Fire Stick Display Orientation

Comments

6 comments

  • Avatar
    Steve Shankman

    I also have this issue -- I used to use Raspberry Pis which could be switched to portrait orientation. I don't think Fire Sticks can. I've been thinking about doing something with CSS to rotate the elements by 90° but I'm not sure if it will work. Any ideas on how to achieve portrait?

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    Darius Aleksas

    Steven, standard CSS rotate will work as placeholders are just DIVs.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    Darius Aleksas

    Jeremy, a quick fix (sort of) for you: https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css3_pr_transform.asp It can be tricky, though.

    CSS elements rotate on their central axis, so you need to calculate the center point of any horizontal element you rotate, so after you rotated it sits in the proper spot. In horizontal layout, all of your elements will look off... and the RV editor's live-view does not support CSS rotate attribute. To get an idea of what is going on, you gonna need to use the preview. You cannot (I think) rotate all at once because you gonna get a part of your presentation cut off. You need to rotate individual elements (placeholders, which is really just regular DIV). I hope that makes sense.

    And if you do not want to deal with these shenanigans, get proper hardware... chromeboxes, cromesticks, windows sticks, NUCs (THE BEST, recommending the Pentium model for general purpose signage).

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    Steve Shankman

    This is very helpful -- thanks. I just played with the css rotation property, but you're right, it's complicated. I was able to get most of the items rotated, but the text ran off the top and bottom of the screen (i.e. the sides if rotated to portrait), and I didn't know why. As much as I like using Fire Sticks, and as reliable as they are with the Scotts Digital Signage app, I don't think the effort of figuring this out is worth it. We ordered some Beelink GT1 A boxes -- anyone know if these are good, and can support portrait? I'll report back and let you know how things go.

    Thanks

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    Darius Aleksas

    Steven, it is Android! I wish Rise Vision supported Android, but they do not And as far as I know, the support and development for Scott's app also was canceled. You are looking at more problems down the road. Get some mini PC such as Azzule Byte 3 or some other cheap model. They seem to be quite reliable after adding an additiona SD card to expand the internal memory capacity, but their processors are on the weaker side, so no demanding content for them such as videos, streaming or HTML animation.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink
  • Avatar
    David Steinberg

    For those experiencing difficulty playing portrait presentations on Fire Sticks, use this easy fix:
    Go into the portrait oriented presentation, click "View HTML</>" and replace the opening <body> line with this one:

    <body style="width:1920px;height:1080px; margin: 0; overflow: hidden;background:rgba(255,255,255,1);position:absolute;width:1920px;height:1080px;z-index:0;transform: rotate(90deg);transform-origin: 960px 960px;">

    Transform origin is the axis that the rotation of the presentation is centered on. If it is off-center experiment with the numbers until you get it centered and/or change the rotation degrees to -90 if upside down.

    0
    Comment actions Permalink

Please sign in to leave a comment.