The GEDCOM 5.5 standard supports multimedia files of all types.
Currently phpGedView supports multimedia objects only as external files.
Multimedia embedded in the GEDCOM file itself will be ignored.
There are three ways to add media items to your Gedcom so that they can be used by PhpGedView.
The first way is to add them in the genealogy application you used to export your Gedcom, such as PAF.
Then when you export the Gedcom, the file links will automatically be included. Some genealogy applications
such as Family Tree Maker do not properly export the file links.
The second way to get media items in your Gedcom, is to add them online using PhpGedView's online editing capabilities.
Note that if you use this method, and then update your data in your original genealogy application, you will lose
your changes if you upload your gedcom again.
The third option is to use the Add Media Tool during the validate gedcom stage. This tool requires that you use
the MySQL installation of PGV and keeps a seperate table of media items that are added to your gedcom before you import it.
This tool allows you to keep a list of media items seperate from your gedcom file so that you can update your gedcom
file offline without having to duplicate your work everytime you update your gedcom file.
To use the multimedia support in phpGedView you must copy the multimedia files external to
your GEDCOM to the "media" directory in the folder where you installed
You can find all of the images referenced in your file by opening your
gedcom in a text editor and looking for the OBJE or FILE tags.
PhpGedView includes a "media/thumbs" directory where you may place
thumbnails of your media files for display in lists and on other pages.
PhpGedView allows you to create your own thumbnails so that you can
maintain artistic control over your media and to avoid the installation
of other server side software. Make a copy your images and reduce
them to an appropriate thumbnail size somewhere around 100px width and
upload them to the "media/thumbs" directory. Keep the filename the same
as the original.
Once you have your media prepared and thumbnails created, you can upload them to the media directory
using your favorite FTP program, or you may upload them from the Admin->Upload Media page.
As of version 2.0 you can configure PhpGedView to recognize
subdirectories in your media folder. The subdirectories must be the same
names as the subdirectories in your media file paths pointed to in your
GEDCOM file. For example if you have the following media references in
your GEDCOM file:
With the media depth set to 1 you need to set up your directory
structure like this:
With the media depth set to 2 you need to set up your directory
structure like this:
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