Falcon FPP

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Falcon Player (FPP)

The Falcon Player is a standalone sequence player allowing playback of your sequences without a dedicated PC. It is a similar solution to the conductor or director products. The software is free and runs on Raspberry Pi (~$35) or BeagleBone Black (BBB) (~$50) micro computer boards. FalconChristmas developers write the free software and you purchase a Pi or BBB from any vendor you choose and install FPP on the system. SD card, USB Flash Drive, Power Supply and any other options are not included in the base prices of these boards but your vendor may offer kits which include the additional components.

FPP Supported Hardware Platforms

Supported Hardware Platforms
Vendor Raspberry Pi BeagleBone Pine64 ODROID Next Thing
Model A+ B B+ Zero B v2 B v3 BBB BBG BBBWL A64 A64+ A64+ 2GB C1 C.H.I.P.
CPU Single-Core 700MHz ARM1176JZF ARMv6 Single-Core 1000Mhz BCM2835 ARMv6 v1.0-v1.1 - Quad-Core 900MHz BCM2836 ARMv7
v1.2 - Quad-Core 900MHz 64-bit BCM2837 ARMv8
Quad-Core 1.2GHz 64-bit BCM2837 ARMv8 Single-Core 1000MHz AM335x ARM® Cortex-A8
Two 200MHz 32-bit PRU microcontrollers
1.2 Ghz Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 Amlogic S805, 4× Cortex-A5 @ 1.5 GHz 1GHz Allwinner R8
RAM 256MB SDRAM @ 400MHz 512MB SDRAM @ 400MHz 1024MB SDRAM @ 450Mz 1024MB SDRAM @ 900MHz 512MB DDR3 800MHz 512MB DDR3 1024MB DDR3 2048MB DDR3 1 GB DDR3 512MB DDR3
No Yes - 100Mbit (on USB Bus) Yes - 100Mbit Yes - 1000Mbit No
No 802.11n
BT 4.1
No 802.11n No 802.11n
BT 4.1
SD Slot MicroSD SD MicroSD None
Onboard Storage None 4GB eMMC (2GB on BBB Rev B) None 4GB eMMC
USB Ports 1 2 4 1 (Micro-USB) 4 1 2 4 1
Audio/Video Output HDMI & Analog/Composite Mini-HDMI & Analog/Composite via solder pads HDMI & Analog/Composite Micro-HDMI (disabled on FPP SD images) None HDMI & Analog audio HDMI-D Analog/Composite
Normal Board Price $20 $25 $5 $35 $50-55 $40 $70 $15 $19 $29 $35 $9
Supported FPP Features
Vendor Raspberry Pi BeagleBone Pine64 ODROID Next Thing
Model A+ B B+ Zero B v2 B v3 BBB BBG BBBWL A64 A64+ A64+ 2GB C1 C.H.I.P.
Minimum FPP Version v1.5 v0.1 v0.4 v1.8 v1.5 v2.0 (Debian Jessie w/ FPP installed via FPP_Install.sh script)
Master Yes
Remote Yes
E1.31 / ArtNet Yes (Not recommended on WiFi-only systems)
USB Serial Dongle Yes
Onboard Serial Yes - DMX, Pixelnet, Renard, LOR, Generic, etc. No
HUB75 LED Panels Yes, up to 36 panels (may flicker with higher panel counts due to single core) Yes, up to 36 panels Yes, up to 96 panels via Octoscroller Cape No
WS2801 Pixels direct attached to GPIO header Yes, 1 string No
WS281x/TM180x Pixels direct attached to GPIO header Yes, 2 strings Yes, 1 string Yes, 2 strings Yes, 48 strings No
FPD Support Yes No
Virtual Matrix Yes No
USB Relay Yes
GPIO Channel Output Yes No
GPIO Input Yes No


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