Lightroom: Add the ability to edit metadata before import

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Camera was set wrong, had wrong date/year.  Want to be able to edit metadata (in import screen) before import.
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Micah Burke

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Andrew Rodney

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You CAN do this after import, not before of course, not during. 
Metadata>Edit Capture Time. 
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Micah, can you explain why you'd like to do it before import?
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Andrew Rodney

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Or how anything can be done in LR before an import. Seems like one had clapping. 
What he wants to do is the functionally existing within LR today; alter capture date applied by the camera which is wrong. Again,  after import, totally possible using the command outlined above. 
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Robert Frost

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You could copy your files to your computer with your file manager, and then use ExifGUI to batch change the capture date/time easily. Then import to LR.

I think the difference between this and the correction in LR after import is that ExifGUI changes the capture date in the Exif part of the metadata, whereas LR adds a new capture date in the XMP part of the metadata.

The LR method ends up with two different capture dates in the metadata; LR reads the Xmp one preferentially.

To avoid any confusion in future, I prefer to have the original Exif capture data altered, not another one added.

You can even use ExifGUI to alter the original Exif capture data AND the XMP capture date to the same value.

Bob Frost

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Bob, there's an option in the Catalog Settings>Metadata tab to "Write date or time changes into proprietary raw files"'s the only physical change to a raw file that Lightroom permits. It's not automatic, i.e. it needs Ctrl+S to be done after the change has been made.