Here are the
steps to create streaming audio:
(such as music from a CD that you have permission to use, or a
voice message through your computer microphone) into a .wav
file. See "Converting Sounds into
Streaming Audio Files" to find out how.
the .wav file into a RealAudio (.rm) file. Use RealSystem
Producer (look for the free, basic version) to process the
.wav file into a streaming audio file. (Remember, we no longer
recommend this product, as they now have a tendency of taking
over your computer, shoving a lot of advertising in your face,
and being a general pain in the neck.) Here's what you'll need
to input in Producer:
Information = Assign the title and the author of the presentation;
it will be viewed in your website visitors' Player
Settings = Choose "Single Rate"
Format = Choose the one that will keep the file size as
small as possible. E.g., a voice message with musical background
might take up 14M of space, but saved as "Voice Only"
will reduce that to 750kb! Experiment to figure out the best
balance of sound quality versus file size.
Audience = 56K is the recommended modem speed. Don't worry,
those who have other connection speeds will still be able to
- Next, go
into the File menu > New Session
Source = File (browse to the correct .wav file and select
= RealMedia File (choose what to save it as, and save it to
the directory where you need it to reside on your site). Be
sure to name it with the .rm suffix.
- Click Okay,
then "Start" recording.
.ram document for the .rm file
Use NotePad (or similar program) to create something like a .txt
file, but end it with .ram (not .txt). The only text you
type into this document is the URL that points directly to your
.rm file. For example, if your streaming music file is called
"mysong.rm", you would type this into NotePad:
It makes sense
to give this file a name that matches the .rm file; e.g., call
webpage, make a link to the .ram file (mysong.ram). Include
directions on how to download the free version of the latest version
of the RealMedia Player (see our
webpage, the .rm and the .ram files. Your host server needs
to have streaming media capability (most do now) If it doesn't
, you can still make it work by using the RealAudio
this tutorial as a printable Word Document.
Sounds into Streaming Audio Files
to Create & Stream RealAudio Files
the RealAudio Console
more training on this, visit Web
Developer's Virtual Library