I just learned an unfortunate reality about Apple Photos. It appears any file that is inside iCloud knows what its original creation information is but doesn’t come down when you download that file to your Mac and export it.
The screenshot below shows my sample video was recorded on 2015-11-06 at 10:23pm but on the right it shows created/modified today (2015-11-18) with 7:07pm (which is when I downloaded it from iCloud).
My typical workflow has always been to import all iPhone videos from my family into Aperture and allow it to change the name from the garbage default “IMG_####” to a sensible “YYYY-MM-DD at HH-MM-SS AM/PM” format. I would then apply any metadata and export them to finder. Ultimately I import them into iTunes so I can play them across all my Apple TV’s in the house.
I’m happy to avoid Aperture in a new workflow if anyone knows how to get these videos out of Photos, retain original time/date, and be able to rename them to that naming convention. I’ve already learned how to control metadata in Photos so I can get keywords there.
Please help, and thanks in advance!! :)