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Capture Time to Exif

Recommended use

  1. Select pictures in Lightroom's Library - Grid view is best
  2. Save metadata back to the files - very important to preserve any metadata and adjustments that may have already been applied in Lightroom
    • PC: CtrlS
    • Mac: CmdS
  3. Run the plug-in
    • Use the menu item Library > Plug-In Extras > Capture Time to Exif
    • Please wait a short while because, depending on the size of the files which are being updated, Exiftool may continue working after the Lightroom part of the plug-in appears to have finished.
  4. Use Library's Metadata > Read metadata from file command to update Lightroom


Advanced use

Command lines

jb Capture Time to Exif uses Exiftool to write to the files and it is - quite rightly - strict about the syntax of command lines. As shown in the screenshot, you need to enter a "tag name" preceeded by a "-" and followed by "=". Then enter the value in doble quotes. Also avoid non-ASCII characters - my own preference is to avoid all non-alphanumerical characters in metadata.

To see an example of the syntax, choose "Sample command line" from the "Preset" drop down box.

The log file as a batch file for debugging

jb Capture Time to Exif can output a log file which contains the command line arguments sent to Exiftool. This can be helpful if the plug-in fails to write a field.

  1. Run the plug-in with the "Log" check box ticked.
  2. Open the plug-in again and click the "log file" button
  3. In Notepad or TextEdit, remove the first line from the log file "01/11/2011 23:09:54 TRACE Remove trailing quote and add -k switch : "
  4. At the end of each line is -m" . Remove the double quote " and add -k, so the end of the line reads -m -k. This -k tells Exiftool not to close when it is finished and is helpful for debugging.
  5. Save the file

In Windows, I change the log file's extension to .bat, and it will then run as a batch file. On Mac I prefer to cut and paste into a Terminal window.

Pricing and Payment

You may download and try the plugin for free, subject to its trial limitations. To unlock the full functionality you will need to purchase a copy.

Payments may be made via Credit Card or PayPal, and are securely processed via our payment partner - Paddle.


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US $11.65
UK £8.77
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