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Posted 26 May 2005 - 12:00 AM
Thanks for any help!
Posted 26 May 2005 - 07:40 AM
Depending upon how you want to approach it you can probably embed the video right in the page itself or provide a link that will open a player for the video.
I've never used MetaCart so don't know how easy or hard it is to edit, but one would think they would at least allow you to add a link to the template page.
Posted 27 May 2005 - 02:09 PM
The preview videos are in .ram format. However, the cart will not allow html to be put into the description. I could add a link to the templates page, but how would that link go to the specified video preview?
Posted 27 May 2005 - 02:16 PM
Posted 27 May 2005 - 03:36 PM
Posted 27 May 2005 - 03:56 PM
As I say, I'm not familiar with the cart you're using, but if it has the ability to add custom fields to a product, or has "user defineable" fields already there, or there's an unused field in the product database that you could repurpose for this, then you could put the actual filename of the video in a product field.
Then, you just reference that field in place of the file name when you put the code in the template. In other words, you write the code code to call a video, such that the only difference between the video for one product and another is the actual name of the video file. Enter the video file name in a field associated with that product, and call that field in the code where the filename belongs. That way you can put the snippet of code in the template, and it will automatically call the appropriate video snippet when it loads the page with the actual product information.
I use this method with my company's cart to call some additional graphics and a couple of other page elements for each of the products in the company's store.
Posted 27 May 2005 - 04:53 PM
I really appreciate it!
Posted 27 May 2005 - 07:30 PM
However if you can figure out which template writes the IMG SRC line that shows the image in the product detail page it should be fairly simple to add a link for your .ram video clips. Especially if you name the .ram file the same name as your image name.
Just a matter of stripping off the .gif or .jpg and changing that to your .ram. Then adding an A HREF around the image. You'll probably want to add a BORDER=0 to the IMG SRC tag also to keep from having a border around the linked image.
Then you could add some text to your description to tell people to click on the image to see the video clip.
I hoped they had a user forum there since people who are familiar with it could tell you exactly how to do it. For free most likely. I didn't see one however.
It does however look like the developers will quote you a price for customization. You're talking about something that will be a very minor tweak for someone familiar with the cart. If you like how the cart works, in my opinion it would be worth a shot to contact them to see what they would charge to fix up a template for you. It's probably going to be much less expensive than purchasing another cart, and far less painful that transferring everything to another cart, then re-learning the new interface.
Of course all of that depends upon if you're happy with MetaCart...
Posted 27 May 2005 - 09:37 PM
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