Tip #1428: Built-in Clip & Batch Renaming

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1428: Built-in Clip & Batch Renaming

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

All too often, clips are named with incomprehensible file names. This can fix things.

The Apply Custom Name menu in the Info Inspector.

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Buried at the bottom of the Info Inspector in Final Cut Pro is a clip and batch renaming utility that can save you a lot of time.

Select a clip, or group of clips, that you want to rename in the Browser, then go to the Info Inspector.

At the bottom is Apply Custom Name. In this menu, are four presets:

  • Clip Date/Time
  • Custom Name with Counter
  • Original Name from Camera
  • Scene/Shot/Take/Angle
  • Edit allows changing the existing presets. Editing an existing preset is generally the best way to create a new one.
  • New creates a new naming preset from scratch.

While it is beyond the scope of this tip to explain all the features of this batch naming function, when you need to rename and organize your clips, this is a great way to get started.

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