Adobe Elements 2018 - video metadata in the root folder

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Dear Community!

I have recently bought Adobe Elements 2018 (both Photoshop and Premiere), in order to manage and organize my photos + videos.

First I download photos and videos from several devices (camera, smart phone, etc.) to a 'normal' folder on the computer.
Secondly I open Adobe Elements and import the files from the root folder.
As they stem from different devices, the metadata (date and time) is sometimes 'confused'.

At this point -as I would like to organize them chronological- I change the metadata with 'set date and time' within the Adobe Elements program.
It works fine with photos, as it changes the date and time in both the adobe elements + original folder.
BUT it is not ok with video files: while it changes the date and time within Elements, it does not have any affect on the original file in the original folder (here remains the metadata the old one).

Could anyone give a solution for that?
Thank you in advance!
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Gergely Sulyok

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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You can change the date_taken in the catalog, but if you try to 'write metada to files' (shorcut Ctrl W) you get the following warning:
The problem is with the ability of video files formats to store date metadata.
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Gergely Sulyok

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Dear Michel,
thank you for your quick and clear answer.
Does that mean that there is no way right now to change the date simultaneosuly (when i change in the catalog, it also changes in the root folder)?
And is there a chance/possibility that adobe will take care of this issue and fix this problem somehow?

thank you again!!
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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The ability of a media format to store such metadata is not an Adobe or any other software editor problemĀ  It's a matter of standards. What organizing softwares can do is to store the information in catalogs, as in Elements Organizer or Photoshop Lightroom.
For media file formats like jpeg, psd or tiff, the Organizer lets you 'write metadata to files', but it's not mandatory.
- If you mostly rely on your catalogs, that's not needed- That may need a lot of time. Just realize that if I want to add a keword to all 70,000 items in my catalogs, it's a matter of seconds (idem for removing them). Imagine how long that would take to rewrite all the files in my library...