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Streaming audio files through Domino

I have some audio files that I am presenting as streaming through a RAM file. They only stream when I place the files directly on our server. If I place the files in a Notes Database, I receive errors when trying to access the files through a link on the web. I read some information that alluded to the fact that it may not be possible to stream through Domino unless you use a third party tool. Is this true and is this why I am receiving the errors?

Yes, that's right. The Domino server can't stream media files natively. You need to install the HotMedia Connects addin to serve up the files. To get around this, create a directory off your dominohtml directory to store the RM files (the media file itself). Then create a RAM file whose content is a single line with the URL to the RM file. This RAM file can reside in the directory, or in a document. When the RAM file is accessed through the web, it passes the URL to the RM file to RealPlayer which then downloads and plays the file. NOTE: this is not a streaming solution. Use HotMedia to provide that capability or set up a RealServer and point to the files there.

More information can be found at: http://www.realnetworks.com/getstarted/index.html

There is also a technote in the Lotus Notes Knowledgebase - Technote 171637 that provides another solution. The Knowledgebase can be accessed over the web at: http://www.lotus.com/home.nsf/welcome/support (put "realmedia" in the keywords textbox, make sure 'Lotus Notes Knowledgebase' is checked and click GO).


This was first published in April 2001

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