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Plone4Artists video abstraction library

Project description


The package provides a framework for handling video content on the Zope 2 and Zope 3 platforms. It was inspired by the Plone ATVideo product and even borrows some UI.

Project Description allows you to:

  • convert a file object to a video

  • extract the video metadata

  • render an appropriate view (depending on the file format)

Installation depends on the following packages:

  • p4a.subtyper

  • p4a.common

  • p4a.z2utils

  • p4a.fileimage

  • hachoir_core

  • hachoir_metadata

  • hachoir_parser

If you use buildout, you can have it manage these dependencies by:

  • adding these lines to your buildout.cfg file


eggs =


zcml =
  • re-run your buildout

  • Install the add-ons from the Add-on Products page in the Plone Control Panel


Video Files

  • Support for:

    • Quicktime (MOV, MP4)

    • Windows Media (WMV, AVI, WMA, ASF)

    • RealMedia (RAM)

    • Flash (FLV, SWF)

  • Upload a thumbnail image to represent the video

  • When clicked, the video will start to play video

  • edit form exposes metadata:

    • file type

    • author

    • height / width

    • duration

Video containers

  • Turn any folder into a video container

  • Turn any smart folder (collection) into a video container

  • Provides a video listing view with all videos in the folder, including:

    • thumbnail

    • title

    • description

    • metadata

  • Video listing also shows:

    • tags

    • ratings

    • comments about each video

Video feeds

  • Publish RSS feed of all the videos in a video container

  • Feed entries can contain a link to the video view page, or a link to the actual video file (enclosure)

  • Users can subscribe to a vodcast and have the videos downloaded to a desktop video player such as iTunes or Miro for offline viewing

Video feedback / commentary

  • Requires:

    • lovely.tag

    • p4a.plonetagging

  • Users can rate videos (1 to 5 stars)

    • Plone keeps track of user ratings vs. editor ratings

  • Users can tag videos

    • Plone keeps track of your tags and everyone’s tags

  • Users can comment on videos. Other users can reply to those comments in a threaded discussion


1.4 (2012-11-28)

  • Don’t pin exact versions of hachoir [aclark]

  • Made VideoPageView inherit also from BrowserView so that it can be customized ttw with portal_view_customizations [ichimdav]

  • Fix IE conflict with kukit [afd]

  • Included the zcml from p4a.subtyper. [davidblewett]

  • Included the zcml from p4a.fileimage, so it is not necessary to include manually when adding to a buildout. [davidblewett]

  • Minimum Plone version supported is now 3.2, removed all backwards-compatibility support for Plone 2.5. [davidblewett]

  • Updated events to import from zope.lifecycleevent, instead of [davidblewett]

  • Changed annotation support to use zope.annotation instead of [davidblewett]

1.3 (2010-07-28)

  • Updated flowplayer to version 3. This allows it to work on IE again. Thanks to cdw9 for the help with the template. [claytron]

1.2 (2010-06-18)

  • Added CSS and JS files to their respective registries. Removed them from [davidblewett]

  • Updated README to include dependency information in the Install section. [davidblewett]

  • Updated README with information from the plone4artistsvideo product page. Changed setuptools’ long description to use the contents of README.txt. [davidblewett]

  • Updated old reference to p4acal. [davidblewett]

  • Forgot to commit more translations. Sorry [tzicatl]

  • Added more translation strings. Added Spanish translation strings [tzicatl]

  • Remove some unused imports [rosspatterson]

  • Pyflakes fix [rosspatterson]

  • add the it translation [stemrc]

  • pinned Hachoir versions to 1.2 since the latest 1.2.1 only works with Python 2.5 [nate]

1.1.1 (2008-10-10)


  • Support for iPod video - video/x-m4v. TODO: tests. (Nate Aune)

  • Brazilian Portuguese translation. (ericoandrei)

  • Preliminary fixed rate Real media support. TODO: tests. (danielblackburn)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix rich text widget handling. TODO: tests. (Nate Aune)

  • Depend on hachoir. (Nate Aune)

  • fixed issue where url assignment, was not updated properly with rest of the method. TODO: tests. (danielblackburn)

1.1 (2008-04-09)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed ContentLicensing optional’ness to fix issue #40 (Ross Patterson and Rocky Burt)

  • Fixed handling of unicode AT titles for issues #41 and #47 (Ross Patterson and Rocky Burt)

  • Updated vPIP (Nate Aune)

  • Updated flowplayer (Ross Patterson and Rocky Burt)

  • Portal status message handling was made to work better to fix issue #38 (Ross Patterson)

  • Hooked up video/mpeg mime type and player link to fix issue #28 (Ross Patterson)

1.1b1 (2008-02-13)


  • Added Plone 3 compatibility (Rocky Burt) r1794

  • Added rich text description field (Rocky Burt) r1829

  • Now uses p4a.subtyper to expose video subtype action (Rocky Burt) r1787

Bug Fixes

  • Support additional mime type synonyms - video/x-msvideo and video/x-flash-video (Ross Patterson) r1881

  • Support reasonable default dimensions for the players (Ross Patterson) r1920


  • Now uses standard plone/cmf comments instead of easycommenting (Rocky Burt)

1.0 (2007-11-28)


  • Default video container view has been updated (Rocky Burt)

  • Added description field to IVideo and subsequent views (Rocky Burt)

1.0beta1 (2007-07-31)

  • Various bug fixes and general improvments.

1.0alpha1 (2007-04-29)

  • First release.

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