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Joomla 2.5 and Guru from iJoomla, choosing video format

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I'm developing a educational site with video lessons using Joomla 2.5 and Guru from iJoomla.com. I currently have a Joomla 1.0 site with about 700 lessons in swf format, created with Camtasia. I do not have the raw files from Camtasia, only the exported swf's. I'm now ready to migrate the video lessons to the new site at localhost.

Guru is using the AllVideos player to show the videos, using the swf's the pause, sound, etc buttons are gone. I then have to convert the files to another format, and my question is, what format will give the best quality and small files sizes. I have not found a lot of conversion tools but I found one from Xilisoft which seems to convert to many formats. I have tried MOV, the quality is fine, but the files get too big. I also tried FLV, here the quality lacks a bit, but the file sizes are good.

Also tried to add player buttons to the swf's with some tools I found, but with no success.

I'm a bit stuck with finding a good solution for this.
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by:lenamtl
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AllVideos player is compatible with SWF, it's should work.

Try this , disable Joomla text editor when entering the path to see if this fix the problem.

Sometimes video size may be the problem too, check the settings.

Is AllVideos  is a part of Guru or you have to installed it seperately?
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by:solversen
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I think the Allvideos player is installed as a part of Guru, but it's a separate component. The swf videos play just fine, but the buttons for pause, play, FF etc. are missing. If I could get these in place, everything is in order!
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by:lenamtl
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which Guru version are you using?
What size have your video?
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by:solversen
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Guru version is 2.2.13.
The size of the videos are 800x600.
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by:lenamtl
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I think this is related to some dimension settings

I saw this answer on a forum to show a video, size 800x600, he has to edit
the video size to 800x616 because 16px is the height of the video player.

As it is a commercial extension, you can also try to contact them directly
http://www.ijoomla.com/help-desk/department/technical-support/

Check also if there are Joomla or AllVideos player settings related to video size.
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by:chilternPC
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have you tried adding a new video? and se what files are created /needed? does the new video have the buttons?
look on the old site where you kept the swf files there are probably xml files for each swf file that defines the buttons etc.. also gifs for the buttons
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by:solversen
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Camtasia creates several files, among these are a separate swf (with the buttons) which are combined with the actual video with html. I don't think this is possible with guru/allvideos.
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solversen earned 0 total points
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I can't find a solution for this. I'm converting the files to FLV, the quality is OK, but the files are getting bigger.
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by:solversen
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The solution is not found, but I'm using a way around the problem.
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