Future major features
Repository plugin for direct audio/video recording into Moodle
getusermedia is really getting there - running some nice stuff in chrome canary at the mo, and pollyfills already becomeing available for older browsers. http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/getusermedia/intro/
The whole real time web communication http://www.webrtc.org/ seems to be being championed by lots of big players- microsoft, google and firefox through to adobe. Could be on http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/dom any day now!
Where the content actually goes and how you process it on the server is down to your repository, but as a method of captureing input from wherever (wysiwyg editor, add resource etc) it is the model facebook beta has and adobe seem to be heading towards.
Ace keynote here - http://html.adobe.com/events/
The media capture repositry *IS* the repository that will become core I think. So you would be pretty safe with that.
Just to answer the PoodLL question. For audio you can choose the PoodLL MP3 recorder which does record straight into Moodle.
Only the video recording repository needs to use the tokyo server. There is not really a good serverless solution for video, though there are some java efforts. So ( perhaps predictably) I think a free, albeit far off, server solution is pretty good. For people that doesn't work for, we usually help them set up their own server.
But I think we need to look beyond the "recorder" itself. Thats just a part of a bigger picture. Moodle really needs a seamless framework to handle recording from multiple sources and going into different locations. By that I mean, recording from tablets and phones, from desktops via flash, and from desktops via uploads. And not just recording into the repository. But also recording into assignments, questions, database activities and forums.
That is really what PoodLL is aiming to be. Yes its a lot for one plugin. In fact its a total of 5 plugins, and soon to be 6. But it does do all of the above. And nothing else does that yet.
But I've appreciated your feedback over the last few days, its been very helpful.
We are currently considering installing the Media Capture plugin when we upgrade to 2.3 in January. Could somebody confirm that it is indeed going to be part of Moodle core? If not, we'd probably think again...
Also, any experiences with it in production use so far? It looks promising.
We were considering enabling it just for audio in the beginning.
I just installed the repo on our TEST servers and am waiting for some people to check it out. But in my limited testing in trying to find the best settings, I just couldn't seem to get the plugin to record a good sounding audio message.
Here are my settings:
- Flash audio recorder (Java audio didn't work)
- Audio format: Speex (don't know the difference between Speex and ImaADPCM, there isn't any documentation regarding this, but Speex seems to be an open source format geared for voice)
- Audio format: High quality
However, whenever I record some audio I get some mechnical feedback and tried playing with the echo cancellation setting on my microphone, but still no real success. Maybe it is the microphone on my iMac screen or something, but I didn't find the audio recording impressive.
Anyone else able to get good audio recording quality?