I recently wrote a post that had to do with storyboarding video files in Adobe Bridge. Basically, storyboarding is the simple arrangement of files in such a way that they make sense when you need them. When working with video, as I mentioned in my last post, the last thing you want to have to do is hunt around for a file. Organization is key and Adobe Bridge is her to help us in that regard.
By the way, if you’re interested in reading that previous post, check it out below.
In today’s post, I’d like to go one step further and actually rename the files that were placed in order. I’ll be using a few demo video clips that I have that I already lined up in sequence as they would play in the final file. At this point, I’d like to rename each file to make things even more clear. If I had 100 files and I storyboarded them in Bridge and then something happened, such as me having to work on a different computer, I sure would want to have the files renamed so they make sense. I could perhaps name them as a number sequence and then tack on a descriptive project title. If the files were numbered, I could go ahead and sort them the regular way the next time I had to work with them. I’ll go over the process below.
Storyboarding Video Files
To start off with, I’ll quickly order the demo video files I’ll be using for this post in the proper sequence. I’ll follow the directions I gave in this post and drag and drop the files, while in the Filmstrip view, into position.
This will be the first video in the list.
Now that the files are in order, I can move on to renaming them for the reasons I gave above.
Batch Renaming Video Files in Bridge
To rename files all at once, I’ll first need to select which files I’d like to be affected. So, in the Filmstrip portion of the Bridge workspace, I’ll click on the first file in the sequence, hold down the Shift key on my keyboard and then click on the last file in the sequence. The files will turn light gray to indicate they’ve been selected.
Next, I’ll head up to the Tools menu item and click on Batch Rename.
After I do that, the Batch Rename dialog box will appear.
Since I already wrote a post that went into the same topic and that was fairly in depth, I won’t repeat all the fine details here. If you’d like to read more on the finer points of how to rename multiple files in Bridge, please visit this post:
What I’d like to do is to simply go about the process of renaming the files I’m interested in today.
I happen to have this demo folder with the video files in it on my desktop. Because I don’t want to change the original files, I’ll elect to copy the files to a new folder and have them renamed there. In order to do this, I’ll head into the Destination Folder area of the Batch Rename dialog and select Copy To Other Folder.
Next, I’ll click the Browse button directly below that selection, navigate to the Desktop > Video Sequence folder and click OK to apply that change.
The next section is called New Filenames. It controls how the final file names will appear. Since I’ve got only a few clips, I was thinking I could start off with some text with an underscore included and then have that text followed by a number. I want the files to look something like this:
Since the dialog box opened up with four optional fields in play, I’ll remove two of them by clicking the small “–” signs that sit to the right of the fields.
Once I have only two fields remaining, I’ll edit them so they fit my needs. I’ll keep the first drop-down set at Text. In the field to the right of that, I’ll type the text that I’d like to see applied to every file. In this case, it’ll be Driving_Video_.
For the next row, I’ll click the drop-down and select Sequence Number. Then, inside the next field to the right, I’ll type in what number I’d like the filenames to begin. In this case, it’ll be 01. Finally, for the third field in this row, I’ll choose Two Digits, because I have fewer than 100 files to apply this naming convention to.
As I work in this section, I can see what the file names will look like down in the Preview section. Take a look.
There are a few choices to make in the Options section. Because it’s always a good idea to save as much working information about files as possible, be sure to check the box with the text Preserve Current Filename in XMP Metadata next to it. Also, Bridge should automatically select which type of computer you’re working on, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the compatibility of the renamed files.
Renaming the Files
When finished with all that, simply press the Rename button in the upper right corner of the dialog box and Bridge will do the rest.
Once the process is finished, which usually only takes a few seconds, you can open up the folder in question to see the renamed files. Check this out.
If I wanted to see the new files via Bridge, I could navigate to the folder that way. Take notice of the filenames.
I’d say that’s pretty cool, not to mention highly effective.
I hope I clearly explained how you can batch rename many files at once using Adobe Bridge. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this post, please let me know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!