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Please List your Camera brand here if you got it working

MrMilu 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Everett 4 weeks ago 122

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.

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URL wont work in media tile

Steve S. 2 months ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 1

I'm sorry if this is a newby question this is my first time using ActionTiles. All I want to do is show this website on one of my tiles. And for some reason it says the URL is not valid. Could you please tell me what I am doing wrong. Thank you.

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

Geewiz 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Patrick Mjoen 2 months ago 153

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...

Android
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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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RTSP to ActionTiles

NIS 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 months ago 3

Hello - I am new to AT but I have found it to be one of the better dashboards for custom smart homing.. Anyway, one of my biggest issues right now is live video cam feeds. I've searched for days, on different dashboard apps as well and it seems RTSP is a huge issue for apps like this. Why don't any of these people support direct RTSP? whatever... the fact is, I am trying my hardest to get this to work even just for one tile and I can't. 

I've got hikvision cameras, provision-isr cameras, even a few other IP cameras however I don't have any of those cloud based garbage cameras like nest or ring because I don't believe in having my security on a cloud where anybody can hack and gain access to millions of account including mine (i wonder where I get that insecurity from.. oh wait, it actually DOES Happen) so I prefer selling my customers camera systems which I can locally grant access and secure and know that there isn't a cloud account that can be hacked thus giving my customer, as well as my own set up a bit more security - in my opinion that is. 

Anyway, I am hoping someone has figured out a solid way to do this because I have a few actiontiles I want to set up with one or two tiles displaying cameras like the front and back door, garage, etc.

I have the RTSP part of it working smoothly and across the network and internet, I just can't figure out how to turn them into HTTP streams or any other method that is supported in AT.


Here's hoping someone has an answer. Thanks in advance!

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Live video from Amcrest NVR

Albert H 8 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Ray Clem 5 months ago 3

Can an Amcrest NVR output a format that could be shown in ActionTiles?

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Blue Iris MJPEG Video stream stops or locks up

jwebstas 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by TheLAD 5 months ago 31

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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Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Sidney 6 months ago 187



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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Aeotec360

Chrisitian Scherf 7 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Ray Clem 7 months ago 1

Hi there!

I just purchased the Aeotec 360 Cam.

Works fine in the Android Smartthings App. But I cant find any information how to extract the stream and get it work with ActionTiles.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

Rakete

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home.nest.com Shortcut open in same window doesn't work

David Nestico 9 months ago in Media Tiles / Website Views updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 9 months ago 1

It sucks that nest doesn't show up on action tiles like it does on smart things so I tried to use a workaround which makes "home.nest.com" a shortcut that opens in the same window as a dialog/popup but when its clicked it doesn't show the webpage. 

Anyone know why and a solution to this?

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Weather Tile widget generation from theweather.com

JB Bentz 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Shonagh 10 months ago 31

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 - https://www.theweather.com/widget/

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Hikvision cameras for action tiles

eriksalo 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by t t 10 months ago 38

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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Swann NVR camera feeds using VLC to transcode.

edmond 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by westyscott1 11 months ago 8

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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Using VLC transcode Video RTSP stream to MJPEG

Brent Thomas 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by maortiz98 11 months ago 19

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@192.168.1.72/profile5/media.smp (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@192.168.1.72/profile5/media.smp --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. http://192.168.1.119:8888/videostream.cgi


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


Hope this helps

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Severe weather alert tile

dbnewell 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Harris Brodie 11 months ago 12

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

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Rotate through list of images or feeds in 1 Media Tile

MichaelB 4 years ago in Media Tiles / Images updated by Blancmange 11 months ago 2

Media tile that can be configured with two or more URL’s such that the tile rotates among the multiple images every ‘n’ seconds. Would enable rotating among multiple video cameras on a single tile, or rotating between video camera and weather images, for example. 

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show portion of a website as a tiles

Alllfff 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Website Views updated by Dan B 1 year ago 2

I would like to show a portion of a website as a tile. The location of this content will be always in the same place of the website. 
If possible I would like it to refresh every minutes or so

The website is to be logged in to see the content, but I don't mind letting the tablet or whatever to remember my login.

Use: I would like to show current Solar production, this stat is shown in my solar portal dashboard.

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Ring Pro (doorbell camera)

dennybono 6 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Deepster 1 year ago 33

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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I created a Sunrise/Sunset Tile!

Kris L 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Michael Erickson 1 year ago 11

I'm sharing this for others to use!

Use this Media Still Image URL:

https://sunsettile.app/sunset?lat=38.7535121&long=-120.5807933&bgcolor=3b3749&fgcolor=ffffff&size=3x2

Use the base URL https://sunsettile.app/sunset for sunset and https://sunsettile.app/sunrise 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.

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FIXED: See Answer for details! What happened to jggdev.com Weather & News for Media Tiles?

949BFN 5 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic updated by Ilias Konstantinidis 1 year ago 36

Any idea what happened to this website? The weather forecast url for AT worked very well, but it disappeared a few days ago.


The website displays a notice 

Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

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Thanks to everyone for your validation of this migration of @jggdev's tools to ActionTiles's Cloud in Beta mode!!!

But even bigger, super, thanks to John (@jggdev) for his creative and innovative development of this, sharing it with ActionTiles's customers over the past several months, and now licensing it to Thingterfaces LP, the makers of ActionTiles.


We caught and fixed a couple bugs and noted your comments for possible future tweaks, and perhaps eventual new features.

While we might do a "bulk migration" of all the existing http://jggdev.com/* Media Objects in our database, you are now welcome and encouraged to self-migrate.


Please note that stability is not guaranteed. This is a "bonus feature" of ActionTiles. All usage is subject to ActionTiles's Terms of Service as well as any terms associated with the original scripts and/or JGG's website. ActionTiles takes no responsibility for the content provided. Please do not use copyright protected sources.


To migrate:

  1. Replace this portion of your Media Tile URLs: "http://jggdev.com/atiles/" with "https://mtg.actiontiles.com/"

To use:

  1. Instructions for the 3 different generators (weather, news, and calendar) and their optional parameters, currently still reside at: http://jggdev.com  ; but will be moved soon to an ActionTiles KB Article on http://support.actiontiles.com

  2. Please set the Still Image Media Tile "Refresh Rate" to greater than 900 seconds; preferably 3600 seconds or more (1 hour).

Example:

image


Please do not use the Beta URL anymore - unless invited. We may disable the beta server at anytime.

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mjpg stream not showing

Roger S 1 year ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 3

Dear All,
Having failed to get tinycam pro to stream cctv to a mediatile, I thought I'd try iCatcher Console (www.icode.co.uk). This is a cctv software with webserver. I can successfully open a browser page to a static jpg image of a stream from the iCatcher webserver, as follows :-

http://192.168.xxx.xxx/image.jpg?feed={1D276D4B-D259-40A4-BE20-6BFB2D580B3C}&quality=50&uniq=1621166943410/image.jpg


however, using this link within a mediatile gives no result, just says invalid url.  I have tried this with & without passing the user/password parameters. Any ideas please?