Messed up File Creation Date

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Rolanddes, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Rolanddes macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I am trying to import my videos and photos to Mac's Photos app. I like the idea of having your media sorted out by their creation dates and seeing your holidays and birthdays in a neat order. However I realised a lot of my files had their "Created" date are messed up due to some Windows copy paste issue in the past. So the "Modified Date" shows their true creation dates and Created date show some date in 2013. Now what I wish to do is copy modification date of each file to said files creation date so that I can see proper sorting in Photos app. Does anyone have any solution to propose for this?
  2. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    if you're not afraid of the command line, have a look at the exiftool tool. It's very powerful in showing and editing metadata
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    There are lotsa dates associated with image files. Search on "IPTC" and "exif" to find info about their use (date the image was created, date that was digitized, etc). Those photo metadata dates may be different from the file creation or modification dates that the macOS or Windows uses. Ideally an image has a date created that doesn't change even if a new file is created. What you probably want to do is set the date the image was created.
  4. Sohappy macrumors member


    Nov 19, 2016
    Same problem for me, I come from windows and it appears the creation date in the finder is the date I copied my files on an external drive just before receiving my MBP. Though, in Photos, I have the real date as date of creation. I'll take a look at exiftool, if someone had a command line ...
  5. msandersen macrumors regular


    Jan 7, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    I second exiftool; damn useful, but a command line tool. If you have Photo Mechanic, it can do it too; it also uses exiftool in the background. If you don't have it, give the trial a go, maybe have a look at some YouTube videos on how to use the variables to change metadata. But check the date in the files; they may be correct.
  6. Rolanddes thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2011
    Dear friends,
    Since the site's email notification did not work, I had not known that you replied to me. Apologies for this.

    Thanks. Yes during my search I saw the exiftool, but I am not very good at command line of OS X due to being a windows switcher.

    I will check on them. Thanks.

    I found a tool named A Better Finder Attributes 6. (Mainly I was trying to work on videos so intead of exif data, I focused on metadata editing tools.)

    Thanks I will try to do that for the files that A Better Finder Attributes 6 failed.

    Thanks again to all.

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