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README.txt

Introduction
============
collective.transcode.* or transcode.star for short, is a suite of modules 
that provide transcoding services to Plone sites. 

Both the naming scheme and the basic design priciples were inspired by 
collective.blog.star. Namely:

* Be modular. Not everyone wants everything your software has to offer.
* Be flexible. Don't assume that people want to use your software in one way.
* Be simplistic. If there is a simple way of doing it, do it that way.
* Be Ploneish. Plone already has 90% of what we need built in. Use it.

It works out of the box with standard Plone Files, providing transcoding 
services to web friendly formats (mp4, ogv) when uploading video content. 
Additionally, a jpeg thumbnail is being extracted from the 5th second of the 
videos and a flowplayer viewlet pointing to the produced mp4 file will be 
displayed inside the IAboveContentBody viewlet manager when transcoding is 
complete.

Transcode.star can be easily configured through the Plone Control Panel to 
work with any custom AT content type, as long as there is a File field in the
schema. In the Transcode Settings panel you can enter a new line in the 
supported portal types, following the format customPortalType:fileFieldName 
where customPortalType the name of your portal_type and fileFieldName the name
of the file field that you need transcoding for.

Support for Dexterity content types is planned for the coming versions.

For the transcoding to work you need to start the transcodedaemon instance 
provided in the buildout.

If your transcoding needs are high, you can configure several transcode 
daemons in a load balanced setup. Transcode.star will select the daemon with 
the minimum transcoding queue length.

All communication between transcode.star and transcode.daemon is encrypted using symmetric encryption by the pycrypto module so that the transcode server(s) transcode videos sent by the Plone site only, preventing abuse by third parties. Also extra care has been taken to transcode videos in private state (typical senario for a Plone site, when users upload a file) by using the same secure channel.

Requirements
------------
Apart from what is assembled by the buildout, the following dependencies must
be installed manually for the transcoding scripts to work:

 * ffmpeg with x264 support
 * ffmpeg2theora

In Ubuntu 10.04 you can install the above using the following commands:
::

    sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list \
    http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list
    sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet \
    --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring
    sudo apt-get --quiet update
    sudo aptitude install build-essential libavcodec-unstripped-52 ffmpeg \
    ffmpeg2theora

Installation
------------

Plone 4.0
~~~~~~~~~
::

    python2.6 bootstrap.py
    ./bin/buildout

Plone 3.3.5
~~~~~~~~~~~
::

    python2.4 bootstrap.py -c buildout-p3.cfg
    ./bin/buildout -c buildout-p3.cfg

Usage
-----
Start the transcode daemon::

    ./bin/transcodedaemon start # or fg to start it in the foreground

Start Zope::

    ./bin/instance start

Add a new Plone site, go to the Install Products Form and install transcode.star
A new control panel screen called "Transcode Settings" will be available. You 
can use it to configure the supported profiles, the supported mime_types and the
portal_types and respective fields that you need transcoding for. If you have 
changed the secret key in your buildout make sure you enter the new key here as
well.

Then simply add a new object (File by default) and upload a file with a 
mimetype in the supported mimetypes. If you are running transcodedaemon and 
zope in the foreground you will be able to see the transcoding process taking 
place. When the transcoding is complete, refresh your content type's view page 
and you should see a flowplayer instance above your content loaded with the mp4
version of your video.

For production deployments make sure you change the secret key in buildout.cfg
and in the Transcode Settings Panel.

Also, when using in production make sure that the transcoded files are served 
directly by Apache instead of Twisted.

Credits
-------
* Created by unweb.me - https://unweb.me
* Development partially sponsored by EngageMedia - http://engagemedia.org

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