Copy Date Created & Date Modified from one list and apply it to another list

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#1 : 22/09-16 00:27
David
David
Posts: 60
I have a photo collection I'm coverting. Making some larger and some smaller. The problem is the converted files all lose their creation dates and modified dates which is important information.

Since I still have the original files what I would like to do is something like what you can do with filenames and the List method. Copy the list of created dates and modified dates and then apply them to the list of new files.

Possible?


22/09-16 00:27 - edited 23/09-16 14:58
#2 : 23/09-16 01:53
G. Lambany
G. Lambany
Posts: 187
Reply to #1:
Check the exiftool tag datetimeoriginal, this is a metadata inside the photos that tells when it was taken, much more reliable than created, accessed and modified dates, which are the operating system dates of the file..

what I'm saying is even if your files lost all the OS dates, the datetimeoriginal should be intact and you can still use it with AR.

cheers


23/09-16 01:53
#3 : 23/09-16 15:14
David
David
Posts: 60
Reply to #2:
Unfortunately it's like I said. The ExifTool can only access the Date Modified, Date Accessed, And Date Created. Not the date taken or any other dates. And all the dates on the newly converted files are the dates when the photos were converted. There are no other dates available. All the Original dates are gone.


23/09-16 15:14
#4 : 23/09-16 16:05
G. Lambany
G. Lambany
Posts: 187
Reply to #3:
Maybe try a converter that supports copying original metadata to the new, converted file, like XnConvert?

I don't think AR let you do any kind of date copy, exif datetimeoriginal write, or any other kind of date manipulation.. it only read those to generate a new file name (of what I understand of AR, anyway).

you could check the script I wrote yesterday for John ("AVCHD date taken in CPI" post), if copying the datetimeoriginal of the original file into the filename of the new, converted one:

http://pastebin.com/SbbjKQCa

might have to modify it a little bit, and put original and converted files into the same list (they also need to be of the same name, but can be a different extension).

I could modify it quite easily if that sound like something interesting to you.

Else, if the filename date isn't enough, you would need to write a script outside AR that would actually do the date read and copy it to the other file.

hope that helps



23/09-16 16:05