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MP4 and/or other streaming formats for Media Tiles

Owen Stevens 10 months ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 10 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: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/jamcams.tfl.gov.uk/00001.08859.jpg

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

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/jamcams.tfl.gov.uk/00001.08859.mp4

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

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Hi Owen,

MJPEG is the only true "native" streaming video format supported prior to HTML5. Other formats required plug-ins such as Flash, Shockwave, and others.

We are researching what other embeddable streaming formats are practical and justifiable to consider adding.

The primary purpose of Media Tiles is live home IP camera streaming ... none of which directly offer MP4, however (well - are there exceptions?).

But MP4 is a good starting point for research.

Some existing similar Topics for VOTES and Discussion:

Thanks for your Feature Request / Idea.

...Terry.

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Thanks Terry. - Appreciate everything you've done with Action tiles. 

And for looking into this specifically. 

I think the reason MP4 was chosen by TFL as their primary video file type is because it is the HTML5 equivilent of MJPEG from the old HTML4 days, it's pretty much universally supported, and a reasonably small file size. 

I understand the Media tiles were originally designed to support camera streaming, but as I'm sure you are aware this is one of the most powerful features of Actiontiles. 

I thought I'd include a screenshot of my dashboard. - Currently being displayed by an ultrawide monitor above my front door.

The majority of these tiles are Media tiles, and the camera feeds you can see are currently still images.