Motion Google Drive Uploader and Emailer

***** UPDATE: The script in this article no longer works due to Google authentication changes. Please use the new script described here: Motion Google Drive Uploader for OAuth 2.0

I'm using the brilliant Motion software with my Raspberry Pi to capture goings-on around my house. This blog post: Battery powered, Wireless, Motion detecting Raspberry Pi and this blog post: Raspberry Pi Webcam explain how.

I set up Lighttpd to point at the directory where Motion was creating video files so that I could go and check periodically to see if any new events had been captured. This works well - I just set up my home router so I could access the http over the Internet and then download the AVIs to my laptop or whatever. The down side to this is that you have to pro-actively look to see if there are new videos and secondly it puts additional strain on the Raspberry Pi to host the files for repeated download.

So, I have created a Python script to upload the AVI to Google Drive, get a URL to view the video on line and then email this using the same GMail account to an address. To keep the Raspberry Pi tidy the script then deletes the local file.

If you have the Google Drive Sync application running too you can see the files as they arrive which is fun:


Created on 6 Jun 2012

@author: Jeremy Blythe

Motion Uploader - uploads videos to Google Drive

Read the blog entry at http://jeremyblythe.blogspot.com for more information

import smtplib
from datetime import datetime

import os.path
import sys

import gdata.data
import gdata.docs.data
import gdata.docs.client
import ConfigParser

class MotionUploader:
    def __init__(self, config_file_path):
        # Load config
        config = ConfigParser.ConfigParser()
        # GMail account credentials
        self.username = config.get('gmail', 'user')
        self.password = config.get('gmail', 'password')
        self.from_name = config.get('gmail', 'name')
        self.sender = config.get('gmail', 'sender')
        # Recipient email address (could be same as from_addr)
        self.recipient = config.get('gmail', 'recipient')        
        # Subject line for email
        self.subject = config.get('gmail', 'subject')
        # First line of email message
        self.message = config.get('gmail', 'message')
        # Folder (or collection) in Docs where you want the videos to go
        self.folder = config.get('docs', 'folder')
        # Options
        self.delete_after_upload = config.getboolean('options', 'delete-after-upload')
        self.send_email = config.getboolean('options', 'send-email')

    def _create_gdata_client(self):
        """Create a Documents List Client."""
        self.client = gdata.docs.client.DocsClient(source='motion_uploader')
        self.client.http_client.debug = False
        self.client.client_login(self.username, self.password, service=self.client.auth_service, source=self.client.source)
    def _get_folder_resource(self):
        """Find and return the resource whose title matches the given folder."""
        col = None
        for resource in self.client.GetAllResources(uri='/feeds/default/private/full/-/folder'):
            if resource.title.text == self.folder:
                col = resource
        return col
    def _send_email(self,msg):
        '''Send an email using the GMail account.'''
        senddate=datetime.strftime(datetime.now(), '%Y-%m-%d')
        m="Date: %s\r\nFrom: %s <%s>\r\nTo: %s\r\nSubject: %s\r\nX-Mailer: My-Mail\r\n\r\n" % (senddate, self.from_name, self.sender, self.recipient, self.subject)
        server = smtplib.SMTP('smtp.gmail.com:587')
        server.login(self.username, self.password)
        server.sendmail(self.sender, self.recipient, m+msg)

    def _upload(self, video_file_path, folder_resource):
        '''Upload the video and return the doc'''
        doc = gdata.docs.data.Resource(type='video', title=os.path.basename(video_file_path))
        media = gdata.data.MediaSource()
        media.SetFileHandle(video_file_path, 'video/avi')
        doc = self.client.CreateResource(doc, media=media, collection=folder_resource)
        return doc
    def upload_video(self, video_file_path):
        """Upload a video to the specified folder. Then optionally send an email and optionally delete the local file."""
        folder_resource = self._get_folder_resource()
        if not folder_resource:
            raise Exception('Could not find the %s folder' % self.folder)

        doc = self._upload(video_file_path, folder_resource)
        if self.send_email:
            video_link = None
            for link in doc.link:
                if 'video.google.com' in link.href:
                    video_link = link.href
            # Send an email with the link if found
            msg = self.message
            if video_link:
                msg += '\n\n' + video_link                

        if self.delete_after_upload:

if __name__ == '__main__':         
        if len(sys.argv) < 3:
            exit('Motion Uploader - uploads videos to Google Drive\n   by Jeremy Blythe (http://jeremyblythe.blogspot.com)\n\n   Usage: uploader.py {config-file-path} {video-file-path}')
        cfg_path = sys.argv[1]
        vid_path = sys.argv[2]    
        if not os.path.exists(cfg_path):
            exit('Config file does not exist [%s]' % cfg_path)    
        if not os.path.exists(vid_path):
            exit('Video file does not exist [%s]' % vid_path)    
    except gdata.client.BadAuthentication:
        exit('Invalid user credentials given.')
    except gdata.client.Error:
        exit('Login Error')
    except Exception as e:
        exit('Error: [%s]' % e)


If you haven't already got Python and Pip installed then do it now. On my Arch Linux Raspberry Pi I did this:
pacman -S python2
pacman -S python2-pip
Note: This script has been tested on Python 2.7.3
Next get the Google gdata library:
pip2 install gdata
Now download the two files above to somewhere on your machine. Make uploader.py executable:
chmod +x uploader.py
Open uploader.cfg to enter your settings:
# GMail account credentials
name = My Name
user = gmailusername
password = gmailpassword
sender = me@gmail.com

# Recipient email address (could be same as from_addr)
recipient = me@gmail.com

# Subject line for email
subject = Motion detected

# First line of email message
message = Video uploaded

# Folder (or collection) in Docs where you want the videos to go
folder = motion

# Delete the local video file after the upload
delete-after-upload = true

# Send an email after the upload
send-email = true
Make sure you create a folder in your Google Drive to match the setting in the uploader.cfg file. This is the folder where the videos will go.
At this point it's worth testing the script e.g.
./uploader.py /etc/motion/uploader.cfg /srv/http/motion/cam1/85-20120608194940.avi
If all's well you can now change the Motion setting like so:
on_movie_end /root/py/uploader.py /etc/motion/uploader.cfg %f


***** UPDATE: The script in this article no longer works due to Google authentication changes. Please use the new script described here: Motion Google Drive Uploader for OAuth 2.0

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