The Victorian Zoos Mashups site has been updated to include some new features that we had a bit of fun implementing. A couple of simpler improvements, including mashup ratings, staff picks and an updated gallery view, along with some new functionality to record from your web camera, using a Red5 installation!
The most interesting addition was, of course, the live streaming of your web camera to the server which you could then add into your mashup, mixing text and audio in with your recorded video. We created a simple interface, similar to the video player that included a record button.
We installed a Red5 server on the Zoos website, a procedure I detailed in a previous post.
So once the user had allowed the application access to the camera, the user could just press record to start the application streaming and recording the web camera, and press stop to complete. The user could then press play to review the video and continue to accept the video and use it in the mashup.
In addition we created a new embed functionality to simplify the process of users being able to put their video on a site. The code became a simple
iframe embed code as below:
- <iframe width="370" height="315" src="http://wild.zoo.org.au/mashups/embed.php?id=587" frameborder="0"></iframe>
This new player included the quick rating functionality and the ability to show staff/zoo picks.
The updates are live now, so check them out at the Victorian Zoos Mashups site.