Quick Tip: Use Adobe Prelude To Rename A7s Clips

January 24, 20152 Comments

If you’re like me and have issues with how the A7s names the .MP4 files then you will love this!

Like a lot of other cameras the Sony A7s will always start from the same file naming structure. It goes like this.

C0001.MP4
C0002.MP4
C0003.MP4
C0004.MP4
C0005.MP4

Now this can get messy if you don’t shoot all the footage in one day. Every time you format the card it goes right back to C0001.MP4.

I always loathed this with AVCHD too.

The quick way to beat this issue is use Adobe Prelude. It’s included in the Creative Cloud bundle. Below is a screenshot with my settings.

Adobe Prelude

As you see in the picture I have A7s .MP4 files. Iopend Prelude and choose INGEST.

Prelude opens a new window with the options you see above.

On the left is the SD card so you navigate to the CLIP folder and Prelude loads the footage.

On the right is where the magic starts! Check Transfer Clips To Destination and add Subfolder. Name the folder.

DON’T CHECK TRANSCODE. Unless you want to. 😀

Open the FILE RENAME SECTION. Check RENAME FILES

I use Apply To All Destinations and Custom Name.

Here is where you can choose the naming structure that works for you. Just make sure it’s unique.

Hit Ingest and the files with new naming goes to the folder. How easy is that! The best part is it’s fast and non destructive to the original media.

You have to transfer the card over anyway so you might as well rename it first. When you go back and ingest another card it will remember those settings and the increment so it starts numbering from the last clip.

A7s File Names

I hope this quick tip helps you beat the naming game.

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  1. Jason Bowdach says:

    Nice! Always forget about that feature in prelude. Very helpful on multicam shoots, esp DSLRs for some reason.

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