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'''Cons'''
 
'''Cons'''
  
#Maximum video length of about 10 minutes.
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#Maximum video length may be limited.
 
#Only supports videos in standard aspect rations
 
#Only supports videos in standard aspect rations
 
#Hard to restrict access to videos: private videos can only be shared with 25 people, all of whom must have YouTube accounts.
 
#Hard to restrict access to videos: private videos can only be shared with 25 people, all of whom must have YouTube accounts.
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#All users get 500MB of storage space by default
 
#All users get 500MB of storage space by default
 
#Requests for additional storage space will be granted if appropriate.
 
#Requests for additional storage space will be granted if appropriate.
#Video quality is not restricted and MPEG4 and FLV video is not reprocessed, DVD-quality is possible
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#Video quality is not restricted when uploading in original quality, DVD-quality is possible
 
#Video length is not restricted, only total storage-space usage (which is 500MB by default, see above).
 
#Video length is not restricted, only total storage-space usage (which is 500MB by default, see above).
 
#Local network location means that high quality videos can be streamed instantly around campus.
 
#Local network location means that high quality videos can be streamed instantly around campus.
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= Using MiddMedia<br>  =
 
= Using MiddMedia<br>  =
  
The MiddMedia service can be accessed by going to [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/]. After you log in you will shown your personal directory and any shared directories to which you can upload audio or video media.<br>  
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The MiddMedia service can be accessed by going to [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/]. After you log in you will shown your personal directory and any shared directories to which you can upload audio or video media.<br>
  
#Go to [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/]<br>  
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#Go to [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/]<br>
#Log in<br>  
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#Log in<br>
 
#Upload audio or video files of a [https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/MiddMedia#Supported_Formats supported format].<br>
 
#Upload audio or video files of a [https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/MiddMedia#Supported_Formats supported format].<br>
  
'''Overview: (Click to play)'''<br><middmedia height="395" width="500" file="middmedia_intro02.mp4" dir="achapin" />  
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'''Overview: (Click to play)'''<br><middmedia height="395" width="500" file="middmedia_intro02.mp4" dir="achapin" />
  
 
== Uploading media to MiddMedia  ==
 
== Uploading media to MiddMedia  ==
  
Audio and video files can be uploaded to MiddMedia from the [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia] site or from Segue or WordPress. &nbsp;If you plan to upload many media files or large media files, it is recommended that you upload these in&nbsp;[https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia]&nbsp;first and then access from the WordPress or Segue Media Library. &nbsp;When uploading large media files, keep in the mind the following:  
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Audio and video files can be uploaded to MiddMedia from the [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia] site or from Segue or WordPress. &nbsp;If you plan to upload many media files or large media files, it is recommended that you upload these in&nbsp;[https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia]&nbsp;first and then access from the WordPress or Segue Media Library. &nbsp;When uploading large media files, keep in the mind the following:
  
*Large files may need to be uploaded one at a time using the non-Flash upload form  
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*Large files may need to be uploaded one at a time using the non-Flash upload form
*The maximum size file that can be uploaded to MiddMedia is 1.5 GB  
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*The maximum size file that can be uploaded to MiddMedia is 1.5 GB
*For the highest quality video, convert your video files to MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding before uploading to MiddMedia
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*For the highest quality video, convert your video files to MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding before uploading to MiddMedia and choose "original" quality when uploading.
  
For more information, see: [https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/MiddMedia#Supported_Formats Supported Formats]  
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For more information, see: [https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/MiddMedia#Supported_Formats Supported Formats]
  
 
== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in Segue ([https://segue.middlebury.edu/ segue.middlebury.edu])<br>  ==
 
== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in Segue ([https://segue.middlebury.edu/ segue.middlebury.edu])<br>  ==
  
Segue includes a media-library plugin for MiddMedia that provides access to MiddMedia within Segue. To insert MiddMedia audio/video in Segue do the following:<br>  
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Segue includes a media-library plugin for MiddMedia that provides access to MiddMedia within Segue. To insert MiddMedia audio/video in Segue do the following:<br>
  
#Go to the [https://segue.middlebury.edu/ Segue] site in which you want to insert the audio/video.<br>  
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#Go to the [https://segue.middlebury.edu/ Segue] site in which you want to insert the audio/video.<br>
#If you are not logged in, log in.<br>  
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#If you are not logged in, log in.<br>
#Edit a ''Text and Images'' block or create a new ''Text and Images'' block.<br>  
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#Edit a ''Text and Images'' block or create a new ''Text and Images'' block.<br>
#Click the '''Embed Audio/Video''' button below the editor.<br>  
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#Click the '''Embed Audio/Video''' button below the editor.<br>
#The media-library will open, click on the '''MiddMedia''' tab.<br>  
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#The media-library will open, click on the '''MiddMedia''' tab.<br>
#Upload an audio/video file if desired, or choose one already uploaded to MiddMedia.  
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#Upload an audio/video file if desired, or choose one already uploaded to MiddMedia.
#Click the '''Use''' button to insert a ''text-template'' for the embedded audio/video.  
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#Click the '''Use''' button to insert a ''text-template'' for the embedded audio/video.
 
#Save the ''Text and Images'' block. The audio or video should now display in the page as an audio/video player.
 
#Save the ''Text and Images'' block. The audio or video should now display in the page as an audio/video player.
  
<br>'''Segue Usage: (Click to play)'''  
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<br>'''Segue Usage: (Click to play)'''
  
 
<middmedia dir="achapin" file="middmedia-segue02.mp4" width="500" height="395" />
 
<middmedia dir="achapin" file="middmedia-segue02.mp4" width="500" height="395" />
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== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in WordPress ([http://blogs.middlebury.edu/ blogs.middlebury.edu])<br>  ==
 
== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in WordPress ([http://blogs.middlebury.edu/ blogs.middlebury.edu])<br>  ==
  
We have expanded the Media Library in Wordpress to include an option for MiddMedia.<br>  
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We have expanded the Media Library in Wordpress to include an option for MiddMedia.<br>
  
'''WordPress Usage: (Click to play)'''  
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'''WordPress Usage: (Click to play)'''
  
<middmedia dir="LISCurricularTechnologyTeam" file="middmedia-wordpress02.mp4" width="500" height="395" /><br>  
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<middmedia dir="LISCurricularTechnologyTeam" file="middmedia-wordpress02.mp4" width="500" height="395" /><br>
  
 
=== Enable the MiddMedia plugin  ===
 
=== Enable the MiddMedia plugin  ===
  
This should be activated, by default.&nbsp; If videos are not displaying, follow these steps to verify that the plugin is activated:  
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This should be activated, by default.&nbsp; If videos are not displaying, follow these steps to verify that the plugin is activated:
  
#Go to [https://blogs.middlebury.edu/wp-admin/ your blog's administration interface].  
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#Go to [https://blogs.middlebury.edu/wp-admin/ your blog's administration interface].
#Click the Settings link in the upper right after you log on  
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#Click the Settings link in the upper right after you log on
 
#Scroll down until you see the line for the MiddMedia plugin and click Activate.
 
#Scroll down until you see the line for the MiddMedia plugin and click Activate.
  
Note: We recommend that you Deactivate the MiddTube Video Plugin if you previously had it enabled. All of your videos will continue to work, provided you've enabled the MiddMedia plugin. We will eventually phase out support for the MiddTube Video Plugin.  
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Note: We recommend that you Deactivate the MiddTube Video Plugin if you previously had it enabled. All of your videos will continue to work, provided you've enabled the MiddMedia plugin. We will eventually phase out support for the MiddTube Video Plugin.
  
 
=== Access the MiddMedia dialog  ===
 
=== Access the MiddMedia dialog  ===
  
#Begin editing the post or page. Place the cursor in the content area where you would like the media to appear.  
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#Begin editing the post or page. Place the cursor in the content area where you would like the media to appear.
#Click the Add Media starburst in the upper-right corner of the editing window.  
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#Click the Add Media starburst in the upper-right corner of the editing window.
 
#Click the MiddMedia tab in the frame that opens.
 
#Click the MiddMedia tab in the frame that opens.
  
 
=== Uploading Media  ===
 
=== Uploading Media  ===
  
#In the Upload Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you will upload to.  
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#In the Upload Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you will upload to.
#Click the Browse button and locate the media to upload on your computer.  
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#Click the Browse button and locate the media to upload on your computer.
 
#Click the Upload File button.
 
#Click the Upload File button.
  
<br>  
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<br>
  
Note: Your file is first uploaded to the Wordpress server, which then uploads the file to the MiddMedia server. For large files, this process can take a long time since we're uploading it twice! If you're uploading a large video file or many files, we recommend using the [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu MiddMedia service] directly.  
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Note: Your file is first uploaded to the Wordpress server, which then uploads the file to the MiddMedia server. For large files, this process can take a long time since we're uploading it twice! If you're uploading a large video file or many files, we recommend using the [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu MiddMedia service] directly.
  
 
=== Including Media in your Posts and Pages  ===
 
=== Including Media in your Posts and Pages  ===
  
#In the Insert Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you want to view files from.  
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#In the Insert Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you want to view files from.
#Click Show Files  
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#Click Show Files
 
#Click the Use button to the left of the file you want to include in your content.
 
#Click the Use button to the left of the file you want to include in your content.
  
This will add a line to your post or page resembling "[middmedia username directory filename.ext]". When the post is displayed to someone reading your blog, the Wordpress server will use this information to contact the MiddMedia server and fetch the video information. You can edit this information manually if you like, or delete the line from your post to remove the video.  
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This will add a line to your post or page resembling "[middmedia username directory filename.ext]". When the post is displayed to someone reading your blog, the Wordpress server will use this information to contact the MiddMedia server and fetch the video information. You can edit this information manually if you like, or delete the line from your post to remove the video.
  
 
=== Deleting Media from MiddMedia  ===
 
=== Deleting Media from MiddMedia  ===
  
#In the Insert Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you want to view files from.  
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#In the Insert Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you want to view files from.
#Click Show Files  
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#Click Show Files
#Click the Delete button to the left of the file you want to delete.  
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#Click the Delete button to the left of the file you want to delete.
 
#Click the Yes button in the confirmation message that is now displayed.
 
#Click the Yes button in the confirmation message that is now displayed.
  
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== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in MediaWiki<br>  ==
 
== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in MediaWiki<br>  ==
  
Audio and video can be embedded in MediaWiki pages for wikis that have the 'MiddMedia' plugin installed. See the [[Special:Version]] page for your wiki to determine if the 'MiddMedia' plugin is installed.<br>  
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Audio and video can be embedded in MediaWiki pages for wikis that have the 'MiddMedia' plugin installed. See the [[Special:Version]] page for your wiki to determine if the 'MiddMedia' plugin is installed.<br>
  
To insert video in a page:  
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To insert video in a page:
  
#Upload the video to [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia].  
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#Upload the video to [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia].
#Open a new browser window and go to your wiki.  
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#Open a new browser window and go to your wiki.
#Click the '''edit''' tab to edit the page.  
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#Click the '''edit''' tab to edit the page.
#If using the WYSIWYG editor, click the 'Wikitext' button to go into text-mode.  
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#If using the WYSIWYG editor, click the 'Wikitext' button to go into text-mode.
 
#Type in a custom tag where you want the video to go. Replace the ''dir'' and ''file'' values with those for your video as seen in your [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia] listing.<br><code>&lt;middmedia height="160px" width="300px" dir="afranco" file="MIDDLEBURY KICKOFF.mp4"/&gt;</code>
 
#Type in a custom tag where you want the video to go. Replace the ''dir'' and ''file'' values with those for your video as seen in your [https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/ MiddMedia] listing.<br><code>&lt;middmedia height="160px" width="300px" dir="afranco" file="MIDDLEBURY KICKOFF.mp4"/&gt;</code>
  
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<br>
  
<br> &lt;middmedia height="560" width="706" file="middmedia_intro02.mp4" dir="achapin" /&gt;  
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<br> &lt;middmedia height="560" width="706" file="middmedia_intro02.mp4" dir="achapin" /&gt;
  
 
#Save the page.
 
#Save the page.
  
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<br>
  
 
== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in other places<br>  ==
 
== Using audio/video from MiddMedia in other places<br>  ==
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=== Embedding Audio/Video  ===
 
=== Embedding Audio/Video  ===
  
Audio and video can be embeded in static web pages as well as in many blogging systems. Please be aware that some systems do not allow users to insert embed code for security reasons and will strip it out when you attempt to save your content.  
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Audio and video can be embeded in static web pages as well as in many blogging systems. Please be aware that some systems do not allow users to insert embed code for security reasons and will strip it out when you attempt to save your content.
  
#Go to MiddMedia and log in.  
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#Go to MiddMedia and log in.
#Find the audio/video you wish to use  
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#Find the audio/video you wish to use
#Click on the '''Embed Code &amp; URLs''' link  
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#Click on the '''Embed Code &amp; URLs''' link
#Copy all of the embed-code from the first text area  
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#Copy all of the embed-code from the first text area
 
#Paste the embed code into the HTML source of you page.
 
#Paste the embed code into the HTML source of you page.
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=== Embedding Video in the Main Drupal Site  ===
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#Go to MiddMedia and log in.
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#Find the audio/video you wish to use
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#Click on the '''Embed Code &amp; URLs''' link
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#Copy the '''HTTP URL''' link from the second text-field.
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# Go to Middlebury.edu and log in
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#Find the page you wish to edit
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#Either edit or create a new '''Basic Content''' or '''Story''' node
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#Create a video short code by typing '''[video:]'''
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#Paste your video URL between the colon : and the closing bracket ]
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<pre>Ex: [video:http://path/my_video.mp4]</pre>
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For more info including additional options see [[Editing_in_Drupal#Video]]
  
 
=== Download links to Audio/Video<br>  ===
 
=== Download links to Audio/Video<br>  ===
  
If you wish to allow users to download your audio/video file rather than play it directly in a web-page, MiddMedia provides you with a download link.  
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If you wish to allow users to download your audio/video file rather than play it directly in a web-page, MiddMedia provides you with a download link.
  
#Go to MiddMedia and log in.  
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#Go to MiddMedia and log in.
#Find the audio/video you wish to use  
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#Find the audio/video you wish to use
#Click on the '''Embed Code &amp; URLs''' link  
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#Click on the '''Embed Code &amp; URLs''' link
#Copy the '''HTTP URL''' link from the second text-field.  
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#Copy the '''HTTP URL''' link from the second text-field.
 
#Paste the link into your web page or email.
 
#Paste the link into your web page or email.
  
 
= Supported Formats  =
 
= Supported Formats  =
  
The supported audio and video formats are described below. If you need additional support creating audio/video files of the proper format, please contact the Digital Media Tutors in the Wilson Media Lab.  
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The supported audio and video formats are described below. If you need additional support creating audio/video files of the proper format, please contact the Digital Media Tutors in the Wilson Media Lab.
  
 
== Video<br>  ==
 
== Video<br>  ==
  
MiddMedia natively supports Flash video (.flv) and MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4). Other video formats are supported for upload to MiddMedia, but will automatically be converted to MPEG-4 video with H.264, possibly resulting in quality loss. MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding provides the best quality and is the preferred format.  
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MiddMedia natively supports Flash video (.flv) and MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4). Other video formats are supported for upload to MiddMedia, but will automatically be converted to MPEG-4 video with H.264, possibly resulting in quality loss. MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding provides the best quality and is the preferred format.
  
 
=== Natively Supported formats  ===
 
=== Natively Supported formats  ===
  
The following video formats will not have any conversion applied to them when they are uploaded to MiddMedia, retaining their full resolution:  
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The following video formats will not have any conversion applied to them when they are uploaded to MiddMedia, retaining their full resolution if original quality is selected:
  
*MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4)
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*MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4)
*Flash video (.flv)
 
  
 
=== Other Supported formats  ===
 
=== Other Supported formats  ===
  
The following video formats will be automatically converted to MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding after they are uploaded to MiddMedia.  
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The following video formats will be automatically converted to MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding and WebM after they are uploaded to MiddMedia.
  
*.avi - Audio Video Interleave (video/x-msvideo)  
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*.avi - Audio Video Interleave (video/x-msvideo)
*.asf - Advanced Systems Format (video/x-ms-asf)  
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*.asf - Advanced Systems Format (video/x-ms-asf)
*.dv - Digital Video (video/x-dv)  
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*.dv - Digital Video (video/x-dv)
*.m4v - iTunes Video (video/x-m4v)  
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*.m4v - iTunes Video (video/x-m4v)
*.mj2 - Motion JPEG 2000 Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)  
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*.mj2 - Motion JPEG 2000 Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)
*.mjp - Motion JPEG Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)  
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*.mjp - Motion JPEG Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)
*.mjpg - Motion JPEG Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)  
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*.mjpg - Motion JPEG Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)
*.mkv - Matroska Video (video/x-matroska)  
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*.mkv - Matroska Video (video/x-matroska)
*.mov - Apple QuickTime Movie (video/quicktime)  
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*.mov - Apple QuickTime Movie (video/quicktime)
*.mpeg - MPEG Video (video/mpeg)  
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*.mpeg - MPEG Video (video/mpeg)
*.mpg - MPEG Video (video/mpeg)  
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*.mpg - MPEG Video (video/mpeg)
*.ogv - Ogg Vorbis Video (video/ogg)  
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*.ogv - Ogg Vorbis Video (video/ogg)
*.qt - Apple QuickTime Movie (video/quicktime )  
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*.qt - Apple QuickTime Movie (video/quicktime )
*.rv - Real Video (video/vnd-rn-realvideo)  
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*.rv - Real Video (video/vnd-rn-realvideo)
 
*.wmv - Windows Media Video (video/x-ms-wmv)
 
*.wmv - Windows Media Video (video/x-ms-wmv)
  
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==== OS X - QuickTime Player  ====
 
==== OS X - QuickTime Player  ====
  
#Go to '''File''' --&gt; '''Export...'''  
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#Go to '''File''' --&gt; '''Export...'''
#Select '''Export:''' <code>Movie to MPEG-4</code>  
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#Select '''Export:''' <code>Movie to MPEG-4</code>
#Select '''Use:''' <code>LAN/Intranet</code>  
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#Select '''Use:''' <code>LAN/Intranet</code>
 
#Click the '''Save''' button.
 
#Click the '''Save''' button.
  
 
==== OS X - IMovie  ====
 
==== OS X - IMovie  ====
  
#Go to '''File''' --&gt; '''Export...'''  
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#Go to '''File''' --&gt; '''Export...'''
#Choose the '''quicktime''' icon  
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#Choose the '''quicktime''' icon
#Select '''Expert Settings''' in the dropdown menu  
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#Select '''Expert Settings''' in the dropdown menu
#Click the '''Share''' button.  
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#Click the '''Share''' button.
#Select '''Movie to Mpeg-4''' in the '''Export:''' dropdown menu  
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#Select '''Movie to Mpeg-4''' in the '''Export:''' dropdown menu
#Click the '''Options''' button.  
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#Click the '''Options''' button.
#Select '''MP4''' in the '''File Format:''' dropdown menu  
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#Select '''MP4''' in the '''File Format:''' dropdown menu
#Select '''H.264''' in the '''Video Format:''' dropdown menu  
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#Select '''H.264''' in the '''Video Format:''' dropdown menu
#Click the '''OK''' button.  
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#Click the '''OK''' button.
#In the '''Save As''' and '''Where''' menus choose a location to save.  
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#In the '''Save As''' and '''Where''' menus choose a location to save.
 
#Click the '''Save''' button.
 
#Click the '''Save''' button.
  
 
==== Windows - "Any Video Converter"  ====
 
==== Windows - "Any Video Converter"  ====
  
#Download and install "Any Video Converter" from [http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/]  
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#Download and install "Any Video Converter" from [http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/]
#Click Add Video to add your source video  
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#Click Add Video to add your source video
#Select MP4 Movie Profile  
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#Select MP4 Movie Profile
#Under Video Options, select "Video Codec x264"  
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#Under Video Options, select "Video Codec x264"
 
#Click convert
 
#Click convert
  
 
==== Windows - Adobe Premiere Pro CS3  ====
 
==== Windows - Adobe Premiere Pro CS3  ====
  
#Select the sequence to be exported and select '''File''' --&gt; '''Export''' --&gt; '''Adobe Media Encoder'''.  
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#Select the sequence to be exported and select '''File''' --&gt; '''Export''' --&gt; '''Adobe Media Encoder'''.
#In '''Export Settings''' select '''H.264'''.  
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#In '''Export Settings''' select '''H.264'''.
#Choose a preset or choose custom settings for '''Video''' (resolution, frame rate, bitrate, etc.) and '''Audio''' (codec, frequency, quality, bitrate, etc.), and click '''OK'''.  
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#Choose a preset or choose custom settings for '''Video''' (resolution, frame rate, bitrate, etc.) and '''Audio''' (codec, frequency, quality, bitrate, etc.), and click '''OK'''.
 
#Choose a filename (default extension is mp4) and file location, and click '''OK''' to start rendering.
 
#Choose a filename (default extension is mp4) and file location, and click '''OK''' to start rendering.
  
 
==== Optimal Encoding Mpeg Streamclip  ====
 
==== Optimal Encoding Mpeg Streamclip  ====
  
mp4:h264  
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mp4:h264
  
{quality=0.25  
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{quality=0.25
  
or data rate=512 kb/s}  
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or data rate=512 kb/s}
  
dimension=640X480  
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dimension=640X480
  
 
== Audio<br>  ==
 
== Audio<br>  ==
  
MP3 audio is the only audio format supported by MiddMedia. Other audio formats are not currently supported and can not be uploaded to MiddMedia.<br>  
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MP3 audio is the only audio format supported by MiddMedia. Other audio formats are not currently supported and can not be uploaded to MiddMedia.<br>
  
 
= Permissions<br>  =
 
= Permissions<br>  =
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= System Requirements  =
 
= System Requirements  =
  
You can find out the version of Flash Player that you have installed here: [http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_15507 Version Test for Adobe Flash Player]  
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You can find out the version of Flash Player that you have installed here: [http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_15507 Version Test for Adobe Flash Player]
  
You can upgrade your Flash Player here: [http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Get Adobe Flash Player]  
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You can upgrade your Flash Player here: [http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Get Adobe Flash Player]
  
 
== File-Management UI  ==
 
== File-Management UI  ==
  
The Flash File-Upload control has been tested on the following platforms, browsers, and Flash Player versions:  
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The Flash File-Upload control has been tested on the following platforms, browsers, and Flash Player versions:
  
*Windows XP:  
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*Windows XP:
**FireFox 3.0.6  
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**FireFox 3.0.6
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly<br>  
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***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly<br>
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly<br>  
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***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly<br>
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>  
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***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>
**FireFox 2.0.0.20  
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**FireFox 2.0.0.20
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly<br>  
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***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly<br>
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly<br>  
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***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly<br>
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>  
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***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>
**Internet Explorer 7  
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**Internet Explorer 7
***'''''Flash 10.0.12.36''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete. <br>  
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***'''''Flash 10.0.12.36''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete. <br>
***'''''Flash 9.0.151.0''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.  
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***'''''Flash 9.0.151.0''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>  
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***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>
**Internet Explorer 6  
+
**Internet Explorer 6
***'''''Flash 10.0.12.36''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete. <br>  
+
***'''''Flash 10.0.12.36''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete. <br>
***'''''Flash 9.0.151.0''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.  
+
***'''''Flash 9.0.151.0''''' - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.
 
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>
 
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.<br>
  
 
== Video Playback  ==
 
== Video Playback  ==
  
*Windows XP:  
+
*Windows XP:
**FireFox 3.0.6  
+
**FireFox 3.0.6
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>  
+
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>  
+
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. MP3 audio playback does not work.<br>  
+
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. MP3 audio playback does not work.<br>
**FireFox 2.0.0.2  
+
**FireFox 2.0.0.2
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>  
+
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>  
+
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. . Plays MP3 audio.<br>  
+
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. . Plays MP3 audio.<br>
**Internet Explorer 7  
+
**Internet Explorer 7
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio  
+
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>  
+
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio<br>
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. Plays MP3 audio.<br>  
+
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. Plays MP3 audio.<br>
**Internet Explorer 6  
+
**Internet Explorer 6
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.  
+
***'''Flash 10.0.12.36''' - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.  
+
***'''Flash 9.0.151.0''' - Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.
 
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. Plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.<br>
 
***Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. Plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.<br>
[[Category:Multimedia]]
 

Revision as of 15:06, 17 June 2011

About MiddMedia

MiddMedia is a audio/video storage and streaming service hosted by the college. It is developed and supported by LIS with the goal of providing high quality video streaming for both academic and administrative needs.

MiddMedia is not a video browsing and search service. To share a video with others you must embed it in a website visible to your intended audience. This website might be a Middlebury Drupal page, a Segue site, a WordPress blog, a MediaWiki wiki, or another site on campus or elsewhere on the internet. See below for instructions on embedding audio and video.

Comparison with other services

I can upload videos to YouTube, why would I want to use MiddMedia?

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com

Pros

  1. Popular
  2. Free
  3. Easy to use
  4. Large audience
  5. Built-in commenting and rating
  6. Tally of content views

Cons

  1. Maximum video length may be limited.
  2. Only supports videos in standard aspect rations
  3. Hard to restrict access to videos: private videos can only be shared with 25 people, all of whom must have YouTube accounts.
  4. Terms of service require granting YouTube liberal redistribution and derivative creation rights. (See section 6.)
  5. Videos cannot be downloaded, only watched in the web browser.


MiddMedia

https://middmedia.middlebury.edu
Pros

  1. Free for Middlebury College users
  2. All users get 500MB of storage space by default
  3. Requests for additional storage space will be granted if appropriate.
  4. Video quality is not restricted when uploading in original quality, DVD-quality is possible
  5. Video length is not restricted, only total storage-space usage (which is 500MB by default, see above).
  6. Local network location means that high quality videos can be streamed instantly around campus.
  7. Videos can be of any aspect ratio (such as tall and narrow)
  8. Supports MP3 audio
  9. Video uploads are private, access control is totally dependent on where you embed the video (if anywhere).
  10. Download links are available for all audio and video.
  11. Upload and insertion plugins are available for Segue and WordPress.

Cons

  1. Extra steps needed to embed video in another system or email download links in order to share videos with others.
  2. No simple tally of content views.

Using MiddMedia

The MiddMedia service can be accessed by going to https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/. After you log in you will shown your personal directory and any shared directories to which you can upload audio or video media.

  1. Go to https://middmedia.middlebury.edu/
  2. Log in
  3. Upload audio or video files of a supported format.

Overview: (Click to play)

Uploading media to MiddMedia

Audio and video files can be uploaded to MiddMedia from the MiddMedia site or from Segue or WordPress.  If you plan to upload many media files or large media files, it is recommended that you upload these in MiddMedia first and then access from the WordPress or Segue Media Library.  When uploading large media files, keep in the mind the following:

  • Large files may need to be uploaded one at a time using the non-Flash upload form
  • The maximum size file that can be uploaded to MiddMedia is 1.5 GB
  • For the highest quality video, convert your video files to MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding before uploading to MiddMedia and choose "original" quality when uploading.

For more information, see: Supported Formats

Using audio/video from MiddMedia in Segue (segue.middlebury.edu)

Segue includes a media-library plugin for MiddMedia that provides access to MiddMedia within Segue. To insert MiddMedia audio/video in Segue do the following:

  1. Go to the Segue site in which you want to insert the audio/video.
  2. If you are not logged in, log in.
  3. Edit a Text and Images block or create a new Text and Images block.
  4. Click the Embed Audio/Video button below the editor.
  5. The media-library will open, click on the MiddMedia tab.
  6. Upload an audio/video file if desired, or choose one already uploaded to MiddMedia.
  7. Click the Use button to insert a text-template for the embedded audio/video.
  8. Save the Text and Images block. The audio or video should now display in the page as an audio/video player.


Segue Usage: (Click to play)

Using audio/video from MiddMedia in WordPress (blogs.middlebury.edu)

We have expanded the Media Library in Wordpress to include an option for MiddMedia.

WordPress Usage: (Click to play)


Enable the MiddMedia plugin

This should be activated, by default.  If videos are not displaying, follow these steps to verify that the plugin is activated:

  1. Go to your blog's administration interface.
  2. Click the Settings link in the upper right after you log on
  3. Scroll down until you see the line for the MiddMedia plugin and click Activate.

Note: We recommend that you Deactivate the MiddTube Video Plugin if you previously had it enabled. All of your videos will continue to work, provided you've enabled the MiddMedia plugin. We will eventually phase out support for the MiddTube Video Plugin.

Access the MiddMedia dialog

  1. Begin editing the post or page. Place the cursor in the content area where you would like the media to appear.
  2. Click the Add Media starburst in the upper-right corner of the editing window.
  3. Click the MiddMedia tab in the frame that opens.

Uploading Media

  1. In the Upload Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you will upload to.
  2. Click the Browse button and locate the media to upload on your computer.
  3. Click the Upload File button.


Note: Your file is first uploaded to the Wordpress server, which then uploads the file to the MiddMedia server. For large files, this process can take a long time since we're uploading it twice! If you're uploading a large video file or many files, we recommend using the MiddMedia service directly.

Including Media in your Posts and Pages

  1. In the Insert Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you want to view files from.
  2. Click Show Files
  3. Click the Use button to the left of the file you want to include in your content.

This will add a line to your post or page resembling "[middmedia username directory filename.ext]". When the post is displayed to someone reading your blog, the Wordpress server will use this information to contact the MiddMedia server and fetch the video information. You can edit this information manually if you like, or delete the line from your post to remove the video.

Deleting Media from MiddMedia

  1. In the Insert Media section, select the Directory from the drop down dialog you want to view files from.
  2. Click Show Files
  3. Click the Delete button to the left of the file you want to delete.
  4. Click the Yes button in the confirmation message that is now displayed.


Using audio/video from MiddMedia in MediaWiki

Audio and video can be embedded in MediaWiki pages for wikis that have the 'MiddMedia' plugin installed. See the Special:Version page for your wiki to determine if the 'MiddMedia' plugin is installed.

To insert video in a page:

  1. Upload the video to MiddMedia.
  2. Open a new browser window and go to your wiki.
  3. Click the edit tab to edit the page.
  4. If using the WYSIWYG editor, click the 'Wikitext' button to go into text-mode.
  5. Type in a custom tag where you want the video to go. Replace the dir and file values with those for your video as seen in your MiddMedia listing.
    <middmedia height="160px" width="300px" dir="afranco" file="MIDDLEBURY KICKOFF.mp4"/>



<middmedia height="560" width="706" file="middmedia_intro02.mp4" dir="achapin" />

  1. Save the page.


Using audio/video from MiddMedia in other places

Embedding Audio/Video

Audio and video can be embeded in static web pages as well as in many blogging systems. Please be aware that some systems do not allow users to insert embed code for security reasons and will strip it out when you attempt to save your content.

  1. Go to MiddMedia and log in.
  2. Find the audio/video you wish to use
  3. Click on the Embed Code & URLs link
  4. Copy all of the embed-code from the first text area
  5. Paste the embed code into the HTML source of you page.

Embedding Video in the Main Drupal Site

  1. Go to MiddMedia and log in.
  2. Find the audio/video you wish to use
  3. Click on the Embed Code & URLs link
  4. Copy the HTTP URL link from the second text-field.
  5. Go to Middlebury.edu and log in
  6. Find the page you wish to edit
  7. Either edit or create a new Basic Content or Story node
  8. Create a video short code by typing [video:]
  9. Paste your video URL between the colon : and the closing bracket ]
Ex: [video:http://path/my_video.mp4]

For more info including additional options see Editing_in_Drupal#Video

Download links to Audio/Video

If you wish to allow users to download your audio/video file rather than play it directly in a web-page, MiddMedia provides you with a download link.

  1. Go to MiddMedia and log in.
  2. Find the audio/video you wish to use
  3. Click on the Embed Code & URLs link
  4. Copy the HTTP URL link from the second text-field.
  5. Paste the link into your web page or email.

Supported Formats

The supported audio and video formats are described below. If you need additional support creating audio/video files of the proper format, please contact the Digital Media Tutors in the Wilson Media Lab.

Video

MiddMedia natively supports Flash video (.flv) and MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4). Other video formats are supported for upload to MiddMedia, but will automatically be converted to MPEG-4 video with H.264, possibly resulting in quality loss. MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding provides the best quality and is the preferred format.

Natively Supported formats

The following video formats will not have any conversion applied to them when they are uploaded to MiddMedia, retaining their full resolution if original quality is selected:

  • MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4)

Other Supported formats

The following video formats will be automatically converted to MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding and WebM after they are uploaded to MiddMedia.

  • .avi - Audio Video Interleave (video/x-msvideo)
  • .asf - Advanced Systems Format (video/x-ms-asf)
  • .dv - Digital Video (video/x-dv)
  • .m4v - iTunes Video (video/x-m4v)
  • .mj2 - Motion JPEG 2000 Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)
  • .mjp - Motion JPEG Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)
  • .mjpg - Motion JPEG Video (video/x-motion-jpeg)
  • .mkv - Matroska Video (video/x-matroska)
  • .mov - Apple QuickTime Movie (video/quicktime)
  • .mpeg - MPEG Video (video/mpeg)
  • .mpg - MPEG Video (video/mpeg)
  • .ogv - Ogg Vorbis Video (video/ogg)
  • .qt - Apple QuickTime Movie (video/quicktime )
  • .rv - Real Video (video/vnd-rn-realvideo)
  • .wmv - Windows Media Video (video/x-ms-wmv)

How to create MPEG-4 video with H.264 encoding (.mp4)

OS X - QuickTime Player

  1. Go to File --> Export...
  2. Select Export: Movie to MPEG-4
  3. Select Use: LAN/Intranet
  4. Click the Save button.

OS X - IMovie

  1. Go to File --> Export...
  2. Choose the quicktime icon
  3. Select Expert Settings in the dropdown menu
  4. Click the Share button.
  5. Select Movie to Mpeg-4 in the Export: dropdown menu
  6. Click the Options button.
  7. Select MP4 in the File Format: dropdown menu
  8. Select H.264 in the Video Format: dropdown menu
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. In the Save As and Where menus choose a location to save.
  11. Click the Save button.

Windows - "Any Video Converter"

  1. Download and install "Any Video Converter" from http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/
  2. Click Add Video to add your source video
  3. Select MP4 Movie Profile
  4. Under Video Options, select "Video Codec x264"
  5. Click convert

Windows - Adobe Premiere Pro CS3

  1. Select the sequence to be exported and select File --> Export --> Adobe Media Encoder.
  2. In Export Settings select H.264.
  3. Choose a preset or choose custom settings for Video (resolution, frame rate, bitrate, etc.) and Audio (codec, frequency, quality, bitrate, etc.), and click OK.
  4. Choose a filename (default extension is mp4) and file location, and click OK to start rendering.

Optimal Encoding Mpeg Streamclip

mp4:h264

{quality=0.25

or data rate=512 kb/s}

dimension=640X480

Audio

MP3 audio is the only audio format supported by MiddMedia. Other audio formats are not currently supported and can not be uploaded to MiddMedia.

Permissions

Permission to work with specific folders in MiddMedia is determined by membership in the appropriate group.  The group's manager can adjust membership as needed.  To find out who manages a group, log on to http://login.middlebury.edu/groups then click the "Web Groups" tab.

System Requirements

You can find out the version of Flash Player that you have installed here: Version Test for Adobe Flash Player

You can upgrade your Flash Player here: Get Adobe Flash Player

File-Management UI

The Flash File-Upload control has been tested on the following platforms, browsers, and Flash Player versions:

  • Windows XP:
    • FireFox 3.0.6
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Works properly
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Works properly
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.
    • FireFox 2.0.0.20
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Works properly
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Works properly
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.
    • Internet Explorer 7
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.
    • Internet Explorer 6
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Upload success, but requires the page to be refreshed after uploads complete.
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Upload button does not display.

Video Playback

  • Windows XP:
    • FireFox 3.0.6
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. MP3 audio playback does not work.
    • FireFox 2.0.0.2
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. . Plays MP3 audio.
    • Internet Explorer 7
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. Plays MP3 audio.
    • Internet Explorer 6
      • Flash 10.0.12.36 - Works properly. Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.
      • Flash 9.0.151.0 - Streams MP4 and FLV video, plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.
      • Flash 8.0.42.0 - Streams FLV video. MP4 video streaming does not work. Plays MP3 audio. Pop-up confirmation dialog occurs.
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