Seyret Vs HWDvideoshare Part 1: Install & Admin

*** This article is part of a series comparing 2 very popular Joomla video components; Seyret & HWDVideoshare. ***

Part 1: Installation & Administraton Comparison

A) Installation

Installation of both Seyret and HWD are straigt forward processes involving the download and/or direct URL install from the Joomla installation screen. Both have a number of optional modules and plugins which are installed in the same method as needed.
For video conversion you may need to check that your server has the appropriate codecs installed, however both Seryet and HWD use popular video conversion systems so we’ve found very few cases where this has been an issue. Contact your server administration if you do experience issues.
Result: Equally good.

B) Modules & Plugins

Both Seyret and HWD can be used straight “out of the box” however there are optional modules and plugins that can be installed to greater enhance your Joomla websites capabilities. Seyret has a number of free modules, such as featured videos slider and stand-alone seyret video player. Further modules and addons are available for Seyret, however they will often either require a Seyret PRO Membership, or will be a one-time purchase. HWDVideoShare is slighly disadvantaged in this respect as the free version only features the video component and basic plugins. For an annual fee (reasonably priced) you can subscribe to the PRO version of HWD which gives you full access to all the modules and plugins, at which point HWD becomes just as good, if not better than Seyret.

Result: Seyret gets the slight win here simply due to the fact that free modules are available. When comparing both PRO versions though, I give the advantage to HWD.

C) Templating

Both components offer templating capabilities and have a few different templates available for download, although in HWD’s case, a pro acct is required to use templates. The main diffence between the 2 is the method of templating. Seyret uses standard coding to theme their system so those familiar with HTML and PHP will have no problem manually making changes to the system. HWD uses the popular “Smarty” templating method and uses TPL files instead of the standard PHP. Smarty files can be edited like standard PHP however the minor differences between the 2 may cause issues with those not familiar with the Smarty system.

Result: Due to the ease of editing the template files, Seyret gets the edge.

D) Video Import & Adding New Videos

This is where the heart of both these components lie, and depending on your needs and wants both the systems “can” be equally as good. Seyret offers 2 methods to adding new videos; upload direct from your PC or add a third party video such as Youtube or Google video. Seyret is compatible with a long list of online video networks, making it appear more versatile.

HWD offers the same features as Seyret, however also offers other options as well including remote, scan, SQL Import, CSV Import, Direct import from Seyret, RTMP and the ability to bulk add videos from youtube playlists and user profiles.

Result: HWD easily has the better features in this category.

E) Categories & Groups

Both Seyret and HWD offer the same features regarding the creation of primary and child categories. HWD has an extra feature called groups however which allow users to create groups relating to a particular topic, and then other users can join that group and share their favorite videos.

Result: HWD easily has the leg up here.

F) General Settings and Set-up

For the most part, both these 2 components are equal in this category, and both allow you to edit the component settings to suit your websites needs. HWD does appear to have more features in this category and gives you a few more options regarding the general setup.

Result: Equal

G) SEO Features

This is often one of the biggest problems with Joomla components and in my experience is quite oftenen a headache for video components. I believe the reason being that until recently video components were not widely used so didn’t have a large group of scripters writing addons and plugins for them. That has changed however and both Seyret and HWD are compatible with all the popular SEF components including JoomSEF, SH404SEF, SEF Servicemap and more. HWD is allegedly compatible with the standard Joomla SEF features also.

Result: While HWD could have the advantage here I am yet to test it, so will call this a tie.

H) Video & Server Maintenance Features

Seyret and HWD both offer a range of basic maintenance features, such as video removal, viewing and editing of pending and reported videos and general editing of video settings. One of the biggest advantages that puts HWD well up in this area is their specific maintenance administration area which offers a single location for you to; Delete videos, fix SQL Errors, Recount SQL Database, Re-Generate local video thumbnails, archive access logs and re-calculate video durations. Seyret to my knowledge does not have similar features.

Result: HWD by far offers the most options and wins hands down.

I) Summary

Reading through the above you would be forgiven for thinking I think much less of Seyret than I do of HWD, which is most definitely not the case. For the last 2 years my hockey video website “2 Minutes For Hockey” has used the Seyret component to deliver the videos with efficiency. I admit however that I am in the process of migrating the system over to HWD simply due to it’s much more user-friendly features.

Overall, the 2 components are very much on par with each other and the only thing separating the 2 are personal preferences based around your particular websites needs. On a direct comparison I do rate HWD as the better component to use.

What do you use? Do you have a preference? Please leave a comment below.

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Seyret Vs HWDVideoShare: Intro

Those familiar with Joomla may have heard of the Seyret Video Component, an addon to Joomla that allows you to essentially create your own Youtube style website. Seyret has been the premier Joomla video component for a number of years and is feature rich, easy to use and looks great. We even use it here on succeed2k for our video reviews and guides section.

There has however, another component that has been very quietly gaining popularity: HWDVideoShare.

Like Seyret, HWD allows you to create your own video streaming website. It allows users to upload videos, rate, comment and view videos. It also, like Seyret allows users to add videos from third party sites such as Joomla, Google Video and Metacafe.

Which brings us to the point where we have to ask… which one is “better”? This is purely subjective of course as the definition of “better” pretty much depends on the users on opinions, needs and preferences as to the look at feel of their website.

Over the next few days I am going to be writing a series of articles which will highlight key aspects of the 2 different components running a comparison between then. This 4 part series will consist of:

  • Installation & Administration Features & Comparison
  • User Features & Usability Comparison
  • Modules, Plugins and Third Party Extensions Comparison
  • Summary

I look forward to any comments you may have so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or leave a comment at the bottom of the articles.

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Selling On The PPM Hockey and Soccer Markets

At some point in time you will no doubt decide to sell a player on the open market at PPM. Selling a player is a really simple process but many appear to fail at the most important part of the process… setting a minimum sale price. Sure, there may be times when the final sale price is unimportant, however 99% of the time you’re going to want to make sure you get the best dollar value you can for your player.

Most veteran players have their own way of setting the minimum sale price for a player, but I wanted to touch on a very basic entry level method that I recommend to new people; Research.

Research The Market

This applies to both hockey and soccer games at PPM. In the example below I am going to use a hockey player, however just use a soccer player and their attributes to do the same on the soccer market.

Say for example you have a player that you wish to sell who has the following attributes:

Offense: 100
Shoot: 12
Pass: 60
Tech: 50
Agg: 9

First of all you want to identify his 3 key attributes and therefore his preferred position. In this players case, I have bolded the 3 key attributes, Offense-Pass-Tech, which make him prefer the CENTER position.

Now you need to go to Market page on Powerplay Manager (in this case, the Hockey market) and make a filtered search which applies to the 3 attributes of the player you want to sell. You should round down the attributes on the search to get a larger list of players on the market. I tend to round down, so the search results will show slightly weaker players also. In this players case i would suggest filtering your search to Offense: 90 Pass: 50 and Tech: 45.

What you now have is a list of players currently on the market who have key attributes similar to your player. Take a look at the prices those players are selling for, taking time to also compare the players OR, QUALITIES and minor attributes also to get a good idea. If you find the prices vary a lot, look at the other attributes also. What you are trying to do is get a rough idea of the price your player could expect to sell for. Needless to say, if you have 10 players in the results and 9 have sale prices of $500k and 1 has $3mil then the lower price is no doubt the one you should be looking at.

One last step… think about what kind of price you WANT the player to sell for. While it is recommended you list the player at a low(er) price, don’t be afraid to use a starting price higher than the results suggest, as you never know what other managers will do when they see your player on the market.

This method is also suggested for selling STAFF on the PPM Staff Market also.

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Klok: Personal Time Tracker Review

Klok is a great small application that allows you to better manage your time by providing a quick and easy method of personal time tracking. The software works via the Adobe Air programming language.

Key Features

Klok contains a wide range of fantastic features which are all important to the overall package that the software provides. There are a few key features however that stand out of the crowd.

  • Unlimited Project / Tasks allows you to add as many projects and/or tasks as are needed, each one with full individual reporting, tracking and accountability systems in place. Each project can also include sub-projects for ease of navigation and control over your work.
  • Project Value / Cost feature gives you the ability to add a financial cost per hour to your tasks, meaning you get a full cost analysis of each task including estimated Vs Actual hours worked.
  • Start/Stop & Manual Time Entries makes it possible for you to 100% cover your hours worked. Click “start” to start working and “stop” to stop working and let the software update your time entries automatically for you. Miss an entry, you can manually add it yourself at a later time.
  • Graphical Reporting gives you a full view of your work hours in an easy to use graphical interface. Compare tasks and projects and see which work has been more efficient than others.

Other Features

Along with the key features above, Klok is bundled with more tools and features.

  • Fully customizable via preferences
  • Weekly and/or Monthly views
  • Weekly, Monthly or Summary Reporting
  • Project manager information including name and contact information
  • Export to spreadsheet
  • Automatic Updates
  • Minimize to the top of your window

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Summary

Klok is standout software for a number of reasons. First of all, the price… it’s 100% free. The free pricetag should not put you off, as this software is truly worthy of an actual price, that’s how good it is. It runs on Adobe Air, the latest technology for creating great applications. Air gives Klok a fluid look and feel without a heavy resource use that traditional programming languages can give. It has a great minimise feature making it virtually hidden while you use it.

Specifics

Price: Free
Required Software: Adobe Air
Home Page: http://klok.mcgraphix.com/klok/

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MOVED: PPM Line Strategy: 4-Step Player Skill Method

Please Note: This article has been moved to the PPM Hockey Guides section.

You can jump directly to it HERE

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PPM Line Strategy: 4-Step Player Skill Method

Over the last 2 and a half seasons i’ve seen a lot of people ask about how they should train their players and/or find the best place for them on their team. While there are a number of theories about how to best setup your team, there are none that are 100% full-proof and accurate. I’ve had a lot of players come and go through my team over the last year and have tried and tested a few different methods to try and come up with a proven system. What I discovered is that there is 1 system that not only is highly accurate, but is also blatently obvious and right in front of us. I’ve named this the “4-Step Player Skill Method”.

The Process

The method is really quite simple. It looks at 4 key plarts of your players skills and narrows them down to find the best position / place to play them, and how to train them. You will find if you use a spreadsheet such as google spreadsheets or excel this system is much easier to follow.

Disclaimer: I want to point out that my preferred training method is the 4-3-2 (or 100%-75%-50%) method where your secondary attributes are 75% and 50% of your primary attribute. If you train a different style, please take this into account when reading below.

The 3 steps to this method focus on the following:

  1. Player Attribute Balance
  2. Attribute Quality
  3. Preferred Side
  4. Experience & Chemistry

I will explain each a little in detail below.

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