Hi, Does anyone know if it is possible to embedd Go To Webinar (wmv) files into moodle 2.3 without posting them on YouTube, Thanks?
Hi Rupert. If they are simple wmv files (and I seem to recall they are, having used Go To Webinar before) then yes- you can embed them as any media file using the Moodle media icon and uploading them from there. See http://docs.moodle.org/en/Video
Yes, it's doable. If Moodle's media filters don't work, then you can manually copy, paste and edit the WMP embed code from any tutorial guide that covers the subject (just do a web search).
The caveat with WMV is that it requires that the user's browser is capable of playing it. This usually means having the Windows Media Player (WMP) plugin installed, which is less common than you might think. Back in the day before Flash Player supported video across all browsers, making Youtube and similar websites possible in the first place, web designers had to juggle between Quicktime, Realplayer and WMP, and their respective file formats and CODECs, and respective CODEC and media container encoding software. It was a nightmare!
I don't know why Go To Webinar are outputting their screen capture to WMV. It isn't a widely used web format these days (some universities and organisations use it for automatically synchronised simultaneous video and PPT presentation capture during live seminars and lectures). Perhaps you could have a conversation with them about why they're outputting to WMV, although you may get a defensive response; It's not an uncommon complaint. Transcoding between WMV and other formats, e.g. MP4, M4V or MOV, will almost certainly result in the resulting file being significantly degraded and perhaps leave a few "artefacts" on screen. If the staff at Go To Webinar aren't helpful, remember that there are plenty of other web conferencing service providers available.
Here's a guide to the video formats that Flash based media players can support: http://code.google.com/p/moodle-mplayer/wiki/SupportedMediaTypes
Here's a list of free video transcoding software: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_free_video_converters
For what it's worth, I like Handbrake (free and open source): http://handbrake.fr/ Don't forget to check the "Web optimised" option so that progressive download (view video while it downloads) will work.
I recommend encoding video to h.264 in an MP4 container. This'll play just about anywhere; PCs, Macs, Linux, iPads & iPhones, Android, some MP4 players, standalone media players, etc., although not in HTML5 video tags in Firefox; You'll need a Flash fallback or alternative MIME type link and video file in OGG for that.
Don't you wish Microsoft, Apple, Google, and MPEG would stop bickering and agree on ONE web standard or set of standards and stop trying to squeeze every last little cent of profit out of everyone no matter the consequences?
I hope this helps!
thanks for this info, will go through and hopefully find some answers,