Every once in a while being a programmer is a useful skill.
For years I fought with Pixela's broken ImageMixer software to try to get it to download videos from my Canon Vixia HF S100 camcorder. The software worked about 30% of the time, which was enormously frustrating. Recently the PC with that software had a hard drive failure. I couldn't find the original software CD. Canon's website now recommends CameraWindow, ZoomBrowser and ImageBrowser for the HF S100, but after finding the camera box with the serial number and entering that, downloading and installing the three packages, not one could see the attached camera.
I'd had enough. While watching TV with the wife last night, it took just four hours to write new Windows software to locate the attached camera (or storage card,) download the videos, thumbnails and photos from the camera and copy them to a PC with a naming scheme consistent with what I used to get from ImageMixer. I should have done this years ago.
CanonImport is designed to be as safe as possible. It will never overwrite existing files, and it doesn't delete files from the camera (or card.) It will work if the camera is attached as a USB disk drive, or if the card from the camera is plugged into your computer. I note that if I plug the Vixia into a USB 2.0 connection it is extremely slow, but plugged into a USB 3.0 jack, it runs at good speed. Make sure you wait for the disk drive for the camera to appear in Windows Explorer before running canonimport.
canonimport.exe is completely standalone, just copy it somewhere, open a Command Prompt and run it to see the usage instructions.
canonimport.exe is free so it comes with no warranty, use it at your own risk, don't blame me if something goes wrong. It is copyrighted software, so please don't distribute it elsewhere.
Once you are satisfied the download is complete, you can erase the SD card using either the camera or your computer.
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