Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2013 HELP: Music and video, hear and see

What you need to know to hear/see audio and video  
For Second Life Viewer 3.3 and above   
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Preferences, Sound and Media Tab
You have six sound channels and can control them independently. Here are my settings:
Me (Top left) - Preferences - Sounds and Media
  • Mute ambient if the wind noise bothers you.
  • Turn down or mute sound effects if they bother you.
  • Check allow media to play automatically
I usually leave streaming music disabled except when I want to listen to the music at a venue.  Otherwise, the music comes on automatically whenever I enter another music-enabled parcel.
You can access these controls more easily: Hover your cursor over the speaker symbol (upper right).  The controls will appear momentarily.  They will stay longer if you start to adjust something.
Most places have a music stream.  Some places also show video.
Hear, control sound
To adjust the general media volume simply, hover your cursor over the loudspeaker symbol (upper right of screen).  Look for the vertical volume slider
That adjustment changes your overall volume, including voice, media, and inworld sound effects.   To make more specific adjustments for each channel:
  • Me (top menu bar)--Preferences -- Sounds and Media
  • Use slider bar to adjust any channel.  The ambient channel handles wind noise..
If the music stream does not play
  • Be sure others near you hear the music.
  • Be sure your audio system is delivering other sounds from Second Life
  • Be sure the general (loudspeaker) volume slider is fully up
  • Be sure your music volume slider (in preferences) is full right
  • Check for the off button (arrowhead), If you see it, click it.
  • Check for the play/pause button. (2 vertical bars).  
  • Click the play/pause button.  It should change to the off button.
  • Wait a minute. Click the off button to turn the music on again
  • Allow about one minute for the connection to work.
  • If you still have no music, relog.
Video -- old system
Some video will use the old media system.  For that, you must have a current version of Quicktime installed on your machine.  If you see a blank screen or a still picture, you may need to get a current copy of Quicktime.    It is free from Apple.  Google on Quicktime.  Look for the Apple website, probably at the top of the first page.  Follow the instructions to download and install it.

Video -- Browser on prim.  Shared media --  V2 and V3 Class viewers
You can watch a video on any prim that is set up to show webpages.  .  If you have "Allow Media to auto-play" checked on the Sound and Media window, you will see a live webpage on a prim that is sent to deliver video.  You may need to click on a play tab to start the video,
Hear/see music/video media/BOP in Second Life 


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