Newbie alert: today is literally the first time I have ever got hold of an iPad (and that only so I can test Moodle stuff) When I try to record audio, such as in an online PoodLL assignment, it appears as a video on my old school site (I want to encourage the languages teachers to use it) But on your PoodLL demo site it correctly displays in a sound player. As far as I can tell, I have compared your PoodLL admin filter settings with the schools and they are the same but I must be doing something wrong somewhere? (I guess it's not the end of the world if the pupils end up recording video instead of audio - that works fine - but it's a bit of a distraction really) All advice gratefully received. (Moodle 2.6...)
Hi Mary. Sorry for the hassle.
Recording audio on the ipad from the browser, ie without an app, is still a bit of an issue. PoodLL could be doing a bit more, but Apple could be doing a whole lot more.
That said, I think the difference between your school's site, and mine is that the video is converted to audio on the PoodLL server. I think the Online PoodLL assignment submission type will pretend its an audio file and show it in a player. But elsewhere that won't be the case.
In the latest and greatest, always undocumented, version of PoodLL it can do the conversions as an "ad-hoc task", ie in the background. Thats a lot more reliable since timeouts don't happen.
But the real trick in getting file conversion working is to configure FFMPEG on the server. Without that we can't do it, I have a document on how to do that somewhere ....[rummaging sound] ....ok I attached it here. Pass that on to your tech guy and fingers crossed he will set it up for you.
Thanks Justin I seem to recall your telling me about FFMPEG a few months back (he is on Windows, but you said that is OK) I didn't pass it on to him because when he uninstalled and reinstalled all the PoodLL stuff it seemed to work - that was before I tried on an iPad. I'm going to have to think carefully about whether to ask him or not about FFMPEG - he's a great and helpful bloke but I don't know how complex this is and how much it is worth his effort if they can easily record audio as video anyway (with the camera usually pointing at their feet ) How complex is it?
On windows it's real easy , I think ... It's been a while
You just download the ffmpeg from the page linked to in the document . Then you click the checkboxes in the poodll filter settings
Linux is a bit trickier because all the different flavors of it affect which version of ffmpeg you can use. And you are sometimes safer to, gulp, compile it yourself
If you ask him to download it and put in the poodll filter folder, then as long as he got the right ffmpeg he shouldn't have to do any more