Batch rename clips

When you import media into Final Cut Pro, the clips often contain meaningless names, such as those assigned by the camera. Although you can rename clips individually, you can also automatically rename a selection of clips as a batch in the Browser, after the media has been imported into Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro provides customizable naming presets that make renaming large numbers of clips efficient and easy.

Batch rename clips using a naming preset

  1. In the Browser, select the clips you want to rename.

  2. To open the Info inspector, click the Inspector button in the toolbar (shown below), and click the Info button at the top of the pane that appears.

    Inspector button in toolbar
  3. Click the Apply Custom Name pop-up menu and choose a naming preset.

The clips selected in the Browser are renamed.

Create a new naming preset

In most cases, you’ll want to create a new naming preset and customize it.

Tip: The easiest way to create a new naming preset is to duplicate an existing one. See the following task for more information.

  1. In the Browser, select the clips you want to rename.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. Click the Apply Custom Name pop-up menu and choose New.

  4. In the Naming Presets window, double-click Untitled, type a name for the new preset, and press Return.

The new naming preset appears in the Apply Custom Name submenu of the Action pop-up menu.

Duplicate an existing naming preset

The simplest way to create a new naming preset is to duplicate an existing preset—one that contains most of the name format options you want to include—and modify it.

  1. In the Browser, select the clips you want to rename.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. Click the Apply Custom Name pop-up menu and choose Edit.

  4. In the Naming Presets window, Control-click the preset that you want to duplicate, and choose Duplicate from the shortcut menu.

    Preset being duplicated in Naming Presets window

    The duplicate naming preset appears below the original preset.

  5. Enter a name for the duplicate preset, and press Return.

You can now modify the preset to suit your needs.

Modify an existing naming preset

  1. In the Browser, select the clips you want to rename.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. Click the Apply Custom Name pop-up menu and choose Edit.

  4. In the Naming Presets window, add name tokens by dragging the elements from the Clip Info, Date/Time, Format, and Camera areas to the Format field.

    Naming Presets window

    To remove a naming token, select it in the Format field, and press Delete.

  5. Rearrange the tokens in the Format field by dragging them into new positions.

  6. If you like, add text characters between naming tokens in the Format field, such as underscores (_) and spaces.

  7. When you are satisfied with the naming preset’s new format, click OK.

Remove a naming preset

  1. Select a clip.

  2. Open the Info inspector.

  3. Click the Apply Custom Name pop-up menu, then choose Edit.

  4. In the Naming Presets window, select the naming preset you want to remove, and click the Remove Presets button (with a minus sign).

The naming preset is removed from the Naming Presets window.