RealPlayer is a plugin for browsers that allows you to play both video and audio over the web.
You may need to download and install free RealPlayer software from RealNetworks. If RealPlayer was preinstalled with your browser softare or you have already installed a copy on your workstation, you may still need a newer version for your course. Try the test below to see if you need to install a new version of RealPlayer. Please note that RealPlayer will not work behind a firewall or proxy server.
If you don't have RealPlayer installed and need it for your course, or need a more recent version, click here to download RealPlayer.
Click here to launch a short video clip test. If this does not work, you do not have the most current version of RealPlayer installed.
In your class, you may be asked to choose an option based on your internet connection speed. Below, you can choose the 28.8K modem dial-in option or the faster 128K ISDN version. Note: The faster version will not play properly unless you have a connection speed of at least 128K. Many users are not able to connect at this speed unless they are accessing the course from an MSU Lab.
Some classes use RealPlayer to play the audio and/or video for slide show narrations. If you have RealPlayer already installed on your computer, the slide show in this test will automatically change slides as the presenter speaks. Click here to try this out. In this page layout, the player installed on the same page as the slides, which makes it easy for you to start and stop the audio as you view the slides. When finished, use your Back button to return here. (Note: some Mac configurations have trouble running this option.)
If the above slide-audio test doesn't work correctly or if you prefer a different layout, click here to play a slide show with a detached player. The RealPlayer loads in a separate window from the slides. Close the player to return here. When finished, use your Back button to return here.