Lightroom: iPhone video Capture Time is shifted upon Import

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Beginning with at least the iPhone 4S, and continuing with the 5 and 5s, I see that videos shot with those devices show a capture time that seems to relate to GMT, when it was actually shot at GMT -5.

The videos show a correct creation time in Finder prior to import, but this odd shift occurs upon import. I know that the capture time can be edited in Lightroom, but I'd rather see the correct time on import.

This happens in Lightroom 5.3, but also occurred all the way back into 4.
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Hooray! Three years after I started this thread, someone on the Lightroom team has acknowledged it and said they're on it. I'll believe it when I see it, but I'm hopeful.

@LR_Tom: @five__19 Per your Lr time stamp bug. Yes, we do care, I’m tracking a bug filed against the shared component we use to parse date/times. (
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Official Response

Capture Time for Videos captured on Apple's iOS Camera app now shows correct value in Lightroom (CC 2015.10 / 6.10 onwards).

  • Videos captured from other iOS apps like Instagram, Facebook, Hyperloop, Snapchat, etc are shot with MPEG4 Standard. 
  • The MPEG4 standard only provides specification of capture time in GMT. That is the reason why each vendor decides (or not) to put time zone info into proprietary location in a proprietary format. 
  • Videos by these apps do not have Time Zone info.
Thus, for such videos, Lightroom will only show Capture Time in GMT.

Smit Keniya