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I'm pretty sure that a lot of people have had trouble with this. After installing RealOne, they still can't play Real video streams in the Safari browser window. Sometimes Safari will shuffle the content off to RealOne, but sometimes it won't, forcing me to shuffle through the page source, get the URL for the stream and then paste it into RealOne. This gets annoying. I've never seen a default install of RealOne play video in the browser window.

So I wondered, "Why the heck didn't Real make a browser plug-in?" Well it turns out that they did; it's just not put into your ~/Library -> Internet Plug-Ins directory by default (as far as I can tell). The necessary files are stored in the RealOne application package at RealOne Player.app -> Contents -> MacOS.

Copy these files into your ~/Library -> Internet Plug-Ins directory.

  • pncrt.Shlb
  • RealPlayer Plugin.xpt
  • RealPlayer Plugin

Then simply re-launch Safari, and you'll be able to watch the stream in your browser window. If you still can't, try copying the Library directory inside RealOne Player.app -> Contents -> MacOS to your Internet Plug-Ins directory. In my experience though, this doesn't make a difference. Also, this may or may not work on video windows which use JavaScript controls. Real is a little flaky with those.

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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 28, '03 12:16:46PM

Does this work for any browser, or just Safari? If memory serves, most of the browsers use the same folder.



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: webgodjj on Oct 28, '03 02:23:34PM

Now if we could only make Window Media player to work as expected too... I have never been able to play WM files in any browser window... is there something I'm missing?



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: frankko on Oct 28, '03 03:19:38PM

You aren't missing anything. Windows Media Plugin ONLY works in IE. Given IE/Mac's recent discontinuation, maybe Microsoft will release a plugin that works in other browsers.



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Does anybody really use Media Player X?
Authored by: justMichael on Nov 01, '03 12:18:32AM
I don't know why anybody uses WMP X. You will have much better luck with these:

VideoLAN
MPlayer

Granted none of them play in the browser, but at least they dont look horrible.

They both do windows media better than Windows Media ;-)

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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: aranor on Oct 28, '03 03:59:28PM

Erm, when I installed RealOne it stuck aliases to RealPlayer Plugin and RealPlayer Plugin.xpt into my /Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder.



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: ruebenschuss on Oct 29, '03 02:47:32AM

... same with me. I did nothing special, just installed RealOne Player and found links to at least the two of three files in the /Library/Internet_Plugins. Could it be something with the rights on your /Library/Internet_Plugins folder that the Installer was not allowed to place the files there?



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: danB23 on Mar 11, '04 02:43:55PM
I've created a little AppleScript to do the installation stuff for you. Simply open it in script editor, save it as an application and drag the RealPlayer app onto the newly created application's icon. Greetz, danB

on open filelist
	set realPath to (POSIX path of (item 1 of filelist))
	
	repeat with theFile in 
		{"RealPlayer Plugin.xpt", "RealPlayer Plugin", "pncrt.Shlb"}
		
		do shell script 
			(("cp \"" & realPath & "/Contents/MacOS/" & theFile & "\" ~/Library/Internet\\ Plug-Ins") as text)
	
	end repeat
end open

---
--
Daniel Blanken (danB)
Mail: danB@advancedscripting.de
Homepage: http://www.advancedscripting.de

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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: eriks on Aug 14, '04 06:33:55AM

Things are a bit different with RealPlayer Version "10.0.0 (v188)" (version taken from the "About RealPlayer" menu item; the disk image file is named "RealPlayer10Beta.dmg").

There are no longer files called "RealPlayer Plugin.xpt" and "pncrt.Shlb", in "RealPlayer.app/Contents/MacOS". Just the file "RealPlayer Plugin" is is left along together with new files I can't assign to any task.

The trick now is to start RealPlayer as Administrator for the first time. A dialog asks you for finishing the players configuration. It does the same thing if started by a normal user, but without an error message no plugin support will be configured this way.

After a successful configuration by RealPlayer a kind of alias is placed in "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins":
cd /Library/Internet Plug-ins; ls -al RealPlayer*
-rw-r--r-- 1 admi admin 0 14 Aug 10:36 RealPlayer Plugin

It obviously points to "/Applications/RealPlayer.app/Contents/MacOS/RealPlayer Plugin" but it is not a symbolic link and I can not resolve it in the finder (was is it?).

By the way, even copying "RealPlayer Plugin" to "Internet Plug-ins" did not work on my machine.



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: hrp1000 on Aug 25, '04 09:31:26AM

Further to this, not only did I have to start Realplayer as administrator to complete the installation process, but then I had to junk my ~/Library/Internet Plugins folder (i.e. _not_ /Library/Internet Plugins) and restart Safari - then the RP plugin showed up in the list under "Safari Help" and everything seems peachy...



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: darmok on Aug 28, '04 04:38:11PM

I made an alias of the following files from the "/Applications/RealPlayer.app/Contents/" folder and placed them in the "Internet Plug-Ins" folder:

RealPlayer Plugin
RealPlayer Plugin.plugin
RealPlayer WebKitUtils.bundle


After restart, RealPlayer (e.g. PBS NewsHour) loaded in Safari using the plugin.

Note - The javascript used by NPR continues to save a file to the hard drive though. =(



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: peterrosen on Dec 05, '04 05:57:50AM

Aloha,

thanks so much for this tip. It did it for me (when all the others wouldn't)!

peace
peter



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Make Real video streams play in Safari browser windows
Authored by: Art70 on Jul 11, '06 01:43:51PM
I've found a site that freely distributes a point and click / one step download that makes Real Player have full functionality in Safari.

The short and sweet is, just go to "The Big Dig" web site:

http://www.massturnpike.com/bigdig/index.html

  1. click on the Multimedia and Publications menu choice,
  2. then choose Video & Animation option
  3. then try to watch the Underground Drive

A pop-up will appear describing the failure of your player but then unlike everywhere else I've looked, it prompts you into an easy step by step sequence to correctly download the appropriate plug-in which for me was the:

iPIX Browser Plug-In V7.0.app

Follow that directed sequence and it places the file into the correct folder for you and then everything just works.

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