Adobe Elements 2020 Organizer: Date on clip in catalog is changed when clip is reconnected to its file

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I have hundreds of 8mm films which I've recently digitized.  When I use them, I want to be able to put them in chronological order when they were taken using the "sort by" selection in Organizer.  Because the date on the windows file itself is the date it was digitized and loaded onto the PC, it is useless for this purpose.  Luckily, the actual date that the film was taken was written on the 8mm reel itself, so I do know what the date is.  When I put the file in the catalog, I tag it with the appropriate tags and then use "adjust date and time" to enter the date from the reel when the film was actually taken.  So far, all of this works great.  However, in reorganizing some of the files on my hard drive, I accidentally moved some that were already in the catalog.  I then got the appropriate error message when I clicked on the video clip.  I found the correct file and reconnected to it.  However, then I discovered that all of the clips that were moved had lost the date/time that I had manually entered in the catalog.  They appeared to default back to the Windows file date (the date it was digitized).  The other tags I entered appear still to be properly associated with the clip.  However, losing the date/time and having to go through and reenter all of them is definitely a bummer.  Is there any way to keep the original date/time manually entered when you do a reconnect?  If not, can this be fixed in the program so that it does not change on a reconnect?

BTW - This problem is totally repeatable.  When I finally calmed down from my initial panic when I saw my files processed so far in random order, I through it might be the reconnect that changed the date, so I did a test, and it looks like this issue is completely repeatable.

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  • love the program but this problem really scares me...

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