Realplayer vs Quicktime

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  1. Dronecatcher, Jul 3, 2016
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    Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    I've just found that RealplayerSP is a great replacement for Quicktime when rtsp playback is required - it's more efficient and has extra options and features. Playback in general is on a level with VLC.
    I'm using it here on my iBook (Tiger) for Youtube - Omniweb, with a Nokia mobile user agent loaded, bypasses Flash playback and serves up .3gp files, which open automatically in Realplayer.

    As you can see, CPU useage is super low so it's great for low end systems.

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    RealplayerSP can be downloaded here:

    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/4088-realplayer-for-mac-os-x.html

    EDIT: No longer working - broken by Google.
     
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    This is the G4. The G3 currently is OS9 only - it should all still work if Tiger was installed on it but I'm guessing the CPU would be pushed. If I get chance I'll try it on my G3 iMac later.
     
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    Wow! Didn't realize Realplayer was still around.

    I can recall first using it on OS 9.
     
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  6. Dronecatcher, Jul 3, 2016
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    Tried it on my G3 iMac. CPU hitting around 80% (Terminal & Top is using 5%) - switching to a lower quality 3gp frees up 15-20%.

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    I think development for PowerPC stopped 2013 but it had moved on a long way since it's early days. It comes with a video converter and a web browser too.
    I seem to remember the original Realplayer on Windows was my first taste of internet streaming video maybe around 1999 - CNN live feed as big as a postage stamp across 56K modem :)

    EDIT: No longer working - broken by Google.
     
  7. Dronecatcher, Jul 4, 2016
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    An alternative to Omniweb is to use TenFourFoxBox which now finally works with different user agents as I've outlined here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/tenfourfoxbox-bug-fix.1980969/

    The Nokia user agent that worked in Omniweb doesn't work for TFFB (wont reach Vevo videos) - this one does however:

    HTC_Dream Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 1.5; en-ca; Build/CUPCAKE) AppleWebKit/528.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.2 Mobile Safari/525.20.1

    Again, on my G4 iBook:

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    EDIT: No longer working - broken by Google.
     
  8. Dronecatcher thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well that was short lived! Within 3 days of doing this, Google have changed their RTSP policy to prevent anything but mobile phones streaming 3gp content. The 3gp files are still downloadable via a TFF extension, Greasemonkey for example but that eliminates streaming and puts you back to deploying a full web browser - not good for older G3s.
     
  9. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Could you spoof an android tablet? iPads are a wonky thing.
     
  10. Dronecatcher thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, spoofing an Android tablet is possible, it's just that Android tablets are powerful enough to play WebM or mp4 - and that's what you get, which takes the CPU way up. I specifically aimed at 3gp playback for lesser powered machines, that meant older mobile device profiles, which is of course what Classilla does. However, Google have now made 3gp streaming impossible unless on a real handheld.
    Best I can do now is Omniweb with a user agent in the iPad class, that plays mp4 - on my iBook 1.33 it uses 70% CPU - long way from the 25 - 30% on previous method!
     
  11. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Hmm. I'll play around when I get home, but I have a theory.
     
  12. Dronecatcher thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This is nearest I can get at moment, Omniweb going to m.youtube.com with this user agent:

    Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 3.0.1; fr-fr; A500 Build/HRI66) AppleWebKit/534.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/534.13

    On my iBook 1.33
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    Maybe no one is actually playing Youtube on iBooks/Powerbooks, I don't usually but when I do, unless I'm on my 1.67 PB, navigating around is painful in any browser - this method is easy to whizz round in - and no adverts!
     

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