As you may have noticed, the Plenary Sessions you have been attending are being videotaped. We are digitally encoding these tapes and making the sessions available on the Internet. This short document will tell you how to access the videos through your computer.
The technology we are using is called video streaming. Streaming is the process of taking large video files and compressing them into much smaller files that can be transmitted via the Internet using a specialized streaming server. One thing to remember is not to get your expectations too high. Putting video on the Internet was once described to me as like trying to transport an elephant by pushing it through a garden hose. You will see a picture-window 160 by 120 pixels in size at about 8 to 10 frames per second. Those of you who live great distances from where the server that delivers the video content resides (Seaside CA.), will possibly experience net congestion problems due to the very nature of the Internets routing protocols. But even if the video begins to degrade during the session, you will still be able to hear everything that is being said.
First, you will need a computer with an Internet connection with at least a modem speed of 28.8, and when it comes to streamed video, the faster the modem, the better. Secondly, you must have either Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer installed. AOL works, but not as well as the others. Thirdly, you will need the Real Player (version G2) from Real Networks. It is available for free at;
Think of the Real Player as a television set or radio for your computer. Once you have installed the Real Player, simply type this address (URL) into Navigators or Explorers location window ;
This will automatically launch the Real Player and begin playing the video. You will also be able to go to the ISSS web site and simply click on a link to start the video.
Video streaming is quickly becoming the video distribution method for the 21st century.
IB Networks is a full service video streaming company. We have ability to take prerecorded tapes and encode them for Internet distribution along with a host of other services.
For more information on our services, you can contact us at 831.582.4262 or e-mail us at,
Thank you and I hope you have enjoyed the conference and your stay in the Monterey area.
C.M. Ski Romagnoli
Web Mulitimedia Specialist
Internet Video-Audio Specialist
Department of Information Technology
California State University Monterey Bay