People who are interested in tighter coupling between Flash and Drupal should check out the Services group, which covers a number of Flash-related technologies like Flex and AMFPHP.
Media Code Sprint Recap
Tuesday, January 13, 2008 at 3:30 PM (EST)
Why You Want to Be There
- Because you want to learn about the future of multimedia in Drupal.
- Because you want to help transform multimedia handling for Drupal.
- Because everything you thought you knew about Drupal and multimedia is about to be obsolete (and why that's a good thing)...
I'll post a synopsis and schedule in the morning, so stay tuned!
(Cross-posted at AaronWinborn.com.)
I'm excited to update you that today we have officially launched our open source video module for Drupal.
Kaltura's All in One Video Module enables Drupal site-builders to easily add video and rich-media functionalities to their sites.
The module handles all aspects of adding video, including full hosting and streaming of content. It is extremely flexible, easy to customize and best of all – it's free – Kaltura covers up to 10GB of hosting and streaming (can later be upgraded).Read more
I just released a Red5 Flash Server module which allows you to record FLV videos on a Red5 Flash Server. The module is dependent on the services module, amfphp module and the swftools module. I am working with FLV recording and Drupal since some years now, mostly using the Adobe server. But since I discovered Red5, I am more than happy, since it's open source and it seems to be stable. I am about to release a client project using the module and Red5 and I hope it scales (although I don't expect many people recording videos ;-) ).Read more
You are invited to attend Drupal Camp Chicago on October Friday 24 & Saturday 25 2008.
For over 2 years Chicago Drupal has truly highlighted the benefits of an open source initiative. We have built resourceful bridges between many local Chicago establishments including non-profits, entrepreneurs, Drupal development companies, independent consultants, hobbyist, and others in the mid-west. Our goal for this Drupal Camp is to bring everyone together for open communication, education, fun, and industry networking.
I've been doing some thinking about the future of the asset module. First of all, I'm completely dedicated to bringing it to Drupal 6 and beyond. What is not sure however is in which form it will move forward. With the improved hook_form and specifically with filefield and emfield tying into the youtube api, flvmediaplayer, the new media player et al, I certainly don't want to duplicate efforts. The asset module itself is quite a big project and maintaining it requires a lot of my time.
That's why I've been thinking lately of stripping the asset module down to the asset wizard: leaving the uploading of files to the *field modules (having the admin decide which modules he prefers and what type of files he needs) and managing them with the asset wizard. The asset wizard could be taken so much further if it could get all the attention it deserves. One thing I could use help on is the interface from a usability perspective: both on the asset wizard itself and on how to tie it in the different fields (filefield, emfield, ...) and editors (TinyMCE, WYSIWYG, ...). Everything is welcome: from concepts and wireframes to mock-ups and patches.
How do you want to handle the files and embedded media that have been already been imported by media mover, uploaded by filefield or integrated by emfield?
This site uses flashnode and a custom module to embed flash games, and let them report back to Drupal High Scores, which are stored by Drupal and reported back in various blocks.
Check it out:
You'll need to sign up an account to try the Score Saving features.
Once beta is complete, the module will be released on Drupal.org.
Save Game state support
Views Integration of Score data
You have to go to my blog to see the action.
This was created with an hour of tweaking the OpenLaszlo XML, and then pasting the following into this node:
print theme('media_player_player', 'http://spindowners.com/files.dm/videos/20051210-w50s.flv', array('logo' => '/sites/aaronwinborn.com/files/my-logo.png');
Couldn't be simpler! I see a dev release as soon as we have an icon for the play button!
Of course, playlists and the like will take more. We've talked about including several players, including a light-weight and one with all the bells & whistles, and have the module call the proper one according to passed parameters.
As announced, we've begun the Media Code Sprint to put better media handling into Drupal core!
It's been a great time so far. In the morning, drewish compiled a file function guessing game (free beer!), and andreiashu took the bait and completed the first round with great feedback about how unusable the current state is.
Next, we've sat down and begun writing SimpleTests for the hook_file patch. This has been great fun for me personally; though drewish is an old hand at building tests, this is completely new for me. And to top it off, webchick, Queen of Drupal testing, dropped by our table and got involved!
Even the process of writing tests has been helpful; we found at least one case for validation that had been missed in the original patch, and drewish decided that file_scan_directory needed refactoring. (He's currently chasing other problems as well, and cursing about finding himself going down rabbit holes.)
There's more fun to be had for all! If you want a quick 15 minute task that everyone is qualified to do, go play the File API Function Guessing Game. If you want to do more, then ping me (aaronwinborn), drewish, or dopry at #drupal in IRC, or leave a comment here!
(Cross-posted at AaronWinborn.com.)
The Media Code Sprint is underway! Here's a cross-post from my blog detailing the goals of this sprint, which runs through Saturday. We need your help!
Andrew Morton (drewish), Darrel O'Pry (dopry, remotely), and I are heading up a Media Code Sprint in Portland this week! Come help, in person or remotely, if you're interested in multimedia and Drupal! It has now officially started, and as I've volunteered to help keep folks updated, here goes...
First the reasons.
Number One: Better Media Handling in Core
Dries conducted a survey prior to his State of Drupal presentation at Boston Drupalcon 2008, and number one on the top ten (or 11) list of what would make THE KILLER DRUPAL 7 Release was "Better media handling".
Let me repeat that. Better media handling.
People have done really amazing stuff in contrib, but it is difficult (if not impossible in many cases) for developers to coordinate the use of files, as there is no good means for file handling in the core of Drupal. Thus, we have several dozen (or more) media modules doing some small part, or even duplicating functionality, sometimes out of necessity.
We need (better) media and file handling in Drupal core. In particular, there has been a patch for a hook_file in the queue for over a year, which has been in the Patch Spotlight (for the second time, no less) since May! (And has been RTBC several times during that process...) Come on folks.
One of the powers of Drupal is its system of hooks. We have hooks to modify nodes, to notify changes to user objects, to alter nearly any data (such as forms and menus). Noticeably absent is a consistent handling for files or any sort of notification. We need hook_file.
So goal Number One: get media handling in core. The means? Add hook_file and make files into a 1st class Drupal object. We'll be creating a test suite for functionality in the hook_file patch to validate it and "grease the wheels" to get it committed.
The other goals of this sprint pale in comparison to the first in utility, but are still highly desirable and worthwhile.
Number Two: Refactor File Functionality in CoreRead more
I am trying to build an application that will firstly record audio and then record video. I have drupal installed locally using mamp so it is running through port 8888 in the root directory.
I have Red5 installed and running on port 5080.
I have built a flex app. The MXML just contains the interface that calls the function when the record button or stop recording button is pressed.Read more
I'm only new here so I apologise if my understanding of things is not correct.
I am currently developing a site for people with disabilities and am seeking a way to embed audio/video comments and blog posts on the site.
I have been looking at Red5 as a viable option to serve media files and am now looking at the services module in combination with XMLRPC, Flash and maybe Flex.
I am a little concerned about accessibility.Read more
Alex UA and I have set the date for an official release for Embedded Media Field, for next Friday, February 15. We're going to quash as many of the outstanding bugs as possible before then, and could really use some help from interested people, as far as testing and patching things up.
Once the official version is released for d5, we'll also begin development for the d6 release.
See http://drupal.org/node/213456 for release status.Read more
As some of you know, I've recently taken over maintenance of Inline and Image Assist, and initiated the Wysiwyg project. That was not only caused by personal interest, but also to take the necessary steps to realize the long awaited Inline API. You might ask yourself, what those three modules have in common or to do with each other at all: They deal with user input, allow to embed complex contents into a content, and provide an interactive GUI for that. If you already had the chance to work with them, you already know that there is a rather
hidden, non-obvious hard-dependency between them.
Although I'd really like to discuss both topics (Inline and Wysiwyg support) separately, the gained experience on these topics enforces us to discuss them concurrently. The following mockup hopefully explains why: (see attachment to view in full size)Read more
What is the best way to organize and commit patches back to Drupal modules for Services?
User g10 starts the discussion with there should be a consensus bout this:Read more
My current site, couchsurfingori.com uses the occasional SlideShowPro slideshow. It's a flash embed with a tiny bit of Flashvars to reference which album from a seperate PHP-driven application is being displayed. It's very convenient for quick insertion of photo slideshow into a blog post. I really like the FlashGallery use of SimpleViewer. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can embed the FlashGallery into a blog?Read more
I'm trying to get WimpyPlayer set up. It works with an external PHP and flashvars, so you can skin it, and it can detect what mp3's are in the directory it's in.
The FlashNode component lets me upload it as a .swf file, but I haven't been able to get it to actually detect any mp3's or to get the skinning working.
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
The Embedded Media Field module now supports custom URL's, in addition to the third party providers currently supported, such as YouTube, Blip.TV, Revver, etc. This allows external videos hosted on another site, or in the local server's file directory, to be embedded in the field. It works in the same way, so that an editor simply pastes the link they wish embedded into the field's textfield, and the module will parse the URL and display it appropriately.Read more