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Andrew SaligaDynamically Updating Video Links
by on Sep 25, 2009 at 4:46:16 pm

I'm looking for a relatively simple way to have an HTML page that dynamically updates based on files that I or a coworker upload to our server. I'd imagine this is possible, but I just don't know how to achieve it.

Currently all uploads go through me, and I use DVKitchen to compress, upload, and publish with a template I've customized. Clients are emailed a link to preview a rough edit, they give feedback, then a new link is posted. A new video or new version requires the HTML to be edited each time.

What I would like to do is make the HTML document dynamically update based on the QuickTime videos (or any files for that matter) in the folder for that specific client and project.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com


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Fernando MolRe: Dynamically Updating Video Links
by on Sep 30, 2009 at 8:52:36 pm

Hard to guess what "relatively simple" means to each person. It totally depends on your background knowledge.

If you are looking for a ready made solution for that, I don't know any that manages Quicktime. There are, however, some open source CMS programs that allow you to manage videos. But they are not very flexible and you still need to learn how to use them and customize the add-ons.

I'll use a home made CMS with a database to manage and display the information and videos, uploading the files with an FTP client. But that's me.

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Andrew SaligaRe: Dynamically Updating Video Links
by on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:11:58 pm

True about "relatively simple."

I have a bit more than a foundational knowledge of HTML/CSS, and that's how the content is currently managed. A new version of a video is created and uploaded to the server and the HTML file is either created or edited to reflect that new file.

The ideal, and likely non-existent, scenario would be to allow any editor here to upload a rough of a video and have the page for that client reflect this automatically. Since I'm the one who manages a lot of our web content the process of encoding and delivering roughs to clients tends to bottleneck.

Even if I'm not the only one editing the HTML, it's just not practical to do this every time a new version is created when you have multiple projects going from various clients.

What CMS systems would you recommend? Is this something I could embed in a company branded page that is unique to a particular client?

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com (undergoing a much-needed redesign)
http://www.vimeo.com/steelehouse


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Fernando MolRe: Dynamically Updating Video Links
by on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:33:34 pm

I do my own CMS using PHP/MySQL.

Sometimes I just upload a WMV file to my server and send the direct link to my client. He can see the video directly in IE, but with no control buttons. Not optimal but very easy. All your editors can do that if you install an FTP client with a personal folder for each one of them.

A CMS like the one you mention is very possible, but maybe you should consider hiring a web developer to create the CMS for your server with all that you need: uploads, security, manage users, display videos, etc. A big project, I have to say.

Adobe Clip Notes are a good solution for reviews. If you use After Effects or Premiere you can export a PDF with your video and comments.

Dreamweaver have a not very difficult learning curve to start working with dynamic sites. I started with that and then I went deeper in PHP. Sure you can achieve what you want with the inside behaviors DW has.

I hope this helps

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Andrew SaligaRe: Dynamically Updating Video Links
by on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:40:38 pm

The WMV route works, if we don't have the time to do the company branded page with video links that open with ShadowBox we'll resort to just giving direct links to MOVs. A lot of times this is just what happens because other editors may not want the extra time it'd take to have me add a video to the HTML code.

We don't use Premiere but we do you AE, so I'll look into Clip Notes. I've never heard of or used it.

Thanks for the Dreamweaver tip as well.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com (undergoing a much-needed redesign)
http://www.vimeo.com/steelehouse


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Fernando MolRe: Dynamically Updating Video Links
by on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:58:43 pm

Adobe Clip Notes create a PDF with your video inside. The power of clip notes is that different people can review the video placing comments in the very frame they need to be. No more "about a minute and a half..." They send you back the file and you can read the comments or import them as markers inside After Effects.

In reality, many of my clients don't want to take the time to write even an email. Usually they give me a phone call and speak the changes (with me taking the notes, of course).

Anyway, if your clients love technology, they may want to use clip notes.

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Andrew SaligaRe: Dynamically Updating Video Links
by on Oct 1, 2009 at 2:20:41 pm

That should be very useful with some clients. Thanks again Fernando.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com (undergoing a much-needed redesign)
http://www.vimeo.com/steelehouse


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