Photos export deletes Metadata

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  1. longhorn84 macrumors newbie

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    I move my videos from my phone to Dropbox to save space. Both online and on the desktop version, the metadata is erased (created date and time specifically) when I export videos out of Photos. Thoughts on how to change?
     
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    Exporting from your iPhone, not Photos in Mac (this is the Mac software forum)?
    If I remember correctly, from iPhone, that's done as a safety precaution, to not divulge location info and other specifics that could compromise the persons sharing the images or pictured in the images (folks do have a tendency to post images in public places on the web).

    From Photos on Mac, you can export without stripping the metadata.
     
  3. longhorn84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not in my experience, it makes the created date today vs when it was actually created using the Photos app in Mac. It also strips the created date when you download from iCloud.com, it makes the modified and created dates today which screws up any sorting by date functionality.
     
  4. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a

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    Hello. Sorry to revive an old thread, but it's better than opening a new one since the OP's question still seems unanswered.

    I do something similar to what the OP does, which is import the videos from my iPhone to my Mac through Photos. As long as the videos are inside the app, the info is always shown correctly.

    But as soon as I export them or drag them out to the desktop, all the metadata (both date created and modified) changes to the current date and time, which seems to be a very unwise move from the app.

    Dear OP, have you found a solution yet? or does anyone else have an idea about this?

    Thanks.
     
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Are you sure the creation date/time in exif is changed? These images can have several dates and times associated with them. What does exiftool or a similar application show for the file in question?
     
  6. dwig macrumors 6502

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    Excellent point. The file that is created at the receiving device is a new file that is a copy of the original. The Created and Modified date shown in Finder will always be the date of the creation of this new copy.
     
  7. longhorn84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I gave up on it a while ago, seems by the comments above that it's still an issue.
     
  8. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a

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    exif? I'm not that pro in these kinds of stuff, I'm just interested to have the metadata showed correctly in finder, so that when I sort files they have correct dates and times.
     
  9. longhorn84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, it really sucks, seems like it creates a new photo instead of copying the actual photo. Not sure if there is a work around for massive amounts of photos. And I'm also not sure why you and I seem to be the only people who care?
     
  10. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a

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    It's annoying. true. and hopefully someone will help out with this.
     
  11. NazgulRR macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure the exif data is not preserved in the photos/videos if you use File>Export option instead? (as opposed to dragging the file out of the app)
     
  12. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a

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    You, sir, deserve a prize! That was it. The exif data is preserved only if the files are exported using the "File>Export Unmodified Original..." option instead of dragging them out or using the regular "File>Export 1 Video..." option (this actually changes the size as well, whereas the former leaves it as is).

    Thank you for pointing it out!
     
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