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Falcon Christmas => Falcon Player (FPP) => Topic started by: David Pitts on October 14, 2013, 10:03:18 PM

Title: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: David Pitts on October 14, 2013, 10:03:18 PM
I am looking for someone that has successfully setup the Falcon Pi player to help create a video of the steps that were taken. Video should first describe the hardware needed to run the FPP and well as possible providing links to where to get the hardware. (On Youtube links may be listed in description of video). This may help some setup the FPP.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 15, 2013, 12:07:52 PM
This is something I will take a stab at.  I don't literally have one still in the box but I will dismantle mine and attempt a complete ground up installation. 

Please give me a couple of days and I will see if I can get this done.

Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: David Pitts on October 15, 2013, 12:14:47 PM
This is something I will take a stab at.  I don't literally have one still in the box but I will dismantle mine and attempt a complete ground up installation. 

Please give me a couple of days and I will see if I can get this done.

Alan

Thank you Alan for your help. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: RobO on October 15, 2013, 02:40:03 PM
I would like to second that! I'm finally online with it but now I cant get my files to show up from my flash drive
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: David Pitts on October 15, 2013, 02:56:00 PM
I would like to second that! I'm finally online with it but now I cant get my files to show up from my flash drive

The FPP will only upload .fseq and .ogg files. Are your files of those types.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: CaptainMurdoch on October 15, 2013, 03:10:39 PM
I would like to second that! I'm finally online with it but now I cant get my files to show up from my flash drive

Check my reply to your post on DIYC.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: sirloinofbeef001 on October 15, 2013, 03:29:03 PM
A video would be awesome for those of us just getting started with falcon. I am definitely gonna need it. 
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 15, 2013, 04:18:12 PM
I have started working on it and hope to have something to share by Thursday afternoon. 
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: RobO on October 15, 2013, 04:43:56 PM
 Wow  that would be Great! Maybe you can possibly touch base on setting up wireless via usb port and installing the rasclock. Rob
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 20, 2013, 05:30:06 AM
I wanted to give a quick update on this (I know I'm late).   I am very close and think I have a very good video so far.  The last piece I need to complete is navigating the interface and configuring universes, upload and schedule a show, and run it to lights.  (That sounds like a lot but it really is the finishing touches on what I hope will be considered a gold standard for building a Pi for the very new users out there with no clue of where to start)  I am hosting a group meet up this morning so I don't hope to finish this until much later today/tonight.  I am going to show the current video to the guys that come by today with the hope that they don't completely destroy my effort.  :)

Thanks,
Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Steve Gase on October 20, 2013, 06:44:08 AM
at our group meet today, we can watch and provide commentary as you finish it off... :)   ;)

actually, I want to spend a good deal of my time today building my Halloween show:
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: rdebolt on October 20, 2013, 08:58:29 AM
Alan is the group meeting online or at your house?
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 20, 2013, 11:44:50 AM
It is just at my house.  Sorry about that... 
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 21, 2013, 12:45:30 PM
Editing is done but the Render is going to be a while....Maybe Santa will bring me a new MacPro for Christmas.....



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Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: neilric99 on October 21, 2013, 12:55:56 PM
Keep it going Alan and we should see your FPP video by the end of today :) That will be great and will help out so many people who are moving to using the FPP this year to run their shows.
 
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Santa on October 21, 2013, 04:46:13 PM
Huuuuppppp.... (that's the sound of me holding my breath... I'll see what I can do about that MacPro)
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Santa on October 22, 2013, 05:58:20 AM
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Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 22, 2013, 07:05:12 AM
Sorry Santa - you can exhale.  I am trying to be good but ran into another snag.  My 6 year old laptop choked on trying to render the entire video.  I am having to break it out into roughly 10 minute chunks (based on topic)  and start the render (all over again).    I am I'm finally getting good videos but there will now be (guessing) 6 parts instead of a single hour video (at least for now).   I could probably stitch the videos together but thinking it might be better for most folks just to leave it in sections.  Some parts won't need to be seen more than once, while other parts might be helpful for future reference.

Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: JoelRose on October 22, 2013, 07:51:48 PM
Probably good to break it up if it is that long.
Easier to find the part you need for later reference.

We can wait,
but not too long

Joel
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 22, 2013, 09:36:09 PM
I have started uploading files to vimeo.  There's only one up there now covering the software needed.  It's actually part 2 in the series but it was a very short clip so took very little time to compress.  I think it shows the tone of the entire series so please take a look if you have a little time, just realize it's not the beginning.     It's going to take a while to get all the parts out there.  I ended up stealing my daughters MacBook Pro she got from Santa last year to help me get all the renders done.  (Several are still being run through my video compressor prior to upload)    I am stunned at how much faster her 2012 Mac Book Pro is compared to my 2008 Model...... I know, I know - I shouldn't be shocked but dang my computer is down right awful compared to hers.  Mine was a top of the line model in 08 and hers is a middle of the road 2012 model.   I'm trying to figure out why Santa thought she deserved a new computer and I didn't last Christmas......... She's 11!!!!!    Thank you for your patience.  I hope to have most of the video sections up by the morning.    Also, Please remember this first video series is a beginners guide so any of you with a working FPP may not find much useful info.  It is geared towards someone who hasn't seen or touched one before.  Also be gentle with me,  I am not a trainer by trade just trying to do my part to help the community.  If you are knowledgable on the FPP and you watch the videos please point out any glaring problems, or feel free to stroke my ego if you think the videos are useful.  I am not against shameless praise. 

Here is the link to the first video. Again it's a very short section covering downloading the required software.  If you are really new to this I would ask you to wait until the videos are vetted by some of the senior members.  The last thing I want to do is cause our new users more confusion!
http://vimeo.com/77561237 (http://vimeo.com/77561237)

Please expect several more sections by morning and should have all sections up by tomorrow night.

Thanks Ashlyn for the use of the laptop!!!

Thanks,
Alan

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Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: smeighan on October 22, 2013, 10:58:06 PM
nice job Alan!

does part 1 show how to connect the pi player hardware together? i think showing people the sd card, usb flash, the network cable hardwired to your local hub is the beginners config.

later, people can see what it takes for wireless and for the rasclock.

the others you probably did was how to run the web page software.

if they are as good as this first one, this will be a real help to new users.

thanks for doing it

seam
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: David Pitts on October 22, 2013, 11:13:39 PM
Very impressive. The content is spot on. Thanks again for your help. Your videos will be a wonderful needed addition. We will create a sticky in the FPP forum for all of them to go.

Thanks Alan. I feel blessed and excited.

David
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 22, 2013, 11:19:42 PM
Part 1 - is Purchase links, hardware parts list, and at touch of background (Rendered, Compressed and uploading now)
Part 2 - is Software (As you saw) - Complete.
Part 3 - SD Card and usb Stick formatting and software install on a windows machine.  (Complete - Up on Vimeo now)
Part 4 - SD Card and usb Stick formatting and software install on a mac (This will be done tomorrow)  I haven't render the actual video yet so it will be last probably tomorrow night.
Part 5 - The magic (Wire it up, First Boot and Blinky Lights) - Rendered, Compressing now, with hope to upload in the morning.  (This is by far the longest video at 50GB uncompressed and 30 minutes long)

Thank you for the kind words.  It means a lot coming from you.  I have been searching a long time for ways to help the community.  These training videos may become a regular thing for me if this goes well.

Edit: That last sentence applies to both of you equally Sean and David!


Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: smeighan on October 22, 2013, 11:39:37 PM
"This is by far the longest video at 50GB uncompressed and 30 minutes long"

I am curious why they are so big?

i use screencast-o-matic to record my screen (1920x1080).
http://screencast-o-matic.com/channels/cXhI3EVTh

my oct 17th tutorial was 2 hours and 10 minutes. this produced a 670mbyte mp4 file.

50gbytes for 30 minutes seems strange.
i pay for the 5gbytes/upload/day , like $10 month. This means my uploading to vimeo has always been fast.

just curious
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Materdaddy on October 22, 2013, 11:47:22 PM
Part 1 - is Purchase links, hardware parts list, and at touch of background (Rendered, Compressed and uploading now)
Part 2 - is Software (As you saw) - Complete.
Part 3 - SD Card and usb Stick formatting and software install on a windows machine.  (Complete - Up on Vimeo now)
Part 4 - SD Card and usb Stick formatting and software install on a mac (This will be done tomorrow)  I haven't render the actual video yet so it will be last probably tomorrow night.
Part 5 - The magic (Wire it up, First Boot and Blinky Lights) - Rendered, Compressing now, with hope to upload in the morning.  (This is by far the longest video at 50GB uncompressed and 30 minutes long)

Thank you for the kind words.  It means a lot coming from you.  I have been searching a long time for ways to help the community.  These training videos may become a regular thing for me if this goes well.

Edit: That last sentence applies to both of you equally Sean and David!


Alan

Alan, great work.  Part 2 started off a little "strange" with the "uhh... ok... we're going to " and then it started rolling.  Part 3 however, I LOVE how it starts: "As much as it pains me..."!  Geek humor?  Windows hater humor?  Either way, I like it.  :P

I especially like how you are very clear about the things people are likely to have problems with (root level of the SD card for the files).  I'm not your target demographic, but from where I sit, it seems like these videos will be very good to get people up and running from what I've seen so far.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 22, 2013, 11:55:47 PM
"This is by far the longest video at 50GB uncompressed and 30 minutes long"

I am curious why they are so big?

i use screencast-o-matic to record my screen (1920x1080).
http://screencast-o-matic.com/channels/cXhI3EVTh

my oct 17th tutorial was 2 hours and 10 minutes. this produced a 670mbyte mp4 file.

50gbytes for 30 minutes seems strange.
i pay for the 5gbytes/upload/day , like $10 month. This means my uploading to vimeo has always been fast.

just curious

Sean,

For that last video I am actually combining 1080P External HD camera work with Screen recordings and transitions via Final Cut Pro.  The renders out of FCP are typically huge.  Then I run the rendered files through a "relatively" high quality compressor.     I finish with a compressed 720P file that I upload to Vimeo which are around 250MB per 10 minutes.  I am also paying (as of today) for the 5GB uploads to Vimeo.  I am expecting the 30 minute file to be around 750MB in the morning.  It's cranking away in the compressor on my daughters laptop right now.

I use the built in quicktime screen recorder on the Mac for my screen recordings and they are more normal sizes by themselves because the compression is done on the fly during the recording.

Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 23, 2013, 12:00:43 AM
Part 1 - is Purchase links, hardware parts list, and at touch of background (Rendered, Compressed and uploading now)
Part 2 - is Software (As you saw) - Complete.
Part 3 - SD Card and usb Stick formatting and software install on a windows machine.  (Complete - Up on Vimeo now)
Part 4 - SD Card and usb Stick formatting and software install on a mac (This will be done tomorrow)  I haven't render the actual video yet so it will be last probably tomorrow night.
Part 5 - The magic (Wire it up, First Boot and Blinky Lights) - Rendered, Compressing now, with hope to upload in the morning.  (This is by far the longest video at 50GB uncompressed and 30 minutes long)

Thank you for the kind words.  It means a lot coming from you.  I have been searching a long time for ways to help the community.  These training videos may become a regular thing for me if this goes well.

Edit: That last sentence applies to both of you equally Sean and David!


Alan

Alan, great work.  Part 2 started off a little "strange" with the "uhh... ok... we're going to " and then it started rolling.  Part 3 however, I LOVE how it starts: "As much as it pains me..."!  Geek humor?  Windows hater humor?  Either way, I like it.  :P

I especially like how you are very clear about the things people are likely to have problems with (root level of the SD card for the files).  I'm not your target demographic, but from where I sit, it seems like these videos will be very good to get people up and running from what I've seen so far.

I'm not the best at public speaking..... It "kind of" flowed better when it was one long video where part 1 transitioned to part 2..... and probably made more sense with the "uhh ok stutter"  I probably should have cut that out but had been fighting this old computer chewing on HD video and the last three nights have run a little long for me so that stutter slipped through.  for now I just have to look like an idiot for a while I may trim that one up a little after everything else is done.   

The main thing for me is to provide accurate information that helps the community.  So as long as it ends up accurate I'm ok looking a little silly.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 23, 2013, 12:37:40 AM
ok - parts 1, 2, and 3 are done and up on Vimeo.  Part 4 is just the Macintosh formatting and will be done last... sometime tomorrow.    Part 5 -(the final build and blink video) is compressing and I hope to upload it first thing in the morning.  Please watch the first three video's and let me know if there are any problems.  I saw a little slowness/stall during the assembly portion at the end of video 1, I'm not sure if I have a little network hiccup or if the video is problematic in that area.  If others reports problems with that one I will re-compress it with a better bit rate and upload it again.  Otherwise the three videos look good to me.

Thanks,
Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: smeighan on October 23, 2013, 08:04:05 AM
listened to all 3, great job!

sean
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 23, 2013, 08:14:32 AM
Part 5 is now up on Vimeo.  This is the heart of the beginners guide and probably deserves the most scrutiny.  I have already found 1 small problem where at one point I talk about shutting down the Pi but don't show how to do it.  I have noted that deficiency in the video notes.  If we find many more I will make some alterations and upload it again.

Part 4 is not yet done but is not needed unless the user is on a Mac (It is just a repeat of part 3 from a Macintosh perspective)  I hope to finish this one tonight.

Part 5 is here:
http://vimeo.com/77589618
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 23, 2013, 08:19:32 AM
listened to all 3, great job!

sean

Thanks for taking the time to watch them Sean.  It helps to have knowledgable people confirm they are ok.

Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: rdebolt on October 23, 2013, 08:30:52 AM
Watched first 3 as well. Nicely done Alan! Thanks for doing this!


Roger
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Kevin on October 23, 2013, 09:33:29 AM
Great job Alan.  That is what we need more of for all the Falcon Products.

I posted a link to the Videos in the FPP Wiki page.

kevin
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: MyKroFt on October 23, 2013, 02:10:20 PM
Just watched all of them - very nice job.  Much better than I could have done

Tony
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: David Pitts on October 23, 2013, 04:29:33 PM
All I can say is Wow. That video series is very thorough and concise. It is the gold standard. Thanks again.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 23, 2013, 06:03:32 PM
Thanks - FYI all the 5 parts are up there now.  So unless someone finds a problem I think I'm done.  Starting to think about the next thing I can work on.


Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: RobO on October 23, 2013, 09:39:24 PM
Alan what a great job! I wish I would have had this when I was setting mine up. But the great members on here helped me out. Any chance of a quick how to on the rasclock, would love to get it off line incase I lose internet during a show. I think that would finish out the how to tut. Either way we all thank you for your time putting this together for us. Rob
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Scottyj on October 24, 2013, 06:42:46 AM
I second the RasClock tutorial request
Thanks
Scott
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 24, 2013, 06:50:11 AM
Alan what a great job! I wish I would have had this when I was setting mine up. But the great members on here helped me out. Any chance of a quick how to on the rasclock, would love to get it off line incase I lose internet during a show. I think that would finish out the how to tut. Either way we all thank you for your time putting this together for us. Rob

I am happy to do that, however, I need to order a RASclock first, so I am not sure what time commitment I can give to this.  I don't want to say yes I'll do it until I have the hardware in my hand.  It's a small goal of mine to get videos covering the full range of FPP possibilities.  As a side note...I haven't tested this yet, however, I would think that as long as the FPP has internet at boot it should keep time for a "while".  I would imagine the drift would be more severe since there is no hardware clock but I'm certain it wouldn't just drop the current time all together. Anyway, I will order the RASclock today and see what I can get done.

I also want to do a video that does nothing but explore setting up outputs.  Multicast, Unicast, Universe creation.  I think that single video could help a lot of people.

Thanks for checking out the videos, I really think the FPP is a brilliant show computer and look forward to what all can be done with it.

Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 24, 2013, 06:51:48 AM
I second the RasClock tutorial request
Thanks
Scott

ok, haha I hear ya..... I will order the rasclock now!

Alan
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: RobO on October 24, 2013, 07:02:31 AM

Thanks for checking out the videos, I really think the FPP is a brilliant show computer and look forward to what all can be done with it.

I remember sean writing that we can output hdmi video to go along with our show. Can't wait to see that come happen! Seems  like there are alot of possibilities with the pi.
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: Materdaddy on October 24, 2013, 08:30:54 AM
Alan what a great job! I wish I would have had this when I was setting mine up. But the great members on here helped me out. Any chance of a quick how to on the rasclock, would love to get it off line incase I lose internet during a show. I think that would finish out the how to tut. Either way we all thank you for your time putting this together for us. Rob

If you lose internet during a show is one thing, if you run your Pi without internet access, that's another.

If you lose internet for a little bit without power cycling your Pi, it is fine.  Once you set the time is set it will stay darn close (I'm not sure with what precision, but I'm sure you can find out with a google search) unless you reboot.

If you plan on running without internet access, you could set the time and not reboot the Pi, or you could use a hardware clock like the rasclock.

In the latest code when you set the clock in the UI, we set the system clock, then we also write it to the hardware clock.  The hardware clock's time is restored (if present) upon boot, so there really isn't much to it at this point.

The Howto for rasclock:
  Turn off your Pi
  Install the Rasclock
  Go to the FPP webpage's time settings page
  Set the clock
Title: Re: We need a video to show how to set up FPP
Post by: bajadahl on October 24, 2013, 09:14:21 AM
Thanks Materdaddy - I thought I had read where you guys had integrated support for the RASclock.  I hadn't paid too close attention since I am not planning to use one.  Sounds to me like you have finished that integration.   However, I will see about putting your steps into a video tutorial since I went ahead and ordered one for a tutorial video.