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Podcasting and Multimedia with Plone


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June 1, 2007. Presentation given at the LinuxTag 2007 conference in Berlin, Germany. …

June 1, 2007. Presentation given at the LinuxTag 2007 conference in Berlin, Germany.

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  • 1. Podcasting and Multimedia with Plone LinuxTag - June 1, 2007 Berlin, Germany Nate Aune
  • 2. Who is this guy? • Musician - saxophonist and composer • Hacker - Open source developer • Consultant - Web content management (Plone)
  • 3. Code for beer Snow Sprint 2004
  • 4. Play for beer Grosetto, Italy
  • 5. Agenda • What is Plone? • What is Plone4Artists? • Overview of features • Example sites • Demo • Questions
  • 6. What is Plone? • Open source content management system • Built on top of Python programming language • Protected by the Plone Foundation, similar to the Apache Foundation • Strong multilingual support, workflow, open standards, scalable • Used by Free Software Foundation, Ubuntu Linux, Creative Commons, Open Source Development Labs, Nokia, eBay, CIA
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  • 9. What is Plone4Artists? • Grassroots project to build an out-of-the-box portal solution for artist communities • Built on top of the Plone, an open source CMS • Publish multimedia content and podcasting • Assign Creative Commons licenses to content • Community tools - rating, commenting, profiles • Easy to install and pre-configured
  • 10. Why is this important? • Lack of free and open source tools for building online communities with video, audio • Alternatives: MySpace,YouTube, Google Video = CLOSED • Need control over server and OPEN access • Need better tools to aggregate audio, video, podcasts, events • Need for microsites to serve and nurture local communities
  • 11. Features • Drag-n-drop addition of content (WebDAV) • Upload content via Flash upload tool or Java applet • Extraction of audio/video metadata (ID3) • Playback of audio and video in browser • Podcasting and vodcasting (RSS 2.0)
  • 12. Features cont... • Transcoding (convert video to Flash) • Creative Commons licensing • Artist/band portfolios • Community: tagging, rating, commenting, blogs
  • 13. Example sites • Community sites • • • • • Demo multimedia products at
  • 14. Drag-n-drop via WebDAV WebDAV mounted Plone folder Drag-n-drop to Plone
  • 15. Drag-n-drop photos Drag-n-drop photos Plone/PIL auto-resizes photos to WebDAV folder
  • 16. Drag-n-drop MP3s Drag-n-drop MP3s to MP3s appear in audio container WebDAV folder
  • 17. Metadata extracted Song Metadata Plone4ArtistsAudio (from iTunes) auto-extracts ID3 tags
  • 18. Embedded Flash MP3 player Music player extended
  • 19. Video in Plone • Supports all major video formats: • Quicktime • Windows Media • Real • Flash • Playback • Native players installed in browser ( • Flowplayer for FLV Flash files
  • 20. Video playback
  • 21. Creative Commons licenses
  • 22. Community contributions • Tagging • Rating • Commenting • Blogging
  • 23. Products All the software products created for the Plone4Artists project. Plone4ArtistsSite Auto-configures a Plone4Artists site by installing and configuring all the products. The full package includes Plone4ArtistsAudio, Plone4ArtistsVideo, Plone4ArtistsCalendar and ContentLicensing, so you don't have to download those separately. Plone4ArtistsAudio Upload a normal File to your Plone site, and Plone4ArtistsAudio will detect it as an MP3 or Ogg file and quot;decoratequot; it with metadata. ArtistSite ArtistSite provides the core content types for building an artist community website: artist, group, sitemember, recording and audio file. Plone4ArtistsTheme Custom skin/theme for the Plone4Artists package. Plone4ArtistsVideo Upload a video file to your Plone site and it is automatically detected as a video file, and an appropriate player is used on the view page. You can also add videos that are hosted at Google Video, YouTube,, etc. and they will be embedded in your Plone site. PloneFlashUpload
  • 24. Global Team of Developers
  • 25. Russ Ferriday (russf) Wales
  • 26. Alec Mitchell (alecm) Los Angeles
  • 27. Lennart Regebro (regebro) Paris, France
  • 28. Jonathan Lewis Tokyo, Japan
  • 29. Sasha Vinčić (sashav) Malmo, Sweden
  • 30. Christof Nate Aune (reco) Peter Holzer (natea) NYC (hpeter) Boston Zurich
  • 31. Jodok Batlogg (batlogg) Dornbirn, Austria
  • 32. Vincenzo Barone (wooda) Naples, Italy
  • 33. Rocky Burt (rocky) Canada
  • 34. Plone4Artists links • Plone4Artists • • Subversion repository • • Mailing list - send an email with ‘subscribe’ as the subject to • • IRC - irc://
  • 35. Plone4Artists sprint • • Intense 5 day hackathon/powwow/jamsession • Volunteer developers meet in BostonAll are welcome! Free to participate. • July 18-22, 2007