Lightroom Classic: Support for HEIC file format (merging)

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I'm in the middle of a major catalog re-build and am just now finding out about all this. I've been working for weeks trying to fix my archive because of an EXIF dating error caused during imports from my iPhone going directly into Lightroom. It caused all the videos to be dated seven hours behind their actual capture date, and many of the photos to have an entirely wrong capture date altogether, putting them into the wrong dated folder on my local drive. Total chaos. I tried talking to Adobe, reading everything I could find online, until finally realizing that I am just going to have to go back to every photo and video one at a time and re-enter everything manually. All because Adobe wouldn't invest their time and resources into fixing this issue with iPhone imports.

What I'm saying is that for some people its nothing new to see that Apple and Adobe are not playing along as well as they should be, and I see here that I am not alone with feeling like I am at a crossroads with Adobe entirely. 

What I would like to know are people's thoughts on continued iPhone imports into LR classic using the compressed JPEG's (lame I know) with the intention of switching out those images with HEIC's in the future. How would you do this? Like really, if you think you have a clever way of doing it I think that would be helpful here. I do what a lot of users do, which is import my images into a dated file structure with dated folders, and rename all my images upon import using a reverse date YYYYMMDD etc etc file naming system. So assuming that you stashed away all your HEIC's together in one place, which all have the native iPhone IMG_#### file names, how in the heck would you make the switch? 

In other words, it would be great if Adobe would not only listen to their loyal base LR archivists and roll out the red carpet for HEIC ASAP, but also come up with a way to bridge the imported iPhone JPEGs to their HEIC counterparts stored off catalog. Is this possible? Is there a better way? Am going crazy lol?

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Hi Dave,

Not sure if this will help your time/date problem, but I had a similar issue with DNGs shot on the iphone using the Lightroom app ... they would appear with the wrong time/date stamp.

In that case, it can be fixed by selecting them all, going to "change capture time", *NOT* changing anything, and just hitting ok. It fixes it for me.

My hypothesis: there must be two "date/time created" metadata fields for some reason, but we can only see one. Lightroom seems to sort by the "hidden" one, which obviously can sometimes be not the actual time shot, but some other kind of time stamp (e.g. maybe it's file created date, which is the date LR on the desktop first saw it come into the catalog. Who knows. Annoying though.). Changing the time/date in LR (but not really changing it...) must write out the actual date again to both fields, I am guessing.


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