I have both PSE7 (Photoshop Elements 7) and PRE7 (Premiere Elements 7) installed on my computer. I use PSE7 to organize my photos (about 20,000) and videos (about 4,000). Organizing photos in PRE7 is fairly simple, because it uses the 'exif' data in the files to sort them by date/time taken. However, organizing videos in PRE7 is more difficult, because it uses the 'date modified' attribute of the file to sort them by date/time. The result is that all of my videos in the PRE7 organizer appear to be taken at dates and times completely different than the actual date/time they were taken. By default they appear to be taken on the date they were 'modified', which is usually they date they were imported onto my hard drive (regardless of what date they were actually taken.) Fortunately, my camcorder names the files according to the time they were taken. So, I had to find third-party software that would take the information from the file names and use that information to alter the 'date modified' attribute. That was a gargantuan task with over 4,000 files. That leads to the primary reason for this posting...
I recently installed the trial version of PRE8 (Premiere Elements 8) in order to try it out. I created a 'test' project and inserted several video clips onto the timeline. Later, I noticed that something had changed with all the files that had been used on the PRE8 timeline. The 'date modified' attribute for all these files had been changed to the current date. On one level this makes sense. I assume that PRE8 did some analysis (or other function) to the files, resulting in their 'date modified' attribute changing. However, on another level this is a colossal problem! As described above, PRE7 uses the 'date modified' attribute for sorting video files by date/time. Now, all of those files that have been altered by PRE8 will appear out of chronological order in PRE7 organizer. (The problem doesn't actually show up immediately, but it does appear as soon as I refresh thumbnails within PRE7.)
I can solve my immediate problem by tracking down all the files altered by PRE8 and using third-party software to change their 'modified date' back to the date it is supposed to be. That will be enough of a nuisance. However, this seems to be a major problem with PRE8, which would render it useless for me. From a few other posts I've scanned, it looks like the problem could be solved by turning of the "Auto Analyze" feature in PRE8.
My questions are:
1) Would turning of "Auto Analyze" in PRE8 solve the problem?
2) Even if turning of "Auto Analyze" solves the problem, is it justified for me to feel that this is a monumental flaw in PRE8 that would cause me to 'fear' using it on my computer? What I mean by that is, the engineers of the software would have to realize that Photoshop Elements uses the 'date modified' attribute for organizing video files. If they created PRE8 in such a way that it alters this attribute, thus creating chaos for how the files are organized in the Photoshop Elements organizer, then I fear that PRE8 is liable to cause other problems and ruin the painstaking work I have already done to adjust the 'date modified' attribute on all of my video files in order to have them organized correctly in Photoshop Elements.
Message was edited by: Danny_DeLoach I realized after making this post that it conveys a lot angst. Just after posting the question, I also read Steve Grisetti's explanation of the type of information that is needed in posts. I appreciate all those who give their time and effort to help others in this forum. I don't want to come across as 'bashing' PRE. The basic premise of my question is: PSE uses the 'date modified' attribute of video files to organize those files; PRE8 appears to alter that attribute; is this the conundrum that it seems to be?