Viewing Video in Your Browser
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 Overview
 Technical Prerequisites
 Downloading QuickTime 4.x
 Ready, Set, Action!
 Troubleshooting
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Technical Prerequisites


Now the bad news... maybe. Your computer might not be up to the task of playing video in your favorite browser.

If you have a Mac, you need:
  • Mac OS version 7.1 or higher
  • 16MB of RAM for PowerPC-based Mac OS computers
  • 8MB of RAM for 68K-based Mac computers
  • 68K-based Mac computers must also support Color QuickDraw, which came standard with 68040 computers and above. Check your system configurations for further details.
If you have a PC, you need:
  • Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0
  • Any 486DX-based computer at 66Mhz or faster or any Pentium-based computer
  • 16MB RAM
  • A Sound Blaster compatible card
Basically, if you have a PowerPC-based Mac or a Pentium-based PC, you should be fine. You probably have one of these machine types if you bought your computer in 1995 or later.

computer speakers A note about sound: If you have a Mac, a soundcard and speakers are both built-in to your computer, so you're all set. But if you have a PC, read on. While it's likely that you will not have any problems, some older 486 machines may not be sound-ready. If you're unsure about your machine's configuration, check your computer's documentation; if you're using one of your school's computers, ask the computer specialist/systems administrator if it is sound-ready. If your machine has a soundcard but no speakers, see if you can borrow some speakers from your school or a friend. (Sorry, you can't use regular stereo system speakers; they need to be "special" speakers made for a computer.)

Another alternative is to use a set of headphones from a Walkman or portable CD player -- if your computer has a headphone plug-in port. You can find that port on your monitor or hard drive. Look for the headphones symbol.

If you're sure you have a soundcard and a set of speakers, you'll also need the Apple QuickTime plug-in. As of April, 1999, the latest QuickTime program is 4.0. Follow the instructions below on how to get QuickTime 4.0.
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