Lightroom: Can't batch rename more than 100 files on one day.

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 7 years ago
  • Answered
  • (Edited)
Hi,

When I batch rename in the format YYYY MM DD in Lightroom 3.4.1 it fails if there are more than 100 files on any one date - i.e. it will go up to 2010 12 31 - 100, but will fail at 2010 12 31 - 101 and higher.

I think this is a bug that needs fixing, as the image# and sequence# functions don't help if I'm renaming a lot of files from a lot of different dates.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
Photo of qwert123

qwert123

  • 6 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
  • frustrated

Posted 7 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Rikk Flohr

Rikk Flohr, Champion

  • 1373 Posts
  • 333 Reply Likes
Essentially, what you are doing is forcing the duplicate file name on export to generate unique names and you have found that the hard-coded limit is 100 occurrences. It isn't designed for this purpose but rather to ensure you have an easy way to prevent overwriting or renaming a file with the same name as an existing file.

From reading your description what you need to do is employ the sequence number but filter your images by date first and only rename in batches by date.

1. Construct a renaming template that is YYYY MM DD - Sequence 0001 (unless you shoot more than 10000 in a day.
2. Use a Library filter to select a day's worth of images at a time.
3. Rename
4. Go to the next day and repeat.

Personally, I wouldn't consider this a bug.
Photo of qwert123

qwert123

  • 6 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Any idea why it's hard coded at 100 for renaming? It seems to cope with more on import.
Photo of Rikk Flohr

Rikk Flohr, Champion

  • 1373 Posts
  • 333 Reply Likes
So are you saying that you are forcing the same file name on every image file at import and relying on the 'do not overwrite existing' logic to name them individually with a -## suffix?
Photo of qwert123

qwert123

  • 6 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I'm just using standard bulk renaming logic. Rename any group of files in any OS, and it will automatically add a sequence of numbers on the end (I don't need to specify I want a sequence of any kind). I don't see why Lightroom should be any different. I don't think that it's 'do not overwrite existing' logic - it's just simply default renaming behaviour that Lightroom arbitrarily limits to 100 for no reason that I can see.
Photo of Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen

Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

  • 3832 Posts
  • 1270 Reply Likes
Ollie, are you choosing to do it that way because you want it to reset back to 0 for each new day, whereas the sequence number is ever increasing? If so, I'd adapt this feature request to make it even more useful, and add a 'reset per day' sequence option.
Photo of qwert123

qwert123

  • 6 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Yes - that's exactly it.

How do I raise a feature request?
Photo of Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen

Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

  • 3832 Posts
  • 1270 Reply Likes
Same as you did posting this one, but just mark it as an 'idea' instead of a question. I won't switch this one as the main body text would be confusing.