Media Ninja

Convert video and audio files to a HTML5 SCORM package. The cloud based elearning rapid converter tool will wrap content that is hosted on streaming providers in a special player that knows how far through a user has watched. Start your free trial today.

Need to convert your streaming video or audio file to a HTML5 SCORM Package?

We’ve got a ninja for that.

The Media Ninja is a rapid elearning SCORM converter tool that will wrap content that is hosted on streaming providers in a special player that knows how far through a user has watched.

Designed to be simple and fast to interact with, it’s easy to tell your Learning Management System how much media a learner has watched and report on the required amount of time spent.

How to add completions to video

It’s never been easier to ensure you have a SCORM compliant video format. This elearning authoring tool will wrap content that is hosted by streaming providers such as YouTube, SoundCloud and Vimeo in a special player that knows how far through a user has watched.

You can optionally hide the "scrubber" bar (the draggable item that lets users skip ahead or back in a video) so your learners can't skip ahead.

Then simply set a condition regarding when to mark the media as completed - typically by setting a time/percentage watched. After that marker is reached, we send a SCORM completion to your LMS. We also record how much of the video has been watched. This has two benefits:

  • for the learner it means they can exit the activity and come back another time and have the video pick back up where they left off

  • for the trainer it means you can report on exactly how much of the media an individual is actually watching or listening to.

Purchase access

    • Very easy to use
    • SCORM completion support
    • Streaming video support
    • Built-in templates
    • YouTube, Vimeo & SoundCloud
    • HTML5 conversions
    • Preview output

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Documentation & Tutorials

Why track videos with SCORM?

Let's say your learners need to watch material in order to gain a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit. Their industries' rules state that they need to watch at least 45 minutes of a 1 hour video in order to gain 1 point.

With Media Ninja you can do that. You can specify a video URL, set the completion requirement to 75%, and publish it as a SCORM package. You then just drop this into your LMS and start recording the completions.

Why only support streaming media?

YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud all work very hard to support the widest range of browsers and platforms for their content - it’s in their best interest.

This means that your media will play in desktop, tablet and phone devices alike.

Maximum flexibility and compatibility

We use their standard players (not custom 'skins' or players). Embedding media means also embedding a range of possible players, skins, and script files to account for different devices, different browser capabilities, and so on (in most cases duplicating the media in multiple formats). It's much harder, more bug-prone, less customisable, and makes huge files to deal with.

Saves you money and time

Using streaming services is cheaper for you. It saves your servers bandwidth (data-transfer quota and costs per megabyte) from serving potentially large media files. Media is uploaded only once - but can be used in multiple courses and sites, in formats that are correct for the client’s browsers or devices.

If changes are made to the media, all courses and sites using that media will all automatically get the most current version of the material.

Screenshots

Uncluttered options - only what you need!
Specify a video and when it completes - simple!
Customisable colours and toggle a visible or hidden seek bar!
Add some descriptors and download your package - also simple!

Setting it up in a LMS

  • Make sure you are embedding this into a SCORM-compliant LMS.
  • Base your completion on the SCORE rather than a lesson_status (because the completed / passed status is buggy in a number of LMS's due to ambiguity in the SCORM specification).
  • Set the completion required score to the percentage watched that is set for the video (shown when you set a marker).

Frequently asked stuff

What SCORM version do you publish to?

We package using SCORM 1.2, as it is the most widely implemented version.

What are the video sizes?

It's generally recommended to use the Responsive size, as this means the video will scale to fit its container whilst maintaining a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Media sizes are taken from the default options for each of the players' embed options. These are:

  • YouTube - Small: 560px x 315px, Large: 853px x 480px, Responsive: 100% x 56.25%
  • Vimeo - Small: 500px x 281px, Large: 960px x 540px, Responsive: 100% x 56.25%
  • SoundCloud - Small: 100% x 166px (Standard layout), Large: 100% x 450px (Visual layout), Responsive: 100% x 56.25% (Visual layout)
Which Learning Management Systems do you support?

Any SCORM 1.2 compliant LMS, such as D2L Brightspace, Moodle, BlackBoard, Absorb, Course Cloud, Totara, Scorm Cloud or hundreds of others.

What if a learner only watches some of the video and returns later to watch the rest?

They will resume the video or sound file at the exact moment they left the package when they return - and their completion will occur when they reach the desired percentage of media to be viewed.

What about privacy? My videos are awesome but I don’t want the whole world being able to access them.

You need to consult the options for your video host. For instance, some Vimeo accounts can restrict which domains are able to watch the video.

Do I need to download any software to use this app?

Since it is web based, it requires no installation or any plugins

Why the Ninja?

Because it’s cool. We like ninjas.

Under the hood

So you might be wondering what the innards of this elearning authoring tool actually are (how it works). It uses a minimal SCORM 1.2 based engine that, like most wrappers, expects the SCORM API to exist in a parent frame or window. It also has hand-coded listeners that tap the player API's that YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud expose in order to capture information about the media being played. These wrappers call SCORM commands as the media plays.

For ninjas who want the nitty gritty details, click here.
  1. onload:
    1. perform a scorm initialise (gets the api)
    2. read cmi.core.entry (set to ab-initio on first launch)
    3. read cmi.core.lesson_location (last position in video)
  2. on video start:
    1. set cmi.core.exit to "suspend"
    2. set cmi.core.lesson_status to "incomplete"
    3. perform a scorm commit
  3. periodically (as video is playing):
    1. set cmi.core.lesson_location to the number of seconds the video is up to. You can use this value to check how much a learner actually viewed through to.
    2. Check the required amount to be watched, and if it matches or is greater, perform a completion (see below).
  4. on pause, rebuffer, or end:
    1. Call LMS Commit to persist the changed data (e.g. seconds played)
  5. on completion:
    1. set cmi.core.exit to "" (blank string, effectively means "logout" according to the SCORM spec)
    2. set cmi.core.lesson_status to "completed"
    3. set cmi.core.score.min to "0"
    4. set cmi.core.score.max to "100"
    5. set cmi.core.score.raw to the required percentage
    6. perform a scorm commit
  6. onunload:
    1. perform a scorm commit
    2. perform a scorm finish

Effectively, this means the video is able to be resumed from the point the learner leaves, as lesson_location is being stored. It also means that the score required for completion in your LMS is the same percentage that needs to be watched.

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