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Getting Started - ViMP Installation Guide

Thank you for choosing ViMP!

In the following we will explain how to install and configure your new ViMP software.
Additional help and howtos can be found in our FAQ.

1. Installation

ViMP requires certain technical conditions. If you haven't already done, please check, if your server meets all requirements for installing and running ViMP: Technical Requirements

The installation process contains three steps:

  1. Installation of the webserver software (Apache, MySQL, PHP)
  2. Installation of the transcoding software (ffmpeg, Mencoder, flv2tool)
  3. Installation of ViMP

On request, we'll be happy to carry out the installation for you on your server. Click here for more information!

1.1 Installation of the webserver software

First, your server has to be equipped with the necessary webserver software. Normally your server should already be pre-configured with a LAMP system (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP).

Shouldn't that be the case, please install the required packages.

Find a tutorial for Debian and Ubuntu here:
Installing the webserver, webhosting and ViMP under Debian 8 or Ubuntu 14

Find a tutorial for RedHat and CentOS here:
Installing the webserver, webhosting and ViMP under CentOS/RedHat 7 

If you use another Linux distribution, please consult the respective support pages of the manufacturer.

To run ViMP Community, ViMP Professional and ViMP Corporate editions you need to install the free SourceGuardian extension. Find the tutorial here: Installing the SourceGuardian PHP extension

Please also note the special annotations for installing ViMP on a server running confixx or Plesk:

1.2 Installation of the transcoding software

The trickiest part of the ViMP installation might be the installation of the transcoding tools. Uploaded videos will be transformed into web compliant formats by the Open Source transcoding tools ffmpeg, Mencoder and flvtool2.

Normally the open source transcoding tools won't be installed on your server yet. So, this has to be done one-time before the actual installation of ViMP.

The use of our professional Transcoding Service doesn't require any installation of the Open Source tools and moreover you benefit from additional performance and quality advantages. Find out more here!

With Debian Lenny, Ubuntu (10+11) and openSuSE it is necessary to compile ffmpeg (instead of using the package
version) in order to support all formats, especially the new HTML5 formats.

Find the step-by-step tutorials here: 

1.3 Installation of ViMP

After the webserver is set up and the transcoding tools are installed, we finally can install the acutal ViMP software: Installation of the ViMP package (ViMP 2.6, for older versions please follow these instructions).

At the end, don't forget to install the cronjob for converting uploaded media: How to install the transcoding cron job     

2. First steps

Congratulations! If all above steps have been finished sucessfully, ViMP is now installed on your server and you can start using it.

First, call ViMP by entering the domain of your server into the address bar of your browser.

Then login with the default access data

user: admin
password: admin

and - if using the PACIFIC template - click your username within the top bar to get to your profile page:

User profile link

In CLASSIC template click the "My Profile" link on the right within the user menu:

My profile 

Next, click the "Settings" tab in PACIFIC template first:

User profile - Settings

then click "Change password":

User profile - Change Password

In CLASSIC template move the mouse pointer over the top content area to uncover the context menu and click the "Change password" link:

Change password   

In the opening form enter the old password once and a new password of your choice twice and submit it. Now you successfully changed the most important access to your portal - the administrator account.

Next, click the "Administration" icon in the top bar (PACIFIC):

Administration link

or the "Administration" link (CLASSIC):


Navigate to the user management by clicking the "User" tab and set new passwords for the other two default users "user" and "moderator" by moving the mouse pointer over the according data records and clicking "Set user password" in the context menu:

Set user password

Now you secured your ViMP portal against unauthorised access by changing the passwords of the three default user accounts.

If you don't need the "user" and "moderator" users, you can delete them without hesitation. Just pay attention to keep one administrator user, because otherwise you will shut yourself out of the portal!

3. Quick Configuration

In the next step, check the most important ViMP configuration settings. In the backend click the "Configuration" link on the top right corner and then the submenu item "Portal".

Enter the correct domain of your server at "Web address" (including http://). Almost all configuration settings can be edited by clicking the "edit" link within the context menu that appears while moving the mouse pointer over a configuration item:

ViMP Configuration - Web adrdess

Next, navigate to the configuration item "Transcoder". Check and if necessary correct the paths to the transcoding tools Mencoder, Mplayer, ffmpeg, faststart and flvtool2. Normally this is only necessary, if you compiled the transcoding tools by yourself and didn't use the distribution packages: Setting the transcoding tool paths

ViMP Configuration - Transcoding paths

By using the ViMP Transcoding Service you don't have to set any paths. You only have to change the transcoder
type to "ViMP Transcoding Service". All further settings will be configured by us within your transcoding service account.

4. Ready - go!

Now you set up the most important settings of ViMP. How about going back to the frontend and start uploading your first video right now? 

Download the ViMP Administration Guide to read detailed explanations of all backend functions.