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This is a generic step-by-step, one-page guide to Galicaster 1.2.0.
If you are not familiar with Galicaster you may want to read the full guide, starting at the Download page.


  • Install Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bits recommended)
    • Update all packages at the Update Manager
    • Activate the additional drivers for graphics card
    • Recommended: Deactivate screensaver (Brightness & Lock configuration)

Install dependencies

$ sudo apt-get install \
    gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-alsa gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse \
    gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-plugins-base-apps gstreamer0.10-plugins-good \
$ sudo apt-get install python-pip python-setuptools
$ sudo pip install icalendar
$ sudo apt-get install v4l-conf v4l-utils guvcview

Install drivers

  • Epiphan
    • Download the driver for 64 bits architecture and kernel 3.2.0-24 or newer from this link
  • Hauppauge
    • Hauppauge driver is included Ubuntu 12.04
  • Blackmagic cards
    • Latest driver (9.6.9) is available at this link. It contains a DEB package.
    • Blackmagic gstreamer plugin is included on the gstreamer dependencies installed above.
  • NCast cards
    • Driver for 3.x kernels is available at this address.

Configure your udev rules as in previous releases.

  • Consult the device internal names
    ls /dev/video*
    udevadm info --attribute-walk --name=/dev/video0 | grep name
  • Create the file /etc/udev/rules.d/galicaster.rules with a variation of the following lines.
    KERNEL=="video[0-9]*", ATTR{name}=="UVC Camera (0123d:4567)", GROUP="video", SYMLINK+="webcam"
    KERNEL=="video[0-9]*", ATTR{name}=="vga2usb", SYMLINK+="screen"
    KERNEL=="video[0-9]*", ATTR{name}=="ivtv0 encoder MPG", GROUP="video", SYMLINK+="haucamera"
    KERNEL=="video[0-9]*", ATTR{name}=="ivtv0 encoder YUV", GROUP="video", SYMLINK+="hauprevideo"
    KERNEL=="video[0-9]*", ATTR{name}=="ivtv0 encoder PCM", GROUP="audio", SYMLINK+="haupreaudio"

Install Galicaster:

  • Download the package.
  • Unpackage it and place the folder in an area where you have permissions to run applications. Change the folder name if you want to.
  • Place the conf.ini example in the designated folder.
  • Download the profiles you want to try and copy them in profiles/. Modify the values to adapt them to your scenario.
  • Run Galicaster with ./run_galicaster.py. It will start with mock devices (bars, static and noise).

Migrate Repository from 1.1.x to 1.2.x

Mediapackages are compatible with both versions but we have included new information concerning the status of the operations. Thus, only one file needs to be modified, the others will remain unaltered.

To do so:

  • The script is at docs/scripts/migrate_repository.py
  • Copy it to your Galicaster 1.2 directory,
  • Configure Galicaster to point to the repository you want to migrate to. basic>repository=/home/folder/example
  • Optional: Backup your file.
  • Run it on a terminal:
    python migrate_repository.py

Create a launcher at the Desktop and in Unity

  • Copy docs/autostart/galicaster.svg to /usr/share/icons.
  • Copy docs/autostart/galicaster.destktop to usr/share/applications.
  • Pulse Meta(Win key), type Galicaster and drag the GC icon to the desktop.
    • If the GC logo does not show, right-click on the file, go to Properties, choose the 'Permissions' tab and check 'Allow executing file as a program'.
  • Resize it by right-clicking on the launcher, go to Resize Icon... .

To make Galicaster start automatically at the system boot, do the following:

  • Copy docs/autostart/galicaster.desktop to ~/.config/autostart.

Configure the ingestion server and behaviour

Depending on when or how you want to ingest the mediapackages set the manual and scheduled properties to none / immediately / nightly.

active = True
manual = nightly
scheduled = immediate
host = http://fakeadmin.matterhorn.com:80
username = matterhorn_system_account
password = CHANGE_ME
workflow = full
workflow-parameters = trimHold:true
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