How to Bulk Rename Music, Movie & Video with Filebot

Filebot - Bulk rename and organise music and video files

Bulk Rename Music, Movie and Video Files With Filebot

If you have difficulty keeping your film, TV, or movie library in good order – or getting them to show up in your preferred media player – Filebot will save many repetitive web searches and much manual renaming of files. This excellent bit of open source donationware is available for Windows, OS X and Linux, and is an essential tool for those wanting to batch rename or organise files, download subtitles, and fetch artwork and metadata.

    1. Download the latest version of Filebot from its home page here, then double-click on the resulting setup file to install, following the on-screen instructions.
    2. Once Filebot is successfully installed, open it by clicking on the Filebot icon on your desktop.
    3. The first tab is the ‘Rename’ window. To rename files, drag the selection into the ‘Original Files’ column on the left. Give it a second for them to load as a list.

Filebot - Free cross-platform bulk file renaming

  1. Once the list of files is loaded, right-click anywhere in the ‘New Names’ column on the right. From the pop-up menu that appears, select a metadata source by clicking it. This part is fairly self-explanatory (Movie/ Music/ TV), so we won’t go into it in depth here.
  2. During the resulting scan of the selected files, popup windows may appear, offering a choice of suggested titles for files that Filebot isn’t sure about. Click the correct entry or else skip it and name the file manually later.
  3. Once the scan is complete, the new file titles will appear in the ‘New Names’ column. Files that couldn’t be matched will be greyed out in the ‘Original Files’ column.
  4. When you’re happy with the changes, click ‘Rename’.
  5. You’ll be asked to validate file titles should there be any with invalid characters. Do so when asked (you can always amend later).

…and that’s the Filebot bulk rename essential basics from us. Check their documentation to discover the application’s many other useful features!