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Lab5 Mobile Videos

Lab5 Mobile Videos - Player Module supporting Mobile Devices, Flash and HTML5 no-Flash Browsers

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Lab5 Mobile Videos - Player Module for Mobile Devices, Flash enabled and HTML5 no-Flash Browsers in particular.

Mod Lab5 Mobile Videos - Module Manager Mod Lab5 Mobile Videos - Edit - Manual and Help Mod Lab5 Mobile Videos - Edit - Player
Mod Lab5 Mobile Videos - Edit - Playlist Mod Lab5 Mobile Videos - Edit - HTML-Pretest and HTML Posttext Mod Lab5 Mobile Videos - Edit - Compatibility

Please rate the module on JED (Joomla! Extensions Directory) : >> rate here <<

This module is supposed to bridge the following gaps :

  Video format
Browser  Ogg Theora H.264 WebM / VP8
Firefox Supported Not supported Supported
Chrome Supported Not supported Supported
Opera Supported Not supported Supported
IE 7/8 no support no support no support
IE 9 Notsupported Supported If user installscodec
Safari Not supported Supported Not supported
iPhone / iPad Not supported Supported Not supported

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The complete manual can actually be found in the backend of the module.
But here some shortcuts:
For every myvideo.m4v/.mp4 you enter into the playlist in the backend, you can also lay a myvideo.ogg/.ogv , myvideo.webm, myvideo.3gp onto the server. If the client-environment ( e.g. browser, phone, ... ) doesn't support the m4v / mp4, the module will fallback and try to deliver next format, till it founds one that fits or all are tested throu. So, the more of those formats of the same video you upload, the more client-compatibility you will provide to your users.

Lab5 Module Mobile Videos - Files Server vs. Module Backend

Known Issues & Fixes

Reported troubles & fixes:

  • Playlist doesn't scroll : Most probably jQuery or jQueryTools conflict. Go to the "Compatibility Settings" in the module's backend and play with the switches : Try first to turn jQuery off. Check if works now. If no -> switch jQueryTools off. Check back again. If no -> jQuery on but jQueryTools off. One of those 3 configurations should solve the problem in most cases.



So the tricky thing is -like so often - do give everyone what it can actually chew and swallow. What is not mentioned in the table is one decisive critical information : whereever you have flash, you also have H.264 support ! So since Flash is quite probably available on a normal computer , H.264 ( -> .mp4/.mpv ) occupying pretty much all browsers on desktops, plus is also natively supported by a fair share of mobile devices, plus comes with thirdparty-browsers onto mobile devices later on some times, plus even if the client-device does not support Flash you still have an 50 / 50 percent chance to be able to play it, H.264( -> .mp4/.mpv ) is for sure the best format to rely on so far. This is why this module expects .m4v/.mp4 sources primality. The shares on native codec support by different browsers ( on mobile device's same as on desktop-browsers ) seem to be quite equally shared for the 3 major codecs. Now it's to say that native video-codec support comes to effect for instance when accessed throu HTML5, or by directly accessing a file that is supported. According to that logic and the probabilies for support of the codecs n question, the module works with fallbacks from the most probable working solution to the less, thet is from flash to HTML5 to just opening the vid ( if no HTML5 ). Luckily HTML5's video tag itself has a fallbackmechanism for videosources, so in HTML5 it's really a charm to offer a browser resources in different formats for a video. This is why you can ( and should ) upload parallel formats of your videos, most importantly OGG Theora ( .ogg/.ogv ) so far, but I cold imagine, Google's relatively new codec WebM might soon leave ogg behind, due to Googles influence on the market, but but that ofc is nothing but speculative thinking of mine...

Well whatsoever ... have fun with the extension ;)

Hope, anyone likes it or at least can make use of it...



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0 #47 CPcdOLbisr 2014-12-15 21:55
Hi Lab5,
Since I have a new video software, my mp4 video doesn't play the sound in the FlowerPlayer from LAb5 Mobile videos.
You can find my videos settings under the link:www.ecuriedesdudes.ch/dev/Settings

Thanks in advance for your help and congratulation for this great module!!!

Best regards.
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0 #46 patriek 2014-10-09 09:54
When I convert MP4 to ogg via microconverter the file name is something like "filename.oggth eora.ogv" Should I upload it like this or rename it to something else. In my case the video will not start under firefox. I think it has something to do with the converterd mp4 files. Please can you help me on this one. THanks.
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0 #45 Lab5 2014-10-08 17:32
Simple : - prepage the module the way u want it
- asign it to a non-predefined position that u make up on the fly ( like : "myrandomnamepo sition", a string that is NOT predefined in the template )
- then use {loadposition myrandomnamepos ition} in the article. More infos about {loadposition} see google. The player here in this article is also inserted this way, so here you have your live proof that it IS possible indeed ;)
cheers ~Lab5

Quoting Andre:
i have installed the module, but i do not find nothing to add the video gallery in a single article.
What's the code to add in single article to view the gallery?
Thanks a lot
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0 #44 Lab5 2014-10-08 17:08
New version is out ! Make sure you update your module, preferably via the backend ! Cheers !
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+2 #43 Juan123 2014-10-01 12:57
Your mod always worked great! Much better then others! But suddenly on some computers it doesent load the player anymore... Is it becaouse of flash updates? What can I do?
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+2 #42 John Juhl 2014-09-28 19:32
Don't know whereelse to put this question - my video is showing (intro pic) but the movie doesn't play (Joomla 3.3.4) Anyone knows why, and what to do?
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+1 #41 MrDave 2014-09-26 15:40
Was a great module since a week ago. Suddenly is not working anymore, the thumbs of the plylist is scrolling and works, but the video not playng. Only iphone seems to work. thanks for any suggestions to get it to work again
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+1 #40 Manuel 2014-09-20 17:16
Hi, i have a this site owner using this plugin and suddenly stop playing the video, any idea what could cause this? The image is shwoing but once you click in the play button is not playing the video.

Thanx in advance!
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+1 #39 Andre 2014-06-17 15:02
i have installed the module, but i do not find nothing to add the video gallery in a single article.
What's the code to add in single article to view the gallery?
Thanks a lot
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+1 #38 Marius 2014-03-29 09:21
Hi, I have it on J1.5 and it works like a charm.
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+1 #37 Fintan 2014-01-15 10:14
Thank you for the assistance with the splashsimage.

Now I am having the same issue with the play list.

It doesn't show any thumbs at all. I placed a thumb in the same folder as my splash (/Brasil/images /video/) and even named it thumb1.png.

I also gave that folder as my thumb folder.


I tried it with the default settings and that works.
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+1 #36 Juan 2013-08-26 20:04
Your player is fantastic! Thanks a lot! Only one question: Is there a way that if one video is finished, the next one in the playlist starts automatically?

This would be really cool!
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0 #35 Lab5 2012-12-15 10:40
Quoting dave:
- Is it possible to make direct link (url) to selected movie ... it ... starts from the same first movie.
Not yet, but i'll consider implementing that.
Quoting dave:
- Is it possible to load different playlists to different articles? Now I can only load the same playlist to every article...
What u mean ? U saying, the module overrides the playlist, if u set diffenrent instances ( with different playlists ) of the module on the same page ?
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0 #34 dave 2012-12-15 10:38
Hello. I have two questions:
- Is it possible to make direct link (url) to selected movie from the player playlist? Eg: I have 6 movies in the playlist, but i want to play different movies in different articles. Now it always starts from the same first movie.
- Is it possible to load different playlists to different articles? Now I can only load the same playlist to every article...
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0 #33 Lab5 2012-12-15 10:21
Quoting Walter:
great job, I would have only one question to be submitted:
you can put an image type cover when the player is not in autostart?
Sure ! That's exactly what the "splashscreen" option is for ! ;)
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+1 #32 andreas 2012-11-22 13:34
Hi there,
ithis module is awesome. I was wondering if there is a way to
1. Add a download button ?
2. Is it possible to have thumbs grid?

Is there any way to do it?

This module is really great. Congrats.
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0 #31 Gino 2012-11-21 21:03

This is a fantastic product and my congrats.
I have installed on my site on 2 pages. It works well in the 2nd page, but not on the front page [www.stressdiaries.com]

I have the demo video still set, but it will absolutely not play. I have toggled the settings [Jquery, etc] but still nothing. I assume there is a definite conflict, but cannot find the problem. Could you PLEASE help?

Many thanks
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0 #30 Walter 2012-10-25 12:11
great job, I would have only one question to be submitted:
you can put an image type cover when the player is not in autostart?
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0 #29 Mark 2012-09-26 20:03
I have installed:
Plugin - Content - Load Module
Module - Lab5 Video Module

I have a folder with videos "/images/videos/"
I have a module with position "videoLibary"
I have an article with " {loadposition videoLibrary} "

But nothing is displayed and the article is empty.

I have turned off ( and on ) the scripts for compatibility but still the module is not showing.

Any ideas? I am really stuck and your module is the only one I can see that has a "gallery" of videos shown below and is exactly what I am looking for.

Any help would be greatfully appreciated.

EDIT by Lab5 :
Hi Mark.

First, i'd check in the sourcecode ( output, html ) of the website, if I can find ANYTING put out at all.
If yes : pls contact me back.

If not ( i guess so ) : It's not realy active. Check all ure general module settings : Modules must be published, published to correct position AND ( my tip / guess u missed that one ) must be activated to the respective Menu-items as well ! ( common pitfall in modulesetting ;) simply set it to "all pages" to test. )

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0 #28 Andrea 2012-09-26 19:43
200$ ?!?! :eek: I think I can store the highlights also on my site for a long time! :-) Thank you for immediate response!
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0 #27 Lab5 2012-09-26 15:58

Unfortunately, the jQuery-plugin for Youtube for the Flowplayer costs 200$ afaik. U can find it at Flowplayer's. The reason i didnt implement that so far is, becourse i expect hardly anyone to have the plugin.

But i'm thinking about writing one myself if i see there's enough demand for that.

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0 #26 Lab5 2012-09-26 15:56

{loadposition lab5Video}

1. You need the "Content - Load Module" Plugin to be installed ( standart ) and published

2.You need an published module on that position ( see modulemanager ).
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0 #25 Andrea 2012-09-26 12:30
Your module is really what I've searched for a long time for my video highlights (I admin a basketball team site)! Good work! The only problem is that I'm intentioned to move all videos in YouTube, avoiding to store them also in my site .. if I intended well, this module doesn't work yet with videos in YouTube .. any plan about this? TIA, Andrea.
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0 #24 tadd 2012-09-12 11:20

I appreciate I may be having a bad day but I cannot get the module to work... I am trying to load it into an article using "loadposition" but all I get is "{loadposition lab5Video} as text in the article..

Is this how you implement it?

Thanks for your help
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+1 #23 Ali 2012-06-02 14:25

Thank you for this great module but I have one small issue. In your website when the player appears the image is Big buck bunny which is the first video on your playlist and the play button appears on top of the image. On mine the play button does not appear and the first image on the playlist does not appear on the player. Is there anyway to do this?

Thank you
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0 #22 albert 2012-05-24 11:41
Hi! Great mdodule!!!Thank s a lot

We have just a problem on internet exploirer 7,8,9. the control bar of the video player is not displayed? A idea?

Thanks for your help

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0 #21 Petra 2012-05-17 23:58

ein super schöner Videoplayer!

Leider habe ich das gleiche Problem mit Youtube, wie schon oben beschrieben!

Gibt es hierfür schon eine Lösung?

...und gibt es eine Möglichkeit die Playlist breiter zu machen?

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0 #20 macagoraga 2012-05-13 14:41

any news about support for youtube video?
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0 #19 Attila 2012-04-25 16:03
Thanks for your wonderful module!
I'm using it on pure html5 browsers and I would like to add the "loop" attribute to the standard html5 video output so my playlist will be rebooted automatically. Is that possible (also changing some lines on the module code)?
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0 #18 cannon 2012-04-25 04:03
Hello,Lab 5!
I'm looking forward to your newest version of Lab5 mobile video.I'd like to know when it will be lauched(above version 1.4.0).
Thank you! :lol:
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0 #17 Dennis 2012-04-24 11:22
Hi there,

I found some problem that, when I put mp4, ogv, webm, flv in the module, and mp4 is the first one in order. It works everywhere but not firefox, opera and android 2.2. So I have to create one which is flv in order no.1 for firefox and opear, and create another customHTML module which contains a html of flash code for android 2.2.

And today, I found android 4.0 can not see the video... :o

Can you let me know that if it is the video format problem or it is a bug?

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0 #16 luka 2012-04-06 23:33
fix striping html code in joomla 2.5 in HTML pre and posttext in xml

adding filter="raw"
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0 #15 paul 2012-03-21 18:44
that's done the job Lab5 - plays perfectly now.

10 out of 10 for service.

Thanks a million

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0 #14 Lab5 2012-03-21 15:42
@Paul &

Problem is solved now.
The Flash's z-index isn't targetable until a wmode-param is being set explicitly. AFAIK it's a Flash-bug since version 9. I added wmode now and that solves it.

Pls install the latest version and enjoy ;)
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0 #13 Paul 2012-03-21 15:36

firstly, many thanks for the excllent mobile videos module for joomla. It beats most of the paid extensions hands down.

I do have a small problem though in some browsers (IE9, Chrome, and Safari), where the dropdown menus disappear behind the movie when it is playing.
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0 #12 Dennis 2012-03-20 05:23
Hi Lab5,

now I find another issue, that the video is above the dropdown menu, i saw in the code there is missing:
It is a bug? or I forgot to setting something?

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0 #11 Guy 2012-03-19 21:48

Thank you for the great module.

I have a problem, playlist icons does not show until pressing the right arrow.
Tried to un-include the JQuery and JQuery tools with no success.

using Joomla 1.5.25
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0 #10 Dennis 2012-03-16 04:25
Hi Lab5,

Thank your for your amazing html5 video player. It works on every device I test. I try to put it in Ja_Elastica which is a new 2.5 tempalte and its inside modules will auto move. But when I enable Lab5 module, modules not moving any more. I guess is that some js or jquery in Lab5 module are incompatible with this tempalte. Can you help find the reason? :lol:

----- Edit by Lab5 : ------
Pls provide link to investigate.
It would have made sense if you had provided a valid e-mail and/or a link to the site so iI could have a look at. But without both: how do you expect me to help you ?!

Actually its approx. 99% probable simply conflicting jQuery libs, and deactivation one of them should solve the problem. My module should not conflict since i wrote it with havin in mind, that there might be other jQuery libraries included in defferent installations, but ofc i cannot influence how others script their extensions or templates.
For this reason I built in an option to deactivete the jQuery of the module.

Actually that is described in comments below AS WELL as in the section "Known Issues & Fixes" above ... :-|
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0 #9 palos 2012-03-12 11:59
Quoting palos:

But I already have another solution in mind which I will sooner or later realize.

Since you are subscribed here in the commentssection, you will automatically get informed ;-)

OK. I am looking forward your solution!
(I use "youtubegallery " "allvideoshareg allery" and "shadobox" now)
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+1 #8 Lab5 2012-03-10 18:56
Quoting pol:
Can u play videos on the blackberry with this extension?

Yes, as long as it's not a really old one...
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+1 #7 palos 2012-03-06 14:46
I cannot play youtube videos even by the pure or the embedded code, e.g.:
- 2vSrosMBjoo (as flowplayer does)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vSrosMBjoo;
- http://www.youtube.com/embed/2vSrosMBjoo;
Please show me the way how to make it play youtube!
Thank you!

----- Edit by Lab5 : ------
Yes I Know. As far as i understood it so far, Flowplayer / Youtube expects some extra-api inbetween. I found it on flowplayers' but its NOT for free, therefore i cannot integrate it into this opensource project :(
But I already have another solution in mind which I will sooner or later realize.

Since you are subscribed here in the commentssection , you will automatically get informed ;-)
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+1 #6 pol 2012-03-06 07:38
Can u play videos on the blackberry with this extension?
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+1 #5 Lab5 2012-02-24 00:56
Okay, I just updated it once again.

I most cases when you experience any problems with jQuery - such as : the playlist not scrolling or any kind of conflicts - you will first try de-activating the module's jQuery by making use of the option "Script: jQuery?" and switch it to "not included" ( Dont' forget to empty the Joomla's cache when done so ).

You will also see a separate "off jQueryTOOLs". You can use this option if your site has jQueryTOOLs already included. Or try it if the above version doesn't help and/or you have no clue whether jQueryTOOLs is included.
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+1 #4 Lab5 2012-02-23 00:06
Hi Georgina ( and others ):

I updated the module yesterday. The scripts themselves are correct, but I forgot one little thing:
I changed one file's name in the module but didn't update that name in the install-package 's XML too.

I corrected this now.
Thank you very much for the hint ;)
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+1 #3 Georgina 2012-02-22 21:47
Hi there - installed module last week, was great except the JQuery interfered with my other modules. So I deleted it and downloaded the updated module and now I can't install it at all, error message reads "JInstaller::in stall: File '/home/...hoste rs.com/GBR/tmp/ install_4f45532 fab4fe/scripts/ jquery.js' does not exist."

Hope you can help really want this module to work beause it looks do good!
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+1 #2 Garth 2012-02-19 21:19
I installed Mobile Videos into a Joomla1.5.25 website. I love it - works great. I can get the playlist slider to work in the link noted above, but, I cannot within an article. What am I missing??

----- Edit by Lab5 : ------

Hi there.
First please try the latest version. Some JS has changed and might solve your issue.

Normal case: reinstall the module.
Alternatively, if you already have a lot of settings made, i recomend to NOT use the installer in this certain case, but rather un-zip the new version's package and then manualy overwrite the modues files on the server ( found in /modules/mod_la b5_mobile_video s/ ).

2.Clean cache:
The next step is also important : clean the modules cache. For this, in the backend goto
"Tools" -> "Clean Cache" -> mark them all and press "Delete". After that reload the (front)page and check back about wether the probs have now gone.
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+1 #1 Garth 2012-02-19 19:54
I downloaded and installed Mobile Videos into Joomla!1.5.25. No failure and no problems. The Array thing is exactly as you described. I can attached video and I used the converter you recommended... excellent! However, when I placed the module into an article (using loadposition) everything seems to work except for the playlist arrow keys. I can display all the thumbnails, but, with more then fit into the playlist box I cannot slide through the list. I'm using template JAPurity. If I place your module into the layout position "user3", everything works!!! As you can tell I'm not a programmer, so I assumen it must be some CSS or PHP thing. Where do I look? What am I missing??

----- Edit by Lab5 : ------

Hi. Please update the module. Then try unsing the option to turn the module's jQuery off.
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