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Jul 09, 2000, 20:23 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Our computers today are not simple devices. We require many things of them - the ability to play sound, display images, connect to networks, and spell check our romantic letters to loved ones. Although recently my word processor has not been exposed to the amorous words I would like it to have been, I have had recently the task of working out how the heck video works under Linux - your common and garden variety MPEGs, Quicktime, and Real Video files."

"I anticipated disaster - setting up XFree86 can be a hassle in itself, and the lack of video players that come with today's Linux distributions did not lend me hope that I would be successful in my endeavor. Perhaps I would be better off writing love letters after all. However this was not to be."

"Although stored video is of course important, a growing trend with the availability of high speed access to the Internet, is streamed video, in which a video file is sent bit by bit, compressed and optimized for transmission over the Internet, to a person's home computer. The actual download of the video file is still completing while the video starts playing."

"There are three formats which are currently dominating the online world in terms of streaming videos. Real Networks provides a free player for their Real formats, including the popular Real Audio and Real Video formats. Apple provides content through it's Quicktime format, and Microsoft has also been developing it's own Windows Media Player to the extent where many media portals are streaming their moving pictures through the Windows Media Player server."

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