10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2009 5:27 PM by Barb__O RSS

    How to sort photos by date taken?

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      I used Picasa to modify certain aspects of some photos (contrast, etc.). I did this at different times, however, so when I load the photos into Premiere Elements, the photos are sorted in order of their date/time of modification, rather than date/time that the photos were taken.

      The date/time that the photos were taken is still saved in the EXIF data, but surprisingly, you can't sort the photos that way with Premiere Elements.

      I have tried looking for a third-party utility to re-date the photos according to when they were taken, but I have found nothing.

      Can anyone please help?
        • 1. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
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          In Windows Explorer, right click the file and in Properties-Customize Tab, make sure the file type is either Pictures, or Picture Album, click View, Arrange Icons By, Date Picture Taken.

          http://www.freewebs.com/pe3help
          • 2. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
            Barb__O Community Member
            what version of Premiere Elements are you running?
            what version of Picasa are you running?

            Are you intending to use the Create a Slideshow in Premiere Elements whee you want the photos placed in the date/time sequence?

            There may be multiple ways to do what you want. Potentially the Organize function (PE 7) may be able to do this if in fact there is no way to sort the Project Media entities in the photo date/taken sequence.

            Do you also have Photoshop Elements? Since you use Picasa I realize that you may not have Photoshop Elements: however if you do that will make a difference in discussing potential workflows.

            However we may need to do some experimentation together once you answer the questions above.
            • 3. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
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              rhawkins - I realize that you can view files in Windows Explorer that way, but I want the photos to be sorted by date taken in Premiere Elements.

              Barb - I'm running Premiere Elements 7, and Picasa 3. I do not have Photoshop Elements, unfortunately.

              I've been looking at various file-attribute-changing programs, but no luck so far.
              • 4. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
                Barb__O Community Member
                mjr

                Understand that you do not have Photoshop Elements.

                more questions -
                is it your intent to use the Create Slideshow function where Premiere Elements places the photos in to the slideshow in date taken sequence?

                Are these photos from a digital camera or are they scanned photo files or some other source?
                • 5. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
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                  Barb - Yes, I wish to create a slideshow, with the photos being in order of date taken. They were taken from a digital camera, so their EXIF data is intact.

                  I came across a program called CyPics that allowed me to date the files according to the date they were taken. Finally! :)
                  • 6. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
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                    But alas... sigh... it would appear that PE uses date modified, rather than date created. Back to the drawing board.

                    It would be great if PE even allowed me to list files in alphabetical/numerical order, as there is no shortage of programs that can rename a file based on its EXIF data.

                    EDIT: Oh wait... it actually does seem to give me that option under the EDIT tab, but not under the ORGANIZE tab. That'll do!
                    • 7. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
                      Barb__O Community Member
                      note _ I am editing this post because our posts crossed

                      FYI - The Organizer panel does allow you to display Oldest First, which should give you chronological order according to Date/Time Photo taken.

                      Therefore,
                      -- under the Organize Tab, selecting the first in chron seqeunce holding down Shift and selecting the last in chron sequence l (presuming that what you want is contiguous) and
                      -- then doing the "Create Slideshow" function from the Edit tab (choosing Selection Order) seems like potentially it will give you what you want.
                      • 8. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
                        Barb__O Community Member
                        m j r

                        I hope that you are still reading this thread - since you mentioned that you are using photos, I want to ask if you are aware that photo files should be downrezed (have their pixel resolution decreased) BEFORE they are used in Premiere Elements?

                        For example, approximately 1000 x 750 pixels is considered a good resolution if your output from Premiere Elements will be a Standard Definition Full Screen DVD and you will be applying limited pan and zoom to your photos.
                        • 9. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
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                          Hi Barb, I didn't downrez the photos, but they look pretty good in the slideshow. There's actually no panning or zooming at all.
                          • 10. Re: How to sort photos by date taken?
                            Barb__O Community Member
                            >I didn't downrez the photos, but they look pretty good in the slideshow.

                            Whether you have problems when you do not downrez the photos can be dependent on what their resolution is, how many photos and what the resources are on your machine at that time. Available disk space is one factor, but I doubt that it is the only consideration.

                            It is good news that your current result is OK - just be aware that in the future you could experience problems with many high resolution photo files.