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Media does not refresh in Kiosk Browser after screensaver

Sergio Ferreira 2 days ago in Media Tiles / Images 0


Kiosk Brower

Screensaver with Dakboard

Action Tiles with Media image (refresh every 5 seconds)

The Media image does not refresh anymore after leaving screen.

This was working...

If I try in Chrome works fine. Anyone with same issue?


I created a Sunrise/Sunset Tile!

Kris L 7 months ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by MattG 6 days ago 4

I'm sharing this for others to use!

Use this Media Still Image URL:

Use the base URL for sunset and for sunrise

Required parameters: 

lat (latitude)

long (longitude)

bgcolor (background color  - hex color without #)

fgcolor (foreground color - hex color without #)

Optional parameter:

timeformat=24 (For 24 hour time)

Please set the refresh time to at least every 12 hours (43200 seconds) to be nice to my server.

Answered: Discussion Open

Weather Forecast Tile for Canada?

John Abraham 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 6

I’m trying to find a good way to get the weather forecast for my location in Canada.  There doesn’t seem to be a SmartThings device that exposes the high/low forecast for the day without custom code.  (The Accuweather tiles don’t seem to work at all).  Would it be best to pursue a media item from a URL?  

Or am I just missing something obvious?


Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

MrMilu 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 86

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.


Tip: Simple Event logger graphs for Media Tile images

Max R 2 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Graphs & Charts updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 0

I'm using the SimpleEventLogger smartapp, currently dumping temperature data data into GoogleSheets (as I've been too lazy to set up a local DBMS until now). It dumps raw sensor data into a sheet and it looks like this

Note: When setting up Simple Eventlogger, under Other options there's "Include additional columns for short date and hour?" Be sure to turn that option ON as we'll need it. (that's column G in the screenshot above) To preserve space set "Delete Extra Columns?" ON as well and set archive type to Out of space. Once your sheet runs full, SimpleEventlogger will rename the sheet and start a new fresh sheet every blue moon, depending on your number of sensors and logging frequency.

Second step is to set up the =QUERY function in google sheets to pull out the last 24 hours.

Mine looks like this. It's a fugly hack but it works.. kinda:

=QUERY(RawData!B:G,"select B,C,D,F,G where C = 'temperature' and F >= date '"&TEXT(DATEVALUE(today()-1),"yyyy-mm-dd")&"'",1)

Third step is to split all the sensor data out into columns for each sensor and create an average datapoint for each sensor per hour. That's where column F above is important, as that's the hour. We need to average as some sensors might be spitting out temperatures every few minutes, so even if I configure your SmartApp only to scan every 30 minutes, it'll pick up all those past sensor readings (haven't quite figured out how to get around thaT)

Anyway, my pivotal thing looks like this:

=Query(B:F, "select F, avg(D) group by F pivot B format avg(D) '###,#0.0'")

As we are grouping by the hour number and the hour number will always be between 00 and 23, this query will always  generate 24 rows, one for each hour, with the average temperature for each sensor in columns J-S. Graphing this is relatively easy and you should be able to figure that out on your own (it's the fun part) However, let me explain G and H below. 

Column H is just a static list of numbers which indicate the hour. I use this to build the X-axis on the graph.

I wanted the graph to show an hour marker for the current hour as the graph does a cyclic update left to right, i.e. it's helpful to see where current time of day is on the graph. Next to the pivotal tables, I inserted the following formula in all cells G1-G24:  =if($H2=hour(now()),$A$8,$A$10)

The formula contains a static reference (the $ stuff) to a couple of cells where I store the marker extents.

A8 contains the integer value 35 (the value to graph for the current hour)

A10 contains the integer value 0 (the value to graph for any other hour)

Graphing column G will then produce a little "spike" in the graph for the current hour, as shown by the yellow arrow below:

Note: for some reason mine is an hour ahead and even though I've set the timezone for the sheet, it's still borked...)

Once you got the graph running, all you need to do is publish it. Be sure to use the Image option under the Embed menu, as nothing else will work with AT. Copy the full URL from https:// to include format=image, but get rid of the iframe around the url.

Create a new media URL in AT and paste it in. Set the update interval to your preference, I'm running mine at 1800 seconds (half hour) update intervals.

That's pretty much all I've done, yet full disclosure it's not completely working as it's supposed to. Sometimes the graphs re-arrange themselves without prior consent from me. Some sensors just seem to drop off the graph even though there's still data for them. No idea why this happens yet, So there's still a few kinks to be worked out, yet I hope this is useful to some of you.


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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 Jack Weinberg 3 weeks ago 15

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


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

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago 2

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.


Refresh Media Tiles only during scheduled periods to save bandwidth

Chris Tracy 3 weeks ago in Media Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago 0

So I followed Rob's guide to get my commute time in action tiles and it works perfectly. However, as many others pointed out this can cost a bit of money due to Google charging per 1,000 requests. 

Here is my issue: When I wake up in the morning I want my commute time to be updated when I am about to go to work. So if I set this up on my "commute tile" and my wife's and let it run all day at a 1 minute refresh rate, this could become very expensive, very quickly. (about $5 every 8 hours at a 1 minute refresh rate). 

My solution: What if we could limit the time of the requests on media tiles or set a time to request? For example, I wake up for work at 7 and leave at 7:30 on the weekdays. So I would update my drive time at 7:20 and 7:30.

Answered: Discussion Open

Ring Pro (doorbell camera)

dennybono 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Perry 3 weeks ago 29

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




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.

0 Megathread

Eric Wright 4 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 4 weeks ago 1

I wanted to create a thread with the interface for folks to share their thoughts and ideas. I really enjoy this method of creating image tiles as it is very dynamic and versatile.

First and foremost, we need to understand what is. is a website hosting a free and open source web app capable of making "badges" utilizing API integration for dynamic text display. I've so far only seen one awesome idea with using ActionTiles, but it turns out it works perfectly for our Media Tiles! The only downside is the amount of text being displayed. I would not recommend any more than four 4-letter words, as any more than that generates an image with text too small to read and with great length it looks horrible. 

I will update this thread as new ideas are added. Please do not discuss in this thread those ideas, instead, please create a new thread, discuss the idea there, and I will add it's link here. Thanks!!

Discuss & Vote

Severe weather alert tile

dbnewell 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Eric Wright 4 weeks ago 10

Is there a way to build a severe weather tile that uses the smart weather station data from my ST hub?

On Hold: Discussion Open

Ring Doorbell image snapshots?

Krypto69 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Eric Wright 4 weeks ago 6


Got my Skybell connected (thanks). It now shows the camera icon and when I push it it says "capturing image". This is great but all I see is the default camera icon. It never showst the image from the camera. 

I thought actiontiles showed me the captured image on the dash? I don't have an image just an icon. I know skybell won't send actiion tiles a live feed video. 


Capability "Image Capture" has been removed from SmartThings's published list of Capabilities, so the slight optimism we may have had regarding getting the image from SmartThings is completely off the table.

We have no indication whatsoever that Ring will open an API for small developers to grab the image either.

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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 Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 weeks ago 96

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:

On Hold: Discussion Open

Refresh Still Image Media more frequently than 1 second

Eric Wright 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 weeks ago 5
Discuss & Vote

Live Traffic travel time Tile! Image from query text using

Rob Cummings 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Jay 4 weeks ago 89

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!

Answered: Discussion Open

Anyone able to get Nest camera working?

Jeff Terrace 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Bryan Mack 1 month ago 134

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

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?


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


Solution Exists

RTSP protocol for video feeds

Justin 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 65

Hello. I have some foscam cameras that I would like to add as media tiles. Unfortunately these two particular camera models do not support http streaming but DO support streaming with RTSP.

Do you/will you support?


Hi Will...

Despite our hopes that time alone would result in mobile browsers and cameras vendors agreeing on new standard efficient high-definition direct live streaming video formats (or at least incorporation of RTSP embedding in mobile browsers), it has not happened. We have absolutely no indication that this situation will ever change. It still could ... someday.

So the applicable work-around (that we have been recommending for years...) is to use a transcoder server somewhere on your LAN (or even on the same tablet, if the tablet has sufficient resources).

You can search our Forum (and Google) for such terms as:

  • transcoder
  • tinyCam Monitor Pro (runs on Android)
  • Blue Iris (runs on Windows)
  • VLC, motionEye, iSpy, ... and others (runs on various, Linux, MacOS, etc.).

With varying degrees of complexity and performance, the above choices (or similar) will let you live-transcode incoming streams from RTSP and other formats, some cloud cams like Nest (Blue Iris supports Nest, apparently) or Wyze Cam cloud (tinyCam Monitor Pro is the only one that is compatible with Wyze Cam cloud - and Wyze Cam RTSP is reported to not be very stable).

Transcoders then offer a web-server (http, https) address for MJPG (mjpeg) streams or JPG (jpeg) streams which are compatible with ActionTiles Media Tiles. Stability depends on the power of the transcoding server hardware, the complexity of the stream, the reliability of your network / WiFi, etc.. Transcoders can downscale and lower the frame rate to help improve reliability. Use of JPG snapshots (SMV - stop motion video) takes far fewer resources.

We reiterate that ActionTiles is meant as a highly customizable builder for web based "SmartThings view & control" Panels - not a video monitoring matrix. The tinyCam App, for example, is an excellent video camera matrix with DVR capabilities, motion detection, transcoding, etc..- functionality that is outside the scope of our mission.

Good-luck exploring transcoding. We certainly have many customers successfully using the softwares listed above.



Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Marcin 1 month ago 140

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.

  • 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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Amcrest cam media tile low quality

David Benvenuto 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 3

So i have successfully added one of my amcrest cams - but the quality is really bad... Any suggestions? 


Recommended camera for with recorded backup and motion sensing

AnimalHungry 1 month ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 1 month ago 2

I currently have some Ring cameras integrated into my SmartThings network. I really like how they trigger video recording and notifications based on motion sensing, and being able to review videos from over a month ago is really great, but I’m frustrated that they don’t display on ActionTiles on my Fire 8 tablet.

I want to add some more cameras and view the feeds in ActionTiles, but need the motion sensing recording and alert functionality of the Ring cameras. Can anyone recommend what I should use to get this working with Action Tiles please. If need be I can install separate motion sensors and have SmartThings trigger the camera to record based off of the motion sensors, but it’d obviously be nicer to have motion sensing built into the cameras. 



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