Lightroom 5.5 Metadata glitch for Panasonic GH4 video capture date

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Just did my first imports with the new LR 5.5 support for Panasonic GH4. I noticed that on all videos that I imported today, the metadata shows the capture date listed as today June 19, 2014 and the capture time listed as the time that I did the import rather than the actual date and time that the video was shot. Also, for videos only it shows the make of the camera as Panasonic but the model shows as 0x0591, rather than GH4. Imports of still photos show the correct capture date, time and model number.

I know this was preliminary support for the GH4, or so they said on June 3 with the release candidate for LR 5.5, but this should be corrected. It will result in many incorrectly dated videos until corrected at some future date.
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For the second release in a row, LR had no public-release-candidate where users can catch these little things before the final version is released.

I would guess at least part of the reason for no RCs is that there is also a corresponding iOS app, now, that syncs with LR, and there's no way to do an RC of that at the same time since it goes through Apple channels and processes not controlled by Adobe. And the iOS Sync capacity uses the cloud, which also might not work until the last minute, if updates to that are also being deployed.

Basically, LR used to integrate and depend only on Photoshop and Camera Raw, but now it also depends on the Adobe Cloud and Adobe LR for iOS. Any dependencies introduce complications, delays and pressures for meeting a release date set by those outside the development environment.

Besides your GH4 video anomaly slipping through testing or perhaps being removed from the deployment task list due to time constraints, many people lost LR, itself, as a result upgrading through the cloud, yesterday, and the only fix was to download the standalone version and replace the cloud version with it.

I wouldn't count on things getting smoother anytime zoon, at least not until LR releases are back to merely being about new camera support and bug fixes, rather than enhancements to the iOS syncing capabilities that were only half-implemented upon first release.

It could also be that a key person was gone on vacation a couple months ago when the GH4 features were being added and something slipped by whomever was subbing for them.