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 either very slow, or even impossible?
The problem is caused by a bug outside program. Specifically, the bug is found in the way that gvfs
is working together with libgphoto2. With some cameras it works ok. With some other cameras, it does not work at all. With some other cameras, it works, but it is very slow.
If you can set your camera to PTP mode, or set it as a USB mass storage device, it might work better. Better yet, use a card reader, which can be as much as 5-10 times faster compared to downloading directly from the camera.
Which RAW images does it work with?
It depends on which version of exiv2
is on your system. You can determine which types are supported by running rapid-photo-downloader -e
from the command line. With version 0.18.1 or above of exiv2, the following RAW image formats are supported: ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, MEF, MOS, MRW, NEF, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, RW2, SR2, and SRW.
If Rapid Photo Downloader detects version 0.18.1 or higher of the exiv2
library, it will download Panasonic's RW2 files. If it detects version 0.18.0 or
higher of the exiv2 library, it will download Mamiya's MEF files. For Rapid
Photo Downloader to be able to detect which version of the exiv2 library your
system has, it must either be running pyexiv2 >= 0.2.0, or have exiv2 installed.
Yes, it runs just fine. On a typical KDE 4 installation, it will require the installation of a limited number of Gnome packages. On a recent version of Kubuntu, this meant downloading an extra 8MB of packages.
Can I download videos?
Yes! This feature was introduced with version 0.2.0. 3GP, AVI, M2T, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOD, and TOD files are supported.
Does it work on Windows or Mac?
Does it confirm the image was downloaded correctly by doing a bit by bit comparison?
Does the program recognize or use XMP sidecar files?
No. But it will likely do so in future.
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.