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Filters: PoodLL Filter

Maintained by Picture of Justin Hunt Justin Hunt
The PoodLL filter allows you to put widgets such as stopwatches and flashcards into HTML areas. It is a pre-requisite plugin for the PoodLL Repository, Poodll Online Assignment and Poodll Recording Question types.
Moodle 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6


This plugin is part of set Poodll. Plugins from the set work the best when installed together.

Using the PoodLL filter you can add a variety of widgets to your courses. These include a stopwatch, dice, countdown timer, audio list player, flashcards, a whiteboard and simple video galleries. You can do this by hand crafting PoodLL filter strings, or by using the PoodLL Repository to add widgets via the file chooser. More information on PoodLL filter strings is available at .

The other PoodLL mods, PoodLL Online Assignment(2.2) , Online PoodLL Assignment Submission type (2.3+), PoodLL Recording Question Type, the PoodLL Repository, and the PoodLL database field all require the PoodLL filter.

Moodle caching can affect audio/video playback reliability. With PoodLL it is best to turn off text filter caching:  
Go to: Site Administration -> Plugins -> Filters ->Common Filter Settings
There set "Text Cache Lifetime" to "no"




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  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Wed, May 8, 2013, 10:29 PM
    I wonder what is actually happening. Are you playing them all at once? Or is it just simply having so many on screen is slowing things down? The most likely cause is just too much video and too little bandwidth.

    I am not familiar with the techsmith avi format, but if the file size is large it could be causing problems. The other thing is that the player displays a still image before you start playing. That is the first frame of the video. Possibly fetching all of those slows things down, since it might be going on to fetch the rest of each video too. When I get a chance I will look at it.

    Try converting a bunch to MP4 and see if it is better. If you are only showing one video on a page though, the small video gallery might be better value. Since that definitely only loads one video at a time and you choose the video from the dropdown box at the top. You just have to change type=bigvideogallery to tyoe=smallvideogallery in the filter string.

    I gave up using the datafolder because it was just too round-about and unreliable when using it from a filter. But I admit I wish there was a better way than the how we do it now.
  • Picture of Tom Tabaczynski
    Mon, Aug 26, 2013, 11:15 PM
    Hi, I tried to install it but it has failed the validation test on 2.5.
  • Picture of Dimo Dimov
    Thu, Sep 5, 2013, 11:30 PM
    Hi Justin,
    Is there a way to add captions when a video is loaded with PoodLL filter?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013, 8:24 AM
    Sorry, Dimo. There is nothing in PoodLL that does that.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013, 8:26 AM
    Sorry Tom, I never replied . I wonder where it is failing that vaildation test? Is this installing it via the new auto install feature on Moodle 2.5+?
  • Picture of Bruce Goode
    Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 12:48 AM
    Justin, I tried to install via the new auto install and it failed the validation test in 2.5.2. The validation message also keeps reappearing from time to time and I have to log out to get rid of it.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Fri, Sep 27, 2013, 12:10 AM
    OK. That will be my job for this weekend. Sorry I know Tom mentioned this earlier but it slipped off the radar. Thanks for letting me know
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 7:34 PM
    OK, it took a while but I tracked this down. It is something we can work around it. I while upload a new version in a day or so. I added an issue to the tracker about this
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Mon, Sep 30, 2013, 11:56 AM
    OK I added the new version.
  • Picture of Sue Moss
    Tue, Oct 1, 2013, 10:13 PM
    Is there any way that the flashcards can display a picture for the question? I have the flashcards working fine for just text but I'm looking for our LDD Learners to use Moodle too and if I could use pictures for the question then this would be a really valuable feature (currently just shows a blank flashcard if you use a picture).
    Any help you can give would be very much appreciated.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Wed, Oct 2, 2013, 5:08 PM
    There is a way to do this, but it is not very "easy." And a bit clunky. I will fish out the details and post a link back here
  • Picture of JD Moodle
    Fri, Oct 11, 2013, 11:22 PM
    Hi Justin,
    I have Poodll version 2013081900 installed on Moodle 2.45.
    Using Internet Explorer 10, when my students try to submit a whiteboard drawing, it blanks the drawing and says NOTHING SUBMITTED.

    When they use Firefox 24, it works fine.

    Is there a fix for IE10?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Sat, Oct 12, 2013, 10:15 PM
    I don't think there is any problem with IE10. I use it without incident in Windows 8. But I believe you when you say you have seen a problem. Is there anything else that might be causing this?
  • Picture of Daniel Bosse
    Mon, Mar 3, 2014, 11:21 PM
    Hello I installed all poodll files, but when I want to record I only get a empty frame (firefox and chrome)

    What I did wrong?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 2:22 PM
    Sorry about that Daniel. That is not a common problem at all.

    What theme are you running?
    Does changing the theme make a difference?
    And are there any errors showing up in the error log? 
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