How to automatically rename your video files

FileBot is a neat, free, cross-platform utility that lets you correct file names automatically and make replay fun and breezy.

There are billions of media files out there in the digital ether, and some of them have no doubt found residence in your hard drive(s).

If they've been there for long, it can be hard to remember which episode is which, or even which show is which on occasion. FileBot lets you grab your media, shake it up, and apply file names automatically. Here's how to use it:

  1. If you've got the latest version of Java installed, just click the orange "Launch" button on this page; if not, or if you want to use it offline, page down to the Download section or Win/Mac/Linux installers.

  2. Once it's up and running, you're faced with a clean, but not especially intuitive, interface. It's easy, though: just click "Load" at the bottom of the left pane and open up a folder containing media files you'd like to rename.
  3. Step 2 - Pick file(s).
    Step 2 - Pick file(s).
  4. Now click "Match" in the middle of the window to bring up a list of sources of correct info. You may need to try a few, especially if your show is obscure.
  5. Step 3 - Match file(s).
    Step 3 - Match file(s).
  6. Make sure the new info looks right, then click "Rename." All files will be renamed automatically.

It's all pretty simple, and now you should be able to keep track of your TV files much more easily. If you want to poke around in the preferences, it's easy to change up how FileBot names your shows. You can also get subtitles pretty quickly if you need them!

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    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.

     

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