Helmut FX

Software developers at MoovIT have developed Helmut FX, a tool that simplifies production management and streamlines working processes.

One of Helmut FX's key features is to integrate everything into your existing workflow, not vice versa.

Helmut FX is a standard, off-the-shelf product with a modular design. As a result, it is capable of handling administrative and organisational tasks in every production environment. In post-production, the tool works in a similar way to an enterprise service bus. It is able to communicate with all connected systems (ingest, archive, backup, MAM, PAM, etc.). The tool supports workflows that already function well, and helps eliminate issues. Consequently, editors can focus fully on creative tasks and processes.

Broadcasting organisations and production houses have recognised that this easy-to-install, user-friendly tool can help them to significantly streamline and optimise complex processes.

How is Helmut FX structured?

Helmut FX is modular by design. It provides a one-program software solution for the management of all post-production processes, in a similar way to an ESB (enterprise service bus).

The basic installation manages Premiere projects, user profiles and preferences. Although its design is inherently simple, the tool is capable of supporting highly complex processes.

Suitable expansions and adaptations are available to fit specific customer requirements and infrastructures (e.g. integration into a MAM system such as VPMS, EditShare Flow or Canto). Access privileges can be assigned using an administration interface.

The Helmut FX tool can be used to manage workflows, as it is able to create projects based on pre-defined templates for specific users or departments. If the user is a cutter, for example, the functions and layouts they see will differ from those available to an editor.

Using the APIs of Premiere, After Effects or other products, it is possible to consolidate and centrally manage all integrated production processes with a single tool.

Helmut FX manages a wide range of tasks in the background – including project assignment, settings, codecs, folder structures and track labelling. It also assigns formats for the sound and graphics departments. For example, if a cutter exports files to Pro Tools, the tool will translate commands accordingly to enable immediate further processing.

As a result, Helmut FX simplifies and accelerates search and administrative processes when editing project files. Program interfaces and settings are adapted to the specific needs of users and their workflows.

In detail

Helmut FX works in the background and manages search and administrative processes for Premiere project files. The tool supports cutters and editors as they work, thanks to a customisable program interface and personalised settings in the editing panel of their editing software.

Helmut FX sorts, distributes and backs up edited files automatically. Users can focus on their core tasks – whether they are part of a small production environment or a large-scale project with multiple participants across networks.

In contrast to the typical approach, where workflows are adapted to the software, the Helmut FX tool actually adapts to the workflow. The core of the software has been deliberately designed with a small number of functions that are used in every production environment. Expansion modules are available that allow the software to be adapted to customer-specific requirements. This approach creates maximum flexibility and secures the value of the original investment, as it is easy to incorporate changes to the workflow.

What do users need in order to use Helmut FX?

The program has a simple design and is easy to pick up and use, with no need for intensive training.

With this tool, the operator/user no longer needs to think about where projects should be located, where settings are saved, which codec they should use or where they should save files. By the same token, they no longer have to consider how projects should be structured, how tracks should be labelled, or which format the sound or graphics departments will receive.

Users benefit from automated file coordination and organisation. And thanks to a user-friendly interface tailored specifically to their requirements, users are free to concentrate on their core tasks.

Modules

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Flow Modul

Every MAM / PAM is only as good as it is maintained.

The better and easier structures and metadata are captured, the better and easier it is to find assets. The Flow module extends the existing functionality of Helmut FX to Editshare's PAM and enables automatic project creation, including folder structures and labels via the FLOW API. The administrator defines the workflows and structures and assigns them to the structure on the storage as well as to the MAM and Premiere projects.

Helmut automatically triggers the project creation in Flow every time the project is created, thereby ensuring that a uniform structure automatically exists at all levels (storage, MAM, NLE project). This applies to the creation as well as the deletion of projects. Furthermore, all users created in Flow can be imported to Helmut FX.

Of course, it also applies that these workflows are freely configurable and can vary in terms of team and user.

Medialoospter Modul

Also the MAM of the colleagues from the far north is now available as a module in Helmut FX.

The integration creates order on the MAM side and makes it possible to control simple housekeeping directly via the Helmut FX client. Create projects, delete projects, automatically set a deletion date and update bi-directionally, process custom metadata per project and move projects including assets between locations.

Helmut also triggers the API of Medialoopster, so that the user only has to create one project. Storage, MAM and NLE projects are synchronous and tidy. Less mess, less stress!

Latest Helmut FX News

09.03.2018: Helmut FX Version 3 now shipping

What's new in version 3?


• AD connection including user import and authentication
• Adobe Premiere projects can be converted up and down
• Support for Premiere Pro CC 2018
• Integration with EditShare Flow via processors
• Completely redesigned GUI
• System operation "on premise", possible in the cloud or hybrid for server and client
• Cross-site work
• Fully documented REST API for controlling and monitoring all functions.
• Freely configurable metadata
• Heterogeneous MAC / Windows environment
• Global or client based language adaptation




14.05.2018: Helmut FX Version 3.4.2.24 out now

What’s new in Version 3.4.1.24?


• Flow connection including user import and authentication
• Medialoopster integration
• Access Presets for easier configuration of user rights
• Autodelete function for easier housekeeping
• Freely definable project name characters
• Path mapping for multi-OS environments
• Labeling of processors for improved workflow clarity
• Processors are now completely team, or user dependent
• Processors can be temporarily disabled to quickly change workflows.
• Helmut FX can now be operated in Docker containers.


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Partner

Find a list of partner that distribute Helmut FX

Teltec AG

Germany

Editshare

United States

Ibertelco

Portugal

the Future Store

Netherlands

Contact us

For questions for example or if you want to become a reseller of Helmut FX.

Adress:

Schanzenstr. 29, 51063 Köln

Phone:

+49 221 30200 210

When:

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