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Drupal Multimedia

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Aaron Winborn

Create media-rich Drupal sites by learning to embed and manipulate images, video, and audio
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847194602
Paperback264 pages

About This Book

  • Learn to integrate multimedia in your Drupal websites
  • Find your way round contributed modules for adding media to Drupal sites
  • Tackle media problems from all points of views: content editors, administrators, and developers

Who This Book Is For

This book will provide information for administrators and professional site developers who are required to embed multimedia into a Drupal site. The reader needs basic knowledge of Drupal operation, but no experience of how Drupal handles multimedia items is expected. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Drupal's Multimedia
Drupal's Building Blocks
Content Construction Kit (CCK)
Views
Advanced Theming
Summary
Chapter 2: Images for Admins and Editors
What Does Our Site Want?
Creating a Gallery
Teaser Thumbnails
Images Embedded in Content
Summary
Chapter 3: Developing for Images
Image Node: The Traditional Method
Multiple Images
Resizing and Cropping
Third-Party Images
Views for Galleries and Slideshows
User Images
Taxonomy Images
Summary
Chapter 4: Theming Images
Styling a View
Investigating a Theme
Overriding Image Nodes
Image Effects
Summary
Chapter 5: Third-Party Video
Third-Party Video Providers
Embedded Media Field
Summary
Chapter 6: Local Video
Local Video Files
Summary
Chapter 7: File Asset Management
Node Referenced Files
Summary
Chapter 8: Audio Nodes
Audio Nodes
Summary
Chapter 9: Audio Fields
FileField Remixed
Summary
Chapter 10: Theming Audio
Node Referenced Clips
Audio Playlists
User-Created Embeddable Playlists
Summary
Chapter 11: The Future of Drupal Multimedia
File Handling
Multipurpose Fields
User Experience
Embeddable Widgets
Mobile Web
New Media
Summary

What You Will Learn

You will learn to:

  • Find your way round contributed modules for adding media to Drupal sites
  • Store and display images in nearly any configuration a client may desire
  • Scale and crop images before display on your site with ImageCache
  • Add effects to your images such as drop shadows, light boxes, and more
  • Examine how a developer may use Views, Embedded Media Field, and other tools to make embedding video even easier
  • Add and manipulate video at a field level using the File Field module
  • Create thumbnail overlays with jQuery
  • Create custom audio fields

In Detail

Adding and handling multimedia in Drupal, such as images or video, requires the use of many contributed modules, and deciding which ones to use and how to get the most from them is often not a straightforward task.

This book will guide you through the steps necessary to add image, video, and audio elements into your Drupal sites. The book will take you through the contributed modules for handling media, showing you what they do, when to use them, and how to get the most from them. When contributed modules aren't enough, you will see examples of custom Drupal development to add that special touch to your media.

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