Lightroom: Ability to adjust EXIF capture date

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I'd like to see a function so smoothly adjust EXIF capture date and time on my pictures, like one can do in the command line tool "exiftool", but smoother and integrated in Lr.

/Bo
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Bo Gardhagen

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Jim Wilde

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Is there a problem with the existing LR function? Metadata Menu>Edit Capture Time.
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Bo Gardhagen

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I hadn't found that function when I wrote my suggestion, and that function is quite good, but I'd like to see relative adjustment of not just hours (time zone adjustment) but minutes and seconds in order to syncronize cameras at an occation. I.e. mark all pictures from one camera, edit relative capture time on all pictures by e.g. 4 minutes and 25 seconds.
But that's just about smoothness in the action - which is what Lr is all about ...
/Bo
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Can't you use the first option (Adjust to a specified date and time)? This gives you control over date and time down to the second. Admittedly there isn't a simple "adjust all these images by 4 minutes and 25 seconds" command, but the actual method isn't that difficult either. Select all the images in the shoot from the camera that had the time slightly off, make sure the first one is the most selected, invoke the Edit Capture Time and use the first option. The display shows the capture date and time of that most selected image, simply do the math and add/subtract the offset and type it in the second line. Lightroom will then adjust ALL the selected images by the same amount.....
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Aha, that function did not work as I expected, but instead as I wanted!
Then it just needs a slight adjustment in the description of what it does - "The other pictures (but not videos) will be changed with the same time." (translated from the Swedish version of Lr4) ought to be "The other pictures (but not videos) will be changed with the same time shift." or in Swedish: "... ändras med samma tid." should be "... ändras med samma tidsförsjutning."
Now I'm satisfied!

/Bo
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this translation has been corrected in the final Lightroom 4.1, available now.
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Jim Wilde

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The English language version says "Other photos (but not videos) will be adjusted by the same amount of time", which seems clear to me, but of course I don't know how that's translated into other languages.

But glad that you're satisfied....
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Just pass this thread forward to the translation group.

/Bo
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Yes, this works. But I ended up searching around because of the title of the option, not the details. Because it said "Adjust to a specified date and time" I ignored it - that's not what I wanted.

The time zone adjust made the most sense, but it didn't allow minutes. Adobe should note that there are 1/2 and 1/4 hour times - they aren't all integral hours. It seems to make more sense to have an option that says "Adjust all photos by a fixed offset", like timezone, but allow hours and minutes.

http://www.worldtimezone.com/faq.html