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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 — like music, movies, webpages, etc. Once you learn how, it's easy to do.
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The 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. [http://youtube.com/watch?v=WRcTCE32zaM See a video.]
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* Go to World menu > 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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* The media should play automatically; if it's not set to, click the play buttons near the bottom right of the screen.
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We have a helpful selection of articles in our '''[http://support.secondlife.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=4417 Knowledge Base]''' detailing how you can play parcel media. In particular, see:
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* '''[http://support.secondlife.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=4417&task=knowledge&questionID=4215 How to play streaming music in Second Life]'''
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* '''[http://support.secondlife.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=4417&task=knowledge&questionID=5046 Media on a parcel]'''
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You can also '''[[Video_Tutorials#PARCEL_MEDIA|watch video tutorials]]''' like how to make your own movie screen:
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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 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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Runs on 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). For a live video stream, try [http://www.metaverse-tv.com/ Metaverse TV]: <font size="2"><tt>rtsp://198.64.249.22:554/mbc.sdp</tt></font>
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* Use File menu > Open URL.
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* Paste the URL and click OK.
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[[Image:Quicktime.png|256px|none]]
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Watch this video:
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=== [http://www.apple.com/itunes/ iTunes] ===
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Runs on 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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[[Image:Itunes.png|256px|none]]
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=== [http://www.winamp.com/ Winamp] ===
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Only runs on 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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[[Image:Winamp.png|256px|none]]
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=== [http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ VLC] ===
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Runs on 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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[[Image:Vlc.png|256px|none]]
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== Play YouTube videos ==
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Second Life (as of 2008-07-22) can't play Flash media from YouTube and other popular video-sharing sites. However, there are workarounds to convert Flash videos into formats which are QuickTime-compatible, and hence, playable inworld. Currently, '''[http://youtubemp4.com YouTubeMP4]''' is among the easiest, because you don't have to download a file and store it on your own server. But YouTube tools have a tendency of disappearing, so don't depend on this.
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You can also search webshops [http://www.slexchange.com/ SLExchange] and [http://shop.onrez.com/ Onrez] for media players that, through clever scripting, will allow you to watch YouTube inworld without using external tools.
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Do note that not all YouTube videos are available in [http://newteevee.com/2007/06/03/youtube-goes-h264-thanks-to-apple/ QuickTime-playable H.264]. As evidenced in "[http://blog.secondlife.com/2008/05/24/play-youtube-videos-in-second-life-video-tip-of-the-week-35/ Play YouTube videos inworld]", reliability is sketchy. So if something doesn't work, that's probably why.
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== Related resources ==
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* '''[[Streaming Music]]''' - Learn how to broadcast your own audio stream into SL, and more.
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[[Category:Multimedia]]
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[[Category:Help/Multimedia]]
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