I plan to use a couple of videos in one of my courses.
Am uploading the file in Moodle and adding it through 'Link to a file or website' under Resources.
However, this requires the learner to download the video file each time it is clicked (which is rather time consuming). I haven't clicked Force Download.
Is there a way to have the 'you-tube' kind of quick play videos?
Or is there any other way to show video recordings?
I tried the steps that Mary suggested. The web page however opens as blank.
Do I need to install a multimedia plug in or have a streaming video setup as Mario suggested?
Mary's solution works fine for me in Firefox, too.
I used to have the same issue when I upload only a video file.
Using Camtasia Studio from Techsmith.com helps me to (re)produce a video and save it in different video formats. I prefer mp4 or avi formats. When it's saved, the video is web-ready and saved in a folder togther with some other documents. You zip this folder (with all its contents) and upload it to your files in moodle.
When it's in moodle-file, you then unzip it and you link only the html file (not the video file) to whereever you want the video to appear. The video will appear with a player ready to play (See below).
The video (in all formats) are coming in a smaller screen size than the original one.
Is there a way to get it working in the original size.
Dear all -
it looks like this thread has been abandoned despite the fact that the last posting contains a question.
I have a similar problem so I will try to "reopen the case".
I need to include a locally stored .avi file. To do so, I
- uploaded the .avi file to the course files;
- opened the resource that requires this file to be included;
- selected some text and clicked the Link button in the editor;
- linked the file and saved.
The result is ambiguous (see the attached screenshot):
the selected words become a link; clicking on them invokes Windows Media Player to start; the file starts playing, and it can be played either in its original "kiosk" size, or full-screen. All good and well, but...
there is a black square player under the link that breaks the text flow.
Question: what am I doing wrong, and how can I get rid of the black player area?
Mary, thanx for your tip. I turned the players off - and now there is only a text link in the unbroken text, which is OK for my purposes.
The problem with linking directly to distributed video resources in my case is that our users use workstations where streaming video reception is disabled. Hence we have to download these video resources, upload them to course files repository and serve them from there using local players (I save the clips as .avi so they invoke Windows Media Player). This is definitely non-optimal - but under the circumstances this is better than not using video at all.
Convert the videos to flv and your problems should be over.
Can you explain the advantages? In what sense will my problems be over? What player/plugin will be used to play .flv files if I use them?
AVI is just a wrapper around all sorts of formats but 95% of avi is DivX which is primarily designed to download this week's edition of "Lost" via (illegal?) file sharing.
It's incredibly likely that your users will have the software to play flvs (as Flash is almost always included with browsers) but not avis (as the DivX codec is not).
OK, here's what I've done.
I built a sandbox course to test the video issues.
I downloaded a FLV file.
I created a web page with some text.
I uploaded the .flv file and linked it to a word in the text/
I reenabled the multimedia filters.
What it resulted in was the following:
there still is the word that serves as a link, + the player. The player plays fine. But the link is there, and clicking on it invokes a dialog box asking whether I want to find a player to play the file,or just download it.
The question is, how do I get rid of the textual link?
The logical solution would be to create an image (the first frame of the video, for exmple) and link the video to it. A hassle, to be frank - but probably the best.
any other, easier solution I have not thought of?
Let me give it a try. WIll report.
Works fine. It tried to reject the selection of empty space - but after creating a 5-character-long space and selecting only part of it, I succeeded in convincing it that selecting an empty space was OK.
Thanx a lot!