Cloud Poodll for TinyMCE is an advanced audio and video recording solution for Moodle. It improves on Moodle's basic Record RTC solution in the following ways:
- Can be used in all HTML areas throughout Moodle
- Supports file uploads and drag/drop uploads
- Converts recordings to universally playable MP3 and MP4
- Features a selection of attractive recorder skins
- Stores files in cloud, so uploads are reliable and course backups stay small
- Generates subtitles automatically
Teachers can make learning resources quickly and easily by recording directly in Moodle or dragging and dropping media files from the desktop. Regardless of the file format, Poodll quickly and reliably converts all media and display it to students. In language learning, Cloud Poodll for TinyMCE enables teachers to create listening resources with the option of providing scaffolding in the form of target language subtitles. In general learning contexts, teachers can record/upload instruction or example videos for the students to follow when completing their assignments.
Liven up forums by replacing written entries with audio and video recordings from the students. Language learners can practice speaking and pronunciation skills while providing listening content for their peers. Great for fully online courses.
Cloud Poodll plugins requires a Poodll API username and secret. These are available with a free trial or paid subscription to Poodll. To get your API username and secret:
- Sign up at: Poodll Essentials 30 Day Free Trial
- Register your Moodle site URL at: Poodll member page
- Get your API user and secret at: Poodll member page (API tab)
TinyMCE requires that you specify the icons you wish to show in the editor. Instructions for that can be found here:
Recordings and uploads can optionally be automatically subtitled in English, French, Spanish(US), Italian or Portuguese(BR). For the subtitles to be displayed you will need to use either the Poodll or VideoEasy filters.
Using Cloud Poodll for TinyMCE
When either the microphone or video camera icons are pressed, the Cloud Poodll pop-up dialog will display.
There are three tabs:
- Audio/Video recorder tab
- Upload tab
- Options tab
The recorder tab
The recorder displays the recorder. The recorder will different depending on the media type being recorder(audio or video) and the recorder skin (Standard, 123, Fresh etc). In all cases when the recording has been uploaded the dialog will close automatically and place the media player/ link in the html area.
The upload tab
The upload tab allows the user to upload a video/audio file from their computer or device, instead of recording. Its possible to press the "Choose File" button to navigate to the file from the file system. Or the file can simply be dragged and dropped into the dotted area. In either case the upload will start immediately and upon completion the dialog will close automatically and place the media player/ link into the html area.
The options tab
The options tab allows you to :
- Specify if you want to embed a player or a media link into the html area
Due to limitations in Moodle's TinyMCE it is not currently possible to insert a player. In future we will make this possible. Until then displaying subtitles will require the use of the Poodll or VideoEasy filters.
- Request subtitles and select the language being spoken. Available languages are: English, French, Spanish(US), Italian and Portuguese(BR).
Subtitles can be requested for audio and video recordings(or uploads). They take about 5 minutes to become available.
NB the subtitles must be requested (ie checkbox checked) BEFORE the recording/upload commences.