LR4 Video Metadata -- Capture Date/Time isn't Shown in Metadata or Grid

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This behavior regarding video metadata in Lightroom 4 is terribly inconsistent and frustrating. In my case, I took a bunch of videos, and then each one, one-by-one, I had to select Metadata->Edit Capture time, and then the select Change to File's Creation Date, and then the metadata field, and time shown in the grid was correct. So obviously, Edit Capture Time can uncover the date and time the video was created.

I suggest to Adobe that in the future, imported videos show the creation time in the grid, as well as in the EXIF metadata. I don't want to see the time imported, and I don't want to have to select the videos one by one to achieve this.
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Using the file's Date Modified might be somewhat better. Windows preserves the file's Date Modified when a file is copied or restored from a backup, whereas Date Created is set to the date the copy was made.
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Here's a tip someone else posted: Select all the problem videos and do Metadata > Edit Capture Time. Then click Change All. This will set the capture time of all the videos to their files' Date Modified, which is usually the date the file was created in the camera (since LR doesn't currently have the capability of modifying video files).
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Thanks for the tip, John! It's too late for this bunch of videos, but I'll try it next time.
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For others researching this issue, here are related threads.

LR's inability to handle video metadata in general:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

LR's inconsistent use of the file's Date Created and Date Modified when the file doesn't have a metadata capture time that LR can read:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...