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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.

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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

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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.

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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:

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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.


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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.


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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. 



iOS Fire

Synology Surveillance Station

Justin 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Tomas Piktuzas 1 month ago 8

Hello! First off great app, it's really speedy and I love the setup capability.

Question about video feeds. I live in a world where I have two types of FOSCAM cameras for my house. A C1 for inside and a FI9803 outside. These cameras do not support http streaming via url.

Originally they were not bought for http streaming but rather a tight integration into my synology surveillance station for surveillance DVR etc...

Synology provides a few ways to access a live video feed but I will focus on two:

1. https://[external ip address]:5001/webapi/SurveillanceStation/streaming.cgi?api=SYNO.SurveillanceStation.Streaming&method=LiveStream&version=2&_sid=cVlEBPLYbJaOI1470MGN778701&cameraId=18

This is the url to view a live feed via https. Running this in a browser, however, does not seem to work. Running it in ST does.

2. You can also connect via RSTP.

My question is whether any other users attempted a connection this way as opposed to going directly into the camera?

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mjpeg video laggy from Foscam with tinyCam

Zvika 6 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 3

Here is my situation :
I have Fosacm fi9821W that support mjpeg stream, I use tiny cam pro as my center place for all my cameras (currently only one though but going to add 3 more).
I created 2 media shortcuts on AT 
direct link to foscam mjpeg stream (http://10.XX.XX.XX:88/cgi-bin/CGIStream.cgi?cmd=GetMJStream&usr=XXX&pwd=XXX)

link to tiny cam pro that shows the foscam camera .(http://10.XX.XX.XX:8083/axis-cgi/mjpg/video.cgi?camera=1&user=XXX&pwd=XXX)

The video from the link to tiny cam is laggy while the direct link is good .

When seeing the stream in tiny cam app there is no lag and I get great video.

Not sure how to debug this and what can cause this laggy video.

Any Ideas ?

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Maximize Media Tile upon Camera Motion Detection

elmo44 4 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 3

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.


Still Image Media Tile from Arlo Camera?

Ken Washington 3 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 22

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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MP4 and/or other streaming formats for Media Tiles

Owen Stevens 2 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 2 months ago 2

I've currently embedding still images from the TFL API which gets feeds from traffic cameras across the country (UK) such as this:

However looping MP4 videos are available which I'd really love to be able to embed instead, however, sadly they aren't MJPEG:

I was wondering why the restriction to MJPEG and if it was possible to enable other video types?

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Rotate Media Tile (camera in portrait mode) option?

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

I have a camera that is mounted in portrait view. I'd like to be able to create a media tile the rotates it 90 degrees. Is this possible?

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Blue Iris MJPEG Video stream stops or locks up

jwebstas 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Roger Smith 2 months ago 24 

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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Swann NVR camera feeds using VLC to transcode.

edmond 4 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Sprink6 2 months 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:// (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@ --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 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 2 months 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:    


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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Connect 360Eye camera?

esalomo 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Bob Mclernon 3 months ago 6


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 -

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RPi Camera Feed via Web Interface?

AndyJ 7 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by Robb 4 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:

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

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

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Reolink Camera?

kevinnichols 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated by martinottolangui 5 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 I'm assuming the answer is yes? 



Mac iOS Fire
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.