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change "created" date of video files?

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I am transferring VHS analog to DV format using a bridge and iMovie 08. The process works just fine, but the "created date" and therefore events filing, is based on the import dates (2007). I would like to organize the files by their actual film date, but I can find no way to change the "created on" date.

 

Any ideas on how to change this data?

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in the terminal you can use the command "touch" to change this. below i have copied some info from "man touch" which explains how to use the -t option.

 

the steps for changing the created date are like this:

 

-open up the terminal

-type "touch -t 196911111111 /Users/Joe/Desktop/file" without the quotes where that big number is the timestamp explained below. the example timestamp i gave will make a date of nov 11, 1969 at 11:11 am.

-instead of the location i gave, you can drag a file into the terminal for its location to show up.

 

 

 

 

-t Change the access and modification times to the specified time.

The argument should be in the form ``[[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.SS]''

where each pair of letters represents the following:

 

CC The first two digits of the year (the century).

YY The second two digits of the year. If ``YY'' is

specified, but ``CC'' is not, a value for ``YY''

between 69 and 99 results in a ``CC'' value of 19.

Otherwise, a ``CC'' value of 20 is used.

MM The month of the year, from 1 to 12.

DD the day of the month, from 1 to 31.

hh The hour of the day, from 0 to 23.

mm The minute of the hour, from 0 to 59.

SS The second of the minute, from 0 to 61.

 

If the ``CC'' and ``YY'' letter pairs are not specified, the val-

ues default to the current year. If the ``SS'' letter pair is

not specified, the value defaults to 0.

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Thank you. This is a great learning experience for me, as I'm new to Mac and haven't used the terminal (but I understand a bit about it)

 

I have been trying this but without success. After I input the information I get an error "out of range or illegal time specification:"

 

I assume I'm typing something wrong.

 

I'm trying to get the date April 10, 1999 with no specified time.

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i'm pretty sure you have to specify a time. thats why i put all 1's in for that, just to have an arbitrary time value. or you could put in 0's for the time to get 12:00am. it looks like the only values that can be left off are the year and seconds.

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i'm pretty sure you have to specify a time. thats why i put all 1's in for that, just to have an arbitrary time value. or you could put in 0's for the time to get 12:00am. it looks like the only values that can be left off are the year and seconds.

 

I have used zeros for the time

 

question: do you use double digits for everything? for instance if the month is April, is that 4 or 04?

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yea every digit has to be there, so 04 for april.

 

I think I may have completed the command in the terminal. But I'm not seeing a change in the date created. When I "get info" it still shows the 2007 date. the modified date shows the current date and time, as if my modification is there. I also see no change in iMovie.

 

How do I confirm this changed the "created" date?

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