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FireCapture on SM OS

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Replied by Stefan R. on topic FireCapture on SM OS

Yes, I use FireCapture 2.6 on StellarMate OS both on Raspberry Pi3 and Raspberry Pi 4.
Below, I will write the installation steps that worked for me on both Pi's.

Guide: FireCapture on SM OS
1. In order to install FireCapture, download the Raspberry Pi version from:
www.firecapture.de/
2. Unpack the file:
sudo tar -xzf ~/Downloads/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf.tar.gz --directory /usr/share/
3. Set permissions on the folder:
sudo chmod 777 -R /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/
4. Edit the start.sh script:
sudo nano /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/start.sh
5. Change heap to
heap=1024
6. Hit CTRL + X to exit and Y (when prompted to save) then Enter to confirm your change.
7. Afterwards FireCapture can be started with these commands:
cd /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/
. ./start.sh

Pi4: Create desktop shortcut to launch FireCapture
1. Create a new desktop shortcut
sudo nano /home/stellarmate/Desktop/FireCapture.desktop
2. Add these lines to the file:
[Desktop Entry]
Name=FireCapture
Version=2.6
Comment=FireCapture
Exec=/usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/start.sh
Icon=/usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/icon.png
Terminal=true
Type=Application
Categories=Education
3. Hit CTRL + X to exit and Y (when prompted to save) then Enter to confirm your change.
4. Make the script executable:
sudo chmod +x /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/start.sh
5. Edit the script:
sudo nano /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/start.sh
6. add this line in the beginning of the script:
cd /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf
7. Hit CTRL + X to exit and Y (when prompted to save) then Enter to confirm your change.
8. Now you can double click the new FireCature shortcut on the desktop to start the program

Pi3: Create desktop shortcut to launch FireCapture
1. Find the /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/start.sh file in a file explorer
2. Right click and select Make Link
3. Copy link to desktop
4. Change icon of link to the /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/icon.png file
5. Edit the script:
sudo nano /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf/start.sh
6. add this line in the beginning of the script:
cd /usr/share/FireCapture_v2.6_armhf
7. Hit CTRL + X to exit and Y (when prompted to save) then Enter to confirm your change.
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Replied by Stefan R. on topic FireCapture on SM OS


BTW: I forgot to mention but your issue could be because maybe you did not adjust the heap?
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HI,

When I run the ./start.dh, I always get this error message:

./start.sh: line 33: ./jre/bin/java: No such file or directory

I check it and it's there
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Replied by Max Dobres on topic FireCapture on SM OS

Great, followed instructions for RPI3 seems to be working
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Replied by maxthebuilder on topic FireCapture on SM OS

I gave this a try. It worked - thank you very much for great instructions!
UI, however, is not very responsive...
I adjusted the heap to 512 - it became better but still sluggish.
I tried Astroberry which comes with Firecapture preinstalled - it's more responsive there. I wonder why...
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Replied by Stefan R. on topic FireCapture on SM OS


You can make it much more responsive by adjusting the performance settings in FireCapture:
www.wonderplanets.de/FireCapture/help/se...Settings_Performance

Try the different pre-sets and see how it affects responsiveness and pick one that suits you.
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Replied by Jerry Black on topic FireCapture on SM OS

I get this same result on Ubuntu 20.04.1 on an Odroid-N2, but I haven't figured out the problem yet.
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Replied by Max Dobres on topic FireCapture on SM OS

I have tried Firecapture on both Astroberry & Stellermate and it's much slower on Stellarmate. I have the same FC performance settings, I am running on a new install of Stellermate Updated on an RPI 4. I have the heap adjusted as specified.
It is slow without running Kstars in the background. I am concerned that if I have the whole system running with guiding it may not work.
Before this I was just running Indi/EKOS and everything was fine. If I wanted to capture planetary videos, I ran Firecapture on a seperate PC and once I had centered and focused the planet in EKOS., I then unplugged from Ekos and plugged my ZWO camera direct into my laptop, leaving EKOS to guide. Firecapture was very responsive on the laptop, the SER files are huge, around 2.5gb for 4 mins even with a restricted FOV. I wonder if Firecapture is just too much for a little PI.
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Replied by rbarberac on topic FireCapture on SM OS

I've been using FireCapture 2.6 on Astroberry on a Raspberry Pi4 with great success. I've KStars/Ekos running in the background guiding the mount (running OnStep). My camera is ZWO ASI120MM-S running with USB3.0. Taking videos of Mars and Jupiter I was able to capture 70fps frames with a ROI of 400x400px. When I increase the frame size I must reduce the frame rate.

On this video you can see a screen recording from the vnc client running on on iPad connected via wifi Astroberry on RPI4



And the results :)

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Great thread here, thanks a ton for the installation script @stefanr, saved tons of time. Just sharing with someone who can come here for troubleshooting - if FC keeps crashing after recording with this error in the end of dump:

"Error I see ./jre/bin/java: symbol lookup error: /home/pi/Desktop/Fire Capture/Ephemerides.so: undefined symbol: _ZN5Vec3DC1Ev"

all you have to do is delete Ephemnerides.so file (or rename it for later use if you want) and it solved the problem right away.
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With reguards to the "Error I see ./jre/bin/java: symbol lookup error: /home/pi/Desktop/Fire Capture/Ephemerides.so: undefined symbol: _ZN5Vec3DC1Ev" I did try the resolution to rename or delete the Ephemmerides.so library and that did seem to resolve the issue.

My question is what is that library used for and is it needed?

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Has anyone found a solution to the lag? I have installed the FC on SM as it was described (many thanks for it) with heap 1024 then 512 but it's extremely slow the whole system.
Under Astrobbery is works like a charm, I don't understand what could be the difference.
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