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Within my LAN I have been able to successfully access my Blue Iris Streams from the Service using the method here. Replacing the "Short_Camera_Name" in this string with "Index"will display the full set of cameras in one screen. Is it possible to bring up the view which cycles through the cameras with some other name in place of "Short_Camera_Name"??? If so I have not been able to determine what that name is.......
I have a media tile that is streaming video from Blue Iris. I use Dakboard as a screen saver. This is running on an Amazon Fire tablet.
The media tile is not streaming after dismissing the screen saver (Dakboard). I have to maximize the media tile for the stream to resume.
Anyone had this problem? Any ideas for what I can try to fix this?
I have been through the entire feed on using Action Tiles and a live video feed. I found lots of url suggestions, but none that I can get to work. I have 9 DLink cameras with various models that are all connected to my dviewcam dvr on my windows 10 pc. I can also view the camera feed from mydlink.com and the internal ip 192.168.x.x with the assigned user name and ip. I only want to add one of my cameras model DCS-6004L to the action tiles. However all of the url's I have tried fail to connect or even act like they will connect ie(http://192.168.x.x:80/video1.mjpg?&user=xxxx&pwd=xxxx) will not work in ie, chrome, firefox, edge or action tiles. I am not sure what I am missing, but I would appreciate any feedback from the community.
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: 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).
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...
Has there been any progress made on using NEST cameras that are not Public in Actiontiles? My Actiontiles setup is so close to perfect but not having my camera feeds makes it fall just short. I am hoping there has been some progress in the last year.
We have done minimal research on this because video is not our area of expertise or focus. ActionTiles is firstly a "view & touch" browser-compatible dashboard control app for SmartThings. Media Tiles are a convenient bonus feature subject to the limitations of a web-app / browser viewer.
There are a few articles on the net which refer to either official APIs for Nest products and/or unofficial hacks.
We invite any tech savvy readers to develop "proofs-of-concept" which stream a Nest Cam in a plain browser window, iFrame, <img> or <video> embeds, and if the concept is sound, we would be inspired to explore it further.
A few example starting points:
- Official "no streaming API is available" per Nest: https://nestdevelopers.io/t/streaming-from-indoor-outdoor-cams/1074 - "Unfortunately there’s no way to directly stream the live camera feed within a non-Nest application using the Nest API. You have to redirect the user to one of the two browser options as you described (public_share_url or web_url)."
- https://dennisdel.com/blog/nest/ - This refers to a hack which grabs the stream for the purpose of self-cloud storage. However, it includes the use of "ffmpeg" which has real-time transcoding abilities, and could perhaps be used to serve an MJPEG to ActionTiles. The user would require a server (rPi, Linux, Windows?) on their network to do the transcoding.
Most likely feasible: 1 fps snapshots served via tinyCam Monitor Pro:
The clever developer of the Android App - tinyCam Monitor Pro is the only application which supports logging into and streaming Wyze Cams; even though tinyCam has open sourced the unofficial API they discovered & used:
Well, tinyCam Monitor also supports Nest Cam but, consistent with the API limitations described above), only at a maximum of 1 frame-per-second. In other words, it probably grabs JPEG snapshots and assembles them into a stream. Since tinyCam Monitor Pro can transcode to MJPEG by spinning up internal web server, this stream should embed into ActionTiles just like Wyze Cam - including basic user/password protection.
- Here is the list of tinyCam supported cameras: https://tinycammonitor.com/support.html
If similar to Wyze, then tinyCam must use your Nest credentials to login to your camera(s). This has certain risks, since you can't be 100% certain tinyCam doesn't leak your credentials or use them to access other functions of your Nest Account (thermostat, security, etc.). Whether this is more or less secure overall than just using a public live view of each Nest Cam, is up to you to decide.
The various examples above may be somewhat more direct in accessing JPG snapshots from a Nest Cam - but they are non-trivial. tinyCam is most feasible because we already know that it "gets the job done" (imperfectly) for Wyze Cam and local RTSP cameras, so I'm rather confident if they claim Nest works, it will work.
You can run the tinyCam Monitor Pro Android App on the same tablet as ActionTiles (though that does not increase efficiency and can hurt tablet performance), or on another Android tablet, Android emulator, or Android TV Box. I am currently testing this $36 low-end S904W based Android TV box with tinyCam (for 2 Wyze Cams), and so far the results aren't bad. I'll write up my results in more detail if the configuration turns out to be stable.
So... Why not give tinyCam Monitor Pro a try?
Hi Guys, first post and a complete newbie, so apologies if this is a silly question....
I am trying to get my Netatmo Welcome to display on a media tile.... As I say I am a complete novice so am not entirely sure this is possible. I have followed the steps detailed in the link below assuming it will work in a similar fashion with Action Tiles, firstly my question is am I barking up the wrong tree... As I say my knowledge is limited so apologies if I am being naive..
Secondly if by some miracle I am on the right track, why would I get a blank tile with "loading" in it? I have tried both a live stream and snapshot options but both return the same.
Any help or advice would be really appreciated
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?
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.
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?
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.
New here and looking for advice.
I am looking for the best doorbell that integrates well with ActionTiles. I have a Ring (1st gen) and I don't mind switching it out. I want this tablet to be in an office. Ideally when someone rings the doorbell I would like the video feed full screen, and I also want an action tile that unlocks my schlage z-wave lock (smartthings adt hub) with another tile that locks the door.
Also, while I'm here, what is the best tablet to use for ActionTiles? I've read through the forums a bit and they all differ, though I see a lot of people using the Fire 8 tablet, as well as the samsung tablets. Is there one that seems to give less issues, especially when dealing with video?
Thanks for any help / advice.
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.
I have a Reolink NVR + 4 Camera kit... I purchased TinyCam Pro, and followed TaylorTech's Youtube on how to set up into AT... although his video was for WyzeCams.
I added the IP address ... and log in and password, and Camera 1 showed up in TinyCam app... and also in the TinyCam web browser as per TaylorTech did..
But... my problem is that if I do it the way TaylorTech has, and entered the same details for my second cam, but changing to channel 2 for the second cam... it shows camera 1's feed... so end up with 2 feeds showing from same camera.
I went to AT and added Camera 1 into my panel, and it shows up perfect... so I am doing that right.
Am I right in thinking that the IP is for the NVR and it is only able to show the first camera? Or is there something blatantly obvious that I am missing?
I'm unsure what other details you guys may need to assist, and did not want to ramble on with the whole set up... so ask away if you need any further info.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org/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:email@example.com/profile5/media.smp --sout
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
What is the latest on the Zmodo camera?. Do they work well they with ActionTile? Can you show multiple Zmodo's on Action Times at same time? Thanks in advanced
I was looking to follow what others were doing on this previous topic: https://support.actiontiles.com/communities/12/topics/1072-blue-iris-support but I was not wanting the video to be directly displayed, and I wanted to allow for the use of the web based NVR to be used. Blue Iris (BI) houses all my cameras, too many to display in tiles and I didn't want to manage links to them all... :|
I found that BI has a built in web NVR control that I can link to. If you use the following format and set the url link tile to "Open shortcut in the same window", it loads perfectly.
I am using Kindle Fire 8" for my ActionTiles setup.
Opening this thread to explore the option to officially support Blue Iris security Cameras software.
- BI is the most used and popular security cameras software out there.
- It has its own authentication and also support https.
- Would be awesome to have official support for it and eliminate the need to redirect RTSP by using VLC or opening different ports and exposing each camera separately.
- Having BI Support is something i personally would LOVE to see.
Working Solution for Blue Iris Integration into Action Tiles that features;
- Over standard HTTPS with User / Pass Authentication
- More than 6 cameras coming from same BI server
- Full MJPG
For the TLDR version, basically run Apache web server as a reverse proxy to the BI server and have multiple sub domains reverse peroxided to BI, with each one supporting 6 concurrent connections in Chrome.
Now in in depth how my setup works:
1) Blue Iris is configured as below:
2) Apache's httpd-ssl.conf file is configured as follows. (Only relevant sections, not full httpd-ssl.conf file!)
3) Urls used with Action Tiles:
And that is pretty much it; however it is worth noting:
- I use https://www.sslforfree.com/ for generating the Apache SSL certificates.
- I only have 9 cams, so only need two sub-domains. Additional sub domains can of course be created, with each one supporting 6 concurrent connections to the BI server.
I suspect Chrome regards each sub-domain (what is then reverse peroxided to the BI server) as a
- I have a static WAN IP, however you may use a DDNS service if you don't have access to a static WAN IP.
- My Router/Firewall has Port 80 and Port 443 opened to the local IP of my Apache web server. (Same physical server as BI)
Hope someone finds this useful!
Does anyone have a Foscam IP camera that they cannot stream in AT? I used to be able to do this with the legacy Action Dashboard. Now, any of the URL's that i plug in doesn't work.
Is there a bug passing credentials (username and password) to my video cameras on a panel's first load?
I use old Android phones running IP Webcam as security cameras in my camp - they're great because they have WiFi, a camera, a battery backup, and they're free.
Each one is available on the local network and also is port-forwarded through the router on a unique port. IP Webcam is configured to require a different username and password combination for each one.
If I open the URL directly in a browser (passing the credentials in the URL) it opens right up, so everything is working fine with the camera, phone and router configuration.
If I place my camera feeds on a panel as media tiles, on the first load they show as gray boxes with the "broken image" icon, until I right-click on each one and select "Open image in new tab", and then once they're authorized by the standalone tab I can click Refresh and the panel displays them correctly.
This behavior is the same as in the legacy SmartTiles dashboards.
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