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Chapter 1: System Requirements and Installation

This chapter shows you the hardware and software requirements for Helix Producer and how to install the product. Instructions are given for the following operating systems: Windows and Linux.

Windows Requirements and Installation

This section outlines the basic hardware and software requirements needed to run Helix Producer in a Windows environment. This section also gives you step-by-step instructions for installing the product onto a Windows machine.

Windows System Requirements

The following table lists the minimum and the recommended requirements for using Helix Producer on Windows.

Windows Requirements
Requirement Minimum Recommended
CPU 400 MHz 800+ MHz
RAM 32 MB (file to file encoding)
96 MB (live broadcasting)
256 MB
Operating System Windows NT 4, SP 6
Windows 2000
Windows ME
Windows 98 SE/XP
Windows NT 4, SP 6
Windows 2000
Hard Disk space (software) 20 MB
Hard Disk space (data) 500 MB 1 GB
Color Display 16-bit 24-bit (TrueColor)
Sound Card 16-bit sound card or better

Installing the Windows Version

Follow this procedure to install the product onto a computer running Windows.

To install Helix Producer onto Windows:

  1. Download the installation program.
  2. Close any other applications that may be open and double-click on the installation program icon.
  3. The installer begins by unpacking the required files for Helix Producer installation. When complete, the installer opens to the License Agreement page.

  4. Read the terms and conditions carefully, and select I accept the terms in the licence agreement if you agree. You can click Cancel at any time to abort the installation.
  5. Click Next to continue.
  6. The Serialization page opens.

  7. Enter your name, company name, and serial number you received when you purchased Helix Producer.
  8. Click Next to continue.
  9. The Install Options page opens.

  10. The default install directory that Helix Producer will install to your computer is listed. You can change this default install directory by clicking the Browse button and selecting the new path.
  11. You also have the options to select whether a shortcut to Helix Producer will be created on the desktop and/or on the Quick Launch toolbar, and whether command line tools will be added to your PATH.
  12. Warning! You must have enough disk space and write access to the location where you intend to install Helix Producer. If not, you will not be able to continue the installation.

  13. Click Next to continue.
  14. The install program installs all necessary files and opens the Finishing Up page.

  15. Choose whether you want to launch Helix Producer and/or the Readme file when you exit the install program.
  16. Click Finish to exit.

Linux Requirements and Installation

This section outlines the basic hardware and software requirements needed to run Helix Producer in a Linux environment. This section also gives you step- by-step instructions for installing the product onto a Linux machine.

Linux System Requirements

The following table lists the minimum and the recommended requirements for using Helix Producer on Linux.

Linux Requirements
Requirement Minimum Recommended
Version Linux 2.2 and 2.4 with glibc 2.1 or greater
CPU 400 MHz 800+ MHz
RAM 32 MB (file to file encoding)
96 MB (live broadcasting)
256 MB
Hard Disk space (software) 20 MB
Hard Disk space (data) 500 MB 1 GB

Installing the Linux Version

Follow this procedure to install the product onto a computer running Linux.

To install Helix Producer onto Linux:

  1. Download the installation program.
  2. Make sure your CD drive is mounted properly, if installing from a CD.
  3. Copy the installer to your hard drive if you are getting it from a CD.
  4. Start the Helix Producer installer by entering:
    sh helix_producer_plus_9_linux.bin
  5. The installer extracts the necessary files to the directory where the installer is located.

    The install program installs all necessary programs and files.

    When complete, the installer shows the Software License agreement.

Other Basic Requirements

In addition to normal hardware and software requirements, it is recommended that you have the following products:

For recording from a media device, any of the following connected to your computer:


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