Moving video files to Harry's video location

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Moving video files to Harry's video location

Post by Brian Sullivan » Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:39 pm

I have been exploring using an externally created video in Harry's video overlay feature. I believe I understand that concepts and how it works but I can't for the life of me figure out how to transfer video from another directory on the SD card into the required folder on the SD so that Laptimer can find and use the video. I have managed to locate the Laptimer directory but otherwise am thwarted. It seems like a simple thing but I am stumped.

My Google Files app has a "Copy" and "Move" function but seems to only allow copy and move to and from the internal storage and my SD card - doesn't appear to support copying to different directory on the same (or even other) storage device. Am I missing something? Some other app I should be using to do this?

I realize this is more of a general Android question than a Laptimer question but I was hoping someone here could aim me in the right general direction
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Re: Moving video files to Harry's video location

Post by Harry » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:49 am

Which storage places are shown in Video List? Late Android version got pretty restrictive with access to the file system. Which version do you use?

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Re: Moving video files to Harry's video location

Post by Brian Sullivan » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:02 pm

I am currently on Android 7 -- I am attempting to use the SD card so the location is /storage/xxxx(SD card name)/Android/data.com.harryslaptimertrainer/files/Movies.

I did mention in another post that I was able to access and transfer files to the location using Windows File Explorer when connected to the phone via USB. I was thinking there should be a more direct native process but maybe not?
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Re: Moving video files to Harry's video location

Post by Harry » Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:22 am

The mapping between physical directories on your Android smartphone and directories on an SD card can be complicated. The so called "mounting" differs by manufacturer. What LapTimer shows in Video List is this full path including the mounting point. To find the location on your SD card, you need to remove some prefix like what you wrote as "/storage/xxxx".

The path above ending with data/com.harryslaptimertrainer/files/Movies is part of LapTimer's sandbox, i.e. an app specific folder. On Android 7, there may be a global storage place for videos available too. For late Android versions these have vanished.

Finally, there may be some desktop tool available for your smartphone (manufacturer specific). These allow copying files between smartphone (including SD cards) and desktop. To use these tools, you will connect your smartphone to the desktop using an USB cable.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific here, it is fragmented in Android.

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