RealNetworks announced that the new RealPlayer is now available for consumers to download for free at www.realplayer.com.
For the first time, users can use one application to record and download videos from Web sites with a single click.
"Our goal with the new RealPlayer is to enable consumers to watch Internet video whenever and wherever they want," said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. "By making it 'one-click' simple to download, we're changing the way people experience online video."
After installing the new RealPlayer, a "Download this Video" button will briefly appear in the consumer?s Web browser whenever playing a video. With a single-click the video will begin downloading in the background, allowing the user to view other videos, switch to another site or even close their browser. During or after RealPlayer playback of a video clip users can click the new "Share Video Link" feature to email friends a link to the original location of the video.
Multiple videos can be downloaded and recorded simultaneously.
Users don?t need to worry about the format of the video they are trying to download. RealPlayer can capture online video in the most popular formats including Flash, Windows Media, QuickTime and RealPlayer.
RealPlayer automatically recognizes and will not download video content protected by DRM (digital rights management) systems.
Consumers have the option of burning videos to CD with the free version of the product, which can be played back in most DVD players. With RealPlayer Plus, available for $29.99, users can burn video to DVD.
Future versions of RealPlayer will enable users to transfer their online video content to video iPods and other personal media devices.
Mac compatible and foreign language versions of the new RealPlayer will be also available later this year.
The new RealPlayer is available as a free download from www.realplayer.com.