Help with Audio & Video...
To play audio and/or video from this
website you'll need to download and install the free RealPlayer G2 from RealNetworks ( http://www.real.com ). This program supports
"streaming" real-time audio and video delivered over the Internet.
Go to the RealNetworks site.
1. Look carefully for the link to the
"free" or "basic" RealPlayer software -- it is often hidden beneath
other links leading you to the commercial (~$30 US) version of the program. The following
button should take you directly to the free version of RealPlayer:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and look
for a line similar to "RealPlayer Basic is our free player" hyperlink, and click
2. Once you find the correct page, supply
your information and download the program. When you are prompted to save it make sure you
save to your desktop so you can find the program after download. Using a 56k modem it will
take about 15minutes to completely download the program.
3. Run the installer. You may need to
restart your computer after installation.
RealPlayer G2 cannot run on older Windows
PCs (e.g., 486 or Pentiums running at less than 133mHz) or Macs (pre-PowerMac Quadras and
Performas). Older versions of WebTV and America Online (AOL) software do not support
playing audio. Connection speed is very important. You will need at least a 28.8k modem to
see the video, and a 56k version is required to avoid "breakups" in the video
signal. The "high-speed" versions of the video require that you be connected to
the Internet by DSL, cable modem, or through a corporate/academic network.
DESCRIPTION OF BUTTONS ON THIS WEBSITE:
This takes you to the RealNetworks site where you can
download RealAudio/RealVideo players and upgrades.
This button links to the help page.
Click this button to begin playing video.
Q: I click on a sound clip but it tries to save it to my hard disk
instead of playing it!
A: Most likely RealPlayer software is not installed on your system. Go to http://www.real.com and look for the "Free
RealPlayer" or "Basic RealPlayer" hyperlinks. You'll see lots of links for
the "for sale" version (currently about $30 US) but keep looking -- the free
version is also available. Follow the instructions above to install it on your system.
Q: I clicked on the audio file but nothing happens -- no
downloads or audio play.
A: This behavior is usually caused by the presence of a "firewall" between you
and the website. If you're surfing from a computer at work, your company may have
specifically blocked audio and video using their firewall. If you're at home, it is
possible that your Internet connection "dropped" without warning -- in this
case, try logging in again.
Q: I downloaded a sound clip but I can't hear anything!
A: If you have a PC, make sure you have a sound card installed and
configured. Check to make sure you have your speaker plugged in and that the volume up.
Make sure your hardware and Web browser support audio. WebTV Classic and older versions of
the AOL Web browser will not work! Check the WebTV and AOL home pages for more information. Low memory is another
cause of sound problems -- you will need at least 32megs RAM installed in your
computer for the RealPlayer software to load properly.
Q: Why does the RealAudio file keep breaking up in static on my
If you have a slow (28.8k) modem you won't be able to play the video/music
in real time. You should get at least a 56k modem to solve this problem. Even with a 56k
modem you will experience occasional breakups in video. You may also get breakups if your
Internet provider is overloaded (this is very common with American Online connections).
Q: I see the RealAudio player loading but it says it can't play the
A: Most likely you have an older audio-only version of RealPlayer installed on your
computer. Go to http://www.real.com and get the upgrade.
Q: I tried installing RealPlayer but it said it "didn't support my
A: If you're using an old 486 (e.g., 33mHz) or Mac Quadra your system is not fast
enough to decode real-time audio and/or video. Ideally, you should upgrade to a Pentium or
Q: Why is the audio/video clip low-quality?
Current Internet speeds allow audio at roughly FM radio quality to be
delivered to 56k modems. If an audio sample seems low-quality the problem is likely to be
related to your Internet connection (see above). Video is much more restricted -- very few
people have connections fast enough for "full screen full motion" videos. To
maximize compatibility, video on this site has been adjusted to a smaller window size and
lower frame rate.