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Helix Player Project

The Helix Player is an audio and video player based on the Helix DNA Client engine. The GTK+ version includes a Mozilla browser plug-in and supports local file playback and streaming over RTSP/RTP and HTTP. It supports video zoom in original, double size, and full screen, and supports: SMIL 2.0, Ogg Vorbis, H.263 video, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and RealPix. The Symbian Series60 version supports local and streaming playback (RTSP, RTP, RDP, HTTP) of MP3, AMR narrow band, AMR wide band, RA8, sipro, RV7, RV8, RV9, RV10, H263+, 3GPP rel5 SMIL 2.0, images, and more.

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  •  19 Apr 2008 10:44

    Release Notes: Playlist support was added. ALSA audio device support was introduced. Support for surround sound playback was added. Many fixes and incremental improvements were made, including stabilization of existing features and fixes for many known issues and bugs.

    •  30 Oct 2007 18:45

      Release Notes: Potential buffer overflows in the processing of several media types were eliminated.

      •  17 Aug 2006 17:31

        Release Notes: This release is an update for the Firefox 1.5 API changes.

        •  28 Mar 2006 17:17

          Release Notes: This release fixes recently discovered security vulnerabilities which offered the potential for an attacker to run arbitrary or malicious code on a user's machine.

          •  21 Apr 2005 16:30

            Release Notes: This release fixes a buffer overflow where a malicious RAM file could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on a victim's machine, as reported in CAN-2005-0755. Furthermore, other security issues were fixed. Support was added for U-Law and A-Law encoded AU and wav files, and for chained Ogg. Opening content in an existing Helix Player instance was fixed.

            Recent comments

            17 Jun 2004 06:00 bconway

            Re: Looks like it needs some work


            > Tried downloading it multiple times...

            >

            > [root@thecheat xchat]#

            > ./realplay-0.4.0.186-linux-2.2-libc6-gcc32-i586.bin

            >

            > Extracting files for RealPlayer

            > installation.......

            > xxextract.tmp: Data integrity error when

            > decompressing.

            > Input file = (stdin), output

            > file = (stdout)

            >

            > It is possible that the compressed

            > file(s) have become corrupted.

            > You can use the -tvv option to test

            > integrity of such files.

            >

            > You can use the `bzip2recover' program

            > to attempt to recover

            > data from undamaged sections of

            > corrupted files.

            >

            > tar: Unexpected EOF in archive

            > tar: Unexpected EOF in archive

            > tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting

            > now

            > Broken pipe

            I've downloaded the .bin installer about 5 times, each time the md5sum comes out to e31382279a8b4d21534be9c3d687424f , which is different than the README. This happened before, perhaps it was uploaded incorrectly.

            17 Jun 2004 05:50 bconway

            Looks like it needs some work
            Tried downloading it multiple times...

            [root@thecheat xchat]# ./realplay-0.4.0.186-linux-2.2-libc6-gcc32-i586.bin

            Extracting files for RealPlayer installation.......

            xxextract.tmp: Data integrity error when decompressing.

            Input file = (stdin), output file = (stdout)

            It is possible that the compressed file(s) have become corrupted.

            You can use the -tvv option to test integrity of such files.

            You can use the `bzip2recover' program to attempt to recover

            data from undamaged sections of corrupted files.

            tar: Unexpected EOF in archive

            tar: Unexpected EOF in archive

            tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

            Broken pipe

            21 May 2004 01:05 robla

            Re: Helix Player w/RealVideo is now RealPlayer (again)

            > See the Helix Player vs. RealPlayer FAQ
            > for more details on this.

            no, really, see the Helix Player vs. RealPlayer FAQ (http://player.helixcommunity.org/2004/unix/helixrealfaq)


            /me checks link this time

            21 May 2004 01:01 robla

            Helix Player w/RealVideo is now RealPlayer (again)
            We previously included RealAudio, RealVideo, and other RealNetworks' proprietary components as part of Helix Player. This has now changed:


            The Helix Player 1.0 is the completely dual licensed, both open source (RPSL) and commercial community source (RCSL), media player and thus contain no non-open source components. It plays open source formats, like Ogg Vorbis and Theora (http://www.xiph.org) and SMIL 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/AudioVideo).


            The RealPlayer 10 (http://freshmeat.net/projects/realplayer) for Linux builds on top of the Helix Player and will include RealAudio, RealVideo, MP3, Macromedia Flash, MPEG-4(fee-based) and other non-open source components.


            See the Helix Player vs. RealPlayer FAQ for more details on this.

            22 Oct 2003 14:57 snelson

            I wonder what it will be named?
            ... I wonder what they will name the RealPlayer that works on Linux??? ;-)

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