Streaming Real Audio or Real Video
Is it possible to stream Real Audio or Real Video without a streaming media server?
Yes. You can go to www.real.com and get Real Producer. Once you've created your file you can have the program create the HTML page for you and choose the option for a site with out a "Real Server". Here's how it works:
(This is a Real Audio Example but you can do the same thing with Video)
RealPlayer 5.0 and higher has the ability to play files delivered via Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). What this means is that now streaming audio can be delivered in the same manner as a gif or text file without requiring Progressive Network's proprietary PNM protocol.
How to Set up Content without a Real Server
After you have created your .ra file with your Real tools, you would create a text file with the extension .ram. In this text file, you would make a reference to your .ra file so that the server can serve it. The contents of the file would be:
On your web page, you would reference the .ram file, NOT the .ra file (i.e., http://yourdomain.com/path_to_file/file.ram). If you reference the .ra file, it will download completely to the client system before playing. The .ram file is the one that facilitates streaming audio.
Real Content with a Real Server
Why would you want to use a Real Server? If you are serving large or high-quality files, you may want to consider using the PNM protocol. HTTP is not quite as robust as PNM and HTTP is best suited for those serving smaller files or not insistent upon the absolute best sound quality.