Real Player
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Real Player



Real Player is based on the Windows version of Real Player, but now can be used on Linux machines. This Media Player allows users to view and listen to movie clips or songs.This program allows for many file formats to be played and viewed by users. With many different customization options, Real Player is one of the more popular media players for Linux.


Opening a Location

To open a location click on the File menu and move the mouse down to “Open Location”. Select this option and the user is able to set a location in the Open Location Dialog Box.

Once the URL is set, click “OK” for Real Player to start connecting to the location that has been set.


Opening a File

To Open a file that has already been saved on to the computer, click the File Menu on the Standard Toolbar and move the mouse down to “Open File”. Once a user has selected this option from the File Menu, they are able to navigate through files and folders to find the specific file or clip that they want to view.

To indicate a directory to look in, type the first path of the directory. Then the user can double click folders in the Directories box to find a certain clip. Once the file is selected, click the “OK” button to open it.



Playing a Video Clip

In the Play Menu on the Standard Toolbar, users are able to Play, Stop, Mute, and navigate through clips.

All of these tasks can also be performed by the operational buttons below the standard toolbar as shown in the example.


Also, in the Play Menu, a user is able to access the playlist that they may have created. The clips in the playlist will be viewable in the playlist sub menu.


The View Menu

In the View Menu, a user is able to toggle between Normal View, and Compact View. A user is also able to Zoom in and out of the display screen in the

Real Player program.




To access the Preferences in Real Player, click on the View Menu on the Standard Toolbar. Move the mouse down till “Preferences” is selected. In the General Tab, a user is able to set the amount of recent clip files that can be displayed in the File Menu.


In the Performance Tab, a user is able to set Playback Performance, Sound Card Compatibility, and Audio Driver Options. For Playback Performance, position the sliding ruler all the way to the right for the best quality. This will give the user better performance while using Real Player. Use the sound card compatibility option to configure the sound card that is being used on the machine.


Click the settings button to start configuring and modifying any changes that need to be made on the sound card.

The Transport Tab allows users to set up the transport from any location or URL to the actual Real Player Program. It is recommended that a user chooses the “Automatically select best transport” option in the first section on the tab.

This is to minimize any nonfunctional features that the program has. In the bottom section of the Transport Tab a user is able to set up their UDP port. If a user specifies a custom port that they want to use, Real Player will automatically use this port as default until it is changed again.



The Proxy Tab allows users to set up there own Proxy Server options. From here a user is able to specify any proxies that they may be aware of such as PNA or RTSP.

In the second section of the Proxy Tab, a user is able to set HTTP options.


In the Connection Tab in the Preferences Dialog box, a user is able to set the bandwidth of their machine.

Click on the drop down arrows to select the bandwidth that would be suitable to use. Next, a choose the buffer settings. If a user constantly receives Network timed-out errors, they can increase the time G2 waits before reporting a connection failure.

The Support Tab, which is located in the Preferences Dialog Box, allows users to set options on supplying information to content providers. A user is able to toggle between two options. Here in the example, “Supply connection-quality data to Real Servers” is selected. Click the “Tell Me More” button on the right of the toggle options to learn more information about supplying information to certain content providers. The option to allow or disallow Cookies is also available.