All FastVirtual web hosting plans support HTTP streaming (aka
This method enables you to stream many different media types,
including Real audio and video files, from your web site. Multiple
simultaneous streams are supported, with the only limitation being
your own accepted levels of bandwidth usage.
The following guide provides step-by-step instructions for
preparing, adding, and streaming Real audio or video files from your
Create (or Convert to) a Real Audio/Video File
Create new, or convert existing audio/video to a Real audio/video
Many multimedia applications include the Real CODEC as standard (or
make it available as a plug-in), which enables you to export directly
to Real audio/video files from within the application. Alternatively,
you can download RealProducer Basic from
RealNetworks. This is a free utility for converting existing media
to Real audio/video files.
Create a .ram File
Use Notepad (or similar text editor) to create a new text file.
Open this file and enter the following line (replacing "yourname"
and "yourmediafile" as appropriate):
The URL should be absolute (don't forget the "http://"), and should
point to the exact location you want the media file to stream from.
This is also case-sensitive, which means "YourMediaFile" is not the
same as "yourmediafile".
Save and close the text file, then change the file name/extension
to "yourmediafile.ram", where "yourmediafile" is the
exact same name you gave to the ".rm" media file.
Upload Your Files
You should now have two files; your ".rm" media file that contains
your Real audio or video, and your ".ram" text file, which contains
the URL to the media file. Upload these files to the location you
specified in the ".ram" file.
Note: Audio/video files are binary, whereas text files are
ASCII, so remember to upload your files using the appropriate mode.
Most FTP programs allow you to configure the transfer mode for
extensions you specify, so simply add ".ram" to your ASCII file types,
and ".rm" to your binary types. Then you won't need to worry about
Build Your Links
Create a text or image link to the ".ram" file on your web site.
When the link is clicked, the visitor's RealPlayer will launch and
begin downloading the ".rm" file. Playback commences once a portion of the file has downloaded,
while the remainder of the file is downloaded in the background.
Provide a RealPlayer Download Link for Your Visitors
You may wish to place the following button on your site to inform
that you are providing Real audio/video content, and to allow them to download the free player:
Alt text: Download Player
Embedding Content in HTML Pages
Real provides applications for creating embedded content, such
as RealProducer Plus. Plug-ins are also available for popular multimedia
applications. For further information, please visit