Introduction: DIY Ambient Lighting With Hyperion. Works With HDMI/AV Sources || Raspberry Pi

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This is an expansion of my previous Ambient Lighting build. Take a look at it first:

This time I will add a new function to my DIY Ambient Lighting. Until now It only works with the Raspbmc software. That means that I can not add Ambient Lighting to my PS3 or cable TV. That is about to change.

Step 1: Watch the Video!

The video tells you all important steps that you have to follow to make this build happen.

Step 2: Order Your Parts!

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Here are the components with example sellers that I used. If you buy exactly the same ones then it should probably work for you as well:

BIGtec USB 2.0 Audio Video Grabber:

HDMI Splitter:

HDMI 2 AV Converter:

USB Audio Video Grabber:
HDMI Splitter:

HDMI 2 AV Converter:

USB Audio Video Grabber:

HDMI Splitter:

HDMI 2 AV Converter:

Step 3: Download the Software!

You can download the Hyperion configurator directly from here.

But you have to download the img. file (513MB):!s0FSEQjJ!3umd_zb9UushbVmKshxjHsO...

Step 4: Download the Android App!

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It is really awesome to use those WS2801 LED strips as a mood light.
And the Android App makes it so much easier. So go ahead and download it. You can also buy the 1$ app to support the developers:

Step 5: Success!

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You did it! Again! Congratulations to your second Ambient Lighting Build. I hope you enjoyed it.

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DavidinCT (author)2017-09-01

Riddle me this. Can I do this with out setting up raspbmc ? I already have a HDfury device that can split a HDMI signal so this should be easy to work with.

RamiG5 (author)2017-08-12


I moved the file with Win32DiskImager to my sd card and put to the RPI3 ,nothing happens.

I did the same thing with a OSMC ,RPI3 Turn on.

What to do ?!

i-blaze (author)2017-01-16

Hey guys i wanting to make this for my PC dual monitor setup.

just wanted to know that do i need exactly this same components sine it will be connected to my PC not TV?

NoahJ20 (author)i-blaze2017-01-19

Not sure if this will work with multiple monitors... you would probably need to double the quantity of all of the parts listed and set them up separately on each screen..

Olav AlexanderM (author)NoahJ202017-04-05

I would think that his two monitors are just treated as one (with higher resolution). So he would need to treat them as one. The main issue would be wiring between his monitors.

He would then make the width strips the total width of two monitors and cut them, then resolder with some wire that is hot pluggable maybe. This project might work best with some sort of desk mounted monitor holder that holds both the monitors, or wall hanging them.

NoahJ20 (author)Olav AlexanderM2017-04-05

That's a really good point to make, one that went over my head. I have a triple monitor set up, but I treat each monitor as its own.

Thanks for the insight (might have created a future project for me, thanks)!

mmgarcia30 (author)2017-03-16

Hi Scott

Great tutoria. I'm tryng to do it. But, I don't have an android movile phone. Could I do it with an iPhone?

springs (author)2017-03-06

hi all.

i've tried building this today and it appears that the usb capture card listed in the video doesn't have the right chipset to work on the pi. does anyone know somewhere that i can get one with the right chipset? ideally in the UK?

CraXyOW3 (author)2017-01-11

Can you use Kodi with the RPi as usual?
Wonder if when you are not using Kodi and then have a console active, wont the ambilight get in conflict with another device? for example a console?

Or is it only possible to use this RPi for ambilight only?

PhilippT6 (author)2017-01-03

Can there be any HDCP problems when using Netflix from FireTV or something like that?

JayT75 (author)2016-08-21

Also where are the led light strips?

JayT75 (author)2016-08-21

Is this a good Pi?

if not could you recommend one?

SamH147 (author)2016-06-10

You can use OpenLec or OSMC with Raspberry Pi 2's and install Hypercon from there.

Once installed, ssh to the Pi and paste the following...

curl -L --output --get
sh ./

DangGucci (author)2016-04-29

I don't know if anyone else has seen it, but somebody did this project and crammed it into a box. I plan on doing the same with the housing of an old 20-port Ethernet Switch enclosure and a PC PSU. I have drawn up a schematic, including all the parts/pieces needed to enclose the entire project (minus the enclosure and PSU). Thought it may prove useful for the public to share!

dors (author)2016-04-03

Please help..
I have raspberry pi 2, did everything in this guide but can't make it work :-(
Does anybody got it to work?

dors (author)dors2016-04-03

Ok now it works but when i connect the xbox i still see on the WS2801 the osmc and not the xbox. Anybody?

dors (author)dors2016-04-03

Hyperion app on android works fine

TestA4 (author)2016-04-03

Hello, i like your videos.

Watching it I bought all stuff to realize ambilight in my livingroom. But now I have a huge problem. I bought a new tv and I dont'w want to use a revceiver anymore. My tv does not have an AV output and so I'm confused now. Do you have an idea how to realize ambilight without a receiver and an AV output?

Best regards

JesseR44 (author)2016-03-29

Anyone had any luck doing this with the latest rasp. Pi 3 model b? Which of all the pi versions can this work with?

ToshiA1 (author)2016-03-23

cannot download the img file can someone please provide an alternate link?? thanks.

AnthonyC78 (author)2016-01-04

has anyone else had a problem with the sd card image not working? the pi does not boot i am using a pi 2. red and green leds on the pi come on and stay solid as well as the link lights on the ethernet port not lighting at all.

VincentM3 (author)AnthonyC782016-02-01

Yes! im having the EXACTLY same problem for 2 months now, I cant seem to find a solution. I tried different one's from different forums but non work. Also using the RP1 with no luck. I tried using .img for the RP2 but those don't work either...

AnthonyC78 (author)VincentM32016-02-01

It's kind of aggravating to have sank this much time and money into a project and all roads are dead ends :-/

VincentM3 (author)AnthonyC782016-02-01

Jep, ive decided to put on pause for now. Decided to install retrosmc and find help on a forum while I wait. It's odd tough, if i install a clean version of osmc, openelec or retropie, everything works. I install a pre-config .img file and non of the usb ports and ethernet ports work. I think I did get a screen once, but couldn't do anything wthout ethernet or usb ports.

AnthonyC78 (author)VincentM32016-02-01

Same here man. I had sever pi2s and actually bought a pi B just for this but still have no joy. Oh well. If you find a way let me know and I'll do the same. Maybe another forum will come through for us.

donvincent (author)AnthonyC782016-02-10

Hey man, After trying and looking, it seems that you can just use the newest OSMC, it has the chipset support. Then just look up a guide for installing hyperion, I got my setup working but it seems that the hdmi2av wasn't working so i had to order a new one. But besides that, it's all working now!

AnthonyC78 (author)donvincent2016-02-10

Are you driving the LEDs from the pi directly ? If so which pi and what pins ? If not are you using an arduino as a "afafruit clone " ?

donvincent (author)AnthonyC782016-02-24

yes I'm driving it from the pi directly, using rpi1 can't remember which pins, just look at the video of greatscot and look up a schematic of your RPI because the pins on my rpi1 are not on the same spot as those of greatscot. I'm almost finished building but my HDMI splitter is causing me to see 480p content on my monitor instead of full HD and idk how to fix it..

ValerijK (author)AnthonyC782016-02-10

It work on Raspberry Pi 1 model B.

GreatScottLab (author)AnthonyC782016-01-05

Use a Raspberry Pi B

AnthonyC78 (author)GreatScottLab2016-02-01


AnthonyC78 (author)GreatScottLab2016-01-25

i ordered a pi B and still have the same result.. for the mos part. red light solid on the pi and no green led at all also a blank screen.

ArjunT1 (author)AnthonyC782016-01-23

Me too facing same problem

VincentM3 (author)2016-02-04

@GreatScotLab, Does OSMC support the USBTV007 out of the box? I saw sombody mentioning it a year ago but I dont know if it's true. Or could you make a video installing it the hard way like other people requested?

This page:

says that the USBTV007 runs on the stk1160 chipset, which is the same chipset that GreatScot said to use in his video. Therefore, it should work.

martintj (author)2016-02-02

Does anyone know if this kickstarter is using hyperion? Almost twice the led spacing.

BenoitT (author)2016-01-31

Thank you for your tutorial but as said in other comments the image you provide doesn't boot on raspberry 2b. Instead of telling us that to use the image instead of doing it "the hard way". why don't you tell us what the hard way is so that we can learn from it (and find a solution for those who can't boot with the image)?

AnthonyC78 (author)BenoitT2016-02-01

Agreed!!!! Come on guys help us out

wojtek077 (author)2016-01-28

I noticed that its a hit or miss with these HDMI2AV converters. Then I found out there is 3 different kinds. Link to seller with picture of each of the kinds

So basically small chip one does not work at all. I have tested many times with the splitter and without and keeps down downgrading to 480p. Then there is big chip one and the one with the 3 chip which is the best one out off 3 that what the description says. I just want to know which of the 3 kinds was used in this DIY.

This one is mine and it does not work with the setup. You could see the small chip in the middle.

ArjunT1 (author)2016-01-23

Hi Great Scott, Thank you very much for all your tutorials, they are GREAT,

Is there any way to make the image work with Raspberry pi 2 Model B, Can you also explain the hard way (the process of making the image file) in detail

AnthonyC78 (author)ArjunT12016-01-25

i second this post because i would do it the hard way just to get this working. many hours and dollars have no been put into making this work.

askfriends (author)2016-01-11


i just want to ask this setup if for all hdmi sources, but what if i want to use ambilight for my samsung 32 inch led tv only having source from ledt tv's hdmi port? do i need to go through this long process?

thiagolr (author)2015-12-14

Hi all, I just started ordering the parts required! =)

Does anyone know if any raspberry pi version will do the job? even the cheapest one?

GreatScottLab (author)thiagolr2015-12-19

I heard that some did not work. Go for the B. That is a safe bet.

thiagolr (author)GreatScottLab2015-12-19

Thanks! I will buy a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B then to be safe!

GreatScottLab (author)thiagolr2015-12-20

No, not 2. Just B

TonyK33 (author)2015-11-18

Hey guys,

I would love to do this kit also. Before i even try i need to understand some type of fundamental aspect i seem to be missing. The splitter is straight forward. You are separating a secondary signal for only the raspberry input signal.

If i am wanting to do this for my 4K TV, and not only 4K content but any signal coming from my receiver. Could be 4K, 1080p, or even 720p.

Would i need to do anything different from this setup other than use a 4K capable splitter? Or will the HDMI2AV freak out? I guess my question is would the 4K signal need to be downscaled somehow... and if i do have a downscaler in-between the two would that effect a 720p signal coming in somehow or even a 1080p signal?

Also iv'e seen hdmi to usb convertors. Is their any reason we could not take advantage of one of those somehow and save a lot of wiring woes?

JosephH48 made it! (author)2015-10-21

I love that you went through and made this project and instructable. I, am not having a lot of success however.

I have the Hyperion image written to the Pi, and the app works. However the grabber is not doing anything for me. The LEDs remain dim except for four on the left side at position 1, 2, 4, 7 illuminated as red, red, blue, blue respectively.

This is how my cables are running: HDMI2 from the splitter runs to the "HDMI to AV" box, and from there a composite cable connects that to the EasyCap. One possible problem I see is the EasyCap says it supports NTSC 720x480 @ 30 FPS and this is built on a 21:9 monitor at 2560x1080 @ 60FPS.

Any suggestions or assistance would be wonderful. I'm running out of beer and my

My parts (ordered from the YouTube description:
Video grabber:
HDMI splitter:
Power supply:
Pi B:

JosephH48 made it! (author)JosephH482015-10-21

The rest of the images. :)

JosephH48 (author)JosephH482015-11-04

I don't get it. At this point I can't get but one led to light, the app doesn't work and the LED changes when I touch it.

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