Embed audio or video player in Notes page option of a mind map diagram

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I'm a professor at CSU San Bernardino. I use Mindjet to create mind maps to support face-to-face and fully online courses. I include video materials in my course materials. It would be extremely helpful if I could embed a video player (e.g., Eyejot or YouTube) within a "notes screen" attached to a branch of a mind map diagram. Likewise, it would be helpful if I could embed an audio player (e.g., Audacity) into a "notes screen." Both would make the "notes screen" more interactive and useful for students. The embedded players would simply hyperlink to files located on my hosted server or hosted service such as YouTube. -- I'm hopeful that Mindjet will give this idea serious consideration and make the "notes" screen a much more useful feature of a mind map diagram.

Rick Lillie
CSU San Bernardino
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Oops! I forgot to suggest that the embedding could be done with either HTML code or a hyperlink (e.g., YouTube URL link). This is one way to embed the player. The works with both a video player or audio player like Audacity.

Rick Lillie
CSU San Bernardino
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Esther van Wijngaarden

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Would the embedded browser be a solution?
You can open hyperlinks in Mindjet/MindManager:
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Also check out the MediaNoteTaker add-in from MindLogik:
http://www.mindlogik.com/membership/medianotetaker_overview

Because this has a range of functions (including a media player) it's a little fiddly to set up. It may be overkill for what you want, but it's worth considering, especially if you also want to edit media files or record screen activity, etc.
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Hi Esther and Alexsg,

Thank you for the feedback comments. Here is a URL link to a mind map diagram that I use in one of my classes. The diagram is designed to guide students through a chapter dealing with "Revenue Recognition" principles (US GAAP). This mind map provides a brief example of how I use MindManager to create course support materials.

http://www.drlillie.com/a574/mm/ch18/...

For each issue, I included sub-branches. Attached to each sub-branch is a notes page that includes a diagram with annotations. I would like to be able to include audio and/or video as part of a notes page. I already attach hyperlinks (see Issue 4, sub-branch).

Currently, I use VoiceThread (http://voicethread.com/) to record streaming videos to discuss issues and sub-branch issues. VoiceThread hosts the recordings. I hyperlink issues and sub-branch notes to VoiceThread recordings.

Rather than hyperlinking away from a mind map diagram, I would prefer to embed the audio or video recording within a note page so that a student could see/hear everything within a note page rather than being taken away to a different source.

Alexsg, I perused the Mindlogik web page. To be honest, I'm very confused about what it does. The web page does not include any examples of what can be created with Mindlogik. I was unable to determine whether I could create something using Mindlogik, include what I did within a mind map diagram, and then be able to export the mind map that includes Mindlogik created features as a web page that I upload to my server and share with my students.

I appreciate your sharing ideas with me. I look forward to your feedback and continuing discussion.

Rick Lillie
Cal State, San Bernardino
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Now I understand your students receive the html-export of the mindmap.
Unfortunately it is still not possible to use html in the text notes (or the embedded code) and then export the complete map to webpages.
You have to manually edit the webpages after the export, but that is a lot of work.
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Hi Rick,

I assume like Esther from your response that the htmi version of the diagram in the link is what you distribute, rather than the original map.

If this is the case then I don't think MediaNoteTaker will work. However I suggest you contact Patrick Baker directly at MindLogik. Patrick is very helpful and he should be able to assist in working out whether MediaNoteTaker is appropriate for what you are trying to do.

Alex
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Thank you both for your feedback and help. I will contact Patrick Baker as you suggest. It never hurts to ask a question.

What is your impression of what I'm doing with the mind map diagrams and the way I'm sharing the maps with students? Are you aware of anyone doing anything similar to the technique I'm using?

Rick Lillie
Cal State, San Bernardino
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Esther van Wijngaarden

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Sharing mindmaps as webpages is most common on universities/schools.

Another way is to use Mindjet web and share the map itself, but then you have to have site license for the students. And the webclient of Mindjet does not support all the features of the desktop client.
So I would prefer the technique you are using now.

I hope a lot of people share your idea of adding code to text notes, you have my vote!
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Thanks Esther. I really appreciate your feedback comments.

Rick Lillie
Cal State, San Bernardino
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Hi Rick

This is area in which Mindjet have failed to develop their product for a decade! If they added this sort of functionality MindManager would be a prolific web development tool.

Here is a solution which reduces some of the pain Esther highlighted:

Post process the export with a search and replace tool called Useful File Utilities with Batch Replacer. This can tidy up some of MindManager's idiosyncracies and embed YouTube videos by relacing unique short codes in the notes e.g. @video1@ etc.
Its best to use tables in the notes with cells set aside for displaying the media in.

You can use a spreadsheet to create a file which Useful File Utilities uses for the psearch and replace. It can also be used to add unique meta tags for title, description and keywords (could be more) to each page.

I used this process to create this web "sub" site: Away at Christmas

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