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6.1. The RealMedia System

The RealMedia System is comprised of three core components: RealEncoder, RealServer, and RealPlayer. In addition, RealNetworks provides a suite of RealMedia tools and utilities. This chapter focuses primarily on RealMedia 5.0 components and features. A large portion of your listening audience may not have the G2 plug-in yet. Thus, for many developers, RealAudio 5.0 is still the preferred format. Figure 6-1 illustrates the process of RealMedia creation and delivery including the interaction between server-side and client-side components.

Figure 6-1. An overview of the RealSystem 5.0



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