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Media Manager
Released 31 March 2016



As of 10 May 2019 ProcessWire versions earlier than 3.x are not supported

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API Example (frontend; will be added to documentation site)

Accessing and outputting the contents of the MediaManager field(s) in your template is quite simple. The fields are accessed like many other ProcessWire fields. The fields return an array of type MediaManagerArray that need to be looped to output each media within. Assuming you created a field of type MediaManager named 'media', you can loop through it for a given page as shown below.

Each MediaManager object has the following 5 basic properties:
DATABASE (saved properties)
1. id => pageID of the page where the media lives (hidden in admin and not important to know about)
2. type => integer denoting media type (1=audio; 2=document; 3=image [for variations this will be 3x, where x is the number of the variation of an original image]; 4=video)
3. typeLabel => user friendly string denoting media type (audio, document, image, video)
4. media => a ProcessWire Image/File Object including all their properties (ext, filesizeStr, height, width, description, tags, filename, basename, etc.)
5. title => title of media (@note: this is the title of the page where the media lives; may or may not be the same as the name of the media file itself). This can be used as a user-friendly name for your media
$media = $page->media;// returns a MediaManagerArray. Needs to be looped through

foreach ($media as $m) {
	echo $m->id;// e.g. 1234 (hidden page in /admin/media-manager/media-parent/)
	echo $m->type;// e.g. 3 (a media of type image) OR 1 (a media of type audio)
	echo $m->typeLabel;// e.g. 'document' (i.e. type would be 2)
	echo $m->title;// e.g. 'My Nice Trip' (whose media file could be my-nice-trip.mp4)
		- $m->media returns an object;
                   either a ProcessWire Image (for image media) or File object (for audio, document and video media)
		- This means you have access to all the properties of that object,
                   e.g. ext, tags, description, url, filename, basename, width, height,
                        modified, created, filesize, filesizeStr, etc
                        as well as associated methods, e.g. size()
	echo $m->media->tags;

// only output images
foreach ($media as $m) {
	if($m->typeLabel =='image') {
		echo "<img src='" . $m->media->size(100,75)->url . "'><br>";

// There's also a toString() method so you can do:
echo $page->media;

All your media will be output wrapped in appropriate HTML tags, i.e.:

	audio: <audio></audio>;
	document: <a></a>;
	image: <img>;
	video: <video></video>;


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The topic of a central media manager feature for ProcessWire has come up several times:
More recently, regarding my Visual Page Selector module, I have been asked several times why the module does not have an in-built feature to upload images.
There's two camps on the topic of a central media manager: those who like them (especially those coming in to PW from other CMSes) and those who don't like them (primarily because of the chaotic way some CMSes (dis)organise their media management) :-). I think that we can have our cake and eat it too! If done the right way, closely following the principles of and harnessing the power of ProcessWire, we can have a well-implemented, organised, feature-rich, site-wide media manager.
Introducing Media Manager: (a commercial module)
Alongside a number of modules I am currently working on (both free and commercial), I have been developing  a centralised Media Manager for ProcessWire. Before you cast the first stone, no, this is not going to be a one-large-media-bucket as in other CMS where it gets very messy very quickly :). In the backend things are neatly stored away, yes, in pages. However, those are pages you will not see (just like repeater pages). Before anyone has a go at pages, remember a page is not that thing you see on the ProcessWire Tree (that's just its visual representation); A page is a record/row in the database  :P  ;). For the end-user of Media Manager, all they will see is the 'familiar media bucket' to select their media from. As long as it works efficiently, I don't think they care about the wizardry behind the scenes :) . 
The module allows for the comprehensive management of several media types:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Images
  • Documents

Each media type will be handled by its own sub-module so the user can pick and install/choose the type of media management they want.
Features include:

  • Access controls
  • Centralized uploads of media
  • Bulk management of media: tag, delete, describe, replace, etc.
  • Bulk upload: zip; scan, single
  • Quick upload in page edit mode
  • Usage stats across pages (maybe?)
  • Etc..

Would love to hear your thoughts and any feature suggestions. I think there's enough demand for such a module. If not, please let me know so that I can instead focus on other things  :lol:, thanks.
How other CMS do it
The more efficient (PW) way of doing it

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Definitely going to keep my eye on this - fantastic idea! One of my current issues with file uploads is that they expose a certain directory structure. As much as PW is protected from that, I prefer file URIs to be a little more 'process' oriented - hence one of the reasons I created little Dispo.

(Speaking of Pages as records, I've been meaning to discuss the possible storage-switch from DB to Pages for Jumplinks when I rewrite... Perhaps that would make it a lot more flexible...)

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So here is a wild and possibly silly question, have you put thought in to media preview for documents and audio files? If I have a pile of audio files in a folder I think it would be the bees knees to be able to hit preview or something with a little ajax player...

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So here is a wild and possibly silly question, have you put thought in to media preview for documents and audio files? If I have a pile of audio files in a folder I think it would be the bees knees to be able to hit preview or something with a little ajax player...

Not wild not silly... Yes, you are covered :-)...but currently only audio + video. Documents are trickier, except for PDF. Still mulling using a different jQuery plugin vs fancybox?

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Drag and drop to sort or to upload? Both are already implemented :-)

Man you are a boss! What about google drive / dropbox uploading ;) now I'm just being difficult. Seriously though, this is going to be super useful. I can think of a musician I know that I'm going to be building a site for and I was really wanting to handle his content this way. 

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Very good idea for the module! I like the concept, and in the end also for the end user easier to understand than him unlearn habits. Absolutely helpful would be an own InputField. So you can add assets not only in the text editor, but also the template. Either select from the Library, replace a selected asset or a new upload. Just like the current file InputField, but just connected to the module. Thank you for doing the work. I look forward to the module.

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The module consists of 3 modules: A Process module, a Fieldtype and, you guessed it, an own Inputfield :-). The Inputfield is what you see in the first and second screenshots above. 

Haha okay. Right. Sometimes you can not see the forest for the trees.  :frantics:  :biggrin:

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