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juicy360 Calculating status...
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Jun 22, 2011 8:50 AM

I have imported some iMovie projects. Some were old Hi8 home movies. In iMovie I had used the file name to correct the date "clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh;mm;ss" but FCP X has grouped them by import date. I cannot find an option to change the date of a clip like in iMovie. Anyone know how so my 1994 clips sort correctly in the events section?

  • jimbopotamus Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:31 AM (in response to juicy360)

    Having same issue - anyone got any ideas?

  • macreserve Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 3:48 PM (in response to jimbopotamus)

    Also having the same issue, Does anyone know how to do this?

  • Munas Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 3:51 PM (in response to juicy360)

    Whats about sorting by name since the name contains the date.

  • tranceman07 Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 4:13 PM (in response to juicy360)

    Could you add a note (with the date/time or whatever, perhaps?) and then sort by the note column?

  • macreserve Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 8:07 PM (in response to juicy360)

    After I change the date I cannot get FCPX to resort it into the correct date. I have tried closing and reopening the software among other things and it does not work. Is there something that I am missing?

  • MPMeyer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 10:05 PM (in response to macreserve)

    Maybe delete the clip from the event, then touch the original source,

     

    touch -t 200308091134.01 clip0001.mov

     

    Then re-import it?

  • scottp@dd.com.au Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 5:48 PM (in response to MPMeyer)

    Unofrtunately touch only changes access and modification date, not the create date. So this technique does not work.

     

    In the past I have written simple perl scripts to do it.

  • scottp@dd.com.au Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:11 PM (in response to juicy360)

    " It goes away on it's own over time."

     

    Unfortunately it doesn't. We always end up having to recover files from somewhere that has an incorrect date. Like sometimes copying a file to a FAT32 USB disk, and finding that the create date is the copied date. So we do need the ability in FCPX to change the dates.

  • scottp@dd.com.au Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:20 PM (in response to scottp@dd.com.au)

    OK I have experimented with all the date changing, including Touch, perl MacOSX::File::Info (which has a problem on the Lion) and File Date Changer 5.

     

    If I change the date, the date that now appears in the event library is updated as expected. In this case I was setting something to 2007-03-16. And it now successfully shows "16/03/2007" (Australian).

     

    BUT... The event still groups in 2008/August - I ungroup all the clips, restart, regroup all the clips and it stays in 2008/August. I expect that FCPX is keeping a database of these locations for performance, and there does not seem to be a way to change it.

     

    Very frustrating.

  • scottp@dd.com.au Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:40 PM (in response to scottp@dd.com.au)

    If you have no metadata, and at your own risk ! You can delete CurrentVersion.fcpevent, reload FCPX and click on the event (that will be in todays date). It will be empty, and it has created a new DB file. Exit and restart FCPX. Yes you have to do it twice. Now it is updated, in the right place and content restored. You can do this to a group of media. Obviously a tool that updates the DB file would be better.

  • barvids Calculating status...
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    Oct 31, 2011 5:58 AM (in response to juicy360)

    The thing is that FCPX somehow uses the same date that can be found my opening the file in Quicktime Pro 7 and looking into Annotations in Movie Inspector. I used a free tool to modify the creation date of the files (http://freeware.the-meiers.org). This did change the creation date from the perspective of Finder, but the Quicktime Annotation remained unchainged. I had to manualy delete the respective annotation in Quicktime and then re-import the file into FCPX in order to see the updated creation date. Quite a time consuming task if you have 1000 files at hand.

     

    P.S. the Automator action for setting movie annotation seems not to work for me as it doesn't clear the Creation Date annotation.

  • HerrDrKarl Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 19, 2011 7:31 PM (in response to MPMeyer)

    MPMeyer wrote:

     

    Maybe delete the clip from the event, then touch the original source,

     

    touch -t 200308091134.01 clip0001.mov

     

    Then re-import it?

    Using touch worked perfectly for me ... no need to re-import.  Revealed the clip (audio only in my case) in Finder, touched it, re-opened FCPX.  Event Library did not refresh itself (have seen this often) - so changing view and changing back again sorted correctly.  (The date in the clip Info panel showed exactly the values used in touch.)

     

    Thanks for the helpful tip....  I only remembered the default touch behavior (current date/time).

     

    Cheers,

    Karl

  • MPMeyer Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to juicy360)

    FCPX 10.0.3 now has the ability to change the clip date/time.

     

    Modify, Adjust Content Created Date and Time ...

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