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Revert files to original card name after importing or batch renaming

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  • Marcin Mrzygłocki
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    What about using original filename in the first place, during import or tethering? Both have templates in their settings.

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  • Walter Rowe
    Moderator
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    My solution to this is to craft my rename format to include the original Image Name as part of the renamed file. This keeps the camera original frame number in the file. I then do a manual rename where I search/replace the camera prefix (DSC_ or _DSC in my case) with the empty string to remove it. This leaves me with my preferred naming convention which includes the original camera frame number. Retaining the original frame number gives me an error free path back to the original file name.

    Some cameras write a metadata item called OriginalFileName. You can see it with exiftool but Capture One does not expose it.

    Perhaps we should request a token for Original File Name.

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  • Marcin Mrzygłocki
    Top Commenter

    Walter Rowe

    I then do a manual rename where I search/replace the camera prefix (DSC_ or _DSC in my case) with the empty string to remove it.

    Side note - this is a weird problem in modern cameras, that they limit their internal numbering to four digits, allowing only 10k photos to have unique numbers by default; I resolve this with numerical prefix updates, so I have 001, 002, 003... But only for the use of tools that are told to copy/import a range of numbers for a session. They need to know which way to look, as I'm already moving to cards able to store 14k RAWs simultaneously.

    For about the same reason I'm about to stop storing original filenames in ways other than summaries or logs from file copying tools - in-camera numbers simply can't tell anything useful by themselves and are too troublesome to store files named using them.

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  • Walter Rowe
    Moderator
    Top Commenter

    My file naming convention is "my initials"-"YYYYMMDD"-"camera frame number". This tells all I need to know about when it was taken and what was the original file name. Everything else I need to know goes into the metadata and keywords. I am not concerned about the camera numbering rolling over because the date makes the file name unique.

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  • Amy Stallard

    Would the token "Camera Counter" give the same 4-digit counter that the original file name does? 

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  • John Friend
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    When Capture One renames a file upon import, I really wish it would save the original filename in the appropriate metadata and then allow using that token in future renames.  There are times when the original rename is not done properly (or your goal of renaming changes later) such that you really want to be able to get back to a from scratch rename based on the original name and it does not seem like you can do that in Capture One.  If I recall, I was able to do that in my former RAW editor.

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