Video Kiosk URL file Guide




Video Kiosk – Android supports .url files (web shortcuts). The .url file  feature is often used to display live web content, like an Instagram feed, in your media playback loop.  You can place .url files in your media folder in the same way as you can use movie and image files.

Standard URL File (Web Shortcut)

Web bookmarks contain a series of keys and values in the .ini format.  The only standard key that Video Kiosk looks at is the URL key from which it finds the url value.  For example the URL key/value pair may look like this:

URL=http://burningthumb.com/

Extended URL File (Web Shortcut)

To provide support for features unique to Video Kiosk, the App recognizes some additional key and value pair as an extension of the .url standard.

TIMEOUT

Because Video Kiosk is displaying the URL as part of your video loop, it needs to know how long to display the url.  Video Kiosk recognizes an extension of the .url standard to include a new key called TIMEOUT from which it finds the value of how long to display the url in seconds.  For example the TIMEOUT key/value pair may look like this:

TIMEOUT=30

CACHE-MODE

By default, Video Kiosk will not cache urls.  Because you may want to cache your url content, Video Kiosk recognizes an extension of the .url standard to include a new key called CACHE-MODE from which it finds the value of the cache mode to use.  The cache mode can be one of the following:

  • default
  • no-cache

If you set the cache mode to default, then the default Android behavior will be used and your web content will be cached.  For example, the CACHE-MODE key/value pair may look like this:

CACHE-MODE=default

LAYER-TYPE

By default, Video Kiosk will use render your url content on a hardware accelerated layer.  Because you may want to use software rendering for your url content, Video Kiosk recognizes an extension of the .url standard to include a new key called LAYER-TYPE from which it finds the value of the layer type that it will use.  The layer type can be one of the following:

  • software
  • hardware

If you set the cache mode to software, then the a software layer will be used to render your web content.  For example, the LAYER-TYPE key/value pair may look like this:

LAYER-TYPE=software

Example

The following example shows the content of a complete .url file that may be used with Video Kiosk:

[InternetShortcut]
URL= http://www.mireth.com/
TIMEOUT=30
LAYER-TYPE=software
CACHE-MODE=no-cache


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