(notes from a session at DrupalCon 2010)
Media module is already in use at Drupal Gardens; only available for D7.
After 10 years, still no good solution for adding media to Drupal 6 content
- too many modules to choose from, no single easy solution
- file field and WYSIWYG don't play well together
- hard to integrate different kinds of content, so we have video, image, audio modules and so forth
- end user experience sucks - procedure for adding rich media is different in every instance; layout is limited; other platforms (such as Wordpress) beat Drupal across the board.
how Wordpress does it
- set of buttons above WYSIWYG editor for inserting media
- can select from existing library (including search feature), Flickr and other external sites, with consistent interface.
Where are we with Drupal 7?
- Filefield and Imagefield in core, slightly more consistent interface
- imagecache in core (styles and sizes)
- huge improvements in stream wrappers (more on that below)
- but there's a lot of room for improvement! content is treated differently by medium, file management is largely absent.
Media module provides a common framework so contrib developers to focus on formatting solutions
- in development since October 2008
- Media Module is different because files are files, with a unified interface.
- Stream wrappers = a structured way to represent streamable (non-local) resources, allowing local and remote files to be treated the same way. URLs are stored in the files table of the database.
Demo at http://drupalmedia.org
- WYSIWYG integration - just click button to pop up media browser
- when a file is embedded in a node, it gets a record in the files table, so you can track how/if/where a file is being used
- admin/content/media screen displays all files
- alt text is handled per instance, since it's HTML
- mass import from a folder at content/media/import
- media files are entities and can have fields (admin/structure/media), but a file is also a field that can be attached to other entities (including other media files)
how to make a media browser plugin
- need Drupal head and media module head, ckeditor with wysiwyg module
- install profile: project/media_dev
- need contrib developers to get behind this project! No more reinventing the wheel!
There will not be a backport to D6 because the necessary infrastructure isn't there. Upgrade from D6 to D7 will almost certainly be tough.