i was hoping you would be able to help. i have approx 4k files that i need to change the artists column, however rather than typing it out is there a way i can extract part of the information from the filename?
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music ( this is the file name)
also how does it work with secondary names like - 01.The Fray - how to save a life
but all i want to have is the artist part not the 01 or the last bit, is this possible if so please could someone assist in a simply way for me please
I would like to add that a similar function is available with Covert>Filename-Tag.
The syntax for the pattern that @MotleyG proposed stays the same.
The benefit of that function is that it has a preview which may ease the application of the corresponding pattern.
This is, what I get - please note the filename as "Format string" at the top of the dialogue which is an exact copy of the filename that you showed here.
So, please show us the real filename. As for the purpose to get simply the artist name the pattern that @MotleyG suggested will lead to the exact result..
You have to use the EXACT matching parts/placeholders and characters to split your information from the filename into the tags.
If you don't want to save the number 1 before the dot into a tag like %track% then use %dummy% and a dot instead: %dummy%.
then a space and then %artist% (if "Rihanna" should be saved in the ARTIST tag)
then a space, a minus and a space
then %title% (if "Don't Stop The Music" should be saved in the TITLE tag)
Combined it should look like %dummy%. %artist% - %title%
If you do that with Convert Filename -> Tag you can immediately see if the format string matches your filename: