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Edit capture time?

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I used 2 cameras to shoot a wedding yesterday. Time on cameras apparently not synced well and going through the stream is, well, frustrating. Is there any way to fix the capture time in post (without doing it in every individual photo)?

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Mike CH Veteran Member • Posts: 9,631
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c h u n k wrote:

I dont know if this ia correct forum. I will repost if directed.

I used 2 cameras to shoot a wedding yesterday. Time on cameras apparently not synced well and going through the stream is, well, frustrating. Is there any way to fix the capture time in post (without doing it in every individual photo)?

There is - somewhere - an advanced EXIF editor, which I seem to remember can also do batch edits. But the name? Maybe ask in the Retouching forum if nobody here knows...

Regards, Mike

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Doug J Forum Pro • Posts: 10,017
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c h u n k wrote:

I dont know if this ia correct forum. I will repost if directed.

I used 2 cameras to shoot a wedding yesterday. Time on cameras apparently not synced well and going through the stream is, well, frustrating. Is there any way to fix the capture time in post (without doing it in every individual photo)?

Faststone Image Viewer can do batch date/time adjustments. Another program that can do this is Exiftool, a command line editor that also has a Windows GUI available from a different programer. I suggest you take a look at Faststone first.

Cheers,
Doug

Guy Parsons
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c h u n k wrote:

I dont know if this ia correct forum. I will repost if directed.

I used 2 cameras to shoot a wedding yesterday. Time on cameras apparently not synced well and going through the stream is, well, frustrating. Is there any way to fix the capture time in post (without doing it in every individual photo)?

As mentioned, FastStone Viewer, or another versatile tool for jpegs is JPGTime from http://www.muralpix.com/jpgtime/ it will work where FastStone sometimes stumbles. OK that's in the Windows world, no idea about Mac world.

Of course the different cameras need to be separated to make selection easier, in my case with Olympus M4/3 I have edited the file names in the cameras so it's always distinct which is which. My first E-P5 delivers EP5Axxxx files and the second one delivers EP5Bxxxx files, so easy to sift and sort when faced with a bulk time adjustment.

Regards.... Guy

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Beachcomber Joe
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If you are using Lightroom, you can batch correct the time in the Library Module.

c h u n k
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Beachcomber Joe wrote:

If you are using Lightroom, you can batch correct the time in the Library Module.

I do use lightroom. Where in the library module? I will try to google.

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c h u n k wrote:

Beachcomber Joe wrote:

If you are using Lightroom, you can batch correct the time in the Library Module.

I do use lightroom. Where in the library module? I will try to google.

In the "Metadata" menu.

Tip: before starting a shooting, such as a wedding, make a photo of  a watch (with seconds) with each camera. Then, in Lightroom, you can shift (using the batch correct function) the capture time to that time. SInce you are even setting the seconds, all the photos will neatly come together in the library. If the cameras are, let's say 40 seconds apart, single events (cuttting cake,...) will be shifted between cameras. If you correct that and the shift is +/- 1 second, it will make your life easier.

It's faster and easier than setting the time in the clumsy camera menus.

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Beachcomber Joe
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Here is how to correct the time or date:

  • Determine how much of an adjustment needs to be made. 
  • In the Library module, select all the photos that need to be corrected.
  • In the right hand column, scroll down to Metadata and open the panel
  • At the top of the panel select Default for the metadata type to display
  • Scroll to Capture Time and click on the time.
  • Make the appropriate adjustment in the popup window
  • All the selected photos will be adjusted by the same amount

If you are a Canon shooter, Canon's free EOS Utility allows you to sync multiple cameras to your computer's time.  We do this when shooting events with multiple cameras.

Michael Fryd
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Photo Mechanic can do this.  They offer a 30 day free trial.  It's available for Mac or Windows.

You can select all the images taken with a particular camera serial number, and apply the same offset to all those images.

If you haven't yet changed the clocks on the cameras you used, grab them and take a photo of a clock (with second hand) with each camera.

In Photo Mechanic select all the images with a particular serial number.  Go to the image of the clock, and then enter the time displayed on the clock.  Photo Mechanic will figure out the offset, and you can apply it to all images.

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Re: Edit capture time?

Beachcomber Joe wrote:

Here is how to correct the time or date:

  • Determine how much of an adjustment needs to be made.
  • In the Library module, select all the photos that need to be corrected.
  • In the right hand column, scroll down to Metadata and open the panel
  • At the top of the panel select Default for the metadata type to display
  • Scroll to Capture Time and click on the time.
  • Make the appropriate adjustment in the popup window
  • All the selected photos will be adjusted by the same amount

If you are a Canon shooter, Canon's free EOS Utility allows you to sync multiple cameras to your computer's time. We do this when shooting events with multiple cameras.

I dont use Canons software much, but I have it. I manually synced my cameras a couple months ago. Is it normal for them to shift?

Thanks for the help. Ill figure out how to sync in DPP and do it before events in the future. This isnt my first time with this issue, but I just happened to use my 2nd camera more than normal recently.

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c h u n k wrote:

Beachcomber Joe wrote:

Here is how to correct the time or date:

  • Determine how much of an adjustment needs to be made.
  • In the Library module, select all the photos that need to be corrected.
  • In the right hand column, scroll down to Metadata and open the panel
  • At the top of the panel select Default for the metadata type to display
  • Scroll to Capture Time and click on the time.
  • Make the appropriate adjustment in the popup window
  • All the selected photos will be adjusted by the same amount

If you are a Canon shooter, Canon's free EOS Utility allows you to sync multiple cameras to your computer's time. We do this when shooting events with multiple cameras.

I dont use Canons software much, but I have it. I manually synced my cameras a couple months ago. Is it normal for them to shift?

Thanks for the help. Ill figure out how to sync in DPP and do it before events in the future. This isnt my first time with this issue, but I just happened to use my 2nd camera more than normal recently.

Once set , the time shouldn’t shift .

The only thing I’ve come across is if I leave a camera unused for an extended period, with no battery in , then all date and time settings are lost and need to be re entered- but it wouldn’t show a wrong time .

If going to do another wedding , sync the cameras the night before.

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Guy Parsons
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Camera clock accuracy.

c h u n k wrote:

I dont use Canons software much, but I have it. I manually synced my cameras a couple months ago. Is it normal for them to shift?

With many different cameras in the house, from system cameras to pocket cameras, then after a few months they will all show different times.

They are generally just as accurate as the average $2 wall clock that uses a battery.

Sync by setting the times again to the same minute/second before any event or trip. Resync when changing time zones, so the morning shots really show as being in the morning.

Regards..... Guy

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Beachcomber Joe
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c h u n k wrote:

I dont use Canons software much, but I have it. I manually synced my cameras a couple months ago. Is it normal for them to shift?

In my experience the shift is little to none over periods of a few months.

Thanks for the help. Ill figure out how to sync in DPP and do it before events in the future. This isnt my first time with this issue, but I just happened to use my 2nd camera more than normal recently.

Not DPP, EOS Utility.  Both are part of the software package that comes with Canon EOS cameras.

Michael Fryd
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c h u n k wrote:

Beachcomber Joe wrote:

Here is how to correct the time or date:

  • Determine how much of an adjustment needs to be made.
  • In the Library module, select all the photos that need to be corrected.
  • In the right hand column, scroll down to Metadata and open the panel
  • At the top of the panel select Default for the metadata type to display
  • Scroll to Capture Time and click on the time.
  • Make the appropriate adjustment in the popup window
  • All the selected photos will be adjusted by the same amount

If you are a Canon shooter, Canon's free EOS Utility allows you to sync multiple cameras to your computer's time. We do this when shooting events with multiple cameras.

I dont use Canons software much, but I have it. I manually synced my cameras a couple months ago. Is it normal for them to shift?

Thanks for the help. Ill figure out how to sync in DPP and do it before events in the future. This isnt my first time with this issue, but I just happened to use my 2nd camera more than normal recently.

The Camera's primary purpose is not to be a clock.  It is normal for the internal clock to drift over time.

Canon cameras with Built-in GPS can be set to auto-sync the time to the GPS system.

For the Canon 6DII, put the GPS in "mode 2". This enables the GPS when the camera is on, but turns it off when the camera is off. Enable "auto time setting" and the camera's internal clock will resynchronize with the GPS system (which provides an extremely accurate time signal).

When synced to GPS, your camera's internal clock should not drift over time.

All you have to do is to remember to turn daylight saving time on/off and set the time zone when you travel.

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Thanks all for the help! I did the adjustment in lightroom just as directed and it worked just as described. Think it was still off by like 10 seconds or so, but it doesnt really matter - that only left like 2 or 3 out of order....much better than 500

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