Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Rapid Photo Downloader
Is it possible to download RAW images into one folder, and JPEG images into another?
Yes! It is very easy: you can use the file extension to automatically create download subfolders. See the documentation
for more information.
Why is downloading images directly from my camera broken?
Versions earlier than 0.9.0 had experimental support for downloading from cameras and phones. Sometimes it worked, but oftentimes it didn't. Upgrade to the latest version, and you can download from every device supported by libgphoto2
Why is thumbnail generation and downloading from a smart phone so slow?
Unfortunately downloading from and generating thumbnails for a smartphone is
painfully slow compared to regular cameras, and sadly nothing can be done to speed it up. Unlike photos produced by cameras, smartphone photos do not contain embedded preview images, which means the entire photo must be downloaded and cached for its thumbnail to be generated.
Compounding the problem is that transfer speeds from the phone are slow to begin with—typically considerably slower than from a pocket camera or DSLR.
Which RAW images does it work with?
The following RAW image formats are supported: ARW, DCR, CR2, CRW, DNG, MOS, MEF, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, RW2, SR2, and SRW.
Can I download videos?
Supported video files are 3GP, AVI, M2T, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOD, TOD and MTS.
Does it work on Windows or Mac?
No. Theoretically it could be
ported to both Mac and Windows with minimal effort. The one gotcha is that
that Windows lacks gphoto2, meaning when run under Windows, it could not
download directly from cameras unless it used something else.
Does it confirm the file was downloaded correctly by doing a bit by bit comparison?
If you set the option for it, yes. It is not set by default.
Does the program recognize or use XMP sidecar files?
As of version 0.9.0, yes.
Sometimes my photos have no metadata (EXIF or IPTC tags). What happens then?
If you do not use metadata in the generation of subfolder or image filenames, then it is no problem.
If you do use metadata in the generation of subfolder or image filenames, the program assumes you do so with the expectation they will be present in the images. If metadata is used to generate subfolders, or is the only way to create unique image filenames, then the image will not be downloaded. If some of the image filename can still be generated using elements that change (such as the filename), then the image will be downloaded, and a warning will be issued.