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


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!

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!

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!

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

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206 Discussions

How can I tell if my video grabber has the correct chipset for the raspberry pi?


What do you thing about using HDMI to USB adapter ? Isn't that a little better solution as giving us one adapter less?

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.


11 months ago


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 ?!

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?

3 replies

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..

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.

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)!

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?

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?

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?

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


1 year ago

Also where are the led light strips?

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!


2 years ago

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

2 replies

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

Hyperion app on android works fine