Step 4: Play a Video

Page Index
Starting a video
Quick tour of the RealPlayer 7 Basic screen
Stopping, starting, and moving around in a video
Changing the size of the video image
Changing the volume
Moving between videos
Determining the status of the video and RealPlayer
GreenWorks custom interface
Watching additional videos
Troubleshooting and additional RealPlayer information


Starting a video

Once you've selected a video at GreenWorks.tv, you're ready to start it.

Wherever you see the image of a monitor on a GreenWorks.tv web page, you can start playing the selected video. You will find a monitor image on each individual video description page and also on the home page, for the Featured Show.

There are two ways to start a video, depending on how the video file was originally encoded. As you can see, it will be obvious which method you need to use:

Method 1:

Click on the Play Video button.
For newer videos, you click on the Play Video button displayed along the bottom of the monitor image. The video file will start to download to your computer.

When you start the video, the first segment of the video file starts to download from GreenWorks.tv web servers to your RealPlayer program. After a brief wait, the video will start to play. Sit back and enjoy it!


Quick tour of the RealPlayer 7 Basic screen

The RealPlayer 7 Basic provides controls that allow you to stop, start, move to a different location in the video, change the video window size and magnification, change the volume, and even move back and forth between videos you have already downloaded. RealPlayer also displays useful information about the video you are playing.

Take a look at the following image of the RealPlayer screen. It shows the features that will help you get the most out of watching GreenWorks.tv videos. Most of these features are described in greater detail in later sections.

Note: Some of the newer GreenWorks.tv videos have special options that show up on the RealPlayer screen. The GreenWorks custom interface is described later on this page.


Stopping, starting, and moving around in a video

You can use the video controls under the RealPlayer 7 Basic menu bar to stop, start, and move around in a video. The use of each of these controls is described below.


Changing the size of the video image

RealPlayer 7 Basic lets you change the size of the video display area. Here's how to do it:


Note: When you use Zoom or stretch the window to enlarge the RealPlayer 7 Basic, the video image will become coarser.


Changing the volume
In the video area, you will also find controls to change the volume or shut off the audio completely.



Moving between videos
Just like your browser, RealPlayer 7 Basic lets you move back and forth between different video files you've already downloaded from the web. The videos can be from the same site, such as GreenWorks.tv, or different sites. There are two ways to move back and forth, shown below.



Determining the status of the video and RealPlayer
When a video is playing in the viewing area, it will be obvious what is happening. However, there may be times when the viewing area is blank or there is an unexpected interruption in playing, and you want to know what's going on. The message area at the bottom of the RealPlayer screen tells you the status of the video or RealPlayer.

Here are some of the most common messages you'll see and what they mean. Each message starts with a symbol, and most contain some explanatory text.

Message Status
RealPlayer is not downloading or playing. It may be that you have stopped a video that was previously started. Or it may be that RealPlayer was opened without a video being selected.
Buffering or Net congestion

Buffering RealPlayer is downloading a segment of the video file, and must wait until that download is finished before it can play. This happens when you first start a video. When the message says "Net congestion," it means that there are many people using the internet, which slows down the data flowing to everyone's computer.

See the GreenWorks FAQ for more information about buffering and net congestion.

28.8 Kbps SureStream RealPlayer is playing a video in the viewing area. The number following the symbol will vary: it indicates the speed at which the video file is currently downloading.




GreenWorks custom interface

Some of the newer GreenWorks.tv videos offer special options in RealPlayer 7 Basic. These videos play in a custom GreenWorks interface, which gives a different look to RealPlayer's video area.



Watching additional videos
After seeing one GreenWorks.tv Video, you will probably want to see more! Here are some tips:

  • Leave the RealPlayer open. (If you do close it, your browser will just open it again when you select another video.)
  • Click on your browser window to make it active again.
  • Follow Step 3 and Step 4 to select and play another video.


Troubleshooting and additional RealPlayer information
If you have any problems with RealPlayer's operation, check out some common issues in the GreenWorks Troubleshooting section. [Link to Troubleshooting page]

For additional information about RealPlayer 7 Basic, take a look at the following pages at the Real.com website [link to www.real.com]:

  • RealPlayer 7 Basic FAQ
  • RealPlayer 7 Basic Tutorials - Link to the Real.com help page, then scroll down on that page and click on Watch Our RealPlayer 7 Basic Tutorials. These are video files that will play in your RealPlayer program.

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