I am impressed with the new FileMaker Go features, especially the ones that work around the container-stored audio and video files.
Here's the set-up and workflow:
- Set-up a database with your basic info to identify what you are listening to or watching. In this layout include a container field.
- In Layout Mode, highlight the container field and on the floating inspector palate (under data formatting) select the "Interactive content" option. This option makes it possible for the mp3 or movies to play.
- With sharing preferences turned on in the data base on your computer and the data base open, open FileMaker Go on your iOS device and open your data base there.
- On the device, click into the container field you want to fill with audio or video and the iOS device will ask if you want to use the mic or the camera. Take your pick.
- After you are done recording, FMGo 12 asks if you would like to use this or retake. (Nice time saver if you need to redo it... beats starting at square one.)
- Depending on the speed of your network and size of the file, the video or audio make their way to the corresponding field in your data base after you click out of the container field on iOS device. Magical.
I think I just made this sound harder than it is. It is fairly intuitive.
I haven't figured out the most useful application for around school yet, but I am picturing using the camera and microphone in my iPad to document the interesting academic things I see everyday.
I wonder what ideas you might come up with for the A/V features of FileMaker 12 and FileMaker Go 12. Is this a low budget way to collect clips as kids film them for a bigger project? How about a web site of local oral history? I know! before and after examples of the latest technical project in band. Reading teachers need audio documentation for a read aloud project?
I haven't tried to find the limit on the length of the clips. I am sure that will have something to do with disc space on the computer end of things and the size of the storage on the iOS device. I am pretty sure most of the projects I do are pretty short, so I will be fine. The other thing is this works on the network, how robust is your network? Ours is pretty good, but it does have its slow spots and times. My short clips are working well. FileMaker Go is free, but you need FileMaker Pro on a computer to set-up the databases and to run the backend of the iOS magic. Just yourself as a user? Then FileMaker or FileMaker Advanced will do. Multiple users? Then FileMaker Server is recommended.
It is nice for connecting that the computer has a static IP address, otherwise you may end up looking up the current IP under File>Sharing a lot. Most of the school networks I know use some kind of dynamic addressing, so check with your IT guy if this bugs you.
Overall, this is an excellent upgrade to the FileMaker family of products. FM12 and FMGo work better together than ever before. Have fun with the containers!