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Windows 7: Why are transferred .MOV files losing date/time they were shot?

15 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
Why are transferred .MOV files losing date/time they were shot?


I'm having an issue with the creation/modification date of .mov video files on my computer. Simply, they both keep changing to the current date/time when I transfer them to my computer.

For example, if I transfer my .mov videos from my Canon camera via USB to my computer (copy from one, paste into the other), both the created date AND the modified date in Windows 7 becomes the current date/time that I'm transferring them instead of the date/time they were actually shot (which is indeed on the file in the camera). All other video types from other cameras or the like (MP4, MPG, WMV, etc.) don't do this. In fact, I've never experienced this with any of my movie files before and have always been able to see the time they were shot because the created and the modified dates will be when they were shot (and only one changes when I move them).

.mov files automatically get the current date/time for both the created date AND the modified date meaning a video shot and dated weeks ago on the camera appears like I shot it right now when it's transferred to my computer.

I'm not sure if this is a Windows 7 thing with .mov files or a Canon thing. I've posted in a Canon forum and nobody seems to know what I'm talking about so I'm assuming it can't be that widespread. I just don't know where to go with this and it's driving me insane. I hate that I can't tell when my videos from a trip or whatnot were actually shot. It looks like they were all shot at the exact same moment weeks after I got back!

Any help or advice is appreciated.

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15 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I can think of a quick workaround.
Add .temp (or whatever) to the end of the filename,
copy the file, then remove the .temp extension.
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13 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

I found a solution and thought I'd come back and post it. First, Shark007, you cannot change the file name of the file on the camera. It only allows .mov and .jpeg.

When you connect the USB cable, Windows 7 pops up that device screen about the device (Manage media on your device, Browse files, Change settings, and Import Pictures and Videos). You MUST use the Import Pictures and Videos link to import your photos. Doing this keeps the appropriate date/time on the file. Just pulling them over to your computer loses this info.
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