Download the Real Alternative which is a media player that allows users to play RealMedia files (.rm, .rmvb, .ra, .ram, .rpx, .rp). This without the need to install RealPlayer. Now to install the Real Alternative player, you can download the setup file from this website below and then run it on your computer. The media player installation process is similar to installing any other software on your system. Once the installation is complete, you can open the media files that are supported by the player.
Note however that the Real Alternative is a third-party software. It is not affiliated with or endorsed by RealNetworks, the company that developed RealPlayer.
The Real Alternative player has a codec, which stands for coder-decoder. This software that allows you to play RealMedia files such as (.rm, .rmvb, .ra, .ram, .rpx, .rp) on your computer. Bow the codec is designed to work with various media players. These include such media players as Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic, VLC, and others. You might want to also look at the MPC-HC on this webiste. Note that the codec is not a standalone media player. It can however be used in conjunction with other media players to play RealMedia files.
Real Alternative Codecs
The codec installs the following components on your computer:
- RealMedia Codecs (RealAudio and RealVideo codecs)
- RealMedia DirectShow splitter
- RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
- RealMedia plugin for Opera and Mozilla
- RealMedia plugin for Google Chrome
Once the codec is installed, you can play RealMedia files with your preferred media player. Real Alternative is an alternative of RealPlayer which has been discontinued, so it is a free and open-source software. Note that this package comes with the media player classic. You can also look at the Haali Media Splitter and madVR as well.
RealMedia DirectShow splitter
The RealMedia DirectShow splitter is part of the Real Alternative codec. This codec allows other media players to play RealMedia files. The DirectShow is a multimedia framework which is used by Windows to play different types of media files, such as video and audio. You will note that the RealMedia DirectShow splitter is a plugin. This is added to the DirectShow framework when you install Real Alternative.
Now the splitter allows the DirectShow-based media players, such as Windows Media Player and Media Player Classic, to read and decode the RealMedia file format. It does this by separating the audio and video streams in the RealMedia file. It then sends them to the appropriate codecs for playback. So without the DirectShow splitter, the media players would not be able to understand or play the RealMedia file format. See also Google Chrome be a media player on here.
Finally, the RealMedia DirectShow splitter is a critical component for playing any RealMedia file on a computer that uses DirectShow-based media player, it enables the media player to read and decode the RealMedia file format and separate the audio and video streams for playback.
RealMedia plugin for Google Chrome
The RealMedia plugin for Google Chrome is part of the Real Alternative codec. This allows Google Chrome to play all the RealMedia files. The RealMedia files are a type of multimedia file format as you will note but it is not natively supported by Google Chrome. So thishe plugin allows Google Chrome to recognize and play RealMedia files when they are encountered on a webpage.
So when you install Real Alternative, the RealMedia plugin for Google Chrome is installed automatically. This will then add support for RealMedia to the Chrome browser. Once the plugin is installed, you can play RealMedia files in Chrome, such as streaming audio or video, without the need to install additional software.
Finally you will note that some browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Edge no longer support NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface). This was the technology used by the RealMedia plugin for Google Chrome, so it may not work on newer version of these browsers.
Real Alternative 2.0.2 content:
– Media Player Classic [version 184.108.40.206-107]
– RealMedia Codecs [version 220.127.116.111]
– The RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
– RealMedia plugin for Opera/Mozilla/Netscape/Google Chrome
– RealMedia DirectShow splitter [version 1.3.1268.0]