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

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

https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-your-own-Amb...

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!

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:

Amazon.de:

BIGtec USB 2.0 Audio Video Grabber: http://amzn.to/1sXPKst

HDMI Splitter: http://amzn.to/1sAL86B

HDMI 2 AV Converter: http://amzn.to/1jQlcDE


Amazon.com:

USB Audio Video Grabber:http://amzn.to/YAQcj7
HDMI Splitter:http://amzn.to/1sHoFKP

HDMI 2 AV Converter:http://amzn.to/1rDdq41

Amazon.co.uk:

USB Audio Video Grabber: http://amzn.to/1EOxvJC

HDMI Splitter: http://amzn.to/1RaA3rZ

HDMI 2 AV Converter:http://amzn.to/1GNaxRj

Step 3: Download the Software!

You can download the Hyperion configurator directly from here.

But you have to download the img. file (513MB):

https://mega.nz/#!s0FSEQjJ!3umd_zb9UushbVmKshxjHsO...

Step 4: Download the Android App!

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:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.h...

Step 5: Success!

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

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Comments

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i-blaze made it! (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?

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NoahJ20 made it! (author)NoahJ202017-01-19

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..

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Olav AlexanderM made it! (author)Olav AlexanderM2017-04-05

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.

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NoahJ20 made it! (author)NoahJ202017-04-05

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)!

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mmgarcia30 made it! (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?

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springs made it! (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?

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CraXyOW3 made it! (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?

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PhilippT6 made it! (author)2017-01-03

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

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JayT75 made it! (author)2016-08-21

Also where are the led light strips?

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JayT75 made it! (author)2016-08-21

Is this a good Pi? https://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Complete-...

if not could you recommend one?

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SamH147 made it! (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 install_hyperion.sh --get https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tvdzwan/hyperio...
sh ./install_hyperion.sh

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DangGucci made it! (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!

http://schematics.com/project/ambilight-box-32568/

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dors made it! (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?
Thanks

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dors made it! (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?

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dors made it! (author)dors2016-04-03

Hyperion app on android works fine

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TestA4 made it! (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
Dieter

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JesseR44 made it! (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?

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ToshiA1 made it! (author)2016-03-23

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

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AnthonyC78 made it! (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.

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VincentM3 made it! (author)VincentM32016-02-01

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...

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-02-01

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

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VincentM3 made it! (author)VincentM32016-02-01

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.

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-02-01

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.

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donvincent made it! (author)donvincent2016-02-10

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!

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-02-10

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 " ?

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donvincent made it! (author)donvincent2016-02-24

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..

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ValerijK made it! (author)ValerijK2016-02-10

It work on Raspberry Pi 1 model B.

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GreatScottLab made it! (author)GreatScottLab2016-01-05

Use a Raspberry Pi B

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-02-01

???

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-01-25

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.

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ArjunT1 made it! (author)ArjunT12016-01-23

Me too facing same problem

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VincentM3 made it! (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?

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GrandAdmiralThrawn made it! (author)GrandAdmiralThrawn2016-02-04

This page: https://lightberry.eu/support/leds-flicker-with-ra...

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.

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martintj made it! (author)2016-02-02

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

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/237916976/dreamscreen-smart-led-backlighting-for-any-hdmi-tv?ref=category_popular#

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BenoitT made it! (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)?

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-02-01

Agreed!!!! Come on guys help us out

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wojtek077 made it! (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

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Mini-...

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.

IMG_20160128_153340[1].jpg
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ArjunT1 made it! (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

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AnthonyC78 made it! (author)AnthonyC782016-01-25

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.

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askfriends made it! (author)2016-01-11

Hello;

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?

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thiagolr made it! (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?

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GreatScottLab made it! (author)GreatScottLab2015-12-19

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

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thiagolr made it! (author)thiagolr2015-12-19

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

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GreatScottLab made it! (author)GreatScottLab2015-12-20

No, not 2. Just B

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TonyK33 made it! (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?

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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:
HDMI2AV: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K3OO5ZY/ref=o...
Video grabber: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W1KX2SO/ref=o...
HDMI splitter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HXFARS/ref=o...
Power supply: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006QYRVU6/ref=o...
Pi B: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SQQF9C/ref=o...
LEDs: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JY2P672/ref=o...

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

The rest of the images. :)

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JosephH48 made it! (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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shadycuz made it! (author)shadycuz2015-11-17

Joseph,

Don't worry about the LED that changes colors when you touch it. It's a weird side effect. The fact that you can control your lights from your phone means your Hyperion is working. I too have fought for almost a year on this project. See this instructable is only meant for a certain usb video grabber a stk1160 I think. The problem is all these cheap ez cap clones have different chip sets and you can't tell by looking at them what is what. If you have a large media collection or just want to stream netflix you can skip the usb grabber, install OSMC and then install Hyperion. It will take all of 15 mins. If you want to hook up your cable box, playstation, xbox or bluray, then you will need to keep looking for the right usb grabber. To check your current usb grabber plug it into the pi and from the console type lsusb

http://raspberry-at-home.com/video-grabber-for-raspberry-pi/

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JosephH48 made it! (author)JosephH482015-11-17

Thank you! I will need to get a better soldering iron since mine was cheap and has since made it's way into the refuse pile. I'm building it specifically to take input from a PC for gaming purposes, so the USB grabber is a must.

Now it's a matter of resoldering the connections to the LED strip, getting the app to work again (hasn't since the first time through) and getting the unit you linked above. Is yours not working still? Will the linked unit work for my PC gaming needs?

Thanks again!!

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