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Hiker
Posts: 9

Incorrect video creation date

I've been searching around the web and this issue has been mentioned many times over the years but never fixed, combined with my testing I've come to the following conclusion.

 

Essentially, when the camera takes a video, the 'file creation date' is recorded in a GMT (+0) time zone, irrespective of what the local time is that is set. For example, I am in Australia, my gopro time is set correctly, but currently all my videos when imported to an iphone or a computer come up as exactly 11 hours off (which is the time zone difference).

This is observable, just grab any video file directly off a gopro camera SD card using a file manager and look at the file creation date (which is also the date it seems most editing software uses for imported videos).

 

The issue does not occur with photos as most programs pull the exif data, which the gopro is recording in these files directly.

 

Changing the format of the SD card to exFAT, FAT32 and visa versa does not help, formatting the SD card with the device itself does not help, factory resetting the device does not help, and syncing the devices time with a computer does not help.

It appears to be an issue with way the gopro interacts with the file system on the SD card (as the file creation date is a feature of the file system while the exif data stored within photos is not).

 

Essentially, if you search the web, this problem has been widespread for years and really needs to be fixed with a software update... I suspect the gopro capture software has had this issue accounted for, however it doesn't fix the core issue that the camera itself is saving files with a file creation date/time that is wrong.

 

Has anyone found any workarounds for this besides formatting the sd card in FAT format? (which doesn't work in my testing)

Explorer
Posts: 11,688

Re: Incorrect video creation date

@browneh

The best way to set the time on your camera is by using the Capture app on your mobile device.  Connect your camera and go to settings.  Scroll down and near the bottom you will see "date/time". Press this.  It should update your camera to your mobile devices date/time.

 

One other thing.  When formatting a SD card, you should use FAT for 32GB and smaller SD cards and exFAT for 64GB and larger.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Regards,

 

Daniel

Hiker
Posts: 9

Re: Incorrect video creation date

Hi Daniel,

I have already done that with the capture app and the 32GB sd card I have is formatted in FAT.
As in my original post, these methods have not helped unfortunately and it seems to be more of a firmware problem...
Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Incorrect video creation date

Not sure if I'm having the same issue, but since the last GoPro firmware update when I transfer files to my Mac, all files have the date created and date modified as the time and date of the moment they were transffered to the Mac, not the true date and time of when the footage was taken.

 

This makes it difficult to sort through multiple clips to find what I'm looking for as I have no idea when each clip was taken.

 

It also now mounts as a camera, not as a disc as it did previously so I cannot just drag the mp4 files to a folder as I used to, I either have to use the GoPro Quik app or something like iMovie or the Mac Image Capture app.

 

I have reset the GoPro and formatted the SD card several times and I'm still gettng the same behaviour.

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Incorrect video creation date

I have had the same issue recently with my Hero 4 Black. Very frustrating and time consuming to have to adjust the dates on all the videos. It occured while transferring direct from the camera using Windows Explorer OR using Quik to import the videos. Still shots retained the correct time stamp, but videos ended up with the time and date changed to that of transfer. Very annoying and surely there must be a fix???

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Incorrect video creation date

Oh. And in GoPro Quik, the videos show up with the correct date and then when importing them, they go into folders with the correct date. But the indiviudual files themselves have attributes with the importation date when viewed with Windows Explorer - not the date taken. Hope that clarifies the issue I'm having.

Tourist
Posts: 6

Re: Incorrect video creation date

Cmon guys this still isnt fixed. 

Hiker
Posts: 9

Re: Incorrect video creation date

Don't expect it to ever be.

 

have a browse of the GoPro firmware update page and you will see that GoPro has a long history of completely abandoning software updates for their very expensive cameras when a new model is released.