Introducing Plumi 4.5

by Anna Helme May 19, 2013

Plumi is a free and open source software package you can use to create your own video sharing site, based on Plone and produced by EngageMedia in collaboration with Unweb.me. It is a powerful video-sharing web application, with a full set of sophisticated online video community features, out of the box. We use a slightly customised version of Plumi to run EngageMedia.org, so you can check it out in action here, or on the Plumi demo site.

Plumi 4.5 was soft-launched at the beginning of the year. Now that it’s been running smoothly for a while, we’d love to introduce you to all the new features and improvements.

New User Interface

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The first thing you’ll notice about Plumi 4.5 is the beautiful new skin. Right out of the box you will be pleased to see a shiny new visual theme, with a grid-layout and contemporary styling, just right for a video sharing site.

On the front page of the new Plumi skin you can view all the latest videos that have been uploaded, plus feature a video in the slot on top, ready to play back using mediaelement.js player – an HTML5 player that will work in any modern browser.

Diazo

You can also customise Plumi’s visual theme for your own needs, and in Plumi 4.5 it is easier using a new implementation of the Diazo theming engine and plone.app theming. Diazo allows you to apply a theme contained in a static HTML web page to a dynamic website created using any server-side technology. With Diazo, you can take an HTML wireframe created by a web designer and turn it into a theme for Plumi.

Mobile Friendly Adaptive Layout

The site is designed to adapt to different screen sizes, and videos will play back on both Android and iOS devices.

New Video Publishing Form

publishA new video publishing form makes it even easier for users to upload video to a Plumi site. Just drag’n'drop or click browse to select a video file, and watch it upload in the new progress indicator, while you add metadata to your video.

You can click over to another dynamically loaded page as you upload, where you can categorise the film and add a Creative Commons license.

Subtitling Using Amara

We have integrated Amara (formerly Universal Subtitles) which allows users of your Plumi site to easily add or view subtitles for each video, created or attached to the video using the Amara system. Watch the video above to learn more about how easy it is to use Amara, which is a powerful addition to Plumi in terms of accessibility, and use in multi-lingual websites.

Other Improvements

Other fixes and improvements since our last stable release (Plumi 4.4) include replacing making upload of large files more stable, fixing some errors with fullscreen video playback and updating our HTML5 video player.

Plumi Roadmap

We are looking forward to a 4.5.1 release that may include some more work on the user interface, followed by 4.6 in which we plan to integrate videos that are hosted on other sites, and new features designed to enhance the ability to use Plumi for social change impact.

You can read all about Plumi over on the new Plumi blog.

You can read the full list of Plumi video-sharing and other features here.