To play both MPEGs and QuickTime (.mov) files
in your Browser Window


All recent movie clips at Feet Dreams are MPEGs, but there are several libraries with QuickTime movies (.MOV) from the early days of Feet Dreams. The QuickTime Plug-in is an excellent way to play MPEGs, and I recommend it if you don't currently have a favorite MPEG player.

QuickTime 4, Netscape 4.5 and Internet Explorer 4.5 are all free downloads, so there's no excuse not to upgrade if your earlier versions are giving you trouble.


QUICKTIME 4 (free)

The official QuickTime 4 page and QuickTime 4 system requirements

Download the installer utility from the above page. Stay connected to the internet, and double click the installer that you just downloaded. It will install the necessary files from the QuickTime website to your computer.

(Windows users: When you get to the the installer's Setup Window, choose Deluxe Playback, which installs the Basic Playback package plus Internet Extras. That includes support for QuickTime VR, AVI, and MPEG files, interactive movies, and visual effects. Go here for detailed QuickTime for Windows Installation instructions)

On a Mac, you will end up with a folder called QuickTime Folder at the root level of your hard drive. Inside that folder will be the QuickTime Player and the QuickTime Plugin (for Netscape) and some other things. You can drag and drop a saved .mov or .mpg file onto the QuickTime Player, and it will play. The installer also copies the appropriate plug-in to the Netscape and Internet Explorer folders so Netscape and IE can automatically play the movie in your browser window. You might have to set your Netscape and IE preferences to use the plug-in. See below:

Configuring Netscape Navigator/Communicator 4.x (free)

In Netscape, choose Preferences... under the Edit menu.
Choose Applications under the Naviagator entry. (You may have to click the expansion triangle)
Scroll down to MPEG Video
If QuickTime Plug-in is next to it, you're all set. Otherwise, click the Edit... button
Leave the top part of the window alone, and look at the 'Handled By' area.
Choose Plug-in, and choose QuickTime Plug-in 4.0.1 (or whatever version you have installed) from the pop-up list. (Netscape will 'know' what plug-ins it has available and display them in this menu. If there is 'None' in this menu, that means you don't have the plug-in installed. Go back to the QuickTime instructions above.) Click Okay.
Next, scroll to QuickTime Video and do the same as above.

Now when you download an .mpg or .mov file, Netscape will play it right in your browser window.

The process is similar for earlier versions of Netscape, but why not upgrade to the latest Netscape? It's free.

Configuring Internet Explorer 4.x or 5 (Mac only)
(This doesn't work with older versions of IE. Get the latest Internet Explorer 4.x or 5; it's free.)

Click the Preferences icon in the toolbar at the top of IE's window.
Under Receiving Files (you may have to click the expansion triangle), click File Helpers.
Scroll down to MPEG Movie of Some Sort (the extension will say .mpg)
Click the Change... button
In the Handling section at the bottom, choose View with Plug-in. QuickTime Plugin should be displayed below if you installed QuickTime as instructed above; or use the Browse button to locate it on your hard drive. (It is the actually same file that Netscape uses.)

Do the same for QuickTime Movie, extension .mov.

NOTE: The Windows version of IE doesn't let you assign helper apps. You're stuck with what the operating system is configured for.

One more thing about QuickTime... After installing it, if your browser decides it wants to open AVIs and other video formats with QuickTime, but you don't want it to, just follow the above procedures for .AVI to configure your browser to use what you used before.


MEDIA PLAYER

Windows users typically already use Media Player to play AVIs. (AVI is a popular Windows file format that is inferior to both MPEG and QuickTime. There are no .AVI files at FeetDreams, and never will be.) However, Media Player will also play other movie formats if the necessary video decoders are installed in your system. If you use and like Media Player, you don't have to switch movie players when travelling from website to website.

Media Player

Official Media Player page. The latest version of Media Player will play MPEGs.


OTHER OPTIONS

The QuickTime 4 Plug-in is my top choice for playing video files. But there are many other options from various developers. If you'd like to try something else, check the resources at Netscape's Audio/Video Plug-in page.


Video Tips copyright 1999 Terry Wilson