Multimedia - Plug-ins

Some minimum hardware is necessary to play multimedia. For audio playback you must have a sound card and speakers. For video you need a Pentium 200 or equivalent processor, 32 MB of RAM and a video card capable of displaying 16-bit color at a minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600. If your computer is up to the task you can begin to add plug-ins to enhance you browser's capabilities.

Plug-ins are programs that allow your browser to play multimedia files or handle other files. If using a Macintosh computer you may need to increase the memory allocation of your browser when you add plug-ins. While some plug-ins are included with newer versions of browsers, they may not be the latest releases. Links to download plug-ins are provided below the following descriptions.

RealPlayer. RealAudio provides live and on-demand real-time audio and video streaming content on the Web. You can play RealAudio broadcast-quality stereo over 28.8Kbps modems, AM-quality at 14.4Kbps, and near-CD-quality audio at ISDN and faster connections.
RealVideo delivers newscast-quality video at 28.8 Kbps and full-motion at faster connections.
Supports MIME types: audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin
Support file extensions: .rpm

Apple QuickTime 4 Plug-in By Apple Computer, Inc. supports numerous MIME types and file extensions, including QuickTime animation, music, MIDI, audio, video, and VR panoramas and objects directly in a Web page. The Apple QuickTime Plug-in's "fast-start" feature allows you to experience QuickTime content while it's downloading. It works seamlessly within firewall environments and requires no special server software.
Supports MIME types: audio/aiff, audio/basic, audio/midi, audio/mpeg, audio/wav, audio/x-aiff, audio/x-midi, audio/x-mpeg, audio/x-wav, image/png, image/tif, image/x-bmp, image/x-macpaint, image/x-photoshop, image/x-png, image/x-sgi, image/x-targa, image/x-tiff, video/avi, video/flc, video/mpeg, video/quicktime, video/x-mpeg, video/x-msvideo
Supports file extensions: .aiff, .au, .mpeg, .wav, .aif, .mid, .png, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .ptng, .png, .targa, .avi, .flc, .mpe

Crescendo By LiveUpdate delivers stereo MIDI music. The free Crescendo plug-in has a CD-like control panel with complete transport controls and digital counter, and includes cool new features like auto-detach, playlist support, =encryption, Java and JavaScript programmability and more.
Supports MIME types: application/x-midi, audio/midi, audio/x-mid, audio/x-midi, music/crescendo, music/crescendo-encrypted, music/x-crescendo-encrypted
Supports file extensions: .mid

Flash Player By Macromedia supports animation and entertainment on the web with Flash vector graphics and animation.
Supports MIME types: application/futuresplash

Shockwave By Macromedia delivers interactive multimedia, graphics, and streaming audio. Many Webcasters utilize Shockwave. Shockwave supports streaming high-resolution images and vector graphics that zoom and pan up to 25,000% and interactive animations that can include streaming CD quality audio.
Supports MIME types: application/futuresplash, application/x-authorware-map, application/x-director, application/x-shockwave-flash
Supports file extensions: .aam, .dir, .dxr, .dcr

Adobe Acrobat, an essential tool for universal document exchange, lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms, as well as fill in and submit PDF forms online. This plug-in is a must for printing tax forms, online journal articles, order forms, etc.
Supports MIME types: application/pdf, application/vnd.fdf
Supports file extensions: .pdf, .fdf, .rmf

PowerPoint Animation Player & Publisher by Microsoft allows users to view PowerPoint animations and presentations in a browser window or as a stand alone application.
Supports MIME types: application/ms-powerpoint, application/mspowerpoint, application/vnd.ms-powerpoint, application/x-mspowerpoint
Supports file extensions: .ppz, .ppt, .pps, .pot

Windows Media Player
Supports the following file types: .avi, .asf, .asx, .rmi, .wma, .wax, .mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, qt, .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .mov, .au.

Nullsoft Winamp is a high-fidelity music player for Windows 95/98/NT.