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Using RealMedia

You can add sound or video to your Web pages. Because of the size of these types of files, however, you must carefully consider the file format you want to use. Sound and video files are handled differently and unpredictably by various browsers. This section explores ways to include these media files with predictable results.

The easiest way to include sound in a Web page is to create sound-only Flash files. (There’s an extension on the Macromedia Exchange that can do this right in Dreamweaver.) Flash can compress audio very well, and because the Flash player is so universal, most users can quickly hear the audio. Flash compresses audio into the MP3 format and can even create streaming audio that begins to play before the browser downloads the entire file.


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