel remapping. Remap one or more channels during output to avoid re-sequencing at the last minute due to device failure or other unplanned changes. No Yes
    Master/Slave synchronization between multiple Pi's for supporting higher channel counts. Your pi player can control your neighbors pi players. Your neighborhood is now all synced together. No Yes
    Memory mapped channel overlays to allow external scripts to overlay data onto the
    channel data being output, such as a countdown timer on a matrix. In other words , you can type in text while at a persons car and wish them a Merry Christmas. Their name will appear instantly on your current running show,
    No Yes
    Channel Test Mode, allowing the user to toggle channels on or off to test lights, cables, etc.. No Yes
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    Some great upgrades there ,getting anxious!. These guys are amazing. Can't wait to try the movies sequenced to data. And the multi audio output will make life easier. No more converting! Thanks guys...

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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    so is this just a show player, meaning I still have to sequence my mega tree,convert, and transfer onto sd card then run my show on the Pi. It says video output is that to the lights or to a screen or tv. what is the video output for. can I use this to stream video onto my tree with out sequencing the pixels.

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    It just keeps getting better and better
    all pix <70 univ)

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    Default Re: The most amazing thing I have seen, the Pi Player from Dave Pitts

    Quote Originally Posted by rtrip9 View Post
    so is this just a show player, meaning I still have to sequence my mega tree,convert, and transfer onto sd card then run my show on the Pi.
    I believe the sequences are stored on the flash drive and you can upload them via a web browser, but yes, it just runs your show.

    Quote Originally Posted by rtrip9 View Post
    It says video output is that to the lights or to a screen or tv. what is the video output for. can I use this to stream video onto my tree with out sequencing the pixels.
    Video output would be for either a television set or a video projector. As currently constructed, the device won't drive a video signal onto pixels without other software.

    HTH.

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