If it comes to video I only can play .swf format in our Moodle.
With the free editors available on the internet ( Jeroen weijerings a.o.) I get .flv or mp4.
But they don't work in Moodle. Quizport does not change a thing here, as far as I can see.
Is that because of our Moodle particular and should I ask my system-manager to do something about it or is this a general Moodle-thing? (And leave my system-manager in peace)
as always, the sure-fire way to get media players to work in Hot Potatoes quizzes administered via Moodle is to use absolute URLs, i.e. URLs that begin with "http://" to specify the player and the media file.
If you use relative URLs, then you have to hope QuizPort can find them and convert them to absolute URLs for you. QuizPort knows some common places to look for URLs, including in the parameters passed to some common media players, but if you are using a media player that QuizPort is not familiar with, then the URLs won't get converted and the audio/video won't play.
The full list of media file types that QuizPort knows about is:
- URL: http://bateson.kanazawa-gu.ac.jp/moodle/19/mysql/
- Course: Cours Fullname 101
- Username: guestteacher
- Password: quizportv09
We could probably add mp4 too, because that seems to be something that the Moodle mediaplugin filter can use. Again, if you could upload a simple sample to my server, I will try to take a look at it.
You might find this discussion useful: Using Webrhubarb with embedded mp3
What is said is true for Hot Potatoes exercises too.
The soundfiles do well for me however. ( most of the time) and I - ahum in all modesty- am quite well familiar with them now.
Video and film however is another bike.
A couple of weeks ago I was puzzled for days and what was it in the end?
A swf file made by Flash Studio was working in Hot Potatoes ( html) but a swf file made with AVS was not. They were both swf's!!
I was pretty frustated. When one swf is not the same as another swf, were will I be, wouldn't I?
Video is pretty complicated stuff, but I would love to have it smoothly in Moodle. With students they give so much possibilities.
My school has for its Moodel this address: moodle.digischool.nl There's no http:// before this text.
So every page/exercise I put in that Moodle doesn't have http://
Will that make it very difficult to launch video's in that Moodle?
I'm using sometimes another Moodle. It has http:// ( I just noticed)
There I get swf working but not flv or mp4. I will collect relevant files - make them a bit smaller- and send them to your Moodle later this week.
Thanks Henny. Please upload the files when you are able.
I just visited your Moodle site. In the address bar, I saw the address as: moodle.digischool.nl/ but when I copied and pasted it elsewhere it became: http://moodle.digischool.nl/
I find the easiest video format to use is .flv (that's what they use on YouTube).
To save server space, these days many people upload their videos to YouTube (or similar sites) and then embed them from there. It's very easy.
Here's an example I think you'll enjoy: There's An Alligator Under My Bed
I've attached the the .jqz file so you can see exactly how I did it.
This is the code I inserted:
<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sNE8p0E4NVU&hl=en_GB&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sNE8p0E4NVU&hl=en_GB&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>
This is quite an old exercise (2 years old), so there are maybe other ways to do it these days.
What a great example.
I love the very quiet way that man is telling that story.
I think you You Tube is a handy idea but my problem up until now is that I don't get any other format as SWF ( made by Flash Studio) working in Moodle.
But I'm going to send that exercise with a flv file sending to Gordon and who knows what he finds.
it's maybe a problem of filters on your site: your admin has to turn some of them on. See below the settings I have. (It's kind of strange you can use .swf files - it's recommended not to enable that filter though I don't understand why.)
Apart from the other advise I got from you and Gordon (which were very useful and it kept me busy for a while to check many things better) I also took this You Tube advise of you
to my attention.
I had tried it with You Tube longer time ago (when You Tube was still quite new I think) and I don't exactly what was the matter, but for some reason I couldn't get it work.
But with this message I thought: "Why not, let's give it another try."
And it works indeed very smoothly with saving al this server space. So probably this is the solution for me.
When I open your URL
and click on course Fullname I get a message that that page is not safe and probably stolen by another party.
Maybe I am overconcerned and should just send you the flv file, but I think I like your confirm first that it is OK.
Hi Henny. Don't worry- I know that message ( we have it on our school email) It just means Gordon hasn't got some type of onlne certificate but it is perfectly safe - you can just click the ignore and continue anyway button and carry on
I did put a zip file to your Moodle and the FLV works fine. The lay-out of the exercise is a bit strange, but that is not a problem for me.
What I don't understand is why it plays in your Moodle and not in mine.
It almost can't be the security settings at my school and at home, because outside Moodle the FLV works perfect:
What a mystery.
Have you (or your admin) checked the filters as I suggested above?
Have you changed to Standard Theme to see if it's a theme problem?
Have you (or your admin) turned on debugging to see if it tells you anything?
And are you sure you are using the most recent version of the HotPot module?