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January 30, 2015 AT 8:00 am

Turn A Raspberry Pi Into A Cinema Experience #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Turn A Raspberry Pi Into A Cinema Average Man vs Raspberry Pi

Add classic prescreening footage for the a real cinema experience with Raspberry Pi. via averagemanvsraspberrypi

A Raspberry Pi Cinema?! Surely not?

Well, no, not in the traditional sense – however – this week I found a very cool RaspBMC (XBMC/Kodi) add-on that takes your credit card size media centre just that little bit closer to the big screen experience (without the extortionate cost, rustling sweet bags and giggling teenagers)

Cinema Experience is an add-on for Kodi that lets you add all of the pre-screening stuff you get at the cinema – The Dolby/THX intro, upcoming movie trailers and even humorous “Turn off your phone” videos – and all this is possible on your Pi running RaspBMC too!

I think there might be a bit of a divide over this one. I’m sure some will wonder why you would want to watch all the adverts and ‘junk’ that the cinema forces on you, whilst others will appreciate the authentic feel that the add-on offers..

How It Works

The Add-on is actually quite simple. All it does is play some short videos/images before and/or after your main film file – but the effect it gives is really quite impressive.

As you will see in the video above, the amount of settings are quite intimidating at first, but Paul breaks these down and makes sense of each section.

All you have to do is add the video clips to your Pis SD card (or some kind of attached storage) and tell the add-on where they are. You can play a set video every time for each section, or point the add-on to a folder to select a clip at random – good if you don’t want the same clips every time.

It’s worth noting that I installed and used this add-on with the Aeon Nox skin. I can’t guarantee it works with all skins.

Full tutorial

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