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Jeff MackVideo on Demand
by on May 26, 2009 at 3:24:00 pm

I am trying to figure out the best workflow to add a library of music video clips to my site. I film a show and edit the sequence into individual songs and encode to H.264. Normally I would create a playlist and add a flash player on the page and publish to my site. Now I am looking into creating a video on demand library with hundreds of shows/playlists. Is there anyway to have a single player and an index of shows so I can minimize the amount of pages on my site. Basically, I upload all of the vids to folder, create a playlist serving that folder and add it to the site. When someone clicks a photo as a hyperlink, it goes to the player page. Then if they want to see another show, they click the back button, go back to the index and select a new show which opens up the same player page and playse the new playlist.

Otherwise, I guess I would need a player page for each show. Hundreds of shows means hundreds of pages.

Jeff


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Video on Demand
by on May 26, 2009 at 3:36:34 pm

hello...

a lot of information missing, but almost any media player will take parameters as to what to play, so it's just a case of building a dynamic page that figures out what playlist to play (db or other variables somewhere) and then renders those as params to the media player...

sitruc



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Jeff MackRe: Video on Demand
by on May 26, 2009 at 3:43:22 pm

I will be happy to give any missing info if I know what is missing. Could you explain how this is done? If this is a classic web page build, I don't know what it is called or how to achieve.

Jeff


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Video on Demand
by on May 26, 2009 at 3:42:16 pm

hello...

well - the concept is that you (somewhere) have your playlists stored. so a simple example - let's say you have 3 playlists:

- playlist 1: songs a, b and c
- playlist 2: songs d, e and f
- playlist 3: songs g, h and i

so you could make 3 pages (one for each playlist), or you could use a scripting language like php, asp or the likes and make one page that took a parameter and told it which playlist to play - so like:

mysite.com/player.php?pl=1

and then player.php would get the required playlist (from a source - see below) and put it as parameters in the media player and the media player would play those songs.

the missing info here is:

1. does your media player that you reference take parameters that you can render in the tag for it to tell it what to play? i assume it does somehow

2. how would you store your playlists - you can go fancy and use a database like mysql, or you could use flat text files with csv-esque data strings that your scripting language could read, or you could just make a page with an array of variables in php (or your preferred scripting language) that could be read - so like

$myPlaylists = array();
$myPlaylists["1"][] = "song a";
$myPlaylists["1"][] = "song b";
$myPlaylists["1"][] = "song c";

the above is basic php scripting, but it is something you'd have to get into a bit to pull this off, i'm afraid. i don't know your level of experience in web programming, so i can't say how feasible this would be for you...

sitruc






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Jeff MackRe: Video on Demand
by on May 26, 2009 at 4:02:07 pm

Thanks Curtis,

Well I use Iweb and the JW Player. I am not a web builder at all or programmer should I say. I have learned just enough about Flash to put up simple pages. By that I mean use IWeb and create an HTML Widget and simply install code that I saved and simply changed the variables and reinstall it. I was just thinking that if it were EASY to serve different playlists with one player, sort of "playlists and one player for dummies" then I would try that but the intimidation factor sets in with me rather easily as I don't have time to learn something new - unless it is IWEB EASY!

Thanks


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Curtis ThompsonRe: Video on Demand
by on May 26, 2009 at 4:08:11 pm

hello....

well - from the looks of it that is a very robust player so it would be relatively simple to set it up to use dynamic playlists if you have the knowledge on how to do so, but ya - if you are limited to a wysiwyg editor and that's as far as you've gone in web development, you'll likely find it to be quite a challenge, i'm afraid... :-/

sitruc



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