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can anyone help me figuer out how to get my GD Library to work with my new 9.0.1 ocportal software? i upgraded and now it seems to not be functioning properly
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I did verify that the GD Library is installed on my host server
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i upgraded and now it seems to not be functioning properly

Upgraded GD, PHP, or ocPortal?

Specifically, what symptoms of malfunction are you seeing?

Normally GD is compiled into PHP directly, rather than relying on whatever is separately installed onto the server. However, if not compiled in directly, PHP still needs the gd module, and for it to be enabled.


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since i upgraded my ocportal from an earlier version to the 9.0.1 everything is great except when i try to add a video to a member gallery. there is a required field in the "add video" CMS that wants me to upload a thumbnail for the video, as well as, the field where i enter the video URL or upload location. my earlier ocportal never asked for that and had no problems adding a video and generating a thumbnail to a gallery
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here is a screen shot of the area i think is the problem im having -

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GD cannot generate thumbnails from video files. FFMPEG is used for this. The thumbnail field will not be required if PHP has the FFMPEG extension, or the path to FFMPEG is set up in the ocPortal configuration.


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well i guess my host doesnt support FFMPEG. would using the Zencoder API key generate thumbnails from video files, and make it so the thumbnail field isnt required?
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the weird thing is, its requiring me to upload a thumbnail when im trying to add a video using a youtube url and not actually uploading a video file
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Many hosts do support FMPEG, and if so you just need to configure the path to it. You may want to ask them about it.

Zencoder is a commercial service. To be honest if you're looking for a really user friendly video service, you'd be looking at paying per-video for the transcoding (if most people don't know how to generate a thumbnail, they definitely don't understand how to choose web-compatible codecs and container formats), and getting support on having it all configured right. It's all pretty complex stuff.

Version 10 will not require video thumbnails, include some new transcoding/hosting capabilities, and if there's no thumbnail chosen or generatable then it will use an inbuilt default one. There's no timetable to v10's release yet, but I thought I would mention.


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well this is a real bummer. i just spent the last 3 days transferring all of my content from my earlier version of ocportal to this new one because when i would try to upgrade it wouldn't work correctly. Now i need to wait for the next version just to get around a video thumbnail.

i checked with my host (Bluehost) and they say they do not support FFMPEG, so unless i want to pay im starting to think this wont work. how sad. i really like the ocportal platform. everything else is awesome and perfect for my needs, but videos are a major part of my site and if my users can share youtube videos in their personal galleries like they could before on my site with the older version, then that really bums me out :(
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Oh, youtube (I didn't see you posted that, as I was replying before reading your last message).

If there's an upgrade problem, it's really important to report it or we can't fix it. Let's imagine 10 people get a problem and no-one reports it, well, those 10 people would only have themselves and each other to blame for it not getting fixed ;). All reported bugs and serious usability issues tend to get fixed or explained within days as long as they are clearly reported.

You can actually workaround your problem, if you enable "Allow audio as videos" it won't perform a thumbnail check until it hits the server. At that point the flow will have moved to asking Youtube for the thumbnail, which is fine.

There is a tradeoff in the current system in terms of the frontend needing to give good form validation but without necessarily knowing anything about the video being submitted. This is why v10 is always going to work even with no provided thumbnail, which I think is a whole lot better.


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well this is a real bummer. i just spent the last 3 days transferring all of my content from my earlier version of ocportal to this new one because when i would try to upgrade it wouldn't work correctly. Now i need to wait for the next version just to get around a video thumbnail.

May I suggest that, using all current versions of 'ocP', that you build a 'Custom Comcode' tag?

It has two advantages:
  • Gets around the 'thumbnail' problem
  • makes it so EASY for your users to insert a YouTube vid into their Gallery or even their posts

Here is an example, using the YouTube video code 'DeumyOzKqgI' (that is found in the URL) to display the video:

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[center][youtube]DeumyOzKqgI[/youtube][/center]


I 'centred' it for display purposes, but the 'center' Comcode tag isn't absolutely necessary; the other one is!

If you want to go this route, and if you haven't done this before, I can provide the details of how to build the 'YouTube' Custom Comcode tag.

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Take my advice. I'm not using it!

View my working ocPortal site (version 9.x.x) at Anglo-Indian Portal
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Thanks guys! Chris, you're bypass worked perfectly. I am so excited about the 9.0.1 version. Runs faster, better looking ans stable. Not to mention you guys are amazing with the support. Much appreciated, and I look forward to a long friendship with my new favorite CMS ocPortal - The LocalMC
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The current version is 9.0.5 why are you using 9.0.1?
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Ask my wife. I was up til 3 am three days in a row! Tried so many things. Looked at about 50 errors messages THEN, looked up on Google "YouTube Video doesn't play", or something equally simple. Don't bother updating any software. Flash, new version of browser, etc., etc. Just clean out ALL of the history (whatever technique you use with your browser of choice). VOILA!
Remember, all you have to do to show videos in a gallery is to put the url (from the "share" button under the YouTube video) into the appropriate field. Fill out the rest of the info as indicated. Save & POW! KAZAM!
I LOVE my OcPortal. :wub::wub::wub::P
PS I can't even remember now how I really got my YouTube thing working. I seem to remember using Chris' technique for creating the custom field, also. In any case, there is a field where it asks for a thumbnail, but I leave it blank, and after I save the url, if I re-open it, usually the software has extracted the thumbnail from the vid 'automatically'! (it really IS magic)
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I'm trying to use Galleries as running histories of issues.  So far I have used only videos in the Galleries and support them with write ups.

For some reason the strip with the videos in waiting is acting pecular.  In the picture below you can see only one item.  I can use the arrows but this slides the currently visible video and brings up a blank box.  Use the arrow again and another video shows.  I do not want this area to work "as a slide show".  And I definitely don't want it to show blank slides.

For my purpose I would like this area to be filled with (4 or 5) videos and then let people scroll through them.  This is how it looks when you originally go to the gallery.  Not sure why it changes after I choose a different video?

  

Here is the gallery as you enter:  The Heights and the Music Center - HuberResidents.org
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For some reason the strip with the videos in waiting is acting pecular.  In the picture below you can see only one item.

At this point perhaps you had exactly two videos in this gallery. The one you were viewing, and the other one in this carousel.

I can use the arrows but this slides the currently visible video

"Slides" it? Clicking the arrows here should do nothing at all, because there aren't too many videos to display the thumbnails of at once. That's definitely the normal behaviour when there are only a small number of videos, and what I see when I look at your site now.

However, if you clicked "Start slideshow", you'd see an interface completely different to your screenshot, with explicit previous previous and next buttons. Those would advance it as a slideshow. But that's not the screenshot you have here, and that's only after explicitly requesting it to be opened as a slideshow.

and brings up a blank box.

I'm not sure what you're seeing there.


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I think the confusion here is mixing up the concepts of the slideshow and the carousel.

Those are actually unrelated features.

The carousel is for navigating between images/videos within a gallery. In a sense it 'slides' because those tall icons to the left/right of the carousel do have a slide effect. But all this is is browsing for something to go to, it's not actually changing between images/videos unless you click a thumbnail in there.
In the screenshot above, it is showing the carousel. In the screenshot the left/right buttons should do nothing at all when clicked, as there aren't more images/videos than can have their thumbnails fit on the screen at once.

The slideshow is something you have to specifically open up and automatically moves between each image/video on a timer, or if you explicitly click previous or next. It has more normal fatter buttons that explicitly say 'previous' and 'next' on them.
However, the slideshow functionality only comes up if you click the button to activate it.


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Aha! Actually, I just tested on IE8, and it's making a real mess of the carousel display. This may actually have led to your confusion, and why you're seeing "blank slides". It does look more like the slideshow and carousel are the same thing when IE8 isn't rendering the carousel properly!


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Thanks for taking the time to give all these detailed issue reports Tom! When it's a mixture of browser bugs and the ocPortal terminology being used a bit wrong, it does throw me sometimes and make me think it's just user error – but I can definitely see IE8 has big problems here. I am working on a workaround.
Thanks again :).


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