Downloading and using RealOne
The RealOne (formerly RealPlayer) plug-in is an application
that allows streaming of audio and/or video over the Internet.
For example, RealOne allows your Web browser to display multimedia content (a
combination of text, sound, graphics, and/or video). RealOne allows for the
playback, creation, publishing and live broadcasting of multimedia content over
- Download the RealOne plug-in.
- Install the RealOne plug-in for Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer.
- Use RealOne to play a multimedia file over the Web.
Streaming takes media files (audio, video, etc.) and breaks them up into
smaller packets to deliver to the destination computer. Instead of downloading
the entire file before playing it, you can play it while it's downloading.
This makes it possible to view live broadcasts over the Internet. For a detailed
explanation of streaming media and how it works go to the RealPlayer 8 manual.
Plug-in applications are programs that are downloaded and installed as part
of your web browser. These supplementary programs allow your browser to play
sound (if you have a sound card and speakers connected to your computer),
video, and other functions. Once downloaded these applications are automatically
recognized and opened by your browser when needed. If you visit a web site
or attempt to access a linked file within a web page that needs a plug-in
that your browser does not have, your browser will prompt you and provide
a URL for accessing the needed application.
Minimum System Requirements
- 233MHz Intel Pentium II processor
- 64MB of RAM
- 28.8Kpbs modem
- 16-bit sound card and speakers
- 65,000-color video display card set to display at 800x600
- Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0 with
Service Pack 4 or later, Windows XP
- Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
- RealOne has a Favorites function that allows you to save streaming video
and audio clips that you may want to view again later. It is similar to the
Favorites function in Internet Explorer and the Bookmarks function in Netscape
Navigator. To save a favorite, click on "View" in the menu bar and
select "Favorites," then "Add to Favorites" (see Figure
1). Your audio or video clip will then be available to you to select whenever
you navigate to the Favorites area of the "View" menu again.
- More tips for using RealOne can be found in the RealOne
Figure 1: RealOne Favorites
- Download and install RealOne onto your computer by following these step-by-step
- Read our instructions for using RealOne
and then take a few minutes to explore the RealOne control bar (see figure
2). The RealOne controls look and work much like those of a music compact
disk (cd) player. There's a button for play, stop, forward and backward. There
is also a slide bar for progressing through the content--forward and backward
and a volume control bar.
Figure 2: RealOne Control Bar
This page was updated on 1/15/2002.
- Practice using RealOne by viewing webcasts produced by the Center for the
Advancement of Distance Education (CADE) at the University of Illinois at
Chicago School of Public Health and by the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Two archived webcasts are linked below.
with Special Health Care Needs in South Carolina: The Power of a Multi-Agency-Linked
Dataset to Define the Issues
broadcast date: November 3, 2001
produced by: CADE UIC School of Public Health
Responds: Influenza - Prevention, Detection, and
broadcast date: December 20, 2001
produced by: The University of North Carolina School of Public Health
More broadcasts are available at: