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1. Can I use Flash and / or Shockwave on my website?
2. How do I stream RealAudio and RealVideo content using HTTP?


1. Can I use Flash and / or Shockwave on my website?

In a word, YES. mickwood.com fully supports websites which use Flash and / or Shockwave.

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2. How do I stream RealAudio and RealVideo content using HTTP?

Step 1: FTP your encoded RealAudio and RealVideo files (files with the .rm and .ra extensions). Make sure that you FTP these files in Binary mode.

Step 2: Create a metafile (ASCII text file) containing a RealAudio or RealVideo URL. For example, the contents of your file should be in the following form:

http://www.mickwood.com/call.ra

Step 3: Save the metafile as a text file with the .ram extension.

Step 4: FTP this file in ASCII mode (because it is a text file).

Step 5: In your HTML document, reference the metafile in a hyperlink.

Streaming files means that when a visitor clicks on a link, the audio/video file(s) begin to download and begin playing before the entire file is downloaded. RealAudio and RealVideo files can be quite large and many people surfing the web would not wait to see the entire file download before it started playing. The connection speed of the visitor is a key factor.

Using streaming technology on the Internet can be tricky to implement - getting the balance between file size and video/audio quality is an art.

mickwood.com can capture and produce your Real content if required - we are experts in streaming technology and use the latest data compression techniques.

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