Omxplayer is a video player specifically made for the Raspberry Pi's GPU made by Edgar (gimli) Hucek from the XBMC/Kodi project. It relies on the OpenMAX hardware acceleration API, which is the Broadcom's VideoCore officially supported API for GPU video/audio processing.
Raspberry Pi forum user spenning made precompiled binaries available on the forum. See here.
1 decrease speed 2 increase speed < rewind > fast forward z show info j previous audio stream k next audio stream i previous chapter o next chapter n previous subtitle stream m next subtitle stream s toggle subtitles w show subtitles x hide subtitles d decrease subtitle delay (- 250 ms) f increase subtitle delay (+ 250 ms) q exit omxplayer p / space pause/resume - decrease volume + / = increase volume left arrow seek -30 seconds right arrow seek +30 seconds down arrow seek -600 seconds up arrow seek +600 seconds
You do not need to download an MP4 file to watch it with Omxplayer. If you have the URL of a (H.264) rtmp:// stream, just stream it with:
To stream a (H.264) rtmpt://... URL with Omxplayer, just change the head rtmp:// to rtmpt://.
omxplayer -o local rtsp://192.168.3.100:8554/stream1
It is possible to select the audio output by specifying -o or --adev on the command line between:
- local: analog output
- hdmi: hdmi output (hdmi_drive=2 is then required in config.txt)
- both: both outputs
omxplayer -o hdmi file.qt
Black screen after playback
If you get a black screen on your X11 desktop after Omxplayer is finished, you can use this command to restore your view:
xrefresh -display :0
Or you can use a small Bash script for video playback to do this every time:
#/bin/bash omxplayer "$@" xrefresh -display :0
On Raspbian, xrefresh is part of the x11-xserver-utils package (apt-get install x11-xserver-utils).
No rights to VCHIQ
On bare installations of the default distributions, Omxplayer often has insufficient permissions to access /dev/vchiq. One solution would be to run Omxplayer as root, but a nicer solution is to add a udev rule so that /dev/vchiq is also accessible from other users. To accomplish this, do the following under root:
# echo 'SUBSYSTEM=="vchiq",GROUP="video",MODE="0660"' > /etc/udev/rules.d/10-vchiq-permissions.rules
Now add yourself to the group named 'video':
# usermod -aGvideo USERNAME
Reboot the Raspberry Pi, and you should be able to run Omxplayer without the vchiq-error showing up.
When using HDMI make sure to pass '-o hdmi' to Omxplayer if you want the audio to play through the HDMI cable:
omxplayer -o hdmi videofile.mp4
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- Omxplayer Build Bot (up to date binary packages available here)