user1114881 user1114881 - 2 months ago 37
Objective-C Question

getting ALAssets from photos library iOS

I am trying to get the time, date and location from a movie i took on my iPhone/iPad This is the code i used

//i get the video picked and then save it to app but i think i am getting the movie's asset data before i save it.

- (void) imagePickerController:(UIImagePickerController *)picker didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo:(NSDictionary *)info
{ NSError *error;
else if (picker.sourceType ==UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypePhotoLibrary) {

NSURL * movieURL = [info valueForKey:UIImagePickerControllerMediaURL] ;
ALAssetsLibrary* assetslibrary = [[ALAssetsLibrary alloc] init];
[assetslibrary assetForURL:movieURL
resultBlock:^(ALAsset*asset) {
NSDate *myDate = [asset valueForProperty:ALAssetPropertyDate];
NSLog(@"Date: %@", myDate);

} failureBlock:^(NSError *error) {
NSData * movieData = [NSData dataWithContentsOfURL:movieURL];
NSArray *documentPaths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES);
NSString *documentsDirectory = [documentPaths objectAtIndex:0];
NSString *slash = [documentsDirectory stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"/"];
NSString *documentsDirectory2 = [slash stringByAppendingPathComponent:self.user.text];
NSString *documentsDirectory21 = [documentsDirectory2 stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"/Movie"];
if (![[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath:documentsDirectory21])
[[NSFileManager defaultManager] createDirectoryAtPath:documentsDirectory21 withIntermediateDirectories:NO attributes:nil error:&error];
NSString *fullPath = [documentsDirectory21 stringByAppendingPathComponent:[[self imageNameTextField]text]];
fullPath = [fullPath stringByAppendingFormat:@".mp4"];
[ movieData writeToFile:fullPath atomically:YES];

however myDate is logged as null

what am i doing wrong

I just tried this code also (added 10/11)

CGImageSourceRef source = CGImageSourceCreateWithURL( (CFURLRef)movieURL, NULL);

NSDictionary* metadata = (NSDictionary *)CFBridgingRelease(CGImageSourceCopyPropertiesAtIndex(source,0,NULL));
NSLog(@"image data %@", metadata);

but still metadata is null;

I read that videos don't have the same metadata as images. if this is true then how do I access the video metadata since I can see data tied to the video in photos.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have tried everything I could find on the internet to help me do this but nothing seems to work.
When I log my movieURL this is what I get

2016-10-13 09:58:51.045271 my little world app[2641:1388034] movieURL;file:///private/var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/22A178E5-74C4- 48EF-B487-5E01321508AD/tmp/trim.04F0AC8A-2960-464D-8670-7E79662EAB9B.MOV

So since it is in a temporary file can I not get the metadata.

Does the Metadata exits in the movies NSData and can I get it from that?

I am pulling my hair out.


So I figured this out here is the code

- (void) imagePickerController:(UIImagePickerController *)picker didFinishPickingMediaWithInfo:(NSDictionary *)info

if (picker.sourceType ==UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypePhotoLibrary) {
 NSURL * movieURL = [info valueForKey:UIImagePickerControllerMediaURL] ;
 [self getMediaName:nil url:[info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerReferenceURL]];
- (void)getMediaName:(UIImage*)originalImage url:(NSURL*)url {
    @try {
        ALAssetsLibraryAssetForURLResultBlock resultblock = ^(ALAsset *asset) {
            if (asset == nil) return;
            ALAssetRepresentation *assetRep = [asset defaultRepresentation];
            NSString *fileName = [assetRep filename];
 NSDate *myDate = [asset valueForProperty:ALAssetPropertyDate];
NSDateFormatter *dateFormatter=[[NSDateFormatter alloc] init];
            [dateFormatter setDateFormat:@"MM-dd-yyyy"];
            NSLog(@"%@",[dateFormatter stringFromDate:myDate]);
ALAssetsLibraryAccessFailureBlock failureblock  = ^(NSError *error) {


        ALAssetsLibrary *library = [ALAssetsLibrary new];
        [library assetForURL:url resultBlock:resultblock failureBlock:failureblock];
    @catch (NSException *exception) {


you can use any valueForProperty