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warwickwebb Level 1 Level 1

Ok, this is a good one. I've just noticed that iMovie 10 uses the file creation time of a clip as the clip timestamp, rather than the timestamp embedded in the file itself.


For example, I'm looking at a clip that was filmed on 1/4/2009 8:52am. I add the 'time/date' title to the clip, and it displays '3/30/2009 10:01pm'. Why? Because that is the date that the file was *created* on my local filesystem.


The previous version of iMovie did not have this issue. Anyone else notice this?

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7

    Not really the answer you're looking for, but the date and time of a clip can be changed using Modify>Adjust Date and Time.



  • gfisch Level 1 Level 1

    Are you aware that several "too negative" threads have been deleted? I think "you" have complied a list under "iMovie 10 is xxxxful" that was actually very helpful. Maybe we start a more tame version named.


    Missing features in iMovie 10, sofware bugs and UI quirks


    and you put your findings again. I will add mine then too.

  • Thomas Granbois Level 1 Level 1

    I'm experiencing this issue as well. I have a number of home movies from the 80s and 90s that I meticulassly adjusted the appropriate dates to, and it appears that all of that data is no longer being used. I hope that it is not gone...

  • Jay Herman Level 1 Level 1

    I had this same problem! I spent a load of time last winter organizing and adding dates and times to clips imported from the pre-digital era. After updating to iMovie 10, all those dates and times seem to be gone. Has anyone heard of a way back?

  • Thomas Granbois Level 1 Level 1

    Fortunately, iMovie 9 is not removed when iMovie 10 is installed, and it doesn't damage any of your existing data. I removed iMovie 10 as well as the iMovie Library and will not reinstall until this bug has been fixed.

  • MP409 Level 1 Level 1

    I have had to delete iMovie 10 and return to iMovie 9.  I provide video as evidence in court and the date and time feature of iMovie 10 is a mess.  Whilst Matthew is correct, you can alter the date and time, the main problem that very few people reailse is that the date and time not only starts from the file creation date but runs continuosly.  That is to say, if you expose video at 9.00am then again at 4.00pm, the date and time stamp for the entire movie will run from 9.00am????.  The only work around is to date and time stamp each individual clip, not easy when some video have 100+ clips.  Thanks to Time Machine I managed to re-install 9.  (Probably for another thread but my SD card went from 3 min to read and now takes up to 15 min for the same length and  format movie)  The program is very slow.

  • Candristi Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem here! I kinda like the other apps that have been upgraded along with Mavericks, but iMovie is just unusable, and a big part of the problem is the date/time stamp. It actually modifies the date /time stamp in the clip! This is destructive editing! Modifying  the original clips in any way, shape or form was and should be off limits. You can adjust the time and date manually, you just have to figure out when they have been shot! Really?!? Right now I am looking for a way to revert to iMovie 9. Anyone knows how?

  • Thomas Granbois Level 1 Level 1

    Simply re-open iMovie 09. It was not deleted on the install, and all of your original projects will be there.

  • DavidZClark Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem. Truly iMovie 10 needs to be fixed. Going back to iMovie 09. Nice to know that it's not just me! I spend many hours reading movies (including video tape) from the last 20 years so I would have it nicely catalogued in one place and backed up (several times). Imagine my horror when iMovie 10 simply removed all my hard work!

  • gfisch Level 1 Level 1

    I switched back to iMovie 09 as well. This timestamp bug is unacceptable. But what is "even" worse for me is that Apple removed the ability to have Project and Event folders. Now every Project is in one big Library file, so there is no way to separate out types of projects (like Family, Vacations, etc.). This is a major issue and breakes my complete work-flow. I use folders heavily with my library that dates back 10+ years.


    I am wondering that not many others seem to complain about missing folders. Maybe that is that reason that Apple thought. Hah - "nobody" is using this anway. Let's ditch this feature in iMovie 10 without any explaination or work-around.

  • Jay Herman Level 1 Level 1

    I was hoping iMovie 10.0.1 would fix this but, but it didn't for me. I even deleted all the files created by iMovie 10.0 and deleted the App, and then installed 10.0.1 again. My clip dates and times are still goofed up. Has anyone else had a better experience?

  • Candristi Level 1 Level 1

    I went back to the old one; it was like a breath of fresh air!

  • Candristi Level 1 Level 1

    You are right, I was using folders too. All in all, an unusable piece of software, went back to the old one with no regrets!

  • Espen Vestre Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, I was completely shocked when I discovered this. I spent hours and hours dating clips from several years that I had imported from my old analog video camera with an analog-to-digital converter - and now silly iMovie dates them with the import date?


    What a joke. Is there anything in iMovie 10 at all that isn't just a dumbing down of the original version?

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