At the risk of giving my readers whiplash from the topic changes… I saw on twitter (who says twitter doesn’t work) that bud is looking for a flash embed into moodle solution. This is something I swore I would post just to try and save the pain and misery to the next person who came along trying to do this. A friend of mine asked for a solution for embedding video into his first year class. He wanted to see what would happen if he replaced his lectures with video and stuck to oral exams and tutorials. The response has been VERY positive. As always… the same warning… there’s probably (almost definetely) a better and easier way to do this. This is the way i sorted out.
(I would also like to formally apologize for using youtube as a common noun.)
Why exactly would i want to do this in the first place?
A professor at my university has started using flash video in his classroom moodle to replace his first year lectures… His students have the option of coming to pretty much as many small tutorials as they like, but for the lectures they get his video, which they can watch as many times as they like and which he can track. Surprisingly, many of the students are watching the video 4 and 5 times… it gives them a chance to review the content and match it against other things they have (textbooks… documents… wikipedia…) This is a very nice solution for the delivery of content, particularly when matched with online discussion forum and chat and live face to face tutorials. Thus far… a very nice solution. Looking forward to the teacher assessments. (his have been fantastically high before this little adventure)
There are alot of advantages to choosing flash as the solution for your video needs.
- It is almost universally accessible across all browsers on all systems (assuming people have the plugin in their browser).
- It is lightish in terms of space and loads very nicely.
- You can have very direct control over the look, feel and size of your video display and can quite easily adjust the way it gets taken in.
- An flv (flash video) file can very easily be sent all over the place.
- It’s what all the cool people do (see youtube and googlevideo)
- There are ways to do serverside conversion INTO flash so that your users can post whatever they like to your server and you can convert it to your preferred format (flash)
- meh. i like flash.
What you need for just embedding my flash into moodle
- Jeroen Wijering Flash FLV Player – a simply fantastic piece of coding.
- A moodle (and as you can see on Jeroen’s page, it will work for all kinds of stuff drupal wordpress and you only need one installation of this software to work EVERYWHERE) For installation instructions see the fine work done at moodle.org.
- A way to make an flv file.
One way to do it
- The first thing to do is download the FLV player.
- upload it to your server somewhere that is web readable… (that is, that can be accessed by http://yourdomain.com/directory_of_flv_player)
- Copy the code from the flvplayer.html file and paste it into a topic or something in your moodle installation and change the following variables so that they point to your directory_of_flv_player. You’ll see that there are a few ‘files’ in there… the ufo.js, and the others listed below.
- Edit your ‘playlist.xml’ so that the link points to your flv files. This is the only thing that you need to change in order to update the content in your media player that you’ve created with camtasia, camstudio or something…
NEXT STEP Go all the way to building a youtubeUsing this drupal/youtube
And/or this phpvideo