ZignPlayer

[Updated 2012-01-12]

This is documentation and a test page for ZignPlayer, a Flash (5.0) application for live/ondemand video with open signing that Westreamu have designed.

Current version beta 0.29 is released as open source for further use and development. The source code, related files and brief documentation is downloadable from http://zignplayer.westreamu.se/zignplayerV0.29.zip.

ZignPlayer has been developed with support from The Swedish Post and Telecom agency (PTS). This project should be regarded as a source of inspiration rather than an ambition to create a fail proof player.

Any publisher can employ ZignPlayer by installing the player file (zignplayer.swf) and associated files on a web server. ZignPlayer can then be used in two modes:

  • In “live mode” the player shows a foreground video (typically with the signer) on top of a background video (typically the main video). Both these videos must be streamed using Bambuser’s live streaming services. ZignPlayer does not display any video until both pre-defined Bambuser channels become live. If one of the channels are interrupted, ZignPlayer waits until both streams are live again.
  • In “on demand mode” ZignPlayer can show published video files (flv/mp4) as foreground and background video from any server. It is also possible to define offset times that define the starting point for each channel.

Channel names, video URL:s and a few other necessary elements are defined in a configuration file (config.xml) which must be manually edited and uploaded to the Web. The player embed code can easily be inserted, and shared, in any Web page using <iframe>.

Example from Handikappförbunden

The player embedded here shows clips from two video files recorded from a discussion concerning accessability, arranged by Handikappförbunden during the Almedal week 2010. Both streams were live streamed via Bambuser. What we see here are a few minutes from the the local recording of those streams. For more information about that event (in Swedish) see www.handikappforbunden.se/webbtv.