DIY graphic / pixel Poi displayed from SD card (with code)

EDIT: incorrect code paste has been corrected (wordpress widget issue), but keeps corrupting. Message me if you can’t get it working.

The Graphic poi (pixel poi) project is now coming to a close. The final stage was to enable the leds to be updated from a series of BMP files held on an SD card. This way, it is possible to hold a large number of images on the device. The poi run off a Teensy 3 micro controller (see the other posts about this). I’m not happy with the result from these WS2811 leds, they give a ‘dotted’ appearance that I can’t do anything about, so I will not be using them further. This is due to how the ws2811 work. Other leds move from one pixel point to the next without this ‘gap’, so they are better suited to POV.

Here are some images and some code to get it all going.

DIY graphic / pixel poi

DIY Gaphic / Pixel Poipattern BMP being loaded from SD cardphotograph of changing from one file to the next

and heres the code:
lots of this code comes from the good people over at the PJRC Forum where all things Teensy can be found. please go over and have a look and a chat if you need some help.

#include // ensure you are on PIN 2 + PINS 15 and 16 bridge 

//OCtoWS2811 library from the good folk at PJRC
//SDfat library from this brilliant person 
// most of the code for the buffer workings come from (many thanks)

//for SD card wiring
//MOSI goes to pin 11
//MISO goes to pin 12
//SCLK goes to pin 13
//SS goes to pin 10 

//fixed values for octoWS2811
const int ledsPerStrip = 147;//60;
DMAMEM int displayMemory[ledsPerStrip*6];
int drawingMemory[ledsPerStrip*6];
const int config = WS2811_GRB | WS2811_800kHz;
OctoWS2811 leds(ledsPerStrip, displayMemory, drawingMemory, config);

int NUM_LEDS = ledsPerStrip;

//for SD_Fat
SdFile myFile;
#define SD_CS SS // Set the chip select line to whatever you use (10 doesnt conflict with the library)
SdFat sd; // set filesystem
SdFile bmpFile; // set filesystem

//for image processing
#define BUF_SIZE 441//180//10240
#define BUFFPIXEL 50//20//147

int bmpLength = 300;//these two need filling in first
int paintTime =3000;//these two need filling in first
int time = paintTime/bmpLength;

// because the BMP is read from the bottom first, and we are displaying this using a POV wand,
// the BMP needs to be saved on its side to display correctly when the POV is waved, that is
// turned by 90 degrees, then saved as a 24bit bmp to the SD card

// BMP needs to be NUM_LEDS high when saving a version to the BMP.

// In the SD card, place 24 bit color BMP files (be sure they are 24-bit!)

ArduinoOutStream cout(Serial);
// store error strings in flash to save RAM
#define error(s) sd.errorHalt_P(PSTR(s))

void setup()
//  Serial.begin(9600); //for bug testing and speed checking using serial
//  delay(100);
  progmemPrint(PSTR("Initializing SD card..."));
  if (!sd.begin(SD_CS, SPI_FULL_SPEED)) {

  //begin for Octows2811

void loop()

  upDown(5000); //this is a test pattern
//Chaser(2000,1); //this is a test pattern
//Blue_flower(5000,2); //this is a test pattern

//  bmpDraw("diam.bmp",1000);
//  bmpDraw("wing.bmp",1000);
 //   bmpDraw("ball.bmp",1000);//filename and time in ms to keep displaying
    for(int a=0;a0;i--) { 
  leds.setPixel(i, Color(0,255,0));;    
void Chaser(long time, int frame){
unsigned long currentTime = millis();
unsigned int Colour2 = Color(255,0,0);//brg
unsigned int Colour =Color(0,0,0);
unsigned int Colour1 =Color(0,255,255);
int Led1 =0;
int Led2 =NUM_LEDS-1;
int increment =1;
int increment2=1;
while (millis()< currentTime + (time)) {
leds.setPixel(Led1, Colour1);
leds.setPixel(Led2, Colour2);; delay(1);
for(int x = 0 ; x < NUM_LEDS ; x++) leds.setPixel(x, Colour);;
else if(Led1<0){increment=1;}
Led1 = Led1+increment;
else if(Led2>NUM_LEDS-1){increment2=-1;}
Led2 = Led2+increment2;
Led1 =0;
Led2 =NUM_LEDS-1;
increment =1;

 ///////////////////////////////////////////blue flower
 void Blue_flower(long time, int frame){
unsigned long currentTime = millis();
while (millis()< currentTime + (time)) {
 byte Counter;
 for(Counter=0;Counter < NUM_LEDS; Counter++)
   leds.setPixel(Counter, Color(0,0,0));
   leds.setPixel(Counter+2, Color(0,255,0));;
// Show a colour bar going down from 9 to 0
byte Counter2;
for(Counter2=NUM_LEDS;Counter2 > 0; Counter2--)
leds.setPixel(Counter2-1, Color(255,0,0));

void bmpDraw(char* filename){//, unsigned long time) {
// unsigned long currentTime = millis();
 //so that the image continues to be displayed again for a set time
//   while (millis()< currentTime + (time)) {
  SdFile     bmpFile;
  int      bmpWidth, bmpHeight;   // W+H in pixels
  uint8_t  bmpDepth;              // Bit depth (currently must be 24)
  uint32_t bmpImageoffset;        // Start of image data in file
  uint32_t rowSize;               // Not always = bmpWidth; may have padding
  uint8_t  sdbuffer[3*BUFFPIXEL]; // pixel in buffer (R+G+B per pixel) 
  /*uint16_t*/uint32_t povbuffer[BUFFPIXEL];  // pixel out buffer (16-bit per pixel)//////mg/////this needs to be 24bit per pixel////////
  uint8_t  buffidx = sizeof(sdbuffer); // Current position in sdbuffer
  boolean  goodBmp = false;       // Set to true on valid header parse
  boolean  flip    = true;        // BMP is stored bottom-to-top
  int      w, h, row, col;
  /*uint8_t*/int  r, g, b;
  uint32_t pos = 0, startTime = millis();
  uint8_t  povidx = 0;
  boolean  first = true;

  // Open requested file on SD card, O_READ);
  // Parse BMP header
  if(read16(bmpFile) == 0x4D42) { // BMP signature
    progmemPrint(PSTR("File size: ")); 
    (void)read32(bmpFile); // Read & ignore creator bytes
    bmpImageoffset = read32(bmpFile); // Start of image data
    progmemPrint(PSTR("Image Offset: ")); 
    Serial.println(bmpImageoffset, DEC);
    // Read DIB header
    progmemPrint(PSTR("Header size: ")); 
    bmpWidth  = read32(bmpFile);
    bmpHeight = read32(bmpFile);
    if(read16(bmpFile) == 1) { // # planes -- must be '1'
      bmpDepth = read16(bmpFile); // bits per pixel
      progmemPrint(PSTR("Bit Depth: ")); //Serial.println(bmpDepth);
      if((bmpDepth == 24) && (read32(bmpFile) == 0)) { // 0 = uncompressed

        goodBmp = true; // Supported BMP format -- proceed!

        // BMP rows are padded (if needed) to 4-byte boundary
       rowSize = (bmpWidth * 3 + 3) & ~3;

        // If bmpHeight is negative, image is in top-down order.
        // This is not canon but has been observed in the wild.
        if(bmpHeight < 0) {
          bmpHeight = -bmpHeight;
          flip      = false;

        w = bmpWidth;
        h = bmpHeight;

     for (row=0; row= sizeof(sdbuffer)) { 
             povidx = 0;         
    , sizeof(sdbuffer));
              buffidx = 0; // Set index to beginning
            // set pixel
            r = sdbuffer[buffidx++];
            g = sdbuffer[buffidx++];
            b = sdbuffer[buffidx++];
//we need to output BRG 24bit colour//

            povbuffer[povidx++] =(((unsigned int)b & 0x1F )<<16 | ((unsigned int)r & 0x1F)<<8 | (unsigned int)g & 0x1F);
            //Color(b,r,g);//octo colour, but you might need to change this
        for(int i=0;i