In this tutorial you will learn how to build Helix Player rpm package and install it for Fedora Core 1. Helix Player is the Helix Community's open source media player for consumers. It's availalbe for FREE under the RPSL (RealNetworks Public Source License) Agreement and Binary EULA (End User License Agreement).
Download a Helix Player binary compiled for Linux using GCC 3.2 from following URL: http://forms.helixcommunity.org/helixdnaclient/ In this turotial, we will download hxplay-linux-2.2-libc6-gcc32-i586.tar.gz for Source tarball for 01/13/04*. It's located at Platform/Target starts with linux-2.2-libc6-gcc32-i586 under HelixPlayer column. Screenshot: hxplay-tar.png You will need to agree on RPSL LICENSE AGREEMENT and EULA LICENSE AGREEMENT before you can download it. * Older version of source tarball may not be available any more as the project continues to develop in fast pace.
See my new HOWTO on RealPlayer 10 Beta.
As of 2004-05-18, Helix Player is now 100% open source but it can ONLY play open source format such as Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, as well as SMIL 2.0
A superset of the Helix Player called RealPlayer 10 alpha can play non-open source format such as RealAudio, RealVideo, MP3, Flash
See the annoucement of RealPlayer 10 Alapha: https://helixcommunity.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=93
Build 20040415 seems to be pretty stable as far as testing Officlal RealVideo Test Clips and NPR's Hourly Newscast but it seems there is a minor issue handing RealVideo 10 files with extension .rmvb. If you get this error message, try updating mime-type handle with /usr/bin/hxplay as shown in this screenshot.
If you see an error message when you try to play an URL begins with rtsp://, try copying the URL and paste in URL field in Helix Player (File >> Open >> URL)
Here is a good test site for RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) Real Media:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/videos/ (Right Click on Webcast URL and choose Copy Link Location)
Nighlty build has been broken since 2004-02-09 so Helix Player Project manager has created this special thread
and released MS2.1 (Milestone 2.1) at https://player.helixcommunity.org/2004/downloads/
If your browser keeps freezing and couldn't play any audio, try removing any possible other plugins
such as mplayerplug-in to avoid a conflict and try it again.
Helix Community now offers RPM version for Helix Player.
See this screenshot took on Feb 8.
Helix Player, the first commercial grade, open source and multi-format digital media player, has been awarded top honors by the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards, as unveiled at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2004 held last week in New York. The Helix Player was recognized for being the 'Best Open Source Project'. For more information, http://www.realnetworks.com/company/press/releases/2004/helixplayer.html.