Bridging The Device Gap jPlayer

Media, audio and video are a central part of any site. The problem comes when the same media has to be served in the same manner regardless of what type of device it's being viewed on, which presents many problems. To simplify, as developers, we spend most of our time gauging and supporting the two worlds of Flash and HTML5 standards to get that media out to the users.

Geoff Maxey
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Media, audio and video are a central part of any site. The problem comes when the same media has to be served in the same manner regardless of what type of device it's being viewed on, which presents many problems. To simplify, as developers, we spend most of our time gauging and supporting the two worlds of Flash and HTML5 standards to get that media out to the users.

In an attempt to get away from the hassle of constantly having to work a solution that bridges that gap, I found JPlayer and it's Drupal module counterpart. JPlayer took the work of handling the media out of my hands and allowed me get the content I want into the site without having to worry about what device was viewing it.

So, what does the jPlayer module offer to a Drupal developer? It gives an option to devs to expand the Drupal filefield and attach extra functionality to it, which then allows one to upload a supported audio or video file and use the Ronco mentality of "Set it and forget it."

But, why waste time with more reading. Here is a quick video that covers how to get a simple instance set up real quick:

Geoff Maxey