"How to" Guideline series is coordinated by Helen Mongan-Rallis of the Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail hrallis@d.umn.edu.

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How To Insert a Streaming Video onto Web Page

Guidelines developed by Helen Rallis & Bruce Reeves, February 2001.

  1. First get a video. The video file needs to be in one of the following formats: .avi or .mov (quick time). If you are doing audio only you can also use .wav (and on Quick Time side it's still .mov even if only audio).
  2. Open RealProducer (can download from http://www.realnetworks.com/products/producer/info.html). Follow the wizard steps to create from file. This will create a .rm file. However, older browsers won't be able to run this directly, so you need to create a pointer file to tell the browser to open the .rm file.
  3. When you are done with creating the video in RP, create a .ram file, To do this, open Simple Text (Mac) or NotePad (Windows) and insert the URL of the .rm file. For example:
  4. Save this SimpleText/Notepad file as something.ram
  5. Then make a link to the .ram file (just as you would make any other link).
  6. Upload all 3 files: the page on which you have the link, the .rm and the Ram
  7. Done! When the user clicks on this link, it will download the Ram file to their computer, and open the RealPlayer window.

Example: The following is a link to a video that was originally in QuickTime, and saved as an .rm file in RealProducer.The link actually point to the .ram file which then directs you to the .rm file. When you click on this link it will download the movie to your computer.

Chimp Movie

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