Seattle: June 21, 2013
Working with MEG/EEG recordings involves a lot of computational resources and large display windows. Therefore we recommand that you bring a laptop with a decent processing capacity and a screen larger than 12".
You would also add to your comfort by bringing an external mouse. Most of the manipulations are done with the mouse, and some involve an intensive use of the scrolling operation. A mouse wheel or the "two-finger move" on MacBooks are perfect for this, but this operation is not always easy to perform on some laptops.
Before coming to the workshop, you need to download the software and the tutorial dataset from the Brainstorm website (300 to 650Mb). It requires a free registration for demographics purposes. To streamline troubleshooting and instructions during the session, please save all the downloaded files on your Desktop.
From the Brainstorm Download page, log in or create a Brainstorm account
You will then be able to download the following files to your Desktop folder:
Brainstorm software: brainstorm_YYMMDD.zip (45 Mb)
Tutorial dataset: sample_workshop_fullday.zip (241 Mb)
Note: if you already have Brainstorm installed, make sure that the version was released
after June 10th.
- Unzip the two zip files
- Delete the zip files / the installation files
Create a folder "brainstorm_db" on your Desktop folder
- Final check: you should have now 3 folders on your Desktop:
brainstorm3: Program folder, with the Matlab source code and the compiled executable
brainstorm_db: Folder for the Brainstorm database (empty)
sample_workshop_fullday: Example dataset to be used during the training session
- Now run Brainstorm, to make sure it starts fine (read carefully the following section)
Running Brainstorm for the first time
- Start Matlab
DO NOT add the brainstorm3 folder to your path: Brainstorm will take care of that,
Go to the brainstorm3 folder from the Matlab command window,
Type "brainstorm" in the Matlab command window and press enter,
- When asked for the location of the Brainstorm database folder, pick the folder "brainstorm_db" you have just created on the Desktop.
Download the Matlab Compiler Runtime (MCR), version R2012b, corresponding to your operating system. This is a set of libraries that will let you run Brainstorm on your computer without Matlab.
Click here: Link to the Mathworks website.
Important note for Mac users:
It is not clear on the Mathworks website, but the current MCR requires a version of MacOSX >= 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard), with Apple Java installed (see link).
If you can't install the MCR on your Mac, you can chose between: updating MacOS, installing Matlab, or borrowing another laptop for the workshop.
- Follow the instructions to install the MCR:
Windows: Double-click on the .exe and follow the instructions
Linux: From a terminal, unzip .zip, then run ./install
MacOS: Click on the zip file to unzip it, then click on "InstallForMacOSX"
Run the executable file located in brainstorm3/bin/R2012b/
Windows: Double-click on brainstorm3.bat
Linux: From a terminal, cd brainstorm3/bin/R2012b/
Make sure that the file brainstorm3.command is executable:
=> chmod a+x brainstorm3.command
MacOS: Double-click on brainstorm3.command and wait for instructions.
- When you start Brainstorm for the first time on Linux or MacOS, you will be prompted to select the folder where you installed the MCR
When asked for the location of the Brainstorm database folder, pick the folder brainstorm_db on your Desktop.
Getting ready for the workshop
In order to make sure that Brainstorm works properly, and to get more familiar with the software, we recommend that you read and follow at least the first three online tutorials:
For any technical problem, please contact Francois Tadel ( email@example.com )