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4K image playback

I’ve just marked the HD image/video player as compatible with 4K images (see this commit). As a prerequisite the asset upload call now accepts images with a resolution of up to 4096x4096 (up from 2048x2048). Combined this should allow you to play 4K images on a Pi4.

As before, the info-beamer backend has a few checks in place that prevent your from accidentally assigning content to devices that cannot play them. This also includes 4K images. Older Pis cannot decode them yet (see below), so right now a Pi4 is required. The asset selector will prevent your from assigning asset unless all assigned devices are capable of playing them:

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Similarly you cannot assign a setup that includes 4K images (or HEVC videos) to older Pi models. If you want to try out this new feature on your Pi4, either import the package or update your existing package by clicking the Check for updates button on the package page. Feedback is welcome!

In the future an upgrade to the core info-beamer pi software for Pis up to and including the Pi3 might be released to allow 4K image playback on them as well. Although to be honest that would be rather pointless as they are no capable of generating a 4K HDMI signal. Any additional image detail is lost as a result. So adding support isn’t a priority at the moment.

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Hi Florian - I am wondering if you have plans to support higher resolutions for a video wall of pi 4’s - it would be great to use assets generated at 4k or 8k to maximize the resolution of each tv in a set up. In my case, I’m running a 6x6 video wall of 1080x720, but it seems asset limitation is generally 1920x1080.

Thanks!

The 1920x1080 limit is probably because you’re using H264 videos. All video wall packages work by decoding the full video/image and then showing their assigned area. With Pis prior to the Pi4, the maximum video resolution is FullHD (1920x1080). With H265, which can only be decoded on the Pi4, you can use 4K (3840x2180). A higher resolution will not work.

The alternative if you want to use the native resolution on each display is to pre-split the video into multiple parts, one for each display and use the HD Image/Video Player with activated “Synced Playback” There’s no built-in tools to do that at the moment, but ffmpeg can do that.

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@infobeamer-fw does it still have a 500mb limit for assets with h265?

The limit is independent of the file type and is still 500MB, although it can be raised next week. I’ll update this post once that’s done.

Raised to 750MB for now.

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Sorry for the silly question, but does this mean that the video file must be smaller than 750MB?

That is correct. At the moment that’s the maximum size limit for assets.

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