In my original tutorial, I mentioned that I normally ftp files but that I would include how to use the Assets feature.
The problem is that if you have a lot of video files and they are on the large size, any change you make to any file included in the Assets folder causes RapidWeaver to upload every file listed in the Assets folder! This needs to be fixed in RapidWeaver – it should look to see if the website file is different from the local file before blindly uploading everything.
While you could use an ftp application to manage the asset files, here’s a suggestion. Once you make your initial upload of your video and picture files, delete them from the Assets list. Leave the playlist.xml, mediaplayer.swf, and swfobject.js files (they are small) in the list for future updates.
If you add media to your MediaPlayer, add them to the Asset area, Let RapidWeaver upload them, and then remover them. Since you added media, you would need to change the playlist.xml file which will get uploaded also.
I ran into a problem when each video plays. It plays like 1.3 times and then goes to the next one in the list. I checked and double check to make sure my conversion was correct (and it was), but I tried using flv format and it seems to work correctly.
Now, once you load my page, it starts with the first video and sequentially works through the list with only a minor blip at the end of some of the files.
I will have some more information as I find time to post things…
I am in the process of moving the original page to a tutorial area on this site. I need to do this because I want my new Life:included up and running pretty soon. You can always check the progress on Life:included or go to the tutorial area.
- In this entry, I want to list some of the features I will be looking into soon.
- Using MySQL as a resource of media files.
- Setting up different layouts
- Using different media types within one player.
- Having multiple players on one page.
- Sending media files with different data rates depending on the connection speed.
- Exploring the variables and parameters.
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I should have included this in the tutorial. Here is the current contents of my HTML Code page (excluding the notes).