Wednesday, June 27, 2007
On this date RealNetworks announced a new web video player available for download. What makes it interesting is the claim that it can record and save virtually any Internet video file, in Flash, Windows Media, Quick Time and of course Real. It will not record protected files (those using Digital Rights Management schemes, or DRM) and it requires Windows XP SP2 and above or Windows Vista operating system but there is no denying the appeal of a digital web video recorder. RealNetworks has taken its knocks over the years. Some among the content creation community have considered it more a virus than a virtue, and I will admit here that I have generally avoided it, and still pass on web site video that requires it. But I will also admit the possibility that my aversion is outdated, that the old issues have perhaps been removed. In any case, if the attraction of recording straight from YouTube or MySpace or wherever is powerful enough for you, and if your system meets the spec, you may download it here.