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Real Alternative 2.0.2

Updated: 19 Feb 2010 | Freeware | 6.58MB | Downloads: 36393766

Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer/RealOne Player.
You do need a player that is capable of playing RealMedia. The included Media Player Classic supports it and works very well.

Supported: RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt), ReadPix (.rp), RealMedia embedded in webpages. .smi and .smil files sometimes only play the first part of a clip. This is a limitation of the current Media Player Classic. The RealMedia Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape and Mozilla.

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer:

- Quick and easy install
- It's easy to make an unattended installation
- Proper uninstallation
- No background processes
- Use a player of your own choice
- Low on resources
- No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying

Limitations:

- .smi and .smil files only play the first part of a clip. This is only a problem when the clip consists of multiple parts. These files are not very common. These files do play correctly when embedded in a browser.
- The RealMedia DirectShow splitter does not work with streaming content. You must use the included Media Player Classic to play streaming content.

Features of Real Alternative 2.0.2:

- Media Player Classic [version 6.4.9.1-107]
- RealMedia Codecs [version 12.0.0.301]
- RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
- RealMedia plugin for Opera/Mozilla/Netscape/Google Chrome
- RealMedia DirectShow splitter [version 1.3.1268.0]

Features of Real Alternative 2.0.2 Lite:

- RealMedia Codecs [version 12.0.0.301]
- RealMedia plugin for Internet Explorer
- RealMedia plugin for Opera/Mozilla/Netscape/Google Chrome
- RealMedia DirectShow splitter [version 1.3.1268.0]

The only difference between the regular and lite versions is that the lite version does not include Media Player Classic.

Real Alternative Lite allows you to play RealMedia files in all DirectShow enabled players. Without this filter RealMedia files can only be played in Media Player Classic. This filter only works with files that are on your harddrive. It does NOT work with streaming content. Therefore it is highly recommended to use Media Player Classic, because MPC does support streaming content.

Changes in Real Alternative 2.0.2:

- Updated Media Player Classic to version 6.4.9.1 rev. 107
- Minor changes
• Real Alternative 2.0.1
- Updated Media Player Classic to 6.4.9.1 rev. 104
- Updated RealMedia codecs to 12.0.1.301
- Updated RealMedia Browser plugin to 12.0.1.301
- Updated RealMedia DirectShow splitter to 1.3.1268.0
- The RealMedia Browser plugin now also works with Internet Explorer 8
- Minor fixes and improvements

4

Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 26 October 2011, reviewed by: Daniel Arbib

#25519

I note that Real Player has now got into bed with AOL so I have had to look at Alternative to rid myself off the infernal AOL advertisement that Real Player now supports

5

Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 23 October 2011, reviewed by: chenur

#25504

@ETPhHm

LOL what a bummer for you with the hassle heh heh heh. interesting that you do mention about your experience with K-Lite Mega Codec Pack installation but you know, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack has already had Real Alternative integrated onto its core components and it was mentioned on wikipedia.org as well. you dont need Real Alternative at all if you had K-Lite Mega Codec Pack installed on your computer. but again this only applies for version Mega Codec Pack of K-Lite. others are not.

4

Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 14 October 2011, reviewed by: ETPhHm

#25476

I can't give it a 5-star rating because when you install it, if you have RealPlayer already installed, it will tell you that you should uninstall it before proceeding and then asks you if you want to uninstall it now?

When you click yes, it fails to remove all the garbage left over by RealPlayer, and then after it proceeds to the installation of Real Alternative, it fails to install the core components. Now some would argue that it uses RP's uninstall data so it isn't RA's fault. But I say then why does it check for things that RP leaves behind? Version 1.90 does not.

They either should not check or do the final bit of house cleaning of RP trash before attempting to install. Not a good install routine on 2.02. The following was my journey to resolve this on my own:

I am running Windows XP SP3. I have been using Real Alternative for years and never trusted RealPlayer after I saw how horrible it takes over your system.

About 4 or 5 months ago, I installed Google Chrome because IE v.9 does not support XP and v.8 is buggy. Chrome installed RealPlayer as a BHO while I was asleep at the wheel and then I started having problems playing .smi .rp and .rm files from my computer.

I uninstalled RealPlayer (BHO my @$$, RP had installed the whole program), but it left a lot of stuff behind after the uninstall (d@mn those people, Real jerks). My MPC wouldn't play Real files at all (MPC - "unable to render file").

I uninstalled MPC and tried to reinstall Real Alternative 2.02, but it wouldn't allow me to select the core components for RealPlayer during installation.

After searching a bit on the internet, I found advice that directed me to go into my Program Files and Documents and Settings folders and delete the subfolders associated with RealPlayer, and also use a registry cleaner to try cleaning up what RealPlayer left behind. This did not work for me either and I was still unable to install the core components for Real Alternative 2.02.

The only solution I have found was to install K-Lite Mega Pack 7.8 and install the MPC Home Cinema v.1.5, then intall Real Alternative 1.90 into the same folder where Home Cinema is located, but I unchecked the MPC player during the install and just let the drivers install into the MPC Home Cinema folder. Apparently, version 1.9 of Real Alternative does not look for RealPlayer garbage left behind as 2.02 does. But that wasn't all...

Then I had to go into MPC Home Cinema "options" and install the external filters for RealAudio, RealMedia, and RealVideo. Finally, I had to associate the formats with the MPC player. All that works and I can play Real files now, but I just can't install the updated core components in RA version 2.02.

Anyone else experiencing this issue? I am sure there is some RealPlayer crap hiding somewhere on my computer but so far I am unable to find it. There is a registry entry that some have found by searching "WoW64" which is thought to be a leftover by RealPlayer after an uninstall, but this value or key is not in my registry.

UPDATE: I was using jv16 Power Tools and used its Registry Manager which has an Add/Remove menu utility... I scanned down the list in that and saw RealPlayer 12.0 still showing up there, so I deleted it and voila! I can now select the core components on the Real Alternative 2.02 installation. That alone probably wouldn't have solved the problem but along with all the other housekeeping I had to do to get RealPlayer off my system, it all finally worked.

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