With the 1.19.1 Release Candidate, available today, we’ve made some changes to the overall way that media is played inworld which results in a more general approach to playing media and, more importantly, allows you to display various types of Web content on your parcel! This is a great step toward further interoperability with the Web, which we’ve been discussing for some time, for more history on this, read here and here.
The current parcel media player allows you to stream audio or video (or both!) to visitors on your parcel. The parcel owner controls what is played on the parcel and visitors to the parcel control whether or not they want to listen or see the media. (Visit the Knowledge Base for more information on how media on a parcel works currently).
The new media on a parcel feature allows landowners to select and display a wide range of Web-based media content, including Web pages, movies, images, text documents and audio. This change replaces and expands the existing QuickTime parcel media feature, giving you more flexibility in your media presentations. Currently, the displayed media is entirely non-interactive, meaning you will only be able to view and not be able to click web links, use scroll bars, or press buttons on web pages displayed on parcels, although we hope to add this functionality in the future.
The points below highlight the key things you should know about the new Parcel Media functionality:
- When you arrive on a parcel with media available, you will be presented with a media display, just as you are currently and decide whether you want to “play” the media or not. You will need to click the play button to load the Web page or other media.
- Parcel owners who want to display media-on-a-parcel will generally not need to set the “type” of the media (“QuickTime movie,” “Web page,” etc.) it should automatically detect it.
- While not a shared interactive experience, it does include an in-viewer web browser (which enables viewing of web content inworld, a popular request in our public JIRA, see: VWR-5004)
Keep reading for more tips, links to video tutorials and more…
Find Out More
Curious about how to make the new parcel media changes work for you? First, take a look at the in the Knowledge Base for a demystifying explanation. Next, Torley has created three separate videos on the subject to help you master these new features!
- Video One: Play Webpages, Movies & More
- Video Two: Make your Own Media Screen
- Video Three: Parcel Media: Click Actions
Parcel Media FAQ:
Below are a few common questions & answers about this new functionality:
Q: How do I set a Web page to be viewed on my parcel?
A: The Media tab of the About Land window contains many options for displaying media on your land in Second Life.
Q: If I’m looking at a Web page on a parcel, does my friend standing next to me see the same thing?
A: Not necessarily. Issues like authentication, cookies, and other locally hosted Web data can affect the viewing experience.
Q: Why when I click on the inworld Web page, does nothing happen and/or does it open an embedded (or external) browser?
A: Interactivity is not currently enabled inworld. We’re planning on implementing interactivity and shared browsing in a later version.
Q: Why doesn’t YouTube (or other Flash-based content) work properly?
A: The current Parcel Media feature (which is based upon Mozilla) does not support the Flash plugin.
Q: I’ve got more questions, where can I go for more information?
A: Check out the above videos and read more about how parcel media works by visiting the Knowledge Base.