April 30th, 2013

HWDMediaShareHWDMediaShare is an open source (GNU GPL) media sharing gallery for videos, photos, audio and documents – all within a single package. However, it can also be run just as a video gallery, or a photo gallery if this is all your require.
The extension helps you and your community publish media on your Joomla website, share media with other networks, integrate with other apps and keep things organised. The new and much improved HWD is the prime example of less is more. It has been completely rewritten to work seamlessly with Joomla. It’s like your own personal publishing platform.

The gallery features have been designed to incorporate functionality like that of other popular video sharing and photo sharing websites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Flickr, Picasa and Instagram. It features multiple uploading tools for bulk and large media uploads and can support High Definition videos from the mpg, mpeg, avi, divx, mp4, flv, wmv, rm, mov, moov, asf, swf and vob video formats. However, you can add any media extension you need from the administration panel. Videos and photos from third party sources such as Youtube and Flickr are also supported. These third party videos slot seamlessly into the component with the rest of the uploaded media. If your website isn’t supported, you can simply add the embed code directly into the gallery.

The gallery administrator also features an RTMP stream import tool, and a bulk server directory scan tool which allows you to import all media from a server directory.

The software uses the Joomla plugin manager to support a variety of additional frameworks. For example, you can use a CDN such as AmazonS3 to store and deliver your media files, or use a hosting platform such as Vzaar or Kaltura. We provide support for the ultra popular JW Player and Flow Player. We also provide a commenting framework and have plugins for DISQUS, Facebook, Komento, JComments.

Additional modules and plugins are available which extend the functionality of the component. Currently, our video gallery integrates with Jom Social, Community Builder, Jom Comment, JComment.

The HWDMediaShare extension is the replacement of the popular hwdVideoShare and hwdPhotoShare components for Joomla 1.5. hwdVideoShare and hwdPhotoShare provided individual gallery support for videos and photos, but have now been consolidated into a single component. hwdVideoShare and hwdPhotoShare were both retired in March 2012 and hwdVideoShare and hwdPhotoShare were both removed from the JED in March 2013 along with all other Joomla 1.5 components. The new HWDMediaShare extensions provides all the great features of the hwdVideoShare and hwdPhotoShare galleries, with a cleaner and more efficient framework that follows the Joomla standards. The hwdRevenueManager tool that provided monetization support for hwdVidoeShare and hwdPhotoShare has been incoporated into the new component.