Introduction to Audio
Audio clips including interview excerpts, reconstructions of old english and musical background are an integral part of the Past Perfect website.
Most of the audio clips are MP3 audio format recognized by a wide range of applications.
Although browsers can not play audio files there is a large number of plug-in applications which will play both the video and
audio clips. Most of the computers today have a plug-in pre-installed and even if this is not the case,
many are available for free download with players from
Real Player product families being the most popular options.
You can test whether you have audio plug-in correctly configured by linking to
an embedded audio clip page. If the page
works and you can hear the clip, you are ready to see all of the clips. If not, follow the download links and installation instructions provided above and try again.
Once the plug-in is properly configured, you can see the audio player embedded into webpage, or appearing as a separate application frame.
Command consoles are fairly simple and almost identical in all player plug-ins. Commands consist of familiar play, pause, fast forward and rewind buttons and a slider bar
showing the progress of the clip.
MP3 format has very good compression rates, so audio clips are usually not huge. We expect that
the clips will be usually accessed over 56.6 modem link, but even at this level they should not be a downloading burden.
However, we have still provided download estimates, and you can use those to monitor your download performance.
Should you have any problems with download, configuration and use of plug-ins, further help can be found on the official product help pages
of Quicktime, Real Player or Microsoft
Media Player, as well as BBC audio and video help pages.