Have you been in a situation when you replaced the camera batteries and forgot to change the camera clock to the current date and time or set the wrong date or time like when you wanted to take photos and videos in the new year and set it to the year before ? Happily taking the photos and when you go back and checked, all the dates and or time are wrong. Arrgh! I've been there several times.
There are applications out there which let you batch change all the file dates to a single date time which would not make much sense. Moreover, those only change the creation and modification date but the Digitized Date and Time in the EXIF header remains unchanged. The EXIF Date is important when uploading to the web especially one of the many cloud based photo storage services.
This app supports JPG, PNG, CR2 (Canon Raw 2), NEF (Nikon Raw), ORF (Olympus Raw), SR2 and ARW (Sony Raw), MPG, MTS, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V and MOV formats. PNG and MTS does not contain any date tag so only the file creation and modification dates are changed.
The Batch processing will let you perform the date change to one or more photos and videos at one go.
Note : File Date can only go back to 1904 due to the operating system restriction.
This application let you change the date and time different ways.
1) You can set all dates and times to be the same (if you want) or just change the date and leave the time as they are.
2) You can also use the Date Maths feature which lets you Add or Subtract Days, Months, Years, Hours and/or Minutes from the current photo dates. And Now you can use the Incremental Date Settings to generate incremental date and time.
3) You can sync all the dates to either the Creation, Modification or EXIF Date.
4) You can also change each photo and video date and time individually.
The choice is really yours to make depending on the situation.
CM Batch MMedia Date Changer (previously known as CM Batch JPEG Date Changer) requires a two-step process which firstly let you review the changes to the dates before applying them. So as not to make yet another boo boo which could ruin the day. Once you are happy with the changes, click the Change Now button and let the application do its magic.
The images will not be modified in any ways, it is only the file creation, modification and EXIF dates and times will be changed.
Now CM Batch MMedia Date Changer includes the option to backup your files.
All you have to do is
Step 1 - Loading the List
There are three ways to add files to the list, by using the Load Files, Load Folders or by just dragging and dropping the file list into the file listing.
Step 2 - Set Up Backup
With date change, the original files would be overwritten. However there might be a possibility of disk failure or sandbox restriction gone awry which might cause the possibility of files deleted. Backup is thus essential to safeguard your original files.
Step 3 - Make the Necessary Date Changes
To individually change each photo dates, click on the file name and make the changes with the “This Photo Properties” tab and click Update Date On List.
To do batch changes, use the “All Photos Properties” tab. You have the option of using the Fixed Date, Variable Date or Incremental Date change option. Remember to click the "Update All on List" to enable the changes in the file listing.
To only change those photos which has been selected, use the "Update Selected on List" button.
Or if you just want to sync all the dates, use either one of the buttons below.
Step 4 - Review the Dates
Check to see if the dates shows in the file listing are as you require them. If not, repeat step 2. The Dates will be changed based on what is in the File Listing.
Step 5 - Change Now
Once you are satisfied with the dates, click the Change Now and let the magic happen.
The Help File can be found at https://www.batchimage.com/helpfiles/cmbatchjpegdatechanger.pdf
* Revamped the Date Changing Module
Ratings and Reviews
GOOD APP— WITH SOME UPDATING, COULD BE 5 OF THESE >
Beyond the apps' dated icon and layout and lack of intuitiveness, the app successfuly performed the date conversions of several hundred img files using the “Set All to EXIF Date/Time”. Incidentally, I suspect these files were altered by an iPhoto to Photos migration— Perhaps, Apple should own this debacle and offer some form of app store credit. Nonetheless, the app performed marvelously! I used the drag and drop method of importation from three backup sources; 1) Wirelessly from an external hard-drive, 2) USB External hard-disk, 3) Locally from client desktop. I even alternated the number of batch images for each seamless process. Seamless, in terms of the simple modification of the targeted image files, as nested, without physically transferring them. Admittedly, I haven’t used other features of this app yet, but I will try and break it😆 Seriously, a full millennial+ update of this app would easily earn 5-Stars! Lastly, this dated app is slightly overpriced. I'd be happier @ $5 or less😉
App Ver 1.8.0 running on Late 2008 MBP/2.4/8GB DDR3, WiFi/Apple Time Capsule 2T, USB/WD MyPassport/2T
by steve just-a-drummer✌🏽
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your compliments and feedback. We wanted initially to ensure that the application perform well under all circumstances while we worked on improving on the UI. Watch out for the next update with some interface changes.
Terrible App, It deletes all my travel photos
I downloaded this app to change date information in EXIF.
I used “Variable Date Chage Setting” to add 1 hour to my photos EXIF information.
When I hit “Change Now” button, the app delete my photos one by one.
Now all of my travle photos are gone and I could not recover my loss.
I did not have any back up.
I don’t know how developer made this kind of terrible app and Apple App store allow them to sell it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.