Pyomxplayer didn't work for me. And Pi Presents looks great, but is way more than I needed.
So I thought I would start this thread dedicated to just doing simple movie control.
The easiest I've found so far is using the Pexpect Python module:
Easy to install, and pure Python.
And here is some basic code to use it for movie control:
(tested on a 60 second long movie)
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# Location of movie here
flocal = '/home/pi/Fun/test.mp4'
c = pexpect.spawn('/usr/bin/omxplayer ' + flocal)
# start paused
time.sleep(.4) #.4 was the shortest time that worked on my Pi
c.send ('p') # pause
time.sleep(4) # wait 4 seconds
c.send ('p') # play
# jumps to start while playing. If paused before jump, seems longer
c.send ('i') # jumps to start of movie
c.send ('\x1b[C') # jump ahead 30 seconds
c.send ('\x1b[D') # jump back 30 seconds
# have not tested these commented lines
c.send ('\x1b[A') # seek +600 seconds
c.send ('\x1b[B') # seek -600 seconds
c.send ('=') # increase volume
c.send ('-') # decrease volume
c.send ('q') # quit the player
''' 1 decrease speed
2 increase speed
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
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'''
Hopefully omxplayer will get better in future versions.
jump to a specific frame and play or pause
specific playback speed and direction
My current question: is there any way to stop the black screen that occurs for a moment when seeking or changing chapters? It is distracting.
Best would be if it would hold its last frame until the next one is shown.
Also, is there a good way to jump from the movie to an image, and then maybe back?
Thank you : )