Support for Videos

Bug #104807 reported by Andreas Schildbach on 2007-04-09
This bug affects 28 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
f-spot (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs
Nominated for Jaunty by Lorenz
Nominated for Karmic by Lorenz
Nominated for Lucid by Lorenz

Bug Description

Binary package hint: f-spot

This is a wishlist item:

Most digital cameras can not only record still images but also videos. I'd like f-spot to recognize these videos, import them into the library and be able to view them.

Image operations on videos is not important.

4.5 years on the wishlist and nowbody who can tell if t his is possible or not? please, this is a must for f-spot and would sure boost the usage of this excelent foto mangement tool.

VF (vfiend) on 2007-04-09
Changed in f-spot:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Dean Sas (dsas) wrote :

Thanks for the bug, the upstream developers have received this feature request and there is a patch in the upstream bug tracker to support several video formats. You can track it and make comments here:

Changed in f-spot:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in f-spot:
status: Unknown → Rejected
Dean Sas (dsas) wrote :

Sorry I gave the wrong bug before, should have been

Changed in f-spot:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Kev (ukev) wrote :

Want to say, that F-Spot still does not have this feature.
It would be quite perfect for me, if F-Spot support video-files, tool.

Changed in f-spot:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
status: Confirmed → Triaged

I would also love to see the feature incorporated.

Johan Kröckel (jnkl) wrote :

Me too.

Didier L (l-farquaad) wrote :

Moreover video cameras with the ability to transfer the videos to a computer (in particular video cameras with a HDD) tend to be more and more common.

I have received one and I have currently found no way to manage the videos properly, even if the camera is recognized as an usb drive, and there is no problem to play the videos…

yetiARC (haitzer) wrote :

I like F-Spot, but as the typical family snapshot photographer, I need be able to watch the occasional video, too.
Funny thing is that F-Spot does show thumbnails of the avi vids, when it downloads the files from my camera (canon powershot). Why can't it show the same thumbnails later, and use an external viewer to play the videos. Digikam does this easily, so I had to switch to Digikam. Please give me video support in F-Spot and I'll switch back.

marco.pallotta (marco-pallotta) wrote :

This could be a very usefull feature also for me.

But I have some questions:
- May launchpad be also used for wishlist requests?
- Doesn't Brainstorm do this?
- What is the difference between posting a wishlist feature via launchpad (bug with "wishlist" importance) and posting a wishlist feature via Brainstorm?

I think this isn't a bug else bug statistics offered by Launchpad, that are for me important to see how bug fixing is running, are altered as the would include really bugs and new requested features.

cygnl7 (cygnl7) wrote :

This is the reason I can't use f-spot. Otherwise I love f-spot. I, too, have to switch to digiKam for this capability.

mirak (mirak-mirak) wrote :

I would like it too

David Hamm (davidthamm) wrote :

This is currently the largest gripe my parents have with ubuntu.

People are probably shooting more video and doing less photography these days so video support is quite necessary if Ubuntu should be able to compete with for example Picasa.

edde306 (bumbalo) wrote :

I would switch to digikam, just for the video handling (import, thumbnail preview, open w/ external app)...

...BUT since I have tagged like 9000+ photos w/ F-Spot and most of the tags are not embedded into the files, I cannot use my tagging system in Digikam. Hence I have to wait for the video feature to be implemented -

and it's about time: according to this bug report the discussion started like 4.5 YEARS ago!!

I've no programming skills what so ever, so I can't build that extension. PLEASE SOMEBODY, DO SOMETHING!

edde306 (bumbalo) wrote :

I've been wrong. There is an easy way to write all the tags into the files by using the f-spot extension "sync catalog with Photos"

description: updated
vladekm (wladek) wrote :

5 years later and no solution in view... Time to move on I guess.

I will miss f-spot as it served me very well all these years. But not being able to manage my short videos has become a show-stopper for me.

digikam it is then.

David Hamm (davidthamm) wrote :


Shotwell might be promising, until then however digikam is unfortunately the best route. :(

John Pye (jdpipe) wrote :

Problem with not having this feature is that offloading files from a camera becomes a two-stage process -- first offload using f-spot then manually check for movie files, and copy those somewhere as well, in that case.

Without this feature, it's too easy to just do the first step, then forget then other step, and clear the camera card without checking for other kinds of files.

cameleon (el-cameleon-1) wrote :

I have just seen that F-spot successfully import avi video file (among lot of jpg) , but then is not able to display them. So half of the work is done from my point of view.

Kev (ukev) wrote :

Cameleon, which version did you use?

cameleon (el-cameleon-1) wrote :

I use F-Spot (official release in Karmic).

JensOtto (jos-ideatore) wrote :

I would really appreciate it if F-Spot got proper support for unloading, managing and displaying videos

Ludo6431 (lacoste) wrote :

Hey, i just lost videos files as described in :|

cameleon (el-cameleon-1) wrote :

Do you use the last release of F-Spot? Because it successfully upload my movie files (*.avi) from my Canon PowerShot (see comments 18 and 20).

@cameleon, which release do you speak about? The one included in Lucid? I tried, with the version in Lucid (, to import an avi and a ovg file but with no success.

kopiwe (kopiwe) wrote :

I'd like to see that feature too! Currently doesn't work with my camera on lucid.

Jan Hoffmann (jan-hoffmann) wrote :

There's a patch that could be updated for the current F-Spot version:

Laura Bannister (geekgerl) wrote :

I also would love to see this implemented. I'm very happy with the F-Spot software, but I almost wiped my SD card before realizing that the AVI files weren't imported. It would be nice if F-Spot listed the flies it couldn't import so that users were at least aware of it. Or even better, I would prefer that it copy all files into dated the file/directory structure during an import, even if some file types (such as movies) are not imported into the actual database. That way, I can safely wipe my camera card or delete an import directory without worrying about losing files.

Unfortunately this is a dealbreaker for me. As another user mentioned, it's too much work to sync my camera to multiple programs. For now I'll continue using my lame Windows program to manage my photos :(

Changed in f-spot:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
Prostar (tsmith-z28) wrote :

This really needs to be upgraded to a BUG. What camera can you buy now that doesn't come with video capabiliy. Also F-Spot is the default photo tool, so as stated you have new users receiving a bad experience as well as old users such as myself wondering why it has to be so hard to get things off the camera.

Prostar (tsmith-z28) wrote :

This really needs to be upgraded to a BUG. What camera can you buy now that doesn't come with video capability. Also F-Spot is the default photo tool, so as stated you have new users receiving a bad experience as well as old users such as myself wondering why it has to be so hard to get things off the camera.

Changed in f-spot:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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