RealNetworks Releases Helix DNA Producer Source Code to Helix Community

Reprinted from a RealNetworks press release:

RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) today announced the Helix DNA Producer source code is now available to software developers through the Helix Community at Helix DNA Producer is the core source code of RealNetworks’ Helix Producer, which thousands of content creators already use to create RealAudio and RealVideo content. RealNetworks also announced that more than 5,000 software developers have registered in the Helix Community since the initial launch of the community in July.

Helix DNA Producer source code will enable application and content developers to build multi-format content creation products for PCs, Web cams, traffic cameras, personal video recorders, mobile phones and many other devices. Helix DNA Producer is the second release of source code into the Helix Community. In late October, RealNetworks released the Helix DNA Client source code with support from Nokia, PalmSource, Red Hat, Symbian and thirteen other companies.

“Momentum for Helix continues to accelerate. Today’s announcement builds on the tremendous developer response to the Helix DNA Client,” said Rob Glaser, founder and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc.. “Now with the Helix DNA Producer we are taking Helix to the next level, by making it easier than ever for developers to create applications for content creation in the professional, industrial and consumer markets.”

As with the Helix DNA Client, the free Helix DNA Producer source code will allow developers to build applications that support any file format from any operating system platform. Application developers will also be able to readily access code to integrate RealAudio, RealVideo and Ogg Vorbis output, and to expand the outputs to any number of media formats – such as Windows Media, QuickTime, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3 and MPEG-4.

The Helix DNA Producer is available for the Windows and Linux operating systems. A pre-beta release of the Mac OS X version of the Helix DNA Producer is also available. The Helix DNA Producer will be licensed under both an open source and a commercial community source license. Both licenses are free of charge and include development and distribution rights. Community source licensees desiring to port Helix DNA Producer to other platforms have the opportunity to access source code of RealAudio and RealVideo for that purpose.


The Helix DNA Producer offers a robust platform for further development. Features available in the Helix Community include:

  • An SDK encoding engine
  • Logging capabilities
  • Input filters
  • Ogg Vorbis support
  • Capture from Audio and Video devices
  • Ability to encode in RealAudio/RealVideo (available in binary code form)
  • RealMedia file output and broadcast capabilities
  • RealEvent support
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