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== Parcel media ==
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'''"Parcel media" is stuff you can play on your land parcel(s) in Second Life — you can play music, movies, webpages, and more.''' Once you learn how, it's easy to do.
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The [[How to play streaming music_in Second Life|basic steps]] are:
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# Go to '''Edit''' menu > '''Preferences''' and in the '''Audio & Video''' tab, make sure the '''Play Streaming''' options are checked and the volume sliders are loud enough. See a video:
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# Go to '''World''' > '''About Land'''.
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# In the About Land window, click '''Media''' tab.
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# Enter in either a '''Media URL''' or '''Music URL''' (or both).
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# In the '''Media''' tab, replace the current media texture with any texture from your inventory. This texture needs to be used on at least one prim surface in the land parcel for the media to play.
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# The media should play automatically; if it's not set to, click the play buttons near the bottom right of the Viewer window.
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=== How do I make my own movie/media screen? ===
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Watch this video:
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=== What will play? ===
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Any format that '''[http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ QuickTime]''' supports should work inworld, as well as standard webpages. So a good general rule is to try to play URLs in QuickTime Player or your web browser.
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Formats like [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_video Flash video] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Media Windows Media] aren't supported at this time.
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== Play YouTube videos ==
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The Second Life Viewer  can't play Flash media from YouTube and most other popular video-sharing sites.
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There are workarounds to convert Flash videos into formats which are QuickTime-compatible, and hence, playable inworld. YouTube tools have a [http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/13/youtube-kills-our-video-download-tool/ tendency of disappearing], so don't depend on this. However, it's most reliable to:
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# Convert a Flash video to QuickTime-compatible format.
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# Upload the video file to a reliable server you own or have access to.
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# Use that video file's URL in your About Land's Media tab.
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You can also '''[http://www.xstreetsl.com/modules.php?name=Marketplace&CategoryID=357&SearchKeyword=youtube&SearchCurrentCategory=on&IncludeSubcategories=on&SearchLocale=0&SearchPriceMin=&SearchPriceMax=&SearchRatingMin=&SearchRatingMax=&sort=&dir=asc search Xstreet SL]''' for media players that, through clever scripting, might allow you to watch YouTube inworld without using external tools.
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The [[Media playlists]] page contains playlists for inworld media players that play YouTube videos.
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{{KBcaution|Not all YouTube videos are available in [http://newteevee.com/2007/06/03/youtube-goes-h264-thanks-to-apple/ QuickTime-playable H.264]. [http://blogs.secondlife.com/community/features/blog/2008/05/24/play-youtube-videos-in-second-life--video-tip-of-the-week-35 Reliability is sketchy], so if something doesn't work, that's probably why.}}
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== Play media outside of Second Life ==
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Media streams used inworld can also be played in external players, depending on what formats they support. The following are some popular options — if you're confused, start with '''QuickTime Player'''. Since these are 3rd-party programs, Linden Lab doesn't support them, but here's simple steps to enjoying media streams.
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Once you have a media URL:
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=== [http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ QuickTime Player] ===
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For Windows and Mac. Second Life movie playback is based on QuickTime, so if it plays in QuickTime, it'll play inworld (and vice-versa, with the exception of some media types like HTML and Ogg Vorbis).
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# Use '''File''' menu > '''Open URL'''.
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# Paste the URL and click '''OK'''.
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Video for the above steps:
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=== [http://www.apple.com/itunes/ iTunes] ===
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For Windows and Mac. Good for most Internet radio stations and plays QuickTime movies. It [http://lists.apple.com/archives/QuickTime-Users/2004/Feb/msg00149.html can't] play RTSP/RTP, but QuickTime Player can.
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# Use '''Advanced''' menu > '''Open Stream'''.
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# Paste the URL and click '''OK'''.
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=== [http://www.winamp.com/ Winamp] ===
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Only for Windows. It's a popular player for Internet radio stations (like MP3-based ones) but doesn't play QuickTime video.
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# Use '''File''' menu > '''Play URL'''.
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# Paste the URL and click '''Open'''.
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=== [http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ VLC] ===
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For Windows, Mac, and Linux. It plays a vast variety of formats, but isn't the most elegant to use and has some quirks (e.g., it doesn't play all RTSP/RTP streams).
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# Use '''File''' menu > '''Network stream'''.
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# From the '''Network''' tab, select an appropriate option, paste the URL, and click '''OK'''.
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== Can I download music or video in Second Life? ==
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Whether you ''can'' or ''should'' are related but ''different'' things. There certainly exists a lot of 3rd-party tools to record media. However, you should respect intellectual property laws, and each case is different.
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That being said, if media URLs with certain filetypes like ".mp3" or ".mov" are shown in About Land's '''Media''' tab, if you enter them into your web browser or a specialized download utility, they should download to your local hard drive.
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If the music or video was created by a Resident, ask them to see what distribution options they offer. For example, many musicians sell MP3s and CDs, and they thrive on your support.
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== See also ==
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=== Official help articles ===
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* '''[[How_to_play_streaming_music_in_Second_Life|How to play streaming music in Second Life]]''' - The basics and troubleshooting.
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* '''[[Media_on_a_parcel|Media on a parcel]]'''
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=== Streaming your music into Second Life ===
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* '''[[Media playlists]]''' - Video playlists for inworld media players
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* '''[[Streaming Music]]''' - How to broadcast your own audio stream into SL and more.
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* '''[http://nexeusfatale.com/dj/how-to-dj-in-second-life/ How to DJ in Second Life]''' - By Nexeus Fatale.
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=== Lists of Internet stations ===
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* '''[[Music streams|Music streams on this Wiki]]''' - Remove dead links and add confirmed working ones.
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* '''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_stations List of Internet stations Wikipedia article]'''
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* '''[http://www.live365.com/index.live Live365]'''
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* '''[http://www.shoutcast.com/ Shoutcast]'''
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* '''[http://dir.xiph.org/index.php Icecast]'''
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