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Old February 5th, 2011, 12:50 AM   #1
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Batch renaming video clips in a folder?

I've been given a hard drive, with about 500 gigs worth of footage on it. While they placed everything in folders, corresponding to the locations, and whether its camera A, B, or C. But the clips themselves, in each folder, are just the random number generated by the cameras themselves. Is there some way to batch rename each clip to correspond to the folder its in? Like a folder titled Cove Bay Camera A, could I batch name each clip CBCameraA1, 2, then so on, without having to goto each individual clip and typing the name?

Hope someone can point me in the right direction,
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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:09 AM   #2
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I'm guessing the clips/files are in OS folders, not FCP ones? So the question is about renaming files in Mac OS?

Assuming OS renaming, a clever guy could do it with Automator (comes with your OS) I suspect, but for a few bucks you could buy a renaming utility designed for the job.

A Better Finder Rename 8: The Batch File Renamer for Mac OS X

Isn't there an instruction in FCP to force a renaming of your clip to match the names in Finder? Which would close the loop, so to speak.


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