Top 6 Modules For Handling Media In Drupal 7

Media management has been at the core of discussions within the Drupal community from developers to site builders. If you are new to Drupal you will notice that the file management system is very basic at best and may not solve all your media handling requests right out of the box.

If you are looking for a way to handle videos, images or 3rd party data from websites such as: youtube, flickr, vimeo the Drupal contribution section has a few modules to solve that problem. The follow list below comprises of several media handling modules to make media assets easier to work with within a Drupal environment.

1. Media

The Media module, one of more popular modules on Drupal, provides an extensible framework for managing files and multimedia assets.  The Media module 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.
If you have already uploaded files prior to installing Media your files will automatically take advantage of the many of the features that media has to offer.

2. Scald

Scald is an innovative take on how to handle Media Atoms in Drupal. According to it's Drupal product page, scald features:

  • Media Atoms: full-blown fieldable entities

  • Unified Type: an image Media Atom bundle can be a local file, a photo on Flickr or on Facebook

  • View mode/Context: each Media Atom can be rendered in different view modes, using different players

  • Native support for transcoders (e.g. image styles)

  • Native and extensible control access support

  • Drag and Drop Media Atoms directly to a richtext editor or a Media Atom Reference field

  • Views-based library

  • Easy to extend: module can add Types, Media Atom providers, Contexts, Transcoders and Players

  • Edit integration for inline editing, with CKEditor integration

  • Integration with many contrib modules: Entity API, Entity Translation, Features, Search API

3. Asset

Having issues with reusable media in Drupal? The Asset module is a new approach to the media management.  The asset module may not be as popular as the first two modules but it does get the job done.

4. MediaBox

The key selling point to Mediabox is its ability to do inline cropping. Mediabox also comes with bulk upload functionality and aggregated control of library images. If you're site relies heavily on images this may be a good solution to fit your needs.

5. Media Gallery

The Media Gallery modules uses the Media module, previously mentioned, to provide a rich media gallery. This module currently supports images and youtube videos and is a great add on to the Media Module.

6. Video

Our last module on list is an interesting one. The video module allows you to upload and play videos in any web compatible format. The best part about this module is that it's mobile ready, meaning all videos uploaded will be compatible with cell phone devices. As an added bonus the video module comes with an embed video option allowing content creators to add videos directly into their content.