- High-speed Internet (such as DSL or Cable) is almost essential.
- Most players and browser plugins can play these MPEG-1 clips.
- Older pages at ManyBirds.com include other formats, along with other tips.
- The following tips assume your computer uses the original (default) media player.
- If your computer doesn't default to QuickTime or Windows Media Player,
- you or the previous owner knows more about video than what these tips offer.
- which causes your browser to pick a media player or a browser plug-in to play the clip.
- Notice whether the big "Q" appears (indicating QuickTime will play the clip),
- the Windows Media Player opens, or a message box (dialog) asks you to choose a separate player,
- such as the Windows Media Player or QuickTime. If asked, choose your preferred media player, and...
- wait 2-5 minutes (s = seconds of playback, which is proportional to the download time).
- Try to monitor the download progress percentage or time bar (place varies by browser).
- The big "Q" means your browser selected its QuickTime plug-in to play the clip
- You can double-click the initial picture to play the video or replay it,
- Your keyboard's right and left arrow keys can advance single frames forward and back,
- The arrow keys won't function if the clip hasn't played at all.
- Even if your display is too small to see the scrollbar and its arrows,
- you can start playing the movie by double-clicking or hitting the space bar,
- and you can advance single frames forward or back with the left & right arrow keys.
- If QuickTime player acts as a media player, separate from a browser...
- go to the View menu and choose Fit to Screen (or try the other options).
- you have more functionality than the QuickTime browser plugin.
- From the View menu, you can choose Fit to Screen (or try the other options).
- The right and left arrow keys will advance single frames.
- High-definition clips may not be displayed at the full width & height,
- even if you choose Original Size from the View menu. Try dragging the window larger.
- The following instructions let you advance one frame at a time:
- Only Windows Media Player 9 and better has single-frame advance functionality.
- Click "View" in the toolbar > Enhancements or Settings > Show Enhancements or Settings > Play Speed Setting.
- The Back button may not function, especially on Macs.
- If you click the "step forward" icon, try pressing the enter key.
- For lots more tips, visit the WMP, Video, and MPEG sections in WMP mini FAQ.
- Some basic functionality, like frame advance, is answered near the bottom of that page.
- choose Save Link As or something similar, then set a destination for the file.
- Monitor the download progress percentage or time bar (place varies by computer).
- A Control Panel picks a media player to play saved video files
- To play the file, just find it where you saved it, and double-click it.
- look for the QuickTime Control Panel to see if QuickTime already installed:.
- The Control Panel can be accessed from the Start menu in Windows 2000, NT, XP.
- PC users can set the QuickTime Control Panel to set QuickTime to play MPEG clips.
- You can also modify your browser's Preferences to have QuickTime play MPEG clips.
- If the QuickTime Control Panel is absent, QuickTime is free from Apple.com .
- You can de-install iTunes after the QuickTime installation using the Install/Deinstall Control Panel.