LR4: Bug updating capture date when multiple video clips selected

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In LR4, I selected several video clips that were showing the wrong capture date, then selected Edit Capture Date from the Metadata menu in the Library. I entered "1/1/1997 12:00:00 AM" and clicked Update. Instead of writing that date/time for each clip, LR wrote each one at a slightly different date/time, all around 12/26/1996. I can update the capture date for one clip without a problem, but selecting multiple produces this strange and very bad outcome. Haven't tested this with other media types in LR.
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Steve Wood

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Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață, Champion

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That's the expected behaviour: to shift the time stamp of all selected items by the same amount.

To set all items to the same time you need to select them one by one.
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Steve Wood

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Thanks, but that just makes no sense. The option I selected in the "Edit Capture Time" dialog is "Adjust to a specified date and time." Why on earth would Adobe interpret that as "shift" when the option says "specified," and why would the behavior of that option differ if you select one versus many items? If. like me, someone has hundreds of scanned images or video clips about which only the year is known, and you want to set them all to a capture date of "01/01/1988," you have to select each item one at a time???
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Steve Wood

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By the way, upon further testing, this seems only to happen when the multiple items selected are video clips. I can set the capture date for multiple TIF files just fine. It's something [else] messed up in LR's handling of video metadata.
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Lee Jay

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No, it's not. I use the described behavior all the time. If you shoot with a digital camera a good trick is to shoot a picture of a clock or watch sometime during the shoot, select all images with the picture of the clock/watch most-selected, and use this option to type the time shown on the clock into the dialog. All images get shifted by the amount the clock shot is off and, as if by magic, all the images are at the right time. Works well to sync multiple cameras too.

The trouble is the text in the dialog, which is misleading, as you've discovered.