QuickTime/RealPlayer (RTSP) Streaming Links

RTSP streaming media links use a different protocol to stream lecture videos to your computer.  You do not need the Flash player to view these videos in your browser.  Instead, the video is streamed directly to another program already installed on your computer.  Streaming videos directly to these programs allows you to control progress (start/stop/pause) easily and resize the video how you prefer, among other things.


It is recommended that you have at least two programs installed on your machine to view these links.  As with web browsers, certain videos may not stream properly in one program while streaming perfectly in another.  Please keep all video players up to date, and please try all available programs before reporting a problem to the IMC.


Required players for RTSP playback (Windows, Mac)


Recommended players (Windows, Mac)


This document covers the following topics


This document may be updated as new information becomes available.  If, after reading this document, you still have questions about QuickTime/RealPlayer streaming videos, please contact the IMC.


Manually Opening RTSP Media Links

Depending on your setup, sometimes RTSP media links may behave differently than expected (not open at all, not open in the correct player, etc.)  If you are having trouble clicking the RTSP media links, you can manually open the media files using the copy/paste method with the media link.


  1. Right-click the RTSP link you want to view.  In the pop-up menu that appears, select “Copy Link Location”



  1. Open whichever program you want to view the video in.  For this example, QuickTime is being used.  Your program will have an “Open” command under the file menu similar to “Open Location” or “Open URL”, or it just may say “Open”.  Select this option.



  1. Right-click in the box that appears and select “paste” from the pop-up menu.




  1. The location of your video will appear in the text box.  Click OK and the video will begin streaming in your selected program.





Changing the Default RTSP Media Player for Safari and Google Chrome (Mac)

Whether or not RealPlayer is your default player for viewing RTSP streaming videos, it is easiest to change your program preference from the RealPlayer options menu.  This how-to assumes that RealPlayer is initially set as your default program, and explains how to change to another program.  Changing your preference back to RealPlayer will be covered after step five below.


You can also use this method to change defaults between two programs without changing to RealPlayer (for example, changing your default player from QuickTime to VLC).


  1. With RealPlayer open, go to the RealPlayer > Preferences menu




  1. Click the “Media Types” icon on upper far right side of the window that appears.  You will see a list of checked options.  “Real-Time Streaming Protocol” will be one of these options.



  1. Uncheck the “Real-Time Streaming Protocol” checkbox.  A menu will appear on the right side of the window directly underneath the list of checkboxes.  This menu contains all installed programs on your Mac that can play RTSP streaming video.


  1. Change the menu to the program you wish to use as the default RTSP viewer.


  1. When you have selected your preferred player, click the “Save Media Types” button at the bottom of the window.  Any VUSN RTSP link you click on will now open in the new default player.


To change your preference back to RealPlayer, simply check the checkbox next to “Real-Time Streaming Protocol” in the list of file types and click the “Save Media Types” button.


Changing the Default RTSP Media Player for Firefox (Mac, Windows 7)

Firefox is currently the only recommended web browser that allows you to change your RTSP media viewer on the fly.  As in IE, Google Chrome, and Safari, you will initially be prompted to select one of your recommended programs, after which you can choose whether or not to always use the chosen program as the default.


Initially Selecting Your Video Player

  1. Click the link of the RTSP link you wish to view.  You will receive a pop-up box asking you which application you wish to use to view the video.


  1. If you do not see the program you wish to use, click the “Choose…” button towards the middle right of the screen.

  1. In the dialog box that appears, navigate to the location of the video player you wish to use and click the “Open” button at the bottom.  This will add the program to the list of applications, and you do not have to add this application to list again.


  1. Highlight the video player you want to use in the list.

  1. If you prefer, you can check the box next to “Remember my choice for rtsp links”.  This will make your currently-selected video player the default player every time you open a VUSN RTSP video link, and the “Launch Application” dialog box will no longer appear.  You can change this preference later if desired.


  1. Click the “OK” button.  Your selected video player will open and the video will begin streaming.




Changing Your Video Player through Preferences

If you checked the box next to “Remember my choice for rtsp links” in the initial pop-up box, you will not be able to select a different program to view videos through unless you go through the Firefox preferences menu.


  1. In Windows, go to the “Tools > Options” menu at the top of the screen.  If you do not see a “Tools” menu at the top of the screen, press the ALT key on your keyboard.  On a Mac, click the Firefox > Options menu option.



  1. In the dialog box that appears, click the “Applications” icon in the middle of the top row of icons.  You will see a list of different file types Firefox recognizes and what it does when it finds an associated file type.



  1. In the “search” box above the file types, type in “rtsp” (no quotes).  You will see the RTSP protocol, along with its associated action.  The current action will be to open with the program you initially selected.



  1. Click the action on the right side of the screen – it will change to a drop-down menu with several other actions you can choose from.  You can choose to open these links in another program, or you can choose to have Firefox “always ask” which program you want to use, as it initially did.



  1. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the Options box.  Firefox will now handle your RTSP links with the newly-selected action.