Filters: PoodLL Filter

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The PoodLL filter enables audio and video recording in Moodle, and allows you to put widgets such as stopwatches and whiteboards into HTML areas. It is a pre-requisite plugin for the PoodLL Repository, PoodLL Database Activity Field, Poodll Assignment plugins, Poodll Recording Question type and PoodLL Atto/TinyMCE plugins.
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Michael de Raadt
Monday, 7 December 2015, 7:32 AM
General comments

There are a number of recording plugins. The Poodll plugin set is the most maintained. This filter is the critical plugin in the set.

Poodll comes with other bonuses. I particularly enjoy the drawing whiteboard and can see applications for that.

Plugins survey usage
18% The PoodLL filter was the only additional filter plugin covered in the Plugins Usage Survey (2015).
Supported versions
2.1 to 2.9 No Moodle 3.0 support yet
Update frequency
Feedback about plugin
Positive, frequent Discussion
Installation process
 Git, Zip
Documentation and help
 Not linked
  • Own website
  • No docs linked to pages (not so critical for a filter)
 OK Easier when used with the Poodll repository
Tracker issues
Few, mostly resolved
Using Git bug tracker
Translations A few
Finnish, French, German, Polish, Serbian, Spanish
Dependencies Flash, Self Plugins of this set are dependent on each other. The plugin requires Flash at this stage. May also be advisable to set up streaming server to do it properly.
Error messages
Concerns Error message encountered when used in Moodle 3.0. Plugins didn't work well there.
Coding style
Poor When run through the Code Checker my server crashed, which is bad. When run on the main filter file, there were a number of issues.
Not really
The widgets added by the filter are not themable.
The plugin relies on Flash. I'm not sure how easy that would be for users of non-visual browsers.

I'm not sure if problems I encountered were because of Moodle 3.0 compatibility, issues with Flash or conflicts with my browser.

General recommendation: Useful, but comes with issues and reliance on Flash.