Apertus.ElphelVision Install Guide

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This guide explains how to install ElphelVision on your Elphel camera and a computer running Ubuntu (32bit) connected to your camera over Ethernet.

This guide assumes that you have successfully downloaded the required files.


FTP Transfer

Use an FTP client of choice (eg. Filezilla) and connect to your Elphel camera.

Default IP:
User: root / PW: pass

Upload the complete "ElphelVision" directory in "elphel/Apertus/camera www/" to the "/mnt/flash/html/" directory of your Elphel camera

You can test if everything worked properly by opening a browser and going to:  (replace with your Elphel cameras IP). 

If you get lots of xml output installation was successful.

Running ElphelVision


Java JRE (Java Runtime Environment)

Careful, OpenJDK produced some drawing artefacts with Text in Buttons, you will get strange color fringes.

Install the Official Java JRE from Sun/Oracle:

first enable the "Canonical Partners" Software Source (Software Sources -> Other Software: enable "Canonical Partners - Software packaged by Canonical for their partners")

then update the software index and run:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

You can have both of them installed side-by-side

Just installing new Java flavours does not change the default Java pointed to by /usr/bin/java. You must explicitly set this:

To see the current configuration and possibilities:

sudo update-java-alternatives -l 

To set the XXX java version as default.

sudo update-java-alternatives -s XXXX 

For Sun Java 6 this would be

sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun

To ensure that the correct version is being called:

java -version


For ElphelVision you require a VLC version 1.1.4 or higher

sudo apt-get install vlc

Careful: Ubuntu maintained software channel might be outdated (it was the case for some time with 10.04), check: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ubuntu.html for a guide how to get a recent version

You should now go to this User Guide to continue.