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Rich: If a file name is repeated on your hard drive, it's very easy to have media management issues. Particularly if your video Editing Tool, or Compositing Tool has to go searching and reconnect assets. Additionally, those gaps in numbering caused by deleting a frame, could lead to a break in the time code movie. Sometimes causing two different movies to be created, or for color bars or black frames to be flashed. All right, so let's take a look at how we get around these issues. I recommend that you select all the images in a stack.
You can expand that pretty easily by clicking, then choose Tools > Batch Rename. This allows you to assign a unique name and number combination or other information. The important thing here, though, is that you only have a sequential number. So try to avoid things like Dates. I'll call this RedRock, April, and I can put the basic date in here as long as there's not a change from anything else.
This can say April 13, as long as every file has the same predecessor, and now I'll insert a four digit unique number, starting with 0001. This shows me the previous filename and the new filename, and that looks good. And I'll tell it to rename these files. Now, let's give this one lookover here, and it's probably a good idea to actually extend this, with shot one. And that's even more descriptive. I've chosen to preserve the current file name into the Metadata and this means in the future, I can actually batch rename and take the Preserved file name and restore it.
All right, everything looks good so I'll just click rename, and those files renamed in the same location. Takes just a second, but it'll go through and adjust all the information, for every single clip. When done, you could see the progress there for those clips. Let's do the next set here. Tools > Batch Rename. You'll notice, besides renaming to the same folder, you can actually move them to a new destination or copy them. This could be one way to copy material off of a card to another destination, or to leave the original items backed up and make a second working copy. For now, I'll just keep it in the same location, but that's easy to change. I'll just chose a radio button and chose Browse, and that'll set the new destination.
But, there we go, Red Rock, Shot two. Let's reset this to start with number one, and I click Rename. And you see it very quickly goes through and adjusts the names for all those files. There it is, and the last set. Shift click to select the range, or click on the number there, Tools > Batch Rename. And this makes it very simple to have intuitive file names that preserve sequential numbering. When you go to work with these files in any of the other applications we're going to explore today.
That sequential numbering will ensure a fully compatible Time Lapse Sequence.
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