In order to maximize the efficiency of ABC Tracker, here are some ways you can optimize your machine.

System Optimization

  •  Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Quad Core Processor
  • 16GB of RAM

Software Optimization

  • Most recent Matlab version and Java SE Runtime Environment 8


Importing new process won’t stop

Issue: When you import a new process that was initially created on a different PC, the status bar would keep loading and won’t close upon completion.

If you force close ABC Tracker and restart it, you will see the following error:


  1. Make sure that there are no spaces in your location path such as the space between “My” and “Documents” in (“C:/My Documents/ABCTracker/”).
  2. Make sure there are no odd characters such as “%, *, #, !, @, =, +, {, }, |”
  3. Make sure that there are no repeated names in the parent folders of the location path (e.g. “… /ABCTracker_1.21.1/ABCTracker/ …”  )
  4. If there are spaces or repeated names in the location path, try reinstalling ABC Tracker to a different location.

For detailed installation instructions, visit the Installation and Setup post.

Tips for your Input Videos

Here are a few videos that suggest tips for the input video that can maximize the effectiveness of ABC tracker.

1.Nest Preparation

Offers tips on how to prepare nests for filming.


Offers tips on what types of bulbs to use, and how to create the best lighting for the objects

3.Camera and Lenses

Offers suggestions on what type of camera to use with what type of lens


Offers tips on how to set up the camera over the objects and what type of focus to use


Getting Started

1. Initialization

This video covers the preliminary steps of ABC Tracker: how to upload and how to mark the objects.

For more information visit the Object Marking post.


2.Error Corrections

This video covers the post-processing steps needed to create the most accurate results.

(Error Corrections video soon to come)


3.Visualization Properties and Video Export

This video covers the visualization properties available to export along with your post processed tracking video.

For more information please visit the Visualization Properties post.

In-program instructions?

If you are stuck and have questions during the process, there are in program tutorials available along every step of the way located near the top left of screen. The “Instructions” button will help give information for the step that you are on.

How to install and setup the tracker program?

System Requirements                                

  1. 64-bit machine                                   
  2. Windows 7,8, 8.1, or 10                    
  3. Have atleast 4GB of RAM                  

Software Requirements

  1. Matlab [Link] – 2015a or higher
  2. Java [Link] – Windows x64 Version

Download Instructions

  1. Download the program. [Link to the download button page]
  2. Click on the file to take you to its location. (You can also find it in your Downloads Folder on your PC).
  3. By double clicking the file, it should display the file in a zip/extraction program; however, do not extract the file.
  4. Instead, drag/copy the file to a desired location on your PC.
    1. Important: Do NOT use complicated location paths or paths that contain spaces such as “C:My Documents/ABCTracker/” (Space between “My Documents”)
    2. Do NOT use location paths that have odd characters such as “%, *, #, !, @, =, +, {, }, |”
  5. Find the file and double click the file to open the ABC Tracker folder.
  6. Double click the ABC Tracker Application to open up the program.