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Chapter 1. Web Animation Solutions > Streaming Video: RealVideo

Streaming Video: RealVideo

Streaming video, which is essentially a continuous feed of digital video that is downloaded to the user's machine while it plays, completely changes the picture for delivering video and animation on the Web. It makes the experience much more like watching television or film than opening a late mail-order package.

Users no longer have to wait (sometimes for many minutes) to begin watching an animation. Instead, the animation loads into a buffer in your computer's memory—the slower the connection, the larger the buffer—until it's full; then it begins to play. With fast Internet connections, this can reduce the waiting time to almost nothing and, even with slow modems, can make Web video actually bearable to watch.


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