Video on Raspberry Pi?

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Can anyone suggest a way to get video working with Raspberry Pi. I have tried it with a competitor's product and video is perfect. Not sure why it isn't an option on RiseVision.
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Hi Elliott,

Our installation of the Rise Player on the Raspberry Pi doesn't include Flash. Playback of MP4, MOV, M4V and FLV are done with jwplayer's flash player. The Pi apparently doesn't support the HTML5 tag, so WebM's aren't working either at the moment.

Do you know how the competitor was able to get the videos working on their Player?

Thanks.
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The one similar product I know of (free digital signage app) that can play video on the raspberry pi uses omxplayer. Video playback using omxplayer on the pi works exceptionally well, all things considered.
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Actually this is something rise can look into. The player runs on chromium but at the moment chromium doesn't support html5 video and may never happen or will take a while to get chromium to support. If i was rise, I would check out minimal web browser at this link http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/view... to see if this would be something rise might use instead of chromium. It uses webkit so most everything should work. You can set it up to use the omxplayer so that html5 videos will play. Also it could do a better job at speeding some presentations as well since its light weight. Just something that might be of interest..
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Curious William, is this something you might consider building for us on contract? If so, drop me a note to bld@riseholdings.com. Thanks!
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As of now I'm in the middle of a samsung signage app for rise. Once I'm done, then I might. I would like to get samsung app done first before I go on to the next project.
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Okay. If interested once you're done Samsung let me know. We will do our best to fund you if that helps. Thanks
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William, I hope you are able to develop the video player support for the Pi! I know of many people within my network that are awaiting this. Thanks, and fingers crossed!
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any possibility of video?can we expect some breakthrough in near future?
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At this stage, a new browser would be required.  The version of Chromium that is available for the Pi doesn't support the video tag that we use for WebM videos.

I know that some users have investigated a new browser briefly, but not much more has come from that.

Thanks.
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Hey William,
Any chance you will be working on that video supported player?
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As of now i can't. My free time is consumed with other things. I have been working on My Rise Player for Android to make it completely better. I have windows screensaver that needs to be updated. Samsung SOC is being looked at again. If nothing goes wrong after all that and nothing has been done by then i could take a look. 
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Any news of video possibilities on the Raspberry Pi in the near future?
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There's nothing new to report from Rise Vision. We don't have any immediate plans regarding the Pi.

Thanks.
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We are looking into recompiling the latest version of Chromium for the Pi Player in order to support video.

Still in the beginning stages, so probably not something we will be offering this year, but something we want PiVision players to be able to accomplish in the future.

We will need to do some heavy performance testing to ensure good usage.
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Okay! I hold my thumbs until next year :)
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I managed to get a video running smoothly on the raspberry pi. My video was in h.264 format so i therefore used an online video converter to get its format changed to a gif. I then used the gadget for the video and entered the source link for the video which i had converted. This worked as both rise player and the pi support GIFS. The video ran well with no lag.
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Thanks for the tip. I'll try this out and see what happens!

What dimensions are your video? How long is it? What are the dimensions of your presentation?
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The dimensions of the video are approx 500 x 300. I don't know the exact size as I just made a video from my phone. It's about 10 seconds long and the presentation size is 1920 x 1080.
Just at the door on my way out....

I installed Rise Vision for the sole purpose of digital signage on a Raspberry Pi 2 B. As we have a multitude of ambient video's that need to be displayed, it looks like  Rise Vision wasn't the best option. 

Because this discussion is about a month old, and the Pi2 was only released just 10 days ago,  ik might be the case that the development goals have changed since. If so, I am still willing to give it a second look. However, otherwise I am out, I'm sorry to say.
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The problem is not the hardware, nor is it RiseVision, it's Chrome. There is no build of Chrome that supports HTML5 tags for the Pi on Wheezy. Doesn't matter if it's a Rpi2 or not.

RV has stated that they are looking into developing something for Snappy Ubuntu Core for the new Pi but 10 days is not a period in which you would develop a new player for a new operating system and release it to the public (Especially considering they are sold out everywhere and very hard to get your hands on). 
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I got my pi2 at canakit.com also take a look at the Epiphany browser it has better support for html5. http://www.raspberrypi.org/web-browser-released/ I'm willing to do so testing if you need me to.
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Any movement in this space?  The Pi2 is a very capable device, if the software pays nice.  I should note, ours is playing my h.264 format MP4 videos fine.  It's just choppy
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lucashokanson,

Raspberry Pi hardware is not supported by Rise Vision. There are method of running Ubuntu, along with Chrome and the Rise Player extension on Raspberry Pi 2, which does handle Video content.
can anyone confirm that video works in tandem of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and RPi2 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/RaspberryPi ?
What codec/format for video playback should be used to display correctly (without any problems) movies?
Would that affect other functionalities other than video playback?
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Please educate me. I'm curious about what you guys feel the the real total installed cost of a Raspberry Pi Player is and how the reliability of these solutions fares out in the real world.

Based on a ready to go fully packaged more powerful option like the Kangaroo PC with Windows 10 at US$100, it would seem to me that you can't really be saving much by using the Raspberry Pi and it seems you'll always be outside of the latest Rise Vision capabilities..
not much the case we have problem with.
sure you can also buy a carbon X1 notebook, or MS Surface 4 PRO or whatever you only imagine. The case/problem is that even for the Kangaroo PC I can have 3-4 RPi2 or 2 RPi3. The advantage of this is that this hw running a linux based distro is much more stable and secure that any of the windows machine. The clue is to install the player, prepare the presentation, mount and forget about anything.
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Thanks for your comments. I'm guessing that with a case and power supply you're probably looking at about $60 for a Pi3 ready to run plus a bit of time to mount board and download OS and data?

Perfect if you're doing a static display without too much bandwidth demand or changing content infrequently, or if the CMS you like supports it.

I can definitely see that a solid fully sorted Pi Rise Player could perhaps fund itself, and perhaps Rise store could one-time fee license each player someone builds on set-up with the Rise network. 

What  I really like about the Raspberry Pi series is the simplicity of a relatively closed and stable hardware design, even through evolutionary model upgrades not much seems to change except speed.

Our Linux evaluation experience was on PC (Intel NUC) and drivers for certain hardware seems to be a challenge, the benefit is OS cost and the ability to leave it at a stable place as is once it runs fine. But then Rise Vision or something else changes and requires a different version and you need to tinker again to have latest features.

Windows 10 is not perfect and creates a lot of it's own problems (auto upgrades, etc.) but it seems to be better supported faster with current problems and new features. Win 10 will generally support the latest codecs and other features and may be easier to keep current through the life of the player.

In the end, player cost is a tiny part of the lifetime cost of a digital sign, but a lot of end users seem to focus on that because they can't really control screen cost. Any reliable and well supported player will do fairly well in most applications, and the real cost is keeping it running, producing content and keeping content flowing smoothly over time.
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just wanted to add that you can avoid the windows 10 updates if you are using wifi. Go to advanced options for your connections and choose this connection as a metered connection (fake 4g..). Then it wont update through this connection. Worked great for us with intel compute stick.