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Capture Time to Exif

How to use

4 key steps

  1. Select pictures in Lightroom's Library
    • Grid view is best
  2. Save metadata back to the files
    • Can be done automatically - see Options
    • Library's Metadata > Save metadata to file or PC: CtrlS Mac: CmdS
    • This is important to preserve any metadata and adjustments that may have already been applied in Lightroom
  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. Read metadata from files
    • Library's Metadata > Read metadata from file command
    • This is because LR doesn't let us update EXIF data directly so we write new EXIF into the file and then read it into LR
    • This step is the one that people usually forget and then ask why the plugin isn't working. It's nice to hear from them, and fix the problem so easily, but it is an important step.


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.


Note that VAT will be added for European customers.


US $11.38
UK £8.66
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