AFTER COMPLETING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:

Understand why streaming is an important strategy for delivering multimedia over the Internet

Define streaming and name the different kinds of media that are being streamed over the Internet

Go to Web sites where you can see and hear streaming media in action

Know when and where to download the latest streaming media plug-ins and drivers

Understand how the synchronized multimedia integration language (SMIL) is making it possible to create, publish, and deliver synchronized multimedia content over the Web.

INTERNET LITERACY RESOURCES:

  Streaming Media
 

Download and install RealVideo®, QuickTime or Windows Media Player. Then use the links your client provides or one of the links below to view a sample of streaming media. Was it easy for you to get the streaming media working on your computer? Was the presentation you saw clear and easy to follow?

Definition from Webopaedia

Official RTSP specification, published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

RealNetworks QuickTime
Microsoft Windows Media Player


Guide to Streaming Videos

NPR Online
NPR Online


Synchronized Multimedia
 

Visit the sample sites below. Now that you have seen streaming video and a synchronized slide show, what do you think the obvious differences are? Did one play better on your system than the other?


W3C Synchronized Multimedia Specification

SMIL Showcase
RealSlideshow® Resources


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