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If you are using DV source material, then capturing via Scenalyzer with date/time appended to the filename works extremely well. www.scenalyzer.com. Lots of other real benefits from using SClive for capture - I use it all the time.
For DV clips already captured, then you can access the data using DVdate from http://www.dvdate.ru/en/dvrecdate.html.
There is also a standalone program that lets you read datacode at http://paul.glagla.free.fr/dvdate_en.htm.
... and the standalone utility DVMP which will show you ALL of the camera settings aswell as date and time, and it will also alow you to burn any of the info into the frames.
DVMP is very thorough in detecting all of this metadata, so you can use it to check whether your files really are missing date and time information. If it shows date and time as just a series of dashes then you can be 99.9% sure that there is no date and time info stored in the metadata areas of your files.
Yep, OK, now I remember about having heard about these "external" tools before, but I really did not WANT to understand that Adobe Premier does not do this simple task out of the box. Any good reasons why? I have heard comments like "this is a professional program for professionals..." but isn't date/time quite crucial information also for professionals? Please help me understand this...
Also this clip numbering is very uncomprehensible for me. Can it be used some clever way or is it just bogus?
Eh...wait a minute here.
The SW:s mentioned here are payware both of them. Are you telling me that I need to pay extra money to be able to sort clips in chronological order in Adobe Premiere?
How were the clips originally captured, Dan?
Dan, DVMP basic is free and will show you the metadata. The help file (online) will explain these numbers.
You can sort them in the project window by using the media start column
Sorting by media start assumes all on the same tape and only one tape per bin. Might not be the case always, especially if you want to match up shots from several cameras using datacode. That's why I use Scenalyzer to put date/time in the filename.
Adobe didn't mention displaying datacode in their spec, so it shouldn't really be too much of a surprise to find it isn't included.
Since I don't use PPro's capture, I don't know the subtleties of the results of opting to split capture files into scenes. Does that give any hints in filename or logging etc?
If you want extra datacode facilities in CS5 (gossip says CS4 is beyond the new feature stage), then best submit a request via