Action Cam and Linux? Filesystem mount problems

I buy an Apeman a79 and when I try to read my sunset first photos I realized that my Linux Mint 19.x cannot open neither from sd card and nor from usb connection.

Apeman a79

If you buy an action cam and you are lucky maybe linux can read immediatly all. Instead of if you are a bit less lucky you can fix as here:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

But I’m unlucky and it doesn’t work. So i find this and that unsolve problem on linux mint. If you have the same problem in the next chapter you can find the solution.

I try to mount manually trying to guess the type of partition.

I connect the action cam with USB cable to my laptop.

After I select MSDC in order to see the image and video files.

Using gparted I can know that my cam partition is visible at “/dev/sdb1” (it can also visible at “/dev/sdc1” or elsewhere).

So I create the folder “/media/exfat” and I mount “/dev/sdb1” there with the following commands:

sudo mkdir /media/exfat
sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/exfat

When you finish you can mount with following:

sudo umount /media/exfat

For the sd card I made the same thing but his mount point is “/dev/mmcblk0p1” like I can see with gparted and after i use the following command:

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/mmcblk0p1 /media/exfat

To umount use the same command used before:

sudo umount /media/exfat

There is some action that I think is useful for edit video in post (I do it with Kdenlive):

  • Defish: to remove the grandangle effects if you can not with the function LDC (Lend Distortion Correction)
  • Color Correction: if the color do not seams real or is not good in other environment as under the water.
  • Stabilization: sometimes the EIS (Electronic Image Stabilizer) can not be enough.

I’m not a photography expert and this is the first time that I want to know something about this. Is not a bad start. I think that some action cam with a small price can be usefull to introduce myself in this worlds.

I did not expect to have problem with file system mount but it worked out easily.

I think that the economic action cam can have problem on images but more of them can be correct in post production. Only the resolution problem are really unsolvable.

So enjoy with your action cam and linux.

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