I was thrilled when Lightroom added management of video files in addition to photos. It seems to work fine with .mov files which have thm sidecar files. However, I'm still having trouble with the metadata for AVCHD (.m2ts extension) and mp4 files. Unfortunately these import into LR with no metadata.
My AVCHD files were imported onto the hard drive using SONY's proprietary software, which created .modd and .moff sidecar files. I assume these contain the metadata. Any way to have LR import the data from there? (The original SD card contents were wiped long ago.) Someone else asked about this here: Re: Reading .modd and .moff files from AVCHD in LR 5
I'd like to at least add the capture time and the camera make & model. Since the files were named based on the timestamp, e.g. 20130808_173748, I've been able to add in the capture time one by one with Metadata>Edit capture time. But it's very tedious for large numbers of files. Is there an automated way to possibly take the filename and insert that into the capture time field?
Also, is there a way to add the camera make and model?
As you've discovered, LR's support for video metadata is very weak. Please add your vote and opinion to this topic in the official Adobe feedback forum: Lightroom: Metadata applied to videos in Lightroom isn't available in other applications. That will make it more likely Adobe will prioritize improvement.
As for workarounds, you could take a look at the Video Asset Management plugin to see if addresses some of your needs with management video metadata. But that plugin, as well as my own Any File, sidesteps LR's video features entirely by creating and importing JPEG sidecars ("proxies") for containing the metadata; so they may not be suitable for what you want.
Thanks John. It seems this discussion is along these lines: Lightroom: Still inconsistent capture date/time for videos Hopefully they'll eventually add better support for video metadata. I do think they've made quite a bit of progress with it actually, just that there's still a bit more that could be done. Will consider that plugin, though it seems that method would add a few features but also undo some of the gains.