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Confirmed Bug

Media Tiles do not zoom Full Screen on some screen sizes or browsers (as of v6.10.0)

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 9 hours ago in Media Tiles • updated 9 hours ago 0

Prior to v6.10.0, Media Tiles would zoom to somewhat fill the window (the screen), but now may only zoom a smaller extent and leave substantial margins / blank padding - depending on the screen or window size.

This behavior has been confirmed and is bug/side-effect of performance optimizations made to Media Tiles as a part of Release v6.10.0.  We are researching to determine the root cause and possible solutions.

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Blue Iris MJPEG Video stream stops or locks up

jwebstas 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Roger Smith 22 hours ago 24

https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/1438-video-stream-stops 

Basically its the same thing thats is occuring in the topic above


OS -  android

Browser - Firefox 52

Camera Feed - Blue iris Mjpg feed

 

The feed works great for 5-8 hrs then it freezes on the panel, a refresh fixes it and it works again for another 5+

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Answered: Discussion Open

Anyone able to get Nest camera working?

Jeff Terrace 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by davis31b yesterday at 9:38 p.m. 129

I have the nest-manager device types installed for my cameras from:

https://github.com/tonesto7/nest-manager


This lets me see an image of my cameras in the SmartThings app, but when I look in ActionTiles, it shows only two capabilities: Switch and Image Capture. I tried importing Image Capture but the tile doesn't seem to do anything.


I've also tried using the image URL approach, but this only works for a short time until my browser logs out of Nest and the URL no longer works.


The Nest thermostat integration works really well though!


Anyone have any success with the cameras?

Answer

The integration with Nest Cam was just deployed. Please give it a try.


Alex

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Discuss

Still Image Media Tile from Arlo Camera?

Ken Washington 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by None 2 days ago 19

Is there any way known to extract a still image to use in a media tile from Arlo? For my DLink cameras I FTP them to my online web space which works great, but I can't find any similar function in the Arlo app.

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Discuss

Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

MrMilu 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by hammer95 3 days ago 82

Since the rtsp support seems to be on hold for now I had to return the second camera I ordered on Amazon. But I managed to make one of my old camera work.


PLEASE list the exact brand for your camera here if you can confirm it works for you. This will help others with the new purchases.


Please list the http mask (URL format) you used.


Amazon purchase link also very much appreciated.


Feel free to add sreenshots to your camera tile too.

Android
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Swann NVR camera feeds using VLC to transcode.

edmond 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Sprink6 6 days ago 4

i have a swann nvr8000 with 4 4k cameras and 2 4mp ptz's running on onvif on the nvr, 6 channels in all. im using vlc to transcode the 6 rstp channels from the nvr into an http mjpeg feed, ive added the transcoded feeds to my media in actiontiles, but im only able to see the feeds in windows running firefox, no other browser and os seems to pull up the feeds on the tiles, which is a real bummer because i had a fire hd10 ready to wall mount, now it looks like i need to go with a windows based wall tablet. ive read through a bunch of posts regarding the user:pass part of the rstp url causing problems with various browsers, but does that still apply if im letting vlc handle the rstp url and im using the http that vlc spits out. if anyone has any suggestions or troubleshooting ideas, id love to sort it out.

here are some technical details for anyone interested in the nvr configuration

swann nvr8000 rstp format is rtsp://192.168.1.199:1085/Streaming/Channels/102 (change ip and port to match yours.102 is channel 1 (02) substream 101 for channel 1 (01) mainstream. 201, 202 and so forth.

the code to transcode in vlc commad promp is below (replace bold sections with your details)

vlc.exe -R rtsp://user:pass@192.168.1.199:1085/Streaming/Channels/102 --sout "#transcode{vcodec=mjpg,vb=2500,scale=1.0,fps=10,acodec=none}:standard{access=http{mime=multipart/x-mixed-replace; boundary=7b3cc56e5f51db803f790dad720ed50a},mux=mpjpeg,dst=:8888/videostream.cgi}

the resulting http that vlc generates is http:// ip adress of device running vlc:8888/videostream.cgi

so mine was http://192.168.1.164:8888/videostream.cgi this is the url i input in my media for the tile

bonus points if you forward port 8888 and then use your ddns service if you want to use out of local network, i use dyndns and works great

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Hikvision cameras for action tiles

eriksalo 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by ShaggySS 1 week ago 33

This took me a while to figure out so I thought I would share.  I have a number of Hikvision cameras around the house, I had a hard time getting them to display on Action tiles.  All the literature said to do this:    

      http://username:password@ip/Streaming/channels/2/picture


The above did not work for me!  Pasting the above worked great in a Chrome browser but not in IE or Edge.  It didn't work at all in action tiles.  I did not get any image either in My Media or on the panel.

I finally found something that worked... I had to encode the username and password into base64 and append to the end like this:


      http://192.168.1.xx/streaming/channels/102/picture?auth=VGhpcyBpcyBqdXN0IGEgdGVzdA==


I added the part "?auth=" and then pasted in the encoded "username:password"


This worked great for pictures.  I used this site for encoding:  https://www.base64encode.org/


It works for video too but while I can see the video on the "My Media" test, I can't get it to display on the actual panel.


Any ideas?  Overall, I'm very happy with this product and bought two licenses (one for each of my hubs).


Erik

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Discuss

Bloomsky Image

KevinJ 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images • updated by seafoodrice 1 week ago 14

New to ActionTiles and I can't seem to figure out how to get my Bloomsky Weather Picture to show up? I have it setup as a device in SmartThings and I am getting the readings from the Bloomsky but I don't see where I can add the image. Is this possible?

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Connect 360Eye camera?

esalomo 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Bob Mclernon 2 weeks ago 6

Hi,

I remember seen in the past some thread about the Chinese cameras connection to action tiles but I'm unable to find it in the forum any longer for some reason... I found 2 like these in my attic and thought to try connect them to action tiles.

Anyone managed to connect these cheap cameras to action tiles?

The cameras are this ones that using the V380 mobile app to access them - one model is 360 Eye but there are many like this - https://www.bonanza.com/listings/Camera-Ip-Wireless-Cctv-Security-Wifi-Home-Hd-Night-Vision-720p-Network-1080p/570635208?goog_pla=1&gpid=76984451581&keyword=&goog_pla=1&pos=1o9&ad_type=pla&gclid=Cj0KCQjwzcbWBRDmARIsAM6uChUMDE5ZmrGMhNBFZHa_cXT0x-XZ_rgAJR-Wfy7-0oNq8-uDDO6CkXgaAhqTEALw_wcB

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Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 weeks ago 138



This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

Answer
  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

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Ring Pro (doorbell camera)

dennybono 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 28

Im looking into getting a Ring Pro doorbell but would I be able to add the live feed into action tiles?


Thanks!

Denny

Answer

Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, the Ring Pro uses a closed video feed locked to their cloud, and thus it cannot be accessed by ActionTiles.


Here's a reddit that discusses the issue:

But more up to date; SmartThings Community Topic:

We recommend that customers encourage their camera providers to provide video feeds in standard LAN (local area network) accessible formats.

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Fetch Weather and Crop Images: Script & Instructions

Thyamine 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 0

For anyone else who is interested, I also wanted to have weather displayed on my screen. Thanks to others on this site, I found that the local news station did have static URLs for the daily/local weather, so I could just add those to a media tile, and it worked fine.

However, the images had a lot of unused space, and on the tablet was hard to see. I also then found I didn't want a lot of the extra data, and decided to poke around. I ended up writing a script that copies the images down locally, then crops the images, and for one of them combines two images into a single image.

It's more complex than some people may want, but for those of you who like to tinker and hack at what we can do, you will probably appreciate it.

The general explanation is here: https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/05/21/actiontiles-show-local-weather/

and if you want the script straight out, you can get it here: https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/06/01/python-fetch-weather-for-actiontiles/

Enjoy!

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RPi Camera Feed via Web Interface?

AndyJ 4 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Robb 2 months ago 2

I use RPi Cam Web Interface on a Raspberry Pi for a security camera and I'm trying to get that working in AT.  Details here:

https://elinux.org/RPi-Cam-Web-Interface

in my browser, "basic" feed will be something like:

 

http://192.168.123.456:1234/cam/min.php

But I can't get this to work in AT.  Any help would be gratefully received.

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Maximize Media Tile upon Camera Motion Detection

elmo44 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 1

Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody has idea how ti implement the following functionality. I have 2 cameras on my one of my panels. They are refreshing every 0.5 second and when I tap on any of them the screen maximizes to full screen. When I tap it again, it goes back to the normal panel view with other items. These two cameras have motion detection built in and I would love to implement this. When the camera detects the motion automatically go to full screen for say 10-15 seconds and then go back to the normal panel view.

I am using Fire TV HD with Fully Kiosk browser.

Fire
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Script to load random photo into a Media Tile

Thyamine 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Images 0

For anyone else who is interested, I wanted a way to have photos load directly into a Media Tile, but I wanted it to change or randomize based on my own intervals.  I put together a script that I run every 10 minutes on my local Synology which looks at my photo folder, randomly selects a picture, saves it to a local folder with a set filename, and I can then point the Media Tile at. 

The Media Tile can be pointed at a static URL, and in the background the script does all the heavy lifting.  The tile just needs to know how often to reload which is dependent on how often you run the script to change the photo.

Explanation: https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/06/08/actiontiles-picture-tiles-that-change/

Script: https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/06/08/python-picture-tiles-that-change/

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

- Thy

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Reolink Camera?

kevinnichols 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by martinottolangui 3 months ago 31

Is the Reolink camera supported by Action Tiles?


I can see from their support that a JPEG image from the camera does have a URL address....so I'm assuming the answer is yes?


https://reolink.com/faq/get-url-of-jpeg-image-captured-reolink-camera/ 


Thanks,


Kevin

Mac iOS Fire
Answer
kevinnichols 2 years ago

I bought 2 Reolink cameras last week and tested one. They do work with Action Tiles and all is well.  I haven't decided whether to connect them to Smartthings, because Reolink's software is pretty good about motion detection and alerts.


Thanks,


Kevin

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Web script for a Countdown Media Tile

Thyamine 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Images • updated 3 months ago 2

I wrote a script for creating a countdown image.  I wanted to be able to supply a date (or dates), and then have a countdown that updates each day.  You do need somewhere to run the script and a PC that can be a web server (most can do this without to much issue). 

You can pick the date, adjust the font, the font size, and even add a background image to the tile if you want.  

https://www.sleepyweim.com/2019/06/01/actiontiles-countdown-image/

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Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using Shields.io

Rob Cummings 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by tcnz 3 months ago 86

I thought I'd post this to help others. I figured out a way to display the travel time for my wife's commute to work. See the pink tile in the screenshot below...



I used a Google Maps Distance Matrix API call and displayed the result in a Shields.IO badge. (Check out http://shields.io) Then I added the whole darn deal to the My Media section in Action Tiles.


Here's the link I used, broken into pieces...

Base URL: https://img.shields.io/badge/dynamic/json.svg

Badge Options (no label, pink color, time query, badge style): ?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square


Google Maps API call: &uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmaps.googleapis.com%2Fmaps%2Fapi%2Fdistancematrix%2Fjson%3Funits%3Dimperial%26departure_time%3Dnow%26origins%3D[origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]


You'll have to generate and use a Google API key and the URI has to be encoded with all those silly % escape codes. The Dynamic Generator at the bottom of the Shields.io page will help you out with the pieces. It was a bit of trial and error. Here's what it looks like all put together in the My Media image URL field...


https://img.shields.io/badge/dynamic/json.svg?label= &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square&uri=https%3A%2F%2Fmaps.googleapis.com%2Fmaps%2Fapi%2Fdistancematrix%2Fjson%3Funits%3Dimperial%26departure_time%3Dnow%26origins%3D[your origin address]%26destinations%3D[your destination address]%26key%3D[your API key]


As everything seems to be, it's a little bit of a hack (text not centered), and the image and text proportion is stretched/crunched from the original (just like weather maps, camera images, etc.) but it seems to be working pretty well. One of the cool things is that it's actually an SVG, so no quality is lost if you make the tile bigger or look at it in a full-screen view. 


Hope this helps!

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Larger Media Tile Video 6x4 rather than 3x3

Str2der 2 years ago in Media Tiles • updated by Joel DE 3 months ago 9

I have a 7" tablet in my hallway. It shows the image of the camera outside the door and I also have some tiles with weather and some switches. Works great.


However - I have made the camera tile 3x2 (as big as possible with ok aspect ratio) and the other tiles 1x1 and made the tiles 200 px. That way - the camera tile is big enough to see from down the hallway, but the 1x1 tiles are way too big.


If I make the tiles 100 px, the 1x1 tiles are perfect in size, but the camera tile is very tiny.


Is it possible to increase the size of the camera tile to, let's say, 6x4?


Thanks in advance!


// Anders

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Here is how to View Ring Doorbell alert with ActionTiles

jgirvine 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds • updated by Thieu N 3 months ago 20

I posted last night on Facebook about being able to have the Ring App open and close automatically on an alert on a tablet dedicated (or not) to ActionTiles. Here is a very poor video I shot showing what I have setup.  Video  First let me give credit where it truly belongs.  The Solution 


For those who asked for more detail I am providing here.  I have 3 tablets in my home dedicated to ActionTiles.  Two are Samsung and one is the Amazon Fire HD 8.  All are setup to run ActionTiles using the Fully Kiosk Browser set to motion activation, so when the tablet detects motion ActionTiles opens.  Fully   I am using the Pro version as that is what is needed to have it motion activated.  Then within Fully you can setup a screen saver. 


For that I am using the free version of DakBoard.  Basically you setup an account online, choose what you want the screen saver to show, then get the URL and paste that into Fully.  Dakboard.  Of course you need the Ring App loaded.


The app that really makes this work is AutoMateIt  (free version) with AutoMateIt you set up rules to open and close the Ring App.  You need 2 Rules.  One to open Ring and one to close.  click on the plus sign and under the Trigger Tab choose Apps - "Notification Trigger".  On the next screen choose using the magnifying glass the Ring app, click "Next" then choose "Start Application Action" and again choose "Ring" with the magnifying glass.  Click "Next" and enter a name for your Rule and click the "Save Icon".  That will now open the Ring app when a notification comes in from Ring that you have motion or doorbell rung.  Now setup a second rule, choose the Ring app on the first step, so that a notification from Ring will trigger this rule, but under the Action tab choose the Fully app, and on the page where you enter the Rule name choose the "Delayed Execution" option and one minute, then Save.  The second Rule will then reopen ActionTiles on Fully after the one minute mark.    It is not perfect, and I have had some hiccups where it will open the Ring App on the list of devices page and not the view screen, but I would say 90% of the time it is working.  

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