On October 29, 2002 RealNetworks realeased the source code for their new product line called Helix. It uses multi-platform technology which may help fill the gap in the UNIX streaming video and coverage. This is an amazing GPL architecture that leaves Windows Media benchmarks in the dust. From the benchmarks tested by a third party comapany the technology had a throughput of over 2x that of the new Windows Media Play 9 Beta, while running on a Linux server compared to a Windows 2000 server (http://www.realnetworks.com/solutions/leadership/performance.html).
The source code for the client allows people to intergrate the following into their applications:
- RealAudio G2
- RealAudio 8
- RealVideo G2
- RealVideo 7
- RealVideo 8
- RealVideo 9
RealNetworks says " within sixty days (end of December) the Helix DNA Producer and Helix DNA Server will be available".
With Helix Producer and Server avaliable the Blender community may have the capability to convert blender content into a very usable format where the entire internet community would be able to view the content, boosting Blender's reputation. Not having to wait for long and dreary downloads, users will be able to view content almost instantly with the new TurboPlay(TM) technology.
Through TurboPlay, broadband PC users get near-instant playback of streaming audio and video. TurboPlay dramatically reduces the time it takes to load or buffer a clip prior to playback by intelligently utilizing available bandwidth on a broadband connection...
This makes a very attractive package for delivering Blender content all over the internet. The applications it could be used in development, general entertainment, and product awareness.
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