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Full Screen Video
with RealPlayer and RealPlayer Plus 5.0, G2, 7, and 8 Beta

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the Full Screen video feature?
How does it work?
Why doesn't the image always take up the full screen?

System Requirements

What are the system requirements for using this feature?

Full Screen Test

What is the Full Screen test?
Do I have to run the test?
What happens if I don't run the test?
My machine passed the test. Now what?
My machine failed the test. Now what?

Microsoft DirectX

What is DirectX?
What other software products use DirectX?
Is DirectX installed on my computer?
How do I install DirectX on my computer?
Can I uninstall DirectX?
Where can I find out more about DirectX?


General Questions

Q. What is the Full Screen video feature?

A. Full Screen video is a feature available in RealPlayer Plus 5.0, G2, 7, and 8 Beta for Windows 95, 98, and NT operating systems. Full Screen video enlarges the RealPlayer image window to the greatest size allowable for the clip. Some clips cannot be scaled to fill the entire screen. For those clips, the Player adds a surrounding black frame either on top and bottom, or on all four sides. Using the Full Screen video option requires Windows 95, 98, or NT and Microsoft DirectX software.

Q. How does it work?

A. The Full Screen feature works by expanding the video clip image as much as possible onto the full screen of your display. RealPlayer uses Microsoft DirectX technology to make the rapidly-changing video images draw to the screen as fast as possible.

Q. Why doesn't the image always take up the full screen?

A. RealPlayer attemps to enlarge the image as much as possible without disorting or degrading the quality of the image. Some clips cannot be scaled to fill the entire screen. For those clips, RealPlayer adds a surrounding black frame either on top and bottom, or on all four sides.

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System Requirements

Q. What are the system requirements for using this feature?

A. The Full Screen feature only works on Windows 95, 98, and NT operating systems. See the RealPlayer system requirements page for complete system requirements information.

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Full Screen Test

Q. What is the Full Screen test?

A. Before you can use the Full Screen feature, RealPlayer will ask you to run a short test to verify that the video drivers and DirectX are functioning properly. The video drivers must be functioning properly for the Full Screen feature to work. The test involves switching into Full Screen mode for 5 seconds. Then, you are asked to confirm whether you saw the RealPlayer logo in Full Screen mode. If yes, then RealPlayer resumes the clip, switches to Full Screen mode, and you will not be asked to run the test in the future. If no, then you are asked if you would like to refer to this Web site for more information about DirectX and video drivers.

Q. Do I have to run the test?

A. No, but you will need to run the test successfully if you ever want to use Full Screen mode.

Q. What happens if I don't run the test?

A. You won't be able to use Full Screen mode to view video clips until you run the test successfully.

Q. My computer passed the test. Now what?

A. Now you can use the Full Screen mode whenever you want. RealPlayer will not ask you to run the test again.

Q. My computer failed the test. Now what?

A. You can refer to this Full Screen information Web reference to learn how to configure your DirectX and video drivers.

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Microsoft DirectX

Q. What is DirectX?

A. Microsoft DirectX is a set of software components and drivers designed to create faster hardware performance in Windows based programs. DirectX is comprised of five components: DirectDraw, DirectInput, DirectPlay, DirectSound, and Direct3D. Along with these components, DirectX includes a set of compatible drivers for the computerís video card, sound card, and input devices such as mice, joysticks and gamepads. RealPlayer 5.0, G2, 7, and 8 Beta use the DirectDraw component. DirectDraw and its associated driver allow programs to access video memory while the program is running. By using DirectX, software developers can create programs which use video memory in whatever manner is most effective for their program. RealPlayer 5.0, G2, 7, and 8 Beta use DirectDraw to enable the Full Screen video capability.

Q. What other software products use DirectX?

A. Many games use DirectX to improve the performance of the game.

Q. Is DirectX installed on my computer?

A. Refer to this page for instructions on determining if DirectX is installed on your computer.

Q. How do I install DirectX on my computer?

A. Before you install DirectX on your computer, refer to the information on this page.

Q. Can I uninstall DirectX?

A. DirectX can be removed by using the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Windows Control Panel.

Q. Where can I find out more about DirectX?

A. For more information on Microsoft's DirectX technology, see Microsoft's DirectX page.

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