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Change multiple dates at once?

248 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 8, 2013 2:32 PM by AppleMan1958 RSS
Karalynwatson Calculating status...
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Jul 8, 2013 7:48 AM

Is it possible to change the year on many imovie events easily? My video camera had the wrong date on it for a couple years, so all our events (each with many separate clips) from 2011 look like they're from 2010, and so on.  I want to change a whole bunch of 2010-labeled events and clips to 2011 without going through and doing each clip individually-- there are hundreds, if not thousands of them!  I have an imac from 2009 with imovie installed on it.




Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to Karalynwatson)

    There is an app called "A Better FInder Rename" which can quickly rename files.


    Usually event clips are named in the form clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.ext

    You can rename them quickly in ABFR.


    I would be careful with this if you have made a lot of projects with these clips. When you change the clip names, it would not update the project links.


    When you update the clip names, I would suggest that you delete the folders within the event containing cache, thumbnails, and analysis. After renaming, start up iMovie and it will recreate these folders.


    Another way to do this would be to create a new Event in the Movies/iMovie Events/ folder. Copy the clips to this new folder. Then rename them using ABFR. Finally, start up iMovie and it will create the thumbnails folders, etc and it will put this new event in the proper year. When all is well, you can delete the original event.


    If you already have a lot of projects that you still need to edit, I would just use the facility within iMovie.


    There is another app by the same company called A Better Finder Attributes which enables you to edit metadata on batches of files. This is quite useful for photos, but I have not found it to be helpful for iMovie. I think the reason is that iMovie seems to give precedence to the file name, and if it cannot figure out the date from the file name, only then will it consider the creation date.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 2:32 PM (in response to Karalynwatson)

    It is probably easier to show you than to write it out. See this video and see if you still have some questions.


    Shut down iMovie before attempting this.

    After changing the clip names in this way, I think you would still need to go into each event in the Finder and delete any subfolders like Cache, Thumbnails, and Analysis.

    After doing the deletion, restart iMovie and wait while it regenerates thumbnails.


    Here is a link to the video.


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