Netcast >> FAQ
What do the acronyms mean?
What kind of computer do I need to see netcast video clips?
RealVideo player requirements
-- you may assume the player will work if your computer is not older than 3 years
What software do I need to see netcast video clips?
To view the speeches from the resources, you need to have the proper player for the video file. Netscape, Internet Explorer and other browsers will allow video files to be played back on your computer without downloading the entire file. You just click on the hot links that you will see on the DFAIT Web site for your specific connection speed (56k modem or high speed DSL) For example go to this web page to try your browser and RealVideo clip player www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/cfp-pec/menu-en.asp (Video clips are very large but clever methods of compressing the video information make the video file playable.)
The byDesign eLab prefers to use the RealVideo encoder because this format can be played by PC compatible clones using MS Windows, as well as Linux/Unix and Mac computers. RealVideo player is most the widely distributed player amongst the internet population. However in the interests of accessibility we have also tried to format all video clips in WM windows media clip format - but you must use Internet Explorer as your browser) and QUICK (Macintosh / MOV Quicktime format-works with Mac and PC). For very slow connections we have also included an AUDIO (audio only format in RealMedia format). Try these formats now to see which format you like best or which browser and player combination works on your computer.
If this is your first time receiving a netcast, remember you will only need to install this software once! If you are really new to this, ask a friend who knows about "RealMedia streaming." Try it: you can do it, and there is lots of great material online once you set up your computer for netcasting!
What if my computer links to the INTERNET from a telephone line?
I suggest you try the MODEM speed video clips. They WILL play OK if your connection is 28.8k modem. The video clips are formatted to play the audio first thus emphasizing the sound which is most important.
What if my computer modem is 28.8 speed?
I suggest you use the "audio or MODEM" version of the netcast clips. For the most part the visual aspect of the netcast clips is only someone speaking but what you really need is "what they are saying" not "how they are saying it," although the people "saying it" are all notable academics, writers and politicians. Or why not just download the entire video clip - but with caution since your ISP may add extra charges or if you are spending $$ per minute the download time might be a substantial expenditure as well as the amount of time necessary to spend at your computer monitoring the download.
How do I install the software to play the netcast video clips?
To get started playing RealMedia netcast video clips if you are using Windows 98
Where do I go for the latest version of the Real player software?
If you would like, you can get the very latest version (free/basic or paid version) of RealPlayer from Real.com ( look for "Our Free Player" in the centre of the page ).
What if my computer is not new, the software is old, or I use a computer other than a Windows computer?
If your computer is not new or you have another computer platform such as LINUX / MAC / UNIX or older versions of Windows go to the
Installing RealPlayer for a computer not using Windows 98:
What if I don't like the Real Media Player or Can I use the Windows media player that is already running on my computer?
Windows Media Player
In some cases it is not possible to install the software necessary to view RealVideo files. On some computers in locations such as libraries, and locations behind fire walls, program installation is not allowed, thus we have provided some of the video in Windows Media encoded format which does not require a separate video clip player but is included in the later versions of Windows software (Win98 or higher) for PC computers.
You may download the latest version of Windows Media from Microsoft
or from their legacy
site ( the latter is a slightly older version that works well with older windows operating systems - i.e. before XP ).
What if I want to download the video clips to see them later to show to others?
For expert users who want to download the netcast files for viewing at their convenience