Naming Your Files

EditReady includes powerful file naming features, so that you can keep track of all the files in your post-production pipeline.

The popup menu to the right of the Dest File Name label is pre-populated with a handful of options. For example, you may choose to have your output file names match the input file names, or you may wish to rename your output file names with an automatically incrementing number.

Customizing File Names

In addition to the presets, you can add additional values from your file's metadata to the file naming scheme. When viewing your file's metadata, you will notice a small tag 🏷 icon next to each metadata key.

Drag that 🏷 to the Dest File Name field to include that metadata element in the destination filename.

For example, you may wish to add the Reel key and the Creation date keys to the existing Auto-increment entry. You can drag and drop to rearrange values within the Dest File Name field, and you can type to add characters like dashes or underscores. So, you could easily have all of your output files named (Reel)-(CreationDate)-(Auto-increment).mov.

You can also use a forward slash / to include folders in your output naming scheme. So you could use (Reel)/(Source Name) to generate a new folder for each reel in your batch.

Overwriting Existing Files

EditReady will not allow you to proceed if your destination files will overwrite your source files. In other cases where files will be overwritten, or where there is insufficient metadata to populate a filename, EditReady will alert you and allow you to continue.

Destination Folder

You can click the icon to the right of Dest Folder to select an output folder for your batch. Within the dialog, you will also have the option to select Same as Source (In OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), click the Options button). That will cause EditReady to store your output files in the same folders as the source files. Please note, EditReady will not allow you to overwrite your source media, so make sure your file naming scheme doesn't conflict with your existing files.

File Format

In most cases, EditReady outputs QuickTime (.mov) files. However, when DNxHD or DNxHR are the destination video formats, you may optionally choose to output in either the OP1a or OP-Atom formats, using the File Format dropdown. In all other cases, that dropdown will be disabled.

In general, when outputting H264 files with AAC audio, the MOV files written by EditReady can safely be renamed ".MP4" if your workflow requires that file extension.

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