The Media module provides an extensible framework for managing files and multimedia assets, regardless of whether they are hosted on your own site or a 3rd party site - it is commonly referred to as a 'file browser to the internet'.
Media is a drop-in replacement for the Drupal core upload field with a unified User Interface where editors and administrators can upload, manage, and reuse files and multimedia assets. Any files uploaded before Media was enabled will automatically take advantage of the many of the features it comes with.
Media's aim is to solve Drupal's long standing media handling problem.
What is the difference between 1.x and 2.x?
The 7.x-1.x version is the stable and recommended version for most users and production sites. It has reached feature freeze and will not be getting any new features, only bug fixes.
The 7.x-2.x version offers a lot of new improvements and is currently the active development version for new features and UI improvements. Bugs fixed in 7.x-2.x will also be fixed in 7.x-1.x if possible. See the wiki page on differences between the 1.x and 2.x versions for more detailed information.
- Add media (images and video) into any textarea (requires Wysiwyg module).
- Use the fields API (formerly CCK) to add fields to any type of media, eg. captions on images and genres on audio.
- Flexible display filters for image manipulation, audio & video players and more.
- Plugins to use remote media from sites like YouTube, Flickr, ...
- A unified interface for adding any type of media as a field to nodes.
- Administration screens for CRUD dealing with Media.
- Mass importing of files.
- Drag and drop upload (with Plupload module)
- See the roadmap for planned features.
- File Entity (separate module for Media 7.x-2.x only, included in Media 7.x-1.x)
- Views (for Media 7.x-2.x only)
- Private files: There are several issues in Media and Drupal core when the private file system is used. While these issue are being investigated and fixed, the use of the File lock module is highly recommended.
- Accessibility: Media 1.x does not have an out-of-the-box solution for handling HTML attributes, including alt. This is an issue actively being worked on in File Entity 2.x. See #1553094: Alt and Title support for Images
- Audio and video files: The module does not include any way to 'display' audio and video media files out of the box. The use of MediaElement or MediaFront is recommended. See #1748952: Add simple HTML5 file field formatters for <audio> and <video>.
- Non images and WYSIWYG: There are several known issues when embedding non-image media via the WYSWIYG. Please test and review #1451316: Clean up wysiwyg-media.js
- Multiple forms
- Remote stream wrapper
- See the wiki page for all Media-related modules.
How can I get involved?
- Media Support Squad: Modeled after the successful Views Bug Squad to help out in the issue queues. See the group wiki page for more info.
- IRC: The Media team has their own IRC channel: #drupal-media which is open to all Media team members, contributors, and users to hold real-time discussions and ask questions.
- Issue Queue: Participate in the issue queue by helping be a part of the bug squad or by creating and testing patches.
- Group: See events and discussions happening in the Media group on groups.drupal.org
- Media group on g.d.o.
- Media module F.A.Q.
- Demo site
- Presentation at DrupalCon Chicago
- Presentation: Multimedia handing in Drupal 7
- For developers, you may want to use the Media development install profile.