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    I bought a Canon HF 20 for home movies is it possible to stamp the date and time onto the videos? I know this can be done manually but that would take forever and be a pain.

    When i had minDV cam i used Visual DV Time Stamp and it worked great.

    Thanks in advanced.
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    There has to be a way other then putting text in the video manually?
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    Just use subtitles.
    I think,therefore i am a hamster.
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    Why is there a lack of software that can do it? AVCHD is used alot now days.
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    Do people not put the date/time on there home videos anymore? How are you going to when it was 10 years fom now.
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  6. Doing it manually isn't that difficult, and certainly won't take "forever"; maybe that's why nobody has written software for it? It doesn't have to be subtitle. It can be a poster frame or video title/menu intro, then lossless append using tsmuxer

    If these files are on your pc, note that they all have "date created" or "date modified" in windows explorer, and you can sort them by that heading in each folder
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    Mike, I am having the same problem, on this thread: https://forum.videohelp.com/topic368663.html.

    There is no reason we should stamp the time manually if the metadata info is already in the AVCHD file folder structure in-camera. The thing is, I can't figure out what video playback software to use whereby I can replay the .MTS clips with toggle-able on/off date/time info, and shutter speed/aperture info. And if and when I find such a software, will it have been enough to have extracted from the camcorder the .MTS files with their corresponding similarly-named .CPI files, OR do I have to mirror the entire AVCHD file folder structure as it exists in-camera?
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  8. afaik the mts file has no internal date/time info, as that's what is recorded to the cpi (clip info) file.
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  9. on most models, I think it's stored in the .mpl

    I don't know of any software that displays onscreen any of the date/time/shutter speed etc...

    You can try some of the sofware suggestions in this thread
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1018113

    One approach might be to use the extractor in the above thread, then format in srt or some text sub format, then toggle on/off for display. You might be able to write a batch script to automate this
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    See? minidv and poison both gave conflicting statements on where that metadata is stored: the .CPI or the .MPL. And it may very well be possible that you need both side-by-side to extract all your metadata, or preserve the entire AVCHD folder structure, or some combination of the above ... we need to know exactly what's going on. We need to know what to extract from the camera and preserve for the future, when hopefully players will be able to stream the metadata back with the .MTS.
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  11. here's what the file structure looks like.



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    I have talked to the maker of DVMP and he is working on it.
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    Cool Mike! That's awesome. Once that would be up and running, maybe there'd be a way to incorporate such an app into my Popcorn Hour A-110 to watch the clips on my TV instead of setting up an HTPC.
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    strange the link comes up for something else here but here is the current software hopefully soon he will have it added

    http://www.dvmp.co.uk/
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  15. Edius 5 will put the date/time on AVCHD!

    Download the trial and try it. It works great and it seems to get the info from the .mts file itself i copyed a .mts file only from my Canon HF200 and it worked.
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  16. The new version of DVMP Pro will now date stamp AVCHD mts and m2ts files. It will also overlay timecode and f-stop, shutter speed and other camera exposure metadata if you like.

    It also plays AVCHD mts/m2ts files and displays date, time and other metadata if your PC is powerful enough. It will also export metadata to CSV files or subtitle SRT files.

    So it now works for AVCHD, HDV and DV. See http://www.dvmp.co.uk for a feature list of the new version.
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    Originally Posted by Mike82
    I bought a Canon HF 20 for home movies is it possible to stamp the date and time onto the videos? I know this can be done manually but that would take forever and be a pain.

    When i had minDV cam i used Visual DV Time Stamp and it worked great.

    Thanks in advanced.
    I asked once Mirillis (Splash developer) about similar subject.
    I dont remember (deleted email form mirillis support so can't even check it out now), but in splash hd-cam and maybe in lite
    will be possible to keep date and gps coordinates within m2ts files from AVCHD camcorders. With 2 mouse clicks will be possible to open browser with a map pointing the place where the footage was shot.

    This sounds really cool, but i have no idea when will be available.
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    Originally Posted by tiresias
    The new version of DVMP Pro will now date stamp AVCHD mts and m2ts files. It will also overlay timecode and f-stop, shutter speed and other camera exposure metadata if you like.

    It also plays AVCHD mts/m2ts files and displays date, time and other metadata if your PC is powerful enough. It will also export metadata to CSV files or subtitle SRT files.

    So it now works for AVCHD, HDV and DV. See http://www.dvmp.co.uk for a feature list of the new version.

    This could be cool software but...
    - "* Requires a 3rd party video decoder (codec)"
    - gui looks like a crap :/
    - For AVCHD playback: * 3GHz, Quad Core (or possibly Core 2 Duo). - this is funny...
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  19. I have been lookig for a long time for any program which let me rename the MTS files with de Date an Time they has been taken.

    After a long search I have found the solution for my problem, it is a free program namen EXIFTool.

    You can find it here> http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

    This utility is designed to extract any type of metadata from EXIF extension in image files but it also extract the data form AVCHD Metadata.

    As an example, here is the batch command I used in a directory with a lot pf .MTS video to obtain a .BAT file with all the sentences to rename the videos with new names based on YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS:

    exiftool -d %Y%m%d-%H%M%S -p "REN $filename $dateTimeOriginal.MTS" -f *.MTS > REName.BAT

    The utility comes with an extense documentation to do almost any thing with metadat, it can read it and also can write metadata into the files.

    It seems simple and it is very simple but powerful.
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  20. Ok I have a Panasonic DMC-TS3 and it uses AVCHD to save video. I have been looking for an alternative getting the meta data out of the videos files for a while now.

    I finally decided to just try reverse engineering the files myself and I am planning on posting my finding here. So far I have found that the structure if the AVCHD is not very much unlike the Blu-ray standard.

    Here if the structure also posted above:
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    I first used Photofun studio which came with the camera to see what meta data I could get out of it. Things like GPS altitude etc. Using this I was able to search for the same values in the files on the SD card using a HEX editor.

    I was successfully able to extract the GPS data etc from the .MPL files using the hex editor. The .CPI and .MPL files seem to serve the same purpose they for blu-Ray movies see this file for info on what the CPI and MPL files are for: http://www.blu-raydisc.com/Assets/Downloadablefile/bdj_gem_application_definition-15496.pdf

    I also then found this awesome resource on the mpl file format: http://www.knotless.com/uploads/2/9/5/7/2957646/mplformat.htm

    I am in the process of coding a program to export all this meta data from the mpl files. If any one is interested let me know and I will upload it here with the source code once I am done.

    Just thought this might be helpful for the next person looking for this info.

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  21. Good work Mailmuncher. Looking forward to trying your program.
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  22. another option is avchd2srt

    it will generate GPS data, etc as well if your camera records it , and exports a srt file which can be used in many programs (you can use soft subs, or hardcode the data)

    it's ffmpeg based, but there are some GUI's at the end of the thread

    https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/316229-Export-AVCHD-frame-specific-metadata-to-subtitles
    http://avchd2srt.webs.com/
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  23. poisondeathray for a second I thought I was re-inventing the wheel but then I remember trying HD65's tool i.e. AVCHD2SSRT without success. Just tried it again... didn't work. Then I read this in the link which you sent me:

    >HD65:
    >"I managed to find a Panasonic clip, but it did not work. Apparently, Panasonic puts the metadata somewhere else in the >stream (compared to Sony). I need to find that. Sony puts it in the first packet of the key frames - this is where I'm >currently looking for it. If it's somewhere else, it won't be found yet."

    Appears that HD65 is pulling the info out directly from the M2ts /MTS files which works for Sony but not for Panasonic (and I guess JVC also) because Panasonic saves the info in the MPL files.

    Haven't had much time to work on this until today and I don't know how fast I am going to be able to get a program for this made because I am super busy these days. But so far I have been able to decode almost 2/3 of the mpl file in the hex editor using the mpl format reference I mentioned above. Some of the end areas (where GPS and other info is stored) is not documented so that is taking some time.

    Will start posting in the link you sent as there seems to be more activity there. Thanks!
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    I have downloaded the Visual DV Time Stamp, but it will not find any of my videos on my desktop can someone tell me what type of file the videos must be in?
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  25. DV as in DV AVI. http://www.dts8888.com/vDTS/Help/index.htm
    I think this is the one you are looking to use: http://www.dts8888.com/vATS/vats.htm
    If you have good credit there is DVMP Pro.
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    Ok I am using DVMP Pro, but it wont allow me to save the file with the time stamp on it so it can be emailed. Do you know how to do that?
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  27. No. I have not used it. However, from the manual, different file types require different methods:

    http://www.dvmp.co.uk/menus.htm#burnin

    Hope that helps. Good luck.
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