shootShifter 4+

Preview, sort, redate, rename

Jan-Sebastian Schliemann

    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings
    • $11.99



One of several cameras was set to a wrong date? Or a time was not entirely correct? – Are all shots mixed up?
No problem anymore! Realigning the files is now surprisingly easy:

ShootShifter presents photos and videos in chronological order on graphical timelines and grids.

Date and time changes can then be applied with several tools to individual files or complete folders. E.g. it is possible to directly enter new dates and times, or to simply move the thumbnails around on the timeline, etc.
Using the fullscreen preview and its related features, one can get a great overview over all the media and already here get rid of the least successful ones.
At the end the files can be renamed uniformly with standardized filenames using the user-configurable name templates.

And when everything is corrected this is still a very useful tool to quickly present media as fullscreen slideshows.

More detailed overview:

• View files in chronological order on timelines or fullscreen grids, additional larger previews show further details.

• Modify dates and times for individual files or complete folders at once: Enter new values or simply move thumbnails by drag & drop or keyboard shortcuts, or use the automatic realign options.

• Quick selections: select thumbnails by media and file types, data sources, camera types, locations (radii) ... and more context dependent ones like: changes, possible errors, search results, etc. Or use the map to manually find and select media based on location data.

• Quick navigation on timelines and grids: Use jump markers, jump to automatic "time chapters" (e.g. next/previous day), and utilize the "live-target" mode.

• Select the appropriate source time zone for folders or single files (if it differs from the system). Date and time will still be displayed converted to system time, but now using the correct "source data". Saving date/time modifications is possible using system or the source time zone (or even another different one), as required.

• Rename files using customizable name templates, with a sequence counter per folder or spanning all folders at once, use old file and/or folder names as the basis for new names, or set completely new ones.

• View media in a fullscreen slideshow: With overview grid (for quick navigation), 100% loupe (even for videos), temporary video bookmarks (that can be exported as "Chapter Text", still images, or Live Photos), "locked random" mode (can be interrupted by non-random navigation and then reasonably resumed), etc. For quick slideshow-only usage, there is also a special express import option that skips all time parsing.

• Save all app data as "Projects", so it is possible to quickly switch between different events, etc.

• Supports JPG, TIFF, HEIC, many RAW files (using EXIF, TIFF data), QT videos (and "alikes": MOV, MP4, etc.) and some AVIs (using MDTA, MVHD or RIFF data from the video header).

• Other file types (GIF, PNG, unsupported RAWs and videos) or files without embedded metadata will be imported based on their filesystem date/times. At least these can be changed and the files can be renamed, too.

• RAW+JPGs and Live Photos can be imported as file groups, so all changes are always applied to both files at the same time. XMP and AAE sidecar files are supported, too, so these will be moved and/or renamed together with the main files, and date/time modifications can be transferred to pre-existing XMP data.

What’s New

Version 8.0

• Major overhaul of the user interface: All important modes (timeline, grid, media list, locations, slideshow) are now displayed in one main window, in split view if desired. Quick mode change and full screen toggle are possible at any time, without the old limitations.

• As well as various optimizations, e.g.:
- List: improved shift- and cmd-drag selections to be more consistent with the (also improved) selections in timeline and grid.
- List: click or drag in the # column (or in all others with the opt key held down) to change the main selection without canceling the multi selection.
- Added option to automatically adjust deviating times for RAW+JPGs.
- In addition, it is now possible to specify whether the RAW or the JPG is to be used for the thumbnail and preview of RAW+JPGs (per folder).
- Added option to sort Live Photos by video time. (Depending on the way these are transferred from the phone, the EXIF data may vary[!], and may make this necessary.)
- Improved support for files that only contain XMP data.
- Ctrl + scrolling on the previews bar changes the current selection. With additional opt/cmd keys, it shifts the selection.
- Date changes using the date picker are now also possible on the previews bar. The main view shows a live preview.
- (Custom) date picker: Holding the option key while changing a time unit also changes larger units when the limits are reached.
- Added lens information to the available data types for quick selections, extended filter, and list columns. Some cameras and lenses can be differentiated by serial number.
- Map-type "Satellite" is now selectable.
- Locations, details: Map-type "Satellite" is now selectable. Location accuracy is visualized on the map.

• On Monterey, the slideshow loupe only showed the internal preview for some RAW files.
• And other smaller bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Jim HSP ,

saves my time!

I can use Terminal with ‘touch -t’ to change the time of my photo and video files, but what a waste of my time that is! For multiple files it would be tedious in the extreme. Shootshifter has a drag-and-drop timeline interface so I can easily sync up the times of different camera files. One great value is for video clips. When I have edited a video clip by trimming it in QuickTime, the saved file time is set to the time it was edited. So I need to put the file time back to the original. Shootshifter makes it easy to do - far easier than the editing!

Sometimes (about once a year), Shootshifter stops working. After trying various approaches (e.g., restarting it), I ALWAYS find that it is cured by rebooting macOS. Apparently macOS has glitches in the file system state that affect the application. :( This is NOT the fault of the application.

I use Shootshifter several times a month, and it saves time for me. I recommend it.

MrShaky ,

Just what I needed!

I am scanning a couple thousand family photos and want the file date to be the date taken, just like when you shoot with a digital camera.
I spent hours looking at other apps that were all more cumbersome to use, and some even messed with the photo resolution when I applied the change.
Shootshifter just changes the file date & time - just what I want!
The only negative is that when you edit the date, it pops the photo to that date in the timeline, so to set the date on the next photo, you have to scroll to find the next unchanged photo. It'd be cool to have a setting to temporarily stop the timeline from sorting.

lipadad ,

You need this software

I have been using Shootshifter since version 2 something, and I love it. The old version was so good, that I wanted to pay for it, but there was no way to do so at the time! Even though I was very satisfied with it, for some reason, I decided to check if there was a newer version, and lo and behold, there was a greatly improved one that even works with video files! A no-brainer - I had to upgrade. This software will save you so much time you will be so happy you got it. I recommend taking a photo of a watch face with a second hand with each camera you use so that you can easily sync all your photos to the times shown on the watch.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.