Digitial Camera Video Import and Management with Ubuntu 11.04

By September 3, 2011 February 18th, 2015 IT Stuffs

I thought this is going to be a straight froward task but it actually requires some effort to make it work. I have a Panasonic FX500 digital camera that I use it for photos and videos recording. As I move the SD card to my ubuntu 11.04 laptop, it detects the SD card and ask me if I want to use Shotwell Photo Manager to upload the data. I clicked on OK and Shotwell application comes up and ready to import data. However, Shotwell can only detect photos, no video shown. I guess this is why that call it “photo manager”.

So I figure to give Picasa a shot since it works under Windows. Wrong! Picasa only can detect photos also. I thought it is a configuration issue since it works under Windows. Read the help file and found Picasa Linux version only support photos, no videos. Thanks a lot!

Tried few other software with no luck. I mean I can drag and drop those video files myself to my Video folder but I want a software to manage my photos and videos, and allow me to upload to youtube directly within the application. This is not too much to ask, isn’t it?

Then, hey! I thought… since I like Shotwell and it works pretty well… what if they have newer version that support the MOV video format? So I go ahead and check Shotwell version that comes with ubuntu v11.04, it says 0.9.3. Hummm… Shotwell’s latest version is 0.11, I might have a “shot” here… So I do the following commands under terminal:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install shotwell 

Shotwell 0.11 is installed. Pop my SD card back in and it detects the videos this time. Way to go! And you can also upload videos direct to youtube or facebook. Oh boy, life is good!

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