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    Embedded Audio & Video

    I am building a public safety reporting system and am working on the report element. In FORM mode, I can play audio files (911 call recordings) and even watch field videos imported from patrol car cameras as OLE files on the form. However, I am trying to replicate these features on the REPORT. I have seen interactive PDF files in the past, but am having difficulty getting this to work. The PDF shows the first frame of the imbedded OLE video file and the speaker icon for the sound recording, but both are treated like bitmap images or jpgs on the PDF when printed. I am using Adobe 8.1. In the research I have done so far, I have seen comments online that I will need Adobe 9 or newer to incorporate media files on the PDF. Before making that transition, I was hoping someone could confirm for me whether or not what I am attempting to do is even possible, and was hoping for some how-to details as well, needy aren't I? To be clear, I want to print a crime report that has embedded audio/video files from Alpha and have the recipient of that report view that recording by clicking the related image on the PDF.

    Re: Embedded Audio & Video

    Hi Mike,

    How is the recipient of the report receiving it? As an email attachment?

    Would that mean all the videos that the report refers to, will be attached also?
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


      Re: Embedded Audio & Video

      Hi Keith,

      You seemed eiger to answer this audio stuff that could help me.
      I did not want to create one more thread.

      Of course you do not have to have answer to everything, A5 doc says nohing about audio fields.

      1) Can we save an audio file in a record field?

      (I expect about 24,000 records but very short audios, most likely listened in the order they appear in the query, so I think maybe it would eat lots of CPU by just searching each of many files in the OS file tree for file retrieval (because many files in a single directory, even if I split them in many directories.)

      2)Also, I want to record audio and post it in the database. Idally, I would like to do it from a web app, but it seems difficult unless buying as 300$ JavaScript library.
      So, I am open to desktop solution for audio recording side.
      A desktop solution for recording would solve my problem, even if less neet. However, ultimately I think it could be interesting for myself and many other folks here if it can be done on web.

      Thanks for your tips anyway.

      Last edited by EMHmark7; 05-01-2010, 01:54 PM.


        Re: Embedded Audio & Video

        It's been awhile but as I remember we saved the path to the .wav file in the database. On the web side the user clicks on a link and is invited to download the file to MS media player and it plays. Don't try to get too fancy with unconventional data types and such. When I have more time and I am back at the client's site, I will take a closer look at what we did.