Book Image

TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook

By : Dan Osipov, Adrian Zimmerman
Book Image

TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook

By: Dan Osipov, Adrian Zimmerman

Overview of this book

TYPO3 is one of the world's leading open source content management systems, written in PHP, which can be used to create and customize your web site. Along with text content, you can display high quality images, audio, and video to your site's visitors by using TYPO3. It is essential to manage various types of multimedia files in content management systems for both editors and the users on the frontend of the site.The book gives you a step-by-step process for organizing an effective multimedia system. It also gives solutions to commonly encountered problems, and offers a variety of tools for dealing with multimedia content. The author's experience in large-scale systems enables him to share his effective solutions to these problems.If you choose to work through all the recipes from the beginning, you will start by setting up a basic web site set up, aimed at future expansion and scalability. Next, you will cover the basics of digital asset management—a major topic important in all enterprises. You can organize user groups because next you will be creating accounts for users and assigning permissions. Then you will jump into metadata—text information describing the multimedia objects—and learn how it can be manipulated in TYPO3. You will embed multimedia on your site when you have read the various methods for embedding mentioned in this book. Before you finish the book you will learn about some advanced topics, such as external API integrations and process automation.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Installing needed extensions

Most of the power of TYPO3 comes from extensions. In fact, much of the system you have just installed is powered by extensions—these come packaged with the source, and are called system extensions, or simply sysext. You can find them under the typo3/sysext folder. These extensions have been deemed necessary for most installations, and many come preloaded by default. There are more extensions available through the TYPO3 Extension Repository (TER), and they can be installed as local extensions, and will reside under the typo3conf/ext folder. You can get a complete list at

As we will be dealing a lot with multimedia, we should install the Digital Asset Manager (DAM) extension. Its extension key is dam. While you can run a website without it perfectly well, a lot of the information provided in subsequent chapters will assume that you have a lot of media objects, and need an efficient way of organizing them. DAM is designed to do just that.

There are several ways to install extensions in TYPO3. Next, we will cover how you can install extensions using the Extension Manager—which is the simplest way to install extensions. For other possibilities, refer to the There's more... section further ahead. You may choose different options depending on the situation, so you should be familiar with all methods.

How to do it...

  1. 1. Go to Admin Tools | Extension Manager.


    If you've just installed the system, the Extension Manager is not configured for automatic extension retrieval. If it is already set up, skip to Step 7.

  2. 2. In the top-most selection box, choose Settings to go to the settings submodule.



    A quick note about terminology: All options in the left frame of the backend menu are called modules. Some modules may have submodules—those are usually available in selection boxes at the top of the content frame. Refer to TYPO3 official documentation for an overview of the structure of the backend.

  3. 3. Under Security Settings, check the box if you want access to extensions that have not been reviewed. If you leave the box unchecked, and are unable to find some mentioned extensions, this would probably be the reason.

  4. 4. If you plan on uploading extensions to TER, then under User Settings, enter your TYPO3 account information. You can sign up for a free account at

  5. 5. Under Mirror list, select the mirror that is closest to you, or leave the recommended setting of random.

  6. 6. Scroll to the bottom and click Update to save your changes.

  7. 7. Go back to the submodule selector and choose Import Extensions.

  8. 8. In the List or look up all extensions box, type in dam.

  9. 9. In the list that appears, choose the Media (DAM) extension, and choose the Import button.

  10. 10. You will be notified of any Dependency Error that you can ignore or resolve.

    The Extension Manager will perform all the necessary database updates.

There's more...

In the following section we will cover other methods of importing extensions from T3X files and code repositories.

Importing T3X files

Extensions are distributed and can be downloaded as files with T3X extension. You can download the files through the TER. Once you have the file, it can be imported through the Import Extensions submodule of the extension manager. The rest of the steps are the same as above.

Checking out unstable extensions

In between stable releases, unstable versions can be exported from repositories. These versions contain bug fixes and new features, but may not be fully tested, and therefore contain some problems. Here is how the latest revision of DAM can be checked out from the repository. Create a new folder under typo3conf/ext/dam, and in it, run the following command:

Shell > svn co


This command assumes you have Subversion installed. If you don't, you will get an error. Subversion client can be installed through APT:

Shell> apt-get install subversion

If you're using Windows, you can use Tortoise SVN that is a graphical interface to the Subversion client. It integrates seamlessly into Windows Explorer and most commands can be accessed through right-click context menu. Go to to find out more about Tortoise SVN.

The rest of the steps for installation are the same as above.