For the record, this is the ardour log console:

[WARNING]: The external video server 'harvid' can not be found.
The tool is included with the Ardour releases from,
alternatively you can download it from
or acquire it from your distribution.

see also
[WARNING]: ffmpeg installation was not found on this system.
Ardour requires ffmpeg and ffprobe from - version 1.1 or newer.
Video import and export is not possible until you install tools.

The tools are included with the Ardour releases from and
also available with the video-server at

Important: the files need to be installed in $PATH and named
ffmpeg_harvid and ffprobe_harvid.
If you already have a suitable ffmpeg installation on your system, we
recommend creating symbolic links from ffmpeg to ffmpeg_harvid and
from ffprobe to ffprobe_harvid.

see also

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