We have been working during the last semester of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 on a new feature to be included in babeliumproject. It is none other but the video slicing module, with which the user will be able to search for their favourite language learning videos hosted in Youtube and by a simple “copy-paste” action, preview the video in our video player, slice up the most interesting part and upload it to babelium’s server.
This could not have been done without Youtube’s Chromeless Player API, the youtube-dl command for downloading temporarily the video, and ffmpeg command to slice up the video. Moreover, we also had to use Youtube’s php API for various aspects, being one of them the control of the video’s maximum duration as we currently do not accept videos longer than 2 mins.
But enough of explanations for now! Let us show you how it looks right now:
Granted that it is only a draft, we feel it is enough for getting a grasp of how it could look like. We are currently at the final stage of development, trying to have it integrated with our current video player, and will soon start running tests on the module. Hopefully, it will be available during March’s last weeks or first part of April.
The idea is to make it work in a nearby future not only with Youtube, but also with Vimeo and Dailymotion. Hope you enjoyed this piece of news! See you soon!