Expose4: create an album of Flash Videos

Dec 9, 2008 by Samantha Halfon · Leave a Comment ·
Filed under: Internet 

Grace Teshima hosts arts exhibitions in Montmartre, Paris. Each exhibition starts with an informal “vernissage”. Those who couldn’t attend can view a short video of the event. Over the past four years, we worked on several of these videos for Grace. What started out as a souvenir of the show for the artists and guests, turned into an interesting collection of videos covering various artforms and subjects. A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to gather these videos on a single page. Thus, making it easy for a viewer to browse through these short movies and get a sense of what goes on at Grace’s.

I have already explained in an earlier post why I think flash video is the format to use to stream videos online. With that decision made up, one still needs a player. I was looking for a player with the following features:

  1. A playlist that I could easily and rapidly update
  2. The possibility to play various sizes of videos (since our earlier videos had a lower resolutions than the most recent ones due to the bandwidth restrictions of the time)
  3. The possibility to add and display a description about each video
  4. The possibility to customize the interface to match the design of the page
  5. A simple yet good looking design

After researching the issue, I decided to use Expose4, developed by Ivan Dramaliev. His player offers several features:

  1. The possibility to display photos and/or videos
  2. The possibility to customize the colors and icons of the interface
  3. An application to manage the playlist (for mac os x and windows)
  4. An alternative web based application (PHP) to manage the playlist
  5. The possibility to manage albums which we used to group the videos by years
  6. The possibility to setup the application by sending parameters to Flash (e.g. an autostart option)

I use open source software when I can but unfortunately Expose4 is not. It is free for personal use though. A one-site license costs $50.

Below are some screenshots of the player on the page we designed for chez Grace videos.

The album selector

The album selector

The video selector

The video selector

The player and its controls

The player and its controls

The toolbar

The toolbar

I’m currently working on creating direct links to autoplay each video, so that the artists can link to them from their own website. I am not yet able to get this particular feature working though it does work for photos. I’m in touch with the developer and I hope to get that sorted very soon. When I have the solution, I will share it here. I believe Expose4 is a good looking option for showing multimedia content online, and I’m sure this feature will interests other expose4 users.

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