Story of my life... I always seem to be going the wrong way on a one-way street. I was excited when I learned Moodle 1.3 would include the ability to handle video clips as a resource but it turned sad when I saw that RealAudio format was not one of the included ones. I have all my tools and many video clips in this format... converting is not an exciting option. The question is... any chance we will see RealAudio format being included in a later distribution?
It would be very easy to add support ... you can help by posting here a reliable bit of HTML code for embedding any given Real Media within a page.
In order to make it work now what I have been doing is to do a symbolic link between my course files area (/home/coursefiles) and the html area. I then set up my link as a normal link using the tools within moodle, but alter the link to point at the file in the html area, bypassing all moodle controls. So, here is a link to one of my little tutorials on php.
This link will only work if you have RealPlayer installed on your machine. I have tested it from this link and it does work. It does show you the only html code I need to include in a web page to make it happen.
I run Moodle from a directory called courses, and the link points at
coursefiles is the symbolic link between the html area and the external files area. If I were starting over, I may not follow your advice to locate the files area outside of the html area because of these problems I have encountered with AV materials. The rest of the link is the same as would be created if I used the Moodle procedure for setting the link. For some reason however, if I use the link as Moodle would create it, real player loads but then gives me an error message. As you can see, this procedure works fine and is just a bit inconvenient in that I have to be a bit more techie than I would expect some of my teachers to be.
And please understand that I am not wanting to be picky... and I love this software. It has allowed me to move some things forward much more quickly than I would otherwise been able to do. It's just that in my case, since I like to use Real Player, it would be nice if it were one of the chosen. I can live with what I have... but if we don't ask....
Thanks for the program and your attention.
Yes, the problem with linking to a file inside a course is that the external RealOne Player gets the link and tries to get the file, but of courses knows nothing about how to get past Moodle's security so fails.
Putting the file outside Moodle as you've done is one solution - however your media is now available to all and sundry as long as they know the URL.
Another solution is to embed the file within the browser and use the RealOne Plugin. This is aware of the current browser environment and so shouldn't have any problems displaying files inside Moodle. The problem is reliably specifying this embedding.
Some of you may see an embedded player below which may or may not work ... (updated after some of the replies)
And I see in IE a very short and small ugly videoscreen with sound? Can you force the screensize? yes I see , you can in the embed..
Hope this helps
When I clicked on the play button the video played but the screen was so tiny that I couldn't see it (I'm using IE6 on WinXP).
Despite the problems with consistency, I'd be interested to know the code you used to embed the above realplayer movie. The revised version now works quite well on IE.
1) The way they push their paid version ... it annoys me how hard it is to find the "free" version.
2) The way the defaults are set up with heaps of notices and phoning-home that I don't need. Yes, it's possible to turn them off but you have to work your way through a lot of dialogs.
3) The plugins just never seem to work consistently as we can see here ... for some reason I've always had lots of trouble (since 1996) getting RealPlayer to work in web pages. I'm willing to be shown wrong if someone can post some stable cross-platform code here.
Yeh... all true. I just decided to put up with it I guess. Anyway, I have not seen anyone else posting the kind of request I made and I do have a workable solution so I would suggest it is not worth pursuing any further. It has been useful for me to learn about some of the problems others have and why there is a reluctance to use it. I will start looking at the other options and perhaps start a migration. Thanks for your efforts looking at it. I have to tell you that your efforts on moodle have certainly helped me move a number of priorities forward more quickly. Thanks!!!
Leigh, have you explored the option to embed RealAudio /RealVideo within a web page? Moodle is very clever to link web page resources, so you could embed the audio/video, zip all togheter, upload on your Moodle, unzip, then use a Resource type to link the html page.