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Using VLC transcode Video RTSP stream to MJPEG

Brent Thomas 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Mebejedi 1 day ago 16

I posted this for another user but though I would create a topic on how I was able to access my Samsung SNH-v6410PN camera feed in action tiles using VLC.  There are a lot of variations when setting this up so this is not comprehensive to cover every camera type but hopefully it gets you most of the way there.s

To do this through VLC with my Samsung camera I took the following steps.  Before proceeding identify the url for you cameras RTSP stream - Great database to find this: 

1. Make sure you can access your cameras RTSP stream from a browser.   In the case of my samsung camera I accessed the RTSP stream with this path, rtsp://user:password@ (Make sure to replace with the RTSP format for your camera (it will vary).   Note:  If camera is user/password protected you may not be able to pass the user:password in the URL when trying to access the feed.   This depends on the browser you are using.  Chrome and fully do not allow them to passed so simply enter the URL as shown below and then you should be prompted for the user name and password.  Firefox should work ok with the user:pass being passed within the URL as shown above.

2. Install VLC (im using version 2.2.8) and access VLC command line. To do this from windows open up Windows CMD prompt as administrator and navigate to you VLC directory path below.  Note:  Some VLC versions are buggy with trans-coding so thats why I reference the version of VLC I am using to do this successfully.

C:\>cd Program Files (x86)

C:\Program Files (x86)>cd VideoLAN

C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN>cd VLC

C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC>

3. Once there enter the command string shown below and REPLACE the part highlighted in bold with your cameras RTSP stream link.  Note: you only need to enter the user:password part of the string if you have assigned the camera a user name and password logon.  Also replace the IP address with your IP address.    After you press enter if you dont receive any errors go to step 4.

vlc.exe -R rtsp://user:password@ --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}

4.  Change the IP address below to the IP of the PC running VLC that is doing the transcoding.  Try to access the stream from a web browser or action tiles (only will work on your local network).    If camera is user/password protected you may not be able to pass the user:password in the URL when trying to access the feed, this depends on the browser you are using.  Chrome and fully do not allow them to passed so simply enter the URL as shown below and then you should be prompted for the user name and password.

5.  If all is successful grab yourself a Beer and celebrate :)

Hope this helps


ActionPiXX - Photo slideshow Media Tiles

Jay 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Sidney 5 days ago 17

First, if this type of post isn't permitted please remove it, thank you.

I’m working on a simple application (it's free) that works like a web server for photos for ActionTiles. Basically you copy this application into a directory and point an ActionTiles Media Tile to the applications IP address.  The Application will serve up either a specific requested photo, or if you specify random.jpg it will serve a random photo from the directory.

You can also (optionally) specify different directories for different tablets etc.  So you could have vacation photos served to the kitchen tablet, while your spouse gets photos of the kids and the garage tablet shows hunting and car photos all while the ActionTiles media tile points to a single local Web URL.

Photos can be: jpg, jpeg, gif and png.

Example directory layout:

The Application Interface:

If anyone has an interest in this local photo server and wants to help in beta testing this please let me know.

I’m working on this in my spare time so response from me could be slow at times as I work full time.

What this program doesn’t do:  

Slideshow the photos in sequence (they are randomly presented).

Access directories outside of its own directory.

Charge for it's use (It's beggar ware)

Have an Apple version.

Thank you,



EZVIZ Cameras

I have an EZVIZ C1C wireless camera and a EZVIZ X5C NVR. I am trying to get the live camera feeds to display in actiontiles. I am new to this and can't seem to figure it out. 


UK Weather tile link

Does anyone have any links for UK north Wales weather, I can't find any image or gif for UK? Thanks.

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Weather Tile widget generation from

JB Bentz 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Paul Williams 1 week ago 27

I found a new resource that could come in handy for AT.  It's a weather widget that can generate an image, rather than just html.  Its fully customization, and may work for other tile sizes.  I just started screwing around with it. check it out:

The source can be found here -


Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

MrMilu 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Ct_Formula 2 weeks ago 102

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.


Larger Media Tile Video 6x4 rather than 3x3

Str2der 3 years ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 10

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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Does the media tile generator support blob webcam streams?

I have tried searching online and in this forum and I have not seen anything regarding this. There are some earchcams and other public webcams that I thought would be interesting to be able to see from my panel

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Camera feed problems, started suddenly

Jani 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 4 weeks ago 5


I'm using Actiontiles with 4 different devices. Windows workstation, two phones (android and windows) and one Windows-tablet.

Two days ago camera feeds on Windows-tablet started to flash. All 4 feeds are showing but they are flashing green (background color) every 3-10 seconds. They seem to be doing it always at the same time.

Same panel works with all other devices and tested that same panel with additional two windows laptops too and they are just fine.


- reboot tablet 4 times...

- update windows

- update video card drivers

- install k-lite video codec pack

- test another AT panel with camera feeds

- test new ms edge browser

- test firefox

- test chrome (which is browser that I have been using successfully all the time)

- disable chrome extensions

- reset chrome settings

..and nothing helps. Any ideas what might be the issue? Windows tablet hasn't been updated, nothing new has been installed or changed. Problem started suddenly so it's weird and I do not know what to do next.



Need some help getting tinycam pro and ActionTiles working please

johnmulholland 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 4 weeks ago 5

Hey folks,

I need some help please.

I have a load of IP cameras hardwired to NVM. The IP address of that NVM is It is a static IP address.

I have tinycam pro and actiontiles installed on a Fire 10 HD. 

Tinycam can identify the camera server on the network correctly, and I can connect to it correctly. I have tried entering in incorrect username and password and it fails then, so I am confident it is connecting correctly when I use the correct username and password.

The problem is that I'm getting 100% dropped frames in ActionTiles:

Which translates to an error message in ActionTiles

Any ideas? I'm at a loss here.




Yadea and Proxeye Cameras

Sprigtree 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 1 month ago 1

Does anyone know how to obtain the URLs for Yadea and Proxeye cameras?

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Hikvision cameras for action tiles

eriksalo 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Aidan Bree 2 months ago 36

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:    


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:


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

This worked great for pictures.  I used this site for encoding:

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).


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tinyCam Pro Android App web server: Stream RTSP and Wyze Cam to ActionTiles!

Geewiz 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Kevin1 2 months ago 103

After attempting to stream using Blue Iris (CPU on the server went through the roof), and not having any success using some of the other methods found here on the forum, I decided to give tinyCam a try.   

There was another post that made a passing reference to the tinyCam webserver, so I installed the app on my Nexus 9, setup webserver and am now able to stream one of my outside security cams to a media tile.

Here's the media setup panel...

The problem I'm having is that I can't seem to address any of the other three cameras.  There is supposedly a parameter to select a camera, but it's not working for me.   Here's the request parameters from the Tinycam webserver API...

Perhaps there are others using tinyCam Pro Webserver that might share their experiences...


Demo / Tutorial Videos:

Our friend at TaylorTech (vlog) has added 2 YouTube tutorial/demo videos for this Topic:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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Unwanted behaviour when viewing MJPEG media tiles with MacOS/Safari - Probably Apple's Fault

k0jdd 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 1


I am using MacOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra)  and Safari 13.1 on an older (2011) iMac

I am using VLC to transcode RTSP streams into MJPEG per this thread using an in-home Debian 10 server

(FYI - Two of my three cameras are WYZE PanCam with the RTSP firmware loaded - so far so good...)


I have three panels linked together and ONE of the panels has three camera feeds on it.

When I navigate to that panel the camera feeds begin rendering, WOO HOO!


When I navigate AWAY from the panel with the camera feeds Safari keeps rendering the MJPEG streams in the background. BOO!

I can observe this in the network tab in Safari's developer tools and with the Activity Monitor program which is similar to the linix/unix 'top' command. 

Firefox 76.x and Chrome 81.0.4044.138 on the same machine do not exhibit this behavior. They stop rendering panels that are not visible


As the title says, this is probably a Safari bug, or Apple just being Apple, but I wanted to post for informational purposes at a minimum.

My work-around solution is to avoid using Safari for this particular use-case.

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Axis camera viewing with user&pwd

Jeremy Hazeltine 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by KamHouse 2 months ago 10

i hve had AT working with axis cameras for a while. The problem is the axis companion app does not allow for anonymous viewing. How can i add the user and pwd to my media tile url?


Arlo camera feed

Marc Cottee 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Kevin1 2 months ago 1


I'm just about to buy the licence and start configuring AT on a Raspberry Pi.  I use a combination of Smartthings and IFTTT to control my devices.  One of the things I was hoping to do was view my Arlo camera feed on a tile, however all the posts I read say that it's not possible.

I'm struggling to find any recent posts though, most are years old - and so I wonder if that's still the case.

Can someone please confirm whether or not it's possible to view Arlo camera feeds on a tile?


Add Public Webcam Feed

Chris W 3 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 2
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Add onerror to image tags?

Jon Rohan 4 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 months ago 1

Every once and awhile a camera goes offline and displays a broken image..

Would it be possible to add something along the lines of:

<img src="imagenotfound.gif" alt="Image not found" onerror="this.src='imagefound.gif';" />
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Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using

Rob Cummings 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Max R 4 months ago 94

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 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:

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: &[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 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... &colorA=ff69b4&colorB=ff69b4&prefix=&suffix=&query=$..duration_in_traffic.text&style=flat-square&[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!