How do I retrieve movies and audio files from my Canon PowerShot S5 IS camera?

Shotwell only sees the pictures. Mounting the camera via "Places > Canon Digital Camera" and then clicking twice on the resulting desktop icon yields this error:

could not display "gphoto2://[usb:001,002]/"

There is nothing in /media.

gphoto2 error message

update: output of sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x3ee33ee2

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2364        2612     1999872   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2   *           1        2364    18979840   83  Linux
/dev/sda3            2613        4864    18089159+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            2613        4864    18089158+   b  W95 FAT32

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Solution: install gphotofs, then Nautilus shows camera contents similar to a standard usb storage device (though note that gphotofs does not yet support adding to or deleting contents).

  • How do you connect your camera?Through USB cable?
    – karthick87
    Dec 9, 2010 at 6:09
  • yes, through usb. Dec 9, 2010 at 6:26
  • Post the output of sudo fdisk -l with your your usb device(that is your camera) plugged in.
    – karthick87
    Dec 9, 2010 at 7:05
  • @karthick, added. Dec 10, 2010 at 22:35

2 Answers 2


Shotwell 0.8 will support video, including importing them off cameras: http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/855

We're considering adding audio support in a future release: http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/2920


As a workaround you could try accessing the files via the command line. In this question,
gphotofs was suggested for mounting the camera.

  • gphotofs solved it, but not in the manner indicated! After installing gphotofs selecting the camera from the Places menu opens a Nautilus window showing the contents of the camera as standard usb storage device. Dec 10, 2010 at 22:51

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