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Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Hi,

Can Mozilla Popcorn for (creating dynamic video content) be supported as a new feature in Moodle?

Videos are a great aid to learning.
The only thing is that they're static i.e. once they're recorded they don't evolve.
Mozilla has come up with a HTML5 based way to pull-in content into a video.

TED Talk video by CEO of Mozilla on Popcorn:

I searched the site/forums for any plugin or support for Mozilla's Popcorn.js
but couldn't find anything.

About Popcorn: http://mozillapopcorn.org
0) Review: http://www.webmonkey.com/2011/11/mozilla-reinvents-web-video-with-popcorn-1-0
1) Pull-in outside content into the video using different plugins
   for facebook, googlemaps, twitter etc in the Butter.js player :
   http://popcornjs.org/popcorn-docs/plugins
2) Use Popcorn.js timeline video editing with other players like youtube, vimeo etc :
   http://popcornjs.org/popcorn-docs/players
3) A full feature 3D documentary which (also) uses Popcorn:
   3D dynamic video with links: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/11/one-millionth-tower

Please suggest the person/group to contact for taking this forward in moodle.

Thanks,
Guru M

 
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Stan Bogdanov
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Hi,

This is amazing!

Until it is developed as a Moodle plugin, you can create your interactive video, copy the HTML code and save it as a web page. Then you can upload the web page to Moodle.

Cheers

Stan

 
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Stan Bogdanov
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Further on,

Here's my attempt at a dynamic video with the "News caster" on my Moodle following my own suggestion: Mozilla Popcorn Dynamic video (guest access)

I changed a few things online (compare with http://maker.mozillapopcorn.org/templates/supported/newscaster/) with my own converted videos, my photo and text; copied the HTML and put it in a web page, then uploaded the webpage as a resource to my Moodle.)

Cheers

Stan

 
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Picture of Gurudutt Mallapur
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Hi Stan,

Thanks for the test video.

"Seeing is believing" and seeing dynamic video as part of a "howto", "tutorial" or "reference work" will really help many students (young or old) to quickly get interested in any topic. Since they can also contribute their own work it should really help to build rich multimedia, dynamic content by community contribution (like Wikipedia).

So any idea how do we go about suggesting a Moodle Plugin for Popcorn? The easier it is for users to use the plugin the more likely it'll be that people will use it and build on it.


Thanks,

GuruM.

 
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Picture of Gurudutt Mallapur
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Hi Stan,

Thanks for the pointer.

It seems that this manual activity of creating and uploading the video is already automated in a Moodle Plugin!!.

The Moodle Video Capture Plugin implemented as part of Google Summer of Code 2012: http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Audio/Video_Capture_repository_plugin.

I wonder if this could be easily retargetted to work with PopCorn Maker?It seems to be customizable with a recorder of any type.

Contacted the project supervisor and student about adding PopCorn feature to the plugin in this post.

[Details]

"Audio/Video Capture repository plugin

Student: Ankit Gupta

Supervisor: Rajesh Taneja Project

docs: http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Audio/Video_Capture_repository_plugin

Tracker issue: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/CONTRIB-3631 Forum

discussion: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=202632 Plugins

entry: http://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=repository_mediacapture

Ankit managed to create a Moodle repository for recording audio and video directly in Moodle. This is based on Moodle object repository framework and can be extended to add custom recorders. The current implementation has two audio recorders (Flash and Java) and one video recorder (Flash). Administrators have the ability to enable/disable any recorder. The repository can auto-detect and show most complaint recorder for the user's browser."

Regards, GuruM.

 
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Mary Cooch
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
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Here's a screencast by the way (only using audio but same procedure for video) http://www.moodleblog.net/2012/10/13/record-audio-and-video-directly-on-moodle-course-page/

 
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Picture of Gurudutt Mallapur
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Hi,

Thanks Mary, for the screencast link for recording video/audio in Moodle.

Adding the correct developer discussion thread for adding Popcorn Maker as a recorder in the Video Repository Plugin here.

Regards,

GuruM

 
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Picture of Gurudutt Mallapur
Re: Dynamic Video Support using Mozilla Popcorn
 

Hi All,

My post on the developer discussion for "Audio/Video repository plugin" seems to be a no-go. Paul Nicholls suggested the following:

"it might be better to develop an assignment submission module and perhaps a resource module.  The assignment submission module would allow students to create and submit videos using Popcorn Maker, whilst the resource module would allow teachers to create videos to use as teaching resources. This would narrow your options for where you can use it a little, but I think it should cover most potential uses of it whilst alleviating the issues that crop up if you try to fit it into the file picker interface."

I'm new to Moodle as a tool. I just searched for likely candidates which might work with integrating Popcorn.

Are there __people__ you can suggest in Moodle who'd be really interested in carrying forward the integration of Popcorn?

Otherwise I feel a good tool for the Moodle community may go begging in various discussion forums.


Any ideas on how to take the discussion/implementation forward?

Thanks,

GuruM

 
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