Installation

Tracker requires Java but now supplies its own open-source video engine Xuggle. QuickTime is also supported on Windows and OS X.

1. Verify and/or install Java

  1. Verify that Java version 1.6 or higher is installed on the host computer. Note: Windows users must run Tracker in a 32-bit Java VM to use Xuggle or QuickTime, even on a 64-bit computer. If unsure, or Java is not installed, continue with the next step.
  2. Download the most recent Java installer from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/. The JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is all you need unless you're a Java developer. Note: Windows users should download the file described as "Windows x86 Offline" or "Windows x86 Online."
  3. OS X users who wish to use QuickTime should download and install the Apple Java for OS X from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572.
  4. Double-click the installer and follow the instructions.

2. Install Tracker (with Xuggle)

  1. Download the tracker installer for your platform (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) from Tracker's home page at http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/. Xuggle is automatically included.
  2. Follow the Installer Help instructions at http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/installers/installer_help.html.

3. Install QuickTime if desired (not available for Linux)

  1. QuickTime is automatically included on OS X. Windows users may download the QuickTime installer from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/.
  2. Double-click the installer and follow the prompts to complete the installation. Note: it is NOT necessary to purchase QuickTime Pro.

4. Upgrade Tracker when new versions are released

  1. Download the tracker installer for your platform, choose the Upgrade option and follow the instructions. Upgrades may include Tracker, Xuggle and/or other components.

5. Launch Tracker

  1. Windows: choose the Tracker item in the Start Menu.
  2. OS X: double-click the Applications/Tracker.app file.
  3. Linux: seearch for and double-click the Tracker application.

6. Run Tracker from a USB or other portable drive (optional)

  1. For complete instructions on installing Tracker on a portable drive, see http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/portable_tracker.html.

Congratulations! To start using Tracker, see getting started.