XBMC Internet Video Streaming – Raspberry PI

I am always amazed at the quality of video that comes out of the PI. Up to now i have just been doing local lan and usb video streaming. I decided to check out how it does with internet video. For those that do not know, their is not a “youtube” app for the PI. So, other than starting up a web browser, this is pretty much the way to go.

Here is a real time video of me installing IGN.com streaming and going through a couple videos. 1080p:

Noob 1.3 Lite multiboot image

Downloaded the Lite version of the new Noob 1.3 raspberry pi image.

Things i like:  Super fast download and super fast copy to SD card. Basically your just getting the NOOB software and NO images. So if you didn’t want to use the raw image or you like the NOOB bootup options but you only want ONE iso type, this is a nice way to go and is probably faster than the full NOOB download.  The multiboot options is super nice too. I haven’t checked to see how much space it gives each os, but as the video below shows it JUST WORKS. So instead of swapping out a bunch of SD cards to try different setups you can have one big card and just choose what you want. Really great. Also, you will obviously always have the most up to date ISO.

What i didnt like: Really really long time to download and install. No way to choose from where you are getting images when you download. I think if speed in setting up is important to you, using lite is NOT the way to go. Your basically trading time for convenience.

Overall i like the new setup and will probably use it from now on mainly as I will no longer have to keep track of and download the most recent images.

Pisnes – snes9x USB controller setup

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Was having issues getting pisnes working while on vacation with the snes USB controller i picked up from amazon. The buttons were not setup correctly. Right shoulder was quiting, etc.

I found a nice post online that has the buttons setup already. Just edit the lines on your snes9x.cfg file to the following:

A_1=1
B_1=2
X_1=0
Y_1=3
L_1=4
R_1=5
START_1=9
SELECT_1=8
QUIT=10
ACCEL=7
QLOAD=10
QSAVE=11

Raspberry pi camera module – time lapse

Did a time lapse test today with the raspberry pi camera module.
2,300 pictures taken 1 second apart. About an hour down to 3 minutes.

I added the following line to /etc/rc.local

raspistill -w 1920 -h 1080 -q 100 -o myimage_%d.jpg -tl 1000 -t 3600000

This takes a 1920×1080, quality 100 jpg, every 1 second for 60 minutes.

I wanted to limit the amount of space used by the pictures as i am only using a 16g sd card. 1080 size comes out around 1meg a jpeg

When i started it back up at my desk i did a “killall -v raspistill” to stop the camera and used winscp to copy them to my windows computer.

Took the photos into Lightroom to clean up and then into after effects.

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Song: Primavera by BrunoXe @ http://www.brunoxe.com/

i really need one of these camera mounts now.

New raspberry image testing setup

I have been waiting for a few weeks, but i finally got the cables and adapters i needed for the Motorola atrix lapdock. The main issue was finding an adapter to get from female micro hdmi to regular hdmi. I thought i was going to have to strip out the USB power cables so it didnt put 5v into the USB port the keyboard was going into but a forum post showed me i had a new board and surprise! It not only worked and let me type but it provided power to the raspberry too. Screen is really crisp. Works great. Added bonus is a powered 2 port USB dock. Really the perfect testing setup.

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Now to see how long the built in battery will power the setup.

Installing free Pi version of Minecraft on Raspberry PI

#Login to the raspberry from the console. (Ok i guess you could do all the installing from ssh, but you will want to be at the console for the final command)

#Start up the gui session

  • startx

#Open a web browser to http://pi.minecraft.net and copy the link to the download file.
#Open terminal window

  • sudo wget <paste>

#unzip that thing

  • sudo tar -zxvf mine<tab will auto-fill the file name you downloaded>

#Look for the new folder name

  • ls -l

#Go into the new folder

  • cd mcpi

#Start the game

  •  ./minecraft-pi

Go play some free minecraft!

Using GPIO pins on Raspberry Pi “A” board to give coins in MAME

Just a quick test to show i have mame starting on boot and that i have GPIO pin 7 setup to enter KEY_5 on the keyboard. The default coin button in MAME. This is cool because if you are doing a 1 player setup in mame you dont need any other add on USB HID boards. So basically you need a $25 raspberry pi, $15 joystick, and a couple cheap buttons.

This is running mame4all, installed from the raspberry pi store gui.

Instructions for getting GPIO pins to work:
http://learn.adafruit.com/retro-gaming-with-raspberry-pi/buttons