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How to Use

How to participate in a NASA webcast.

Attending an event is easy!

Attending events is fairly simple and exciting once you learn to interact with the Live Webcast participants in real time through the webcast Q&A room.

There are four simple steps to follow:

  1. Download and install Real Player.
  2. Locate the "GO" button on the event page with the link to Attend the Event
  3. Click on this link which will take you to the webcast Q&A room or the event
  4. Click on the "Watch the Video" button in the left side bar of the web cast Q&A room.

Locate the Real Player button on the event page.

Locate the RealPlayer button on the Event Page and click on either Version 5.0 or Version 7 to go to the Real Networks download site. (We recommend version 5.0 for schools.) Or simply use these links to get your Player.
Version 5.0
Version 7.0

Enter your information in the Real Player free registration site.

Enter your information in the Real Player Free registration site. (Be sure to uncheck the box before "Notify me of important Real software news and offers" if you do not wish to receive unwanted solicitations.) Once you have registered you will go on to a page which asks you to select a location from which to download your player. Pick the location nearest you and download the Installer to your desktop. After downloading the Installer from Real's Website, double click on the Installer and the application will be installed on your computer. (You may want to place an alias or shortcut on your desktop.)

Test your player:

Listen to a sample Audio-only program
Or Watch a sample Video program.

Note: the current frame rate of this technology is 5 frames per second (fps), you may therefore experience a less than expected "video" quality ouput. You may also experience some Net congestion and buffering. These are inherent in the current state of this technology. We look forward, as you do, to continued improvements in this type of media delivery mechanism over the Internet.

 

Return to the event page and click on Go Attend the Event.

Return to the Event Page and click on the GO Attend the Event link.

A separate webcast Q&A room page will open.

A separate webcast Q&A room page will open. This is where you enter a "handle" or name and place your questions for the experts in the text box. Then click on the <Refresh Screen or Submit New Message> bar and your question will enter the live webcast and be answered while you watch.Note: Remeber to use the <Refresh Screen or Submit New Message> bar to refresh your screen occasionally. It allows you to keep up with other questions being asked in the webcast Q&A room.

Click on the Watch the Video button.

Next, Click on the "Watch the Video" button in the side bar of the webcast Q&A room. Your Real Player will open automatically and the program will begin at the scheduled time given on the event page.

Note 1: Should the programming stop during the event, restart you Player as indicated in the side bar of the webcast Q&A room.Note 2: Prior to programming time, your Player will be displaying whatever programming is currently on NASA-TV. At broadcast time, NASA-TV will go off the air and the webcast will begin to play.

After the program is over, click on the Feedback button.

After the program is over, Click on the "Feedback" button in the side bar of the Chat Room. A Survey page will open and allow you to give us your valued opinions and comments on the program you have just seen.Note Don't forget to check out the webcast archives for previously aired programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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