Looping video playlist with OMXPlayer on the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi comes with an awesome little video player called OMXPlayer that is very capable of playing back full 1080p video perfectly when encoded correctly in H.264/AAC.
OMXPlayer is a commandline OMX player for the Raspberry Pi. It was developed as a testbed for the XBMC/Kodi Raspberry Pi implementation and is quite handy to use standalone.
One problem is the current lack of playlist support in omxplayer. This post explains how to create a bash script that will permanently loop through and play a directory of videos.

 

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To install the Omxplayer on Raspbian

 

Playing a movie with OMXPlayer
Here is a list of all the omxplayer options and a general how to use them.

 

HDMI cable for video output and standard 3.5 mm for audio output:

 

Send audio through the HDMI cable with video:

 

Create script for looping video playlist
Create the following script and save a name e.g. “videoloop.sh”

 

Save the script and make it executable

 

Then run it as follows

 

Obviously this is fairly basic; just loops through a directory of videos and plays them one after another.

 

 

 

 

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