CSCI E-3 Unit 4 Project

The Unit 4 Project will give you a chance to exercise your knowledge of extending jQuery and of multimedia players like the JWPlayer.  We're building on the "divide-text-into-spans" example we started in Project #3A, and will finish this with a fully-working example.  

You will use jQuery and JWPlayer to add a video to this page, and make the transcript interactive with the video. The file at js/transcript.js has a framework "stubbed out" with a few key code segments  for you to fill in. 

At the bottom of this page is a block of text which is the transcript from a public-domain video produced by NASA. (Sorry for the hokey video—I needed something in the public domain, brief, and for which there was a timed transcript available).  If you look at the source code, you'll see that this seemingly single block of text is actually broken up into many separate SPANs, similar to the ones you made in Unit Project #3A. 

The HTML source code looks something like this:
<span class="words" data-start="17.869" data-dur="3.82">Hey this is Dwayne Johnson. While playing astronaut Chuck Baker in the film Planet</span>
<span class="words" data-start="21.689" data-dur="0.701">51</span>
<span class="words" data-start="22.39" data-dur="3.56">I gained a lot of respect for our nation's space program. NASA makes new</span>
The code in the js/transcript.js file provides the framework for the solution which is a jQuery plugin called 'playerConnect()'.  In usage, it looks like this: $('.words').playerConnect(player);, where the jQuery selector is returning the collection of SPAN elements, and player is the jwplayer instance we've added to the page. 

The resulting behavior is twofold:
  1. As the video plays, the relevant part of the transcript highlights.
  2. If the user clicks on the transcript, the video seeks to the relevant segment.

A video showing the desired behavior is on the assignment page in Canvas.

Much of the code is provided for you in a well-commented framework, but the solution will require you to add code in four three places, each marked by a comment line like this: "YOUR CODE TO ADD #n":
  1. YOUR CODE TO ADD #1: The first one is near the end of the JS file, where you'll create the jwplayer and load it into the page (this one is already done for you ... you're welcome!)
  2. YOUR CODE TO ADD #2: Next you'll move into the jQuery plugin itself, where you'll get the current position of the video playback from the jwplayer's event object
  3. YOUR CODE TO ADD #3: Third, you'll write the loop that compares the current player time with the time described in each element, and apply a style if the times match up. 
  4. YOUR CODE TO ADD #4: Finally, the click handler for each element is created, but the logic inside is missing. You'll add the code that causes a click to make the player seek to the right moment.

If this sounds scary, don't despair!  The code already includes most of the heavy lifting, detailed instructions, and pseudo-code is provided in several places.

We will cover JWPlayer in Week 13 in great detail and walk through some examples very similar to this one. 

As usual, submit your project as a zip file, with a folder named like [lastname_firstname].project4 zipped into a file called [lastname_firstname]

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