Does anyone knows a good software which will allow me to import the video I took from my digital camera Panasonic TZ7?

Shotwell imports photos perfectly from this device. However I couldn't find any software which imports the video (I tried several, among others Rapid Video Downloader). The only I could import videos is from nautilus by looking directly for the MTS files and then I have to rename the file into something which make sense.

If the software could also convert the file into some other format it is a plus, but that I can do that with VLC.


Shotwell 0.8 will include basic video support: http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/855. You can import video from a camera and organize it in your library (tags, events) just like a photo. No editing however, and if you double-click, it will launch a movie player. We hope one day to host the player inside Shotwell itself: http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/2820

If you'd like to try it now and see if it works with your camera and its movie types, you can run from trunk: http://www.yorba.org/shotwell/install/#source

Otherwise, 0.8 should be out soon.

  • Thx, I'm looking forward for version 0.8 then. Do you know when a .deb packages will be available? If it is quite soon I'll wait for it, else I'll build it from the source. – Noz Dec 7 '10 at 16:37
  • We're currently working hard to complete 0.8. If you're running Ubuntu, Yorba maintains a PPA that will have 0.8 as soon as we release it: launchpad.net/~yorba/+archive/ppa Other distro packaging usually happens in a timely manner after we release. – Jim Nelson Dec 8 '10 at 18:44
  • Hi, I install the update! Great update. Unfortunately it doesn't work for the video with the Panasonic TZ7. The format .mts seems to cause problem for lots of software. – Noz Dec 26 '10 at 16:41
  • Could you file a ticket about the problem at trac.yorba.org? If you could explain the problem you're seeing and even supply a sample video, we'll see about fixing it. – Jim Nelson Jan 8 '11 at 18:54

I am the author of Rapid Photo Downloader. It is written in Python. I do not know of a Python free software library that can read the MTS file format -- at least not the two I have tried (hachoir and kaa metadata). Rapid Photo Downloader depends on being able to read the metadata from the photos and videos, so if it cannot read it, it's a big problem. If you are able to find a library that works, please let me know.

I do not know why Sony chose to implement a file format of that type.

Sorry I cannot be of more help.

  • Thanks for those infos. It is bad news for my problem but at least it gives me direction on where to look. If I happen to find this library I'll let you know. – Noz Dec 6 '10 at 7:50
  • The upcoming version 0.4.3 of Rapid Photo Downloader can download and rename MTS files. It calls the perl program ExifTool to handle the metadata tasks. – Damon Lynch Jan 1 '12 at 20:53

You can use PICASA (via Wine - it is no longer natively supported on Linux) or SHOTWELL to import pictures from dig cam.You can also use F-SPOT photo manager it is replaced by shotwell in Maverick.If you want F-Spot you can install it from it's PPA.

Installing F-Spot

  • In terminal type the following,

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:f-spot/f-spot-ppa

  • Update your repository and then install F-Spot
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install f-spot
  • You can Launch F-Spot in Applications>>Graphics menu.

For Importing Videos you can use gphoto2 Install gphoto2 but that's a command line utility.The command gphoto2 -P will retrieve everything from the camera into the directory you are in.

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    Thank you but I already use Shotwell to import the pictures, I want something that imports the videos. Neither Shotwell nor Picasa work for that. – Noz Dec 5 '10 at 18:12
  • Thank you again, but I already try gphoto2 and rapid photo downloader. None of them works for the Panasonic Lumix TZ7. The video files are some .mts. I'm lookin for a software which work for this particular model. I'm asking the question after spending some time on the internet and haven't found anything. – Noz Dec 5 '10 at 18:34

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