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Monday, November 08, 2004
 
JDS: Linux & Sony DSC-V1/W1 Digital Camera

summary:


switch the camera in USB PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) mode and then run
"gtkam" application

1) Setup the camera to enable PTP by default

i) unplug USB cables (if any) from camera
ii) turn the dial to "setup"
iii) using arrow keys navigate to USB connect & set the mode to
"PTP" ("normal" is the default)
iv) exit the setup
Quick test:
i) plug-in the USB cable from Camera to computer
ii) turn on the camera <= it should read "USB Mode - PTP". If it shows
"USB Mode - Normal", we have to go back to step (1) and enable
PTP

2) Run "gtkam" on Linux machine

i) Install the latest versions of libgphoto2, gPhoto2, and gtkam on
your machine, if not installed already. JDS install gtkam &
the dependencies (libraries) by default, unless you choose
not to install during installation of OS

URL for gtkam, gPhoto2 & libgphoto2: http://www.gphoto.org/download/

ii) Run "gtkam" by typing gtkam& in a terminal window and go to the
Camera -> Add Camera. Select "Sony DSC-V1" or "Sony DSC-W1"
camera from the list of cameras and press OK

iii) It should quickly initialize the camera and then add it to the
camera listing on the left in the main window of gtkam. Browse
through the tree of the camera and select any folders that you
have setup on the camera

iv) You can right click on any picture or movie and select Save or select
multiple pictures and movies and goto the File menu and select
Save selected Photos or use Ctrl+S as a shortcut to save the
photos and movies to your hard drive

v) Play with options "Save photos, Save raw data, Save audio data,
Save thumbnails, & Save EXIF data" and choose the format in
which you want to save the data from Camera

3) Other recommended softwares

Probably want to add many more things to your Linux system to deal with all of
the data you will downloading from your camera. Following are some of the
recommended softwares:

* Eye of Gnome image viewer for looking at all of your photos
URL: http://www.gnome.org/gnome-office/eog.shtml

* GIMP image editing software to edit and manipulate all of your photos
(e.g. remove blemishes, take out red eye, etc.,)
URL: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

** Red Eye Removal tutorial for GIMP
URL: http://www.gimp.org/


** EXIF Browser Plug-in for GIMP so that you can view all of the
important information stored in your photos (e.g. date,
time, resolution, camera settings, etc.). This will need
the libexif library to be install as well

EXIF Browser Plug-in: http://registry.gimp.org/plugin?id=4153
libexif library: http://sourceforge.net/projects/libexif

* jhead is a console utility that will allow you to view all of the detailed
EXIF information saved to your photos by the camera
URL: http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/

* MPlayer to play any of the movies created with your camera. This will need
a few things to be installed first: among other things are the LAME
libraries

MPlayer: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/dload.html
LAME libraries: http://lame.sourceforge.net/download/download.html

Acknowledgements:
John Wyles



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