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How to import audio from a windows/samba shared folder on Ubuntu

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Q: I have some audio files on my windows computer that want to import into Rivendell. Can I do this over the network?

A: Yes you can.

1 First share your folder on the windows computer that has the audio files you want to import. This would also work for files from linux computers sharing folders via samba.

2 Next Go to Places> Network in the Ubuntu Menu in the top panel.

Screenshot Places Network.png

3 Then browse the network and find your folder. Then double click on it. Enter username and password for the shared folder if asked for them. You should now have a new item in the menu on the left side of the file browser with your shared folder name with an eject icon to the right of it.

Screenshot-Network folder mounted.png

Now you are ready to import files. There are two ways, one file at a time with RDLibrary or mass import with RDImport.

  • Importing with RDLibrary

1 Start RDLibrary.

2 Create a new cart.

3 Click on the Import/Export button. Next to the Import File Filename: box click the Select button.

4 Right-click in the folder/file selection box and tick the item Show hidden files.

Screenshot-Open show hidden files.png

5 Select the hidden folder called .gvfs Inside it you will find all mounted shared folders.

Screenshot-Open select .gvfs.png

6 Select your file to import in the shared folder and click Open.

Screenshot-Open shared folders.png

  • Importing with RDImport

To mass import files you can use the command line tool RDImport. To start it go to the Ubuntu menu Appplications> Accessories>Terminal then type

rdimport --help

and hit enter

This will give you the help for rdimport.

You need to use the same path to your files as above. Something like the below. Replace <username> with the linux username on your Rivendell computer.


For a more complete description of how to import mp3 and wav files using rdimport see Using rdimport to import mp3 files