Would it be possible with the program to take all entries with numerals at the start, get rid of any hypens, periods or other items around the starting numerals and replace using only the found numerals in a format of 0x? This would require detecting those lead numerals in the filename, and the first charater AFTER any numerals, removing everything but the numerals (99 or lower) and replacing these first (usually 5 or less with hyphen and 2 spaces is 4 or 5 with period decimal after the number is 4 ...etc...) with the 0 followed by the numeral or the 1 or 2 followed by 0-9 numerals, giving a 2 digit number 00-99 a space then the rest of the filename after the first post numbers Alphanumeric character. With few exceptions this would really tidy up my list of 2786 into a more easily tagged group of mp3s.
Could you give a real example?
What do the tags in the files look like?
It is usually much easier, to generate a new filename from tag data than to fiddle with the filename only.
Well, there are many types I found
- %track% etc...
1 %track% etc...
- %track% etc...
1 - %track% etc...
01 - %track% etc...
1.- %track% etc...
where 1 is n from 1-9
I am sorry but I am having problems with the auto formatting in the program here....there aren't meant to be headers or tabs in the above list nor the number 2.
to insert text that should not be changed.
Well, there are many types I found 1 1. 1. %track% etc... 1 %track% etc... 01.%track% etc... 01. %track% etc... 1 - %track% etc... 01 - %track% etc... 1-%track% etc... 1.- %track% etc... where 1 is n from 1-9
I realized this may cause some confusion I believe I meant %title% and not %track% which was wrong. or possibly %artist%.
I am not trying to get a new filename. Why would I do that first? The filename has all the info. This doesn't make much sense that anyone would want to do that. Assume the tags are a mess. When you go in Windows explorer and look at the details pane, it's a book of missing pages. I used the formulas I could think of in order to get tags out of the sloppy filenames probably generated by a bunch of people who had no standard to work by. The filenames can be assumed to be desired unchanged except for the numbers and surrounding special characters and spaces (at the beginning of each filename, found within the first 6 or less characters before the name of the file begins) being reformed as the 3 characters "Numeral, Numeral, Space" to get the new number format (XX ) at the start of each.
usually I use bulk rename utility for filename changes. If I could get that to detect the first letter a-z and replace anything before that letter with its numeric content in the form XX with a following space (and it would be necessary to weed out files that don't start with a special character or a numeral for this to work but that is easily done by alphabetization) . Bulk rename comes close as it includes the option to remove special characters or numerals, but that unfortunately removes them even after the first letter a-z. It needs to operate only before the first a to z letter of the filename and leave the rest after the first letter unchanged. This way we could go thru and change everything before the first letter into a number of the form X X space based on the original content in numerals at the start of the filename.
Looks like you have been able to get a handle on this now, between the three separate issues you had opened recently. There are plenty of powerful tools in mp3tag for managing the tag content as well as your filename and directory structure.
Often as you have already suggested, filenames don’t have consistent structure. But once you have the tag content completed, it is simple to go back at that point and rename the files using the tags.
For most players, this isn’t really necessary. But it does help to clean up the folder structure for any library, and many users do still prefer to browse their music using a folder/filename.
You could try an action of the type "Format value" for %_filename%
I do wonder what that would do. Would that filter out any numbers in the characters before letters in the filename? I long ago just considered it 'as good as it could get' with the issue of these 2700+ files. In fact, it is only now as the seasons are changing again that I am getting back into organizing mp3s for the first time in 6 months.
Have you tried it?
Was it that what you wanted to get?
If not, show us a real example of a filename and what it should look like after the treatment.
oh those earlier ones I showed (when I was having the problems with the formatting in the editor here in post 3) in post 5 are the examples, you just have to imagine those are examples of the first 6 characters..then the filename would have some song title like "Satisfaction" then maybe something easily edited out at the end. The problem is to just filter out numbers in the first 6 characters of every filename (or the first n number up until the first character a - z), so that the filenames and tags can then be changed easily using mp3tag. I can't do much more than show what a series of such characters would be as I did in post 5 using the generic # 1.
The examples that you give are puzzling for me as usually %track% refers to the track number - and
looks to me also like a track number. - so you have 2 sets of numbers in the filename?
The question remains: have tried
If you want to extract information from the filename but leave some pieces out then I would like to draw your attention to the pseudo-field-varaible %dummy%.
To show you the possibe application, a real filename would be nice.
No...I didn't try that yet I am not sure what \d and \s commands are for or where to do this action, do I just put it in the usual dialog for filename to tag?
ok, after all that I did back in early april here, I had worked out most of the filenames so they weren't messy at the start...there are just a few I still have to draw from as examples here is one (it is not significant that it is a different file type (wma))
07-stringin' me along.wma
this is probably not a great example. but it does have a number and another character. There is a whole album like this that had escaped my editing (01- thru XX-) and I need to still change. Most of these were a little longer.. "." was common, as were spaces, and of course hyphens. Anything before a letter.
If you only want to treat the filename, try Convert>filename-filename
Mask over old filename: %1-%2
Mask for new filename: %2
See the documentation:
See the documentation:
I will check these resources. Thanks. I actually came here because I had a question (which is not answered by a general search engine query) regarding how to add the property "album artist" to windows' music folder customizations default properties.
Which I would think could be done easily with a registry change, though it appears no one has ever done it.
For the truly fanatical (though it is slightly off topic here) I would want to find a way to set Windows to have a default view when opening the folder of an attatched Smart phone's SD card. As it is I am always having to change from medium size icons to details whenever I plug in my phone, so that I can view by date modified.
What about the converter to treat the filename?