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Remote HTML5 site with video elements

I have a webpage with dynamic content that I'd like to display via brightsign on my portrait-mode screen. I've built out the page html to be viewed in that size, and everything loads and renders correctly except for the <video> element in the background. After researching this some more the only help I can find on the topic states that remote videos can't be loaded, only local. However 1) The thread in question that mentions this is rather old and 2) This seems like a serious drawback - to say that you can display HTML5 web content but only local video is at best an incomplete implementation. 

That having been said has anyone had any luck or insight on this. I can't even find in the documentation how to load local HTML5 video. The documentation here starts with:

"You can use <video> elements to play streaming video (HLS, UDP, RTP, RTSP) and local video files." and then says nothing more on the subject of local HTML5 videos - in fact the word local isn't used again on the page.

Any insight on this would be really helpful as I may have to rethink entirely how to accomplish this.

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    ^UD\_$

    John,

    I'm working on something similar now, and could test your page here.

    Do you have a URL that you could share here?

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    Edge

    Yeah sure i'll share the link - one of the pages I'm currently trying to display can be seen here

    I have just had a thought that perhaps using a relative link may be causing the problem - but I'm grasping at straws at this point.

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    ^UD\_$

    Checking

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    ^UD\_$

    The video is playing here, but the looping is not clean.

    I'm testing on an XD1030.

    Which model and firmware are you testing on?

    BTW, is animated gif an option?

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    Edge

    Really? That is interesting. The unit I'm working with is an XT243 with a firmware version of 6.2.38

    An animated gif isn't entirely out of the option, but for one thing it would be a very heavy load time and there are other video elements I'll be using that won't really function as a gif.

    Out of curiosity can you screenshot the settings you are using for the HTML site in the presentation? I'm wondering if one of those settings could be making a difference.

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    ^UD\_$

     

     

     

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    Edge

    Hmm. Same settings for me, except for the "Enable mouse and touch events" - fairly sure that wouldn't make a difference. I'll have to look into this some more.

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    ^UD\_$

    For the record firmware here is  6.1.100.

    You could try and downgrade your firmware to something else...

    I'm curious whether animated gif could help you move forward.

    Sometimes you just need to find the right workaround, and move forward.

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    Edge

    I've just tried upgrading the firmware to the latest, which didn't work, I'll try downgrading, it's possible they broke something in an upgrade. The GIF idea will probably end up being my fallback...

    I'm thinking of contacting support as well. By all rights it should be working but it isn't - which is making me lean toward some kind of bug. Thanks for your help, by the way.

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    ^UD\_$

    With pleasure.

    Please let us know how it turned out.

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