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RealPlayer 11 catches web video

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Thu May 31, 2007

RealPlayer 11 Preview

Real Networks today revealed RealPlayer 11, the next major version of its media player software. The jukebox is the first to focus attention on capturing web-based video instead of simply offering tools to play it back. A unique extension to the player's web plugin can automatically detect videos that are recordable from the web and saves multiple clips at one time; this works for both live video events as well as prerecorded shows, Real says. The software is intelligent enough to also recognize copy protection on certain streams and will refuse downloads when DRM appears. Any video can be linked to a friend through a sharing feature to save the trouble of recreating the link.

Equally new in version 11 is Video CD recording. Any saved video recognized by RealPlayer can be burned as a standard VCD, which works both in a large number of DVD players as well as some playback tools on computers without any version of RealPlayer installed. The paid Plus version will also burn directly to DVD.

Overall performance has been given a boost, Real claims, in terms of load times as well as an improved visual interface and a less intrusive install routine. Support for multiple player-specific formats such as QuickTime and Windows Media will carry over from earlier versions.

A public beta of RealPlayer 11 will be available for free beginning in June, the company says, but at first will require Windows as well as either Firefox or Internet Explorer for viewing and saving web-based streams. A Mac version is promised but will be posted later in the year.

by MacNN Staff




  1. hldan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A "Real" Loser

    Real is a fricken loser company. It's not enough that they take wait light years before a new version is released but they are playing the "Let make the Windows version first" game and see if it catches on. News for you Real, it won't catch on. It's unwise for a loser company to not support Macs at this point especially since Macs are selling so well and the PC market is declining which is why Microsoft is offering other things now.

  1. sdfalk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: a real loser

    why oh why must people post this c***. I've been a mac user for years, and this stuff makes us all look like pissed off 5 year olds..geez

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    5 year olds

    Well it does prove the point that macs are so easy to use that even 5 year olds can become fanboys,

    by the way, I'm 5 years old too, and for insulting 5 years olds, I'm not gonna be your friend any more, so there

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no Mac version

    It says the latest version is only available for Windows. This isn't Mac news until the Mac version is out of testing.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I resent you people claiming others to be losers! I'm the only loser here, and don't you forget it!

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Mac version won't be available until it's out of testing. The Windows version, however, is available right away. Maybe because it hasn't been tested?

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