Download standalone info-beamer pi software

You can download the software info-beamer pi here. It's the software that powers info-beamer hosted service. Learn more about the different versions. Head over to the documentation to get started once you have downloaded the software.

Stable Release Released 2023-08-18

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Release Notes

Version 2.0.0 [2024]

 * Completely recreated the video playback and surface
   management mechanism. info-beamer now uses KMS/DRM
   for setting video modes and controlling video output
   composition. OpenGL is now provided by Mesa.

   It now uses FFmpeg together with V4L2 for full
   hardware decoded video playback.

   As a result info-beamer is no longer reliant on
   any of the proprietary broadcom libraries.

 * HEVC playback on the Pi4 and Pi5 and now render videos
   into GL textures (non-raw videos).

 * H264 playback on the Pi5 is implemented in software
   as hardware support is no longer available.

 * Rotating raw videos by 90 or 270 degree now mostly
   transparently falls back to rendering into a texture
   and rotating that. This is necessary as rotating
   video output planes by 90 degrees is not supported
   by the hardware.

 * Screenshotting is now embedded into info-beamer
   itself. This is necessary for the new Pi4/5 versions
   as it's no longer possible to acces the video subsystem
   while info-beamer is in control. Snapshotting works
   using a new *screenshot/<dpy> command via the TCP
   interface. The screenshot is returned as JPEG data.

Version 1.0.4 [2022-09-27]

 * General maintenance

Version 1.0.3 [2021-09-17]

 * Added resource.create_qr_code
 * Various internal improvements for the Pi4.

Version 1.0.1 [2020-03-06]

 * Fixed memory leak in H264 decoder on Pi4.

Version 1.0.0 [2020-02-21]

 * Added support for the Pi4
 * Completely new video subsystem for FKMS (used on the Pi4)
 * Minor improvements while live streaming
 * Downscale larger images in software to fit into the
   texture size limit. This allows you to load 4K images
   on older Pi version, but of course you'll get a lower
   resolution result as the image gets downscaled.
(For the full release notes of previous releases check the file CHANGELOG.txt in the downloaded file)