Media Mania - The Multimedia solution for Drupal 7.

Most who know me know I like to take on Big, Scary, Projects and make them work.  But, I don't go in with a blueprint and a chizel, I typically go in with a bottle of whiskey, a stubborn attitude, best intentions and a sledgehammer.  

My latest baby is Media.  The Multimedia solution for Drupal 7.

I'll spare you the history, because it is quite long and involved.  It can all be read on the product page.  It is numerous heroes specing, designing, factoring, refactoring, re-refactoring.  It is the shoulders of giants like emfield, styles, field API, asset, wysiwyg and image_assist. And it is the ongoing support of companies like Acquia and Advomatic.

My ideas are simple though:

  • You never have to upload twice.  Whenever you need a file, and it's already on your system, you should be able to re-use it.
  • Files have feelings too :)  They have meta-data, they should have fields.   MP3s have genres, images have captions.  Make them 1st class entities.
  • The Internet is full of media.  You should be able to use a flickr image, a youtube video and an uploaded image in the same gallery and with the same interface.
  • Media belongs *everywhere*.  You should be able to embed media in any text area on Drupal
  • Media is for everyone.  Make it safe and easy for any users (even anonymous ones) to upload, select, and reference media in their content.
  • A picture says a thousands words.  I want one of those words to be Sexy.  A nice API is great, but we also want this to look great.  We want people to hand media to their clients and watch their jaw drop with a zero-training-required solution.

You can see the project page for the status of various features in this goal.

The latest demo (below) shows the new media_gallery module which I've been developing.  This will provide a way to create collections of media objects and give them descriptions.

It also shows off how media works as a field, and can be attached to anything fieldable in Drupal 7. Link to video:





Thanks for the work on this Jacob, D6 is very difficult to manage & display media, as well as giving users an easy way to upload video. I have a problem with the media module as it stands in D7. I can upload images no problem, but even when I allow for flv or avi extensions in structure>media types>video>settings and adjust my php.ini file to allow the correct maximum upload file size my videos will not upload. When I go to select media and try to upload a video from my computer it appears to be working, but then no changes occur and I see "no file chosen" beside of my "choose file" button. Then when I click "ok" it says I have not selected anything. We are an educational institution with admin over our own servers, so we do not want to embed videos as we have robust hosting capacities ourself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I know some of the people would go what are we talking about, but when you work in a particular field you get attached to things like such. All the work we do with technology makes us feel that these gadgets are part of our lives. We sit for hours on our desks to come up with something new. Though we have to eat some fat burning foods to stay in shape but we keep on working to bring more and more comfort to the technology making people feel more relaxed and comfortable.

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