I have Tridion 2011 with Service Pack 1. The Media Manager connector is installed and appears to be working. (I can view the distributions)
I have an 'article schema'. That article schema contains with a multimedia link. Is it possible to link to a distribution that's inside of a mounted directory?
The requirements given to me for creating the content are these:
- upload video into MM.
- Create a new "article" component
- Link to the video from the component
- add article component to page
- publish page
- end user sees "article" with embedded video.
Is it possible to deliver these requirements? If so... why don't I see "SDL media Manager" in the "select item" window when I'm trying to link to a multimedia component? UPDATE:
I've read the documentation fairly thoroughly, so I'll quote the documentation for the 2011 connector.
This is from "SDL Tridion Connector for SDL Media Manager > Implementing Connector > Schemas and Metadata"
A Schema defines the types of fields and metadata of a Component. You need to add a Multimedia Link field to a Schema to allow content authors to create a link to a Multimedia Component. To link to media stored in Media Manager, you need to add a Multimedia Link to your Schemas that has as Allowed Schema ExternalContentLibraryStubSchema.
I have followed these instructions, but when I open up the component, and attempt to link to anything from media manager, SDL Media Manager does not appear in the "select Item" window. The documentation itself states that I can do this, but the GUI doesn't. I'm just trying to figure out if it's me, or the documentation.
UPDATE: I have the ability to create this 'stub schema component'. If I use the direct link from the Distribution Details window within Media Manager, I'll get the error "unable to determine filename for URI". I have a feeling this is supposed to be how I can actually link to a distribution.. but this doesn't work; I get that "unable to determine filename" error. So what would be the proper way to use this?
UPDATE: Big thanks to Lars for finally pointing me in the right direction. Couldn't have straightened stuff out without him.
Once the connector is installed and configured properly, you can, of course, browse for distributions. But, there were a few issues that I had:
- In my configuration, I had set up my stubs folder to point to a folder that was lower in my blueprint than the schema that would ultimately use it
- At some point, I'd changed the folder location. That had created duplicate multimedia schemas.
- Because I had duplicate multimedia schemas, I was linking to the wrong ECL schema from my other, content schema
- I did not know/understand that I needed a 'stub' for the magic to happen. Once I corrected these problems, and then checked-out a distribution, I was able to link to a distribution.
- Once my schema issue was worked out, Lars was absolutely right that it became unnecessary to ~check out~ a distribution to force a stub to be created.