[Evangelism] Plone video manual: easy navigation between episodes/chapters: an example
G.J.Perrin at bton.ac.uk
Thu Oct 23 08:47:41 UTC 2008
Graham Perrin wrote:
> easiest navigation, between episodes
OK, I found the examples that I was seeking:
I visualise one Plone training episode per (QuickTime) chapter.
The example <http://tinyurl.com/prolearn-tv-intro-flash> given in my
previous post is also great, but I slightly prefer the QuickTime productions
for three reasons:
1) The combination of movie controller and menu of chapters is highly
* scrubbing the QuickTime movie controller presents clear and synchronous
navigation through the menu of chapters
* no movie controller in the Flash production (maybe not possible in 2004?
— I don't know Flash).
2) QuickTime requires fewer clicks
* QuickTime menu of chapters can be navigated from top to bottom with a
single mouse click (press-move-release)
* KMi Stadium XO 2004 example require multiple mouse clicks if there are
more than a few items in the menu.
3) Faster delivery (greater network compatibility)
* the normal route to the Flash production
require a few minutes' wait ("trying port 443 please wait…", " trying port
80 please wait…", "trying HTTP Tunnelling please wait…", "trying port 1935
please wait…") — depending on one's network environment and most noticeable
when (as now) I work from home
* shortcut <http://tinyurl.com/prolearn-tv-intro-flash> works first time
(for me; YMMV)
* I guess that more modern Flash will be more compatible.
The two QuickTime examples were also produced in 2004 -- before the change
of organisation from MacOSXLabs.org to MacEnterprise.org. Anomalies, if any,
with these examples might be attributed to their age or to the site/server
and I suspect that (a) already the routine is easier than what's described,
and (b) there exist tools complementary to QuickTime Pro† to further
simplify chaptering + streaming.
and I'll draw attention of an XO person to comments within this thread.
† Maybe an example application free from Apple Developer Connection, I'm
sure I've seen a very user-friendly tool somewhere…
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