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Chapter 3. Using RealMedia > Software Encoders: Free Versus Pay

Software Encoders: Free Versus Pay

RealNetworks provides the RealProducer software product to author RealMedia content and also licenses their encoding libraries to third-party software companies. You can use these third-party companies’ waveform editors to author on-demand RealMedia files. For live stream authoring, you can use RealProducer or other third-party tools such as Discreet’s Cleaner Live. The third-party tools cost money and are not specific to the RealMedia format. In addition to RealProducer 8.5, these Step-by-Step tutorials will use Sonic Foundry’s Sound Forge (Version 5.0) and Bias Inc.’s Peak (version 2.62 TDM) waveform editor programs to author RealMedia on-demand files.

RealProducer is the preferred software for authoring and encoding RealMedia streaming content. It’s available in two flavors: Basic (free) and Plus ($199.95, with a 30-day money-back guarantee). Is it worth it for you to spend the money? It depends on your needs. The Plus version has advanced features that benefit the committed streaming audio author. The Basic version is perfectly acceptable for beginning authors.


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