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Real Player 11 beta Nice new feature


jeanrosenfeld

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Real player 11 beta is available (e.g. fom betanews.com).

see also

 

http://realplayer.com/blog/?src=uk_rp11_b1...rsrc=uk_rp11_b1

 

A particularly useful new feature is that you can download or record straming video to your hard drive. As there have been several posts on these boards asking about how to record streaming video, I thought it worth drawing attention to it here.

 

It alo plays .flv files, which is quite handy.

I've tested this on a few sites.

 

For example.if you go to YouTube, as you hover over a video, a button comes up and you can download the file to your hard drive.The files have .flv eextension and play in Real player.

You don't have to watcgh the clip while it is downloading, you can go to other sites, download other clips etc, while it is downloading.

 

Similarly for Google Video.

 

Also tried BBC World

 

http://www.bbcworld.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

which has videos of prgrams such as click on line (IT news and features)

http://www.bbcworld.com/Pages/ProgrammeMul...ture.aspx?id=18

 

It offers versions to open in Real or WMP. If you choose Real, then in Real player there is a record button, which saves the video onto your hard drive. The file has .ivr extension and plays OK in Real (offline).

 

I also tried CNN.com. It downloads the videos OK. In this case they are also .ivr files, but playing those back from the hard drive I can hear the audio, but don't get the video. Not sure why.

 

Incidentally the install is simpler and cleaner than previous versions. It's quite a civilised player now.

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Jean, do you see this version as being as bloated as the other recent versions? Personally, I felt RP was a huge hog that tried to take over everything on my system. Granted, I haven't tried it since 8 I think so changes in the last few versions may already have been made.

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I think that Real player has come a long way since the versions that earned it its bad reputation. I agree that that was deserved, certainly for 8 and earlier but in my opinion, 10 was better and 11 better still.

 

11 beta does take up some disc space:

42 MB in C:\program files (with the default plugins). 20 MB in C:\program files\common files 7MB in doc & settings\user name\Application data.

 

Does not attempt to take over already associated file types during install. Opt in to associate file types not already associated. Opt in to have cookies, message center etc. (previous versions were opt out)

No startup items or processes loaded on startup by default.

Message center off by default (and easy to configure if you want it).

Completely configurable in preferences.

Adds one activeX control to IE (for the downloasd streaming video button) (you opt in during install). I don't have firefox so don't know how it activates that button gotfor for that browser, obviously not ActiveX)

 

Now really well behaved. When not in use is completely silent and resource free

 

I think that you should try it, see if your negative judgement based on earlier versions is still valid.

I really like the ability to save or record streaming video.

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I think that Real player has come a long way since the versions that earned it its bad reputation. I agree that that was deserved, certainly for 8 and earlier but in my opinion, 10 was better and 11 better still.

 

11 beta does take up some disc space:

42 MB in C:\program files (with the default plugins). 20 MB in C:\program files\common files 7MB in doc & settings\user name\Application data.

 

Does not attempt to take over already associated file types during install. Opt in to associate file types not already associated. Opt in to have cookies, message center etc. (previous versions were opt out)

No startup items or processes loaded on startup by default.

Message center off by default (and easy to configure if you want it).

Completely configurable in preferences.

Adds one activeX control to IE (for the downloasd streaming video button) (you opt in during install). I don't have firefox so don't know how it activates that button gotfor for that browser, obviously not ActiveX)

 

Now really well behaved. When not in use is completely silent and resource free

 

I think that you should try it, see if your negative judgement based on earlier versions is still valid.

I really like the ability to save or record streaming video.

Sounds like they may have gotten their act together and listened to all those who grumbled. I'll give it a second look. Thanks for the info Jean.

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