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Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:44 pm
by macemoneta
I found  this video this morning:

Video showing XBMC running on Raspberry Pi Alpha board.
This is not done by me. Original video found on XBMC forum athttp://forum.xbmc.org/showthre.....038;page=4

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:04 pm
by abishur
According to the forum there, the board's CPU is maxed out on the title screen, but drops significantly on video playback at full 1080p resolution!  I wonder if the xbmc will be able to run add-ons (console emulators ) or if the additional CPU usage would make the whole thing stutter?  Must... stay... patient!

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:08 pm
by macemoneta
The title screen is in software while video playback should be using the GPU, so the results seem to make sense.  The interface was responsive in the video, so while the CPU is maxed out, it doesn't appear to be a problem.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:36 pm
by aceface57
This does look very exciting, it's one of the plans I have for the R pi. Can't wait, been a fan on xbmc since the original xbox.

Once we get more details though it will be better, like what bit rates it can handle etc.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:43 pm
by jamesh
aceface57 said:


This does look very exciting, it's one of the plans I have for the R pi. Can't wait, been a fan on xbmc since the original xbox.

Once we get more details though it will be better, like what bit rates it can handle etc.


The GPU performance is discussed at length elsewhere, but it's basically 1080p30, high profile, >40Mb/s.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:21 pm
by aceface57
Excellent, I'm really excited at the thought of a few of these now

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:33 pm
by liz
XBMC have asked us not to say anything about it. It's killing me.

(Edit for typo)

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:04 pm
by tonycollinet
Have to agree - xbmc if it works is a  potential killer app for the Pi. Low power (therefore suitable for always on) dedicated media centre PC, so small you can just blutak it to the back of the TV.

What's not to love?

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:29 pm
by erest
Liz, your being killed for not being able to say anything is killing me! If Xbmc truly gets running decently im buying 20!

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:39 pm
by simonIOW
First aiders on standby, lots of hyperventilating...

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:45 pm
by arm2
I'm expecting to offer commercially a case suitable for mounting anj RPi on the back of most TV's. All I need  now are the official dimensions and a RaspberryPI… even a non working one, please pretty please.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:47 pm
by liz
No can do, I'm afraid - the measurements of ports may change according to what our manufacturers do, so we can't release final measurements until we have final boards. (And we'll be making and selling cases too.)

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:24 pm
by lotus49
How intriguing.

I was just looking at an app for my Android tablet that can act as a remote for XBMC and it set me wondering as to whether XBMC would run on the R Pi.  I did a quick search and lo and behold, what do I find but this video.

Liz's teasingly worded post only intrigues me further.

How practical this will be, only time will tell, but I can't wait to find out.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:36 pm
by andyhorn
@Liz

Any idea how much the cases are likely cost?, ball park figure.

Cheers

Andy

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:34 pm
by JustThisGuy
In my best James Earl Jones voice:

"Impressive!"

I'm sitting here waiting patiently for Santa to bring my present, hoping the milk and cookies don't go off. (Is that the proper britishism for spoilage?)

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:00 pm
by Davespice
That's good to see.  I am sure people will be making use of this.  I'll probably keep a spare SD card with it on.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:52 pm
by guyh
the issue I have here (as will many others I expect) is the idea of having this thing on 24/7 with its cpu maxed out.

as a NAS & torrent downloader it will need to be on constantly, but if it's to double up as a media server, won't this put too much stress on the cpu? is my vision of the £35 solution to my network and media needs too optimistic?

(I am relatively new to this stuff so go easy on me)

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:25 pm
by jamesh
guyh said:


the issue I have here (as will many others I expect) is the idea of having this thing on 24/7 with its cpu maxed out.

as a NAS & torrent downloader it will need to be on constantly, but if it's to double up as a media server, won't this put too much stress on the cpu? is my vision of the £35 solution to my network and media needs too optimistic?

(I am relatively new to this stuff so go easy on me)


It will still be very low power even maxed out. Although torrenting won't use much CPU anyway, probably be bandwidth limited. You can run these things maxed out for days on end no problem.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:31 pm
by guyh
JamesH said:


It will still be very low power even maxed out. Although torrenting won't use much CPU anyway, probably be bandwidth limited. You can run these things maxed out for days on end no problem.


Thanks for that, sounds good I suppose low power means low heat even maxed out. I still hope the xbmc people put in some kind of sleep/non-display mode that allows the cpu a bit of down time. although I bet someone could program something like that considering the linux based OS (geexbox?)

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:33 pm
by hajj_3
nice, wonder if XBMC guys have managed to get it to bitstream hd audio via HDMI, that would be amazing if that's technically possible.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:46 pm
by zag
Yeh they've been working on it, a lot of the arm work had already been done

XBMC is pretty efficient with its cpu usage normally but there is room for improvement. It does depend a lot on the theme though. There used to be simplified versions of Aeon for the xbox due to its speed so its certainly possible to create Raspberry specific Themes.

Great to hear that 1080p will work though, after all that's what its all about!

Hopefully the raspberry is not limited though by its audio options. A lot of people rely on 5.1 these days. There will be a section of users who want this so its good to see it coming up so quickly.

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:44 am
by Robert_M
:::watches topic:::

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:12 pm
by Kick
I agree with Zag; what is the use of 1080p without 5.1 audio...

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:02 pm
by alexhawdon
I would disagree - not everybody has a 5.1 setup; most people don't.  I would say a < £50 media centre add-on (I'm including the price of a 1/2TB HD here!) would be very attractive to a lot of people, even without 5.1

My gf has a TV with HDMI in but no 5.1 setup - I'm seriously considering making her a cheapy media centre if this all proves do-able.

(Also, on a quieter note, if you're using a homebrew style media centre then where is the media coming from?  You're either ripping your own - in which case you might as well just stick in in a DVD player - or, uhm, getting it from somewhere that probably isn't packaging it in a 5.1 format...)

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:08 pm
by mard0
I read some were that there are some people looking at porting XBMC to directfb. Imagine that...... Raspberry-pi + directfb + XBMC ^^