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byarfenton, October 15, 2011
JW Player
We used the old version of this plugin for several years. Documentation was unusable, but after some googling and futzing around, we got a pretty decent setup going. It worked well, but after upgrading to Joomla 1.7 we discovered that we needed to upgrade this module, which is when all hell pretty much broke loose.

After spending an hour trying to purchase the new jwplayer license, we discovered that the website was so buggy that we could not register for purchase. That should have been a sign to us. The good news is that the webmaster is very quick to respond to inquiries and requests, and got us registered.

To our surprise and dismay, after purchasing a commercial license of jwplayer (we are non profit but wanted a non-branded player) we discovered that A LOT of features that were extremely important to us in the 4.x version have been inexplicably REMOVED from the latest version -- with no warning or explanation.

For example, the DisplayClick feature is gone, and so is setting the video to toggle "Mute/Off Mute". That's a very basic feature to remove without telling anyone.

In fairness, it's LongTailvideo, the vendor that jwplayer is built on, that deprecated features like this but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter whose fault it is, you still end up not having the functionality you need for basic functionality. Bells and whistles, yes, basic functionality, no.

Try the free version, and if it works for you then no harm no foul. I believe that the support is quick and timely but ultimately this plugin was money down the drain for us this time.
Owner's reply


It's true that since 5.x version of JW player, who was released one year ago, some flashvars has been deprecated (not so much, around 3 or 4) but this has been made for optimize the flahplayer and as you notice yourself it's not our own decision but Longtail video does.

Also note that we have forwarded you to our commercial version who have the abilities to switch between version (4.x or 5.x and soon 6.x), this has solved you issue, it's pity that you omit to write it here.

Best regards

byarfenton, October 10, 2011
Bible Study
We have been using this plugin for years and it has become a very important part of our church's outreach.

The best thing about the plugin is it's ease of use -- a beginner can get started very quickly, but there are plenty of features for those of us who have more robust websites.

I recently upgraded to Joomla 1.7 from 1.5. Most of my plugins were a nightmare to upgrade, but this one was a very simple and elegant process.

We are exciting by the new ability to embed Ustream and Youtube videos, and to create customized views for our parishoners.

Finally, I have to say that the customer service is quicker and better than I have received from commercial companies that I have had to deal with.

I will be talking to our church about making a donation to this project this week. - A Fenton