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With Wheezy, I successfully managed to follow a tutorial to run OMXPlayer during boot-up for a video splash screen. However, with the latest Jessie OS downloaded from the Raspberry Pi Foundation's website, it is no longer working.

Further inspection shows that the line omxplayer video_file.mp4 & will not run in a typical terminal environment, whilst omxplayer /home/pi/video_file.mp4 does. Other methods (besides the ampersand [&]) to get the video to run in the background (i.e. using nohup) simply caused the boot sequence to get stuck and never complete.

I have also tried getting it to launch from a Python script which is launched via a background process, however this is subject to the same issues. I also attempted to use a separate terminal instance via screen: screen -S splashscreen -d -m omxplayer /home/pi/video_file.mp4, but, again, no such luck when run during startup.

Is there something that I am missing? What can I do to get this working?

  • od there anything in the logs? errors? warnings? – rav_kr Jan 11 '16 at 21:51
  • No errors or warnings - where can I find logs? – Mike Roberts Jan 12 '16 at 10:07
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    use omxplayer's '--no-keys' flag to disable key binding, so it can run in background and then the ampersand will work. omxplayer --no-keys file.avi & – Paul Slocum Apr 9 '17 at 22:51

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