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How To Stream Media From a Web Server

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Streaming media is an easy way to add sound and video to your website. And you don't need any special server set up to stream sound and video.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Open a text editor to a new HTML document.
  2. Create your Real media sound or video file.
  3. Save the file as a .ram file.
  4. Upload the media file to your website.
  5. Make a note of the location of the media file as a full URL, for example: http://webdesign.about.com/library/media/audio/htmlintro.rm
  6. Upload both the .ram file and the HTML document.
  7. On your Web page, point to that media file the same as you would point any other link, for example <a href="sound.ram">click here for a sound file</a>. This is a link to my introduction.

Tips:

  1. As long as your web server has the correct MIME types set for RAM files, your media file will stream from the website.
  2. The RAM file is a pointer to the actual media file.
  3. If you are planning on streaming many files at once, it is a good idea to invest in a streaming media server. It serves the files faster, and won't overload your website.
  4. Use any digital video or sound editor to create your media.
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