Is it possible to play a series of video files without showing the desktop or console between each video? I would be fine with simply displaying a black screen for a split second. I do see that there are multiple questions posted about playing video files without a gap. What about a gap of just "video black?"

I'm using cvlc with a raspberry pi 4 and Raspbian Buster. I'm not married to cvlc, if there's an omxplayer solution that would be fine as well.

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    I’ve used Python’s pygame library to clear a black screen, then use the omxplayer wrapper to control omxplayer.
    – CoderMike
    Sep 26, 2019 at 6:49

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I found that using:

setterm -blank force; cvlc -f /path/to/videos/

solves the problem when running cvlc from the console.

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