Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to Karalynwatson)
There is an app called "A Better FInder Rename" which can quickly rename files.
Usually event clips are named in the form clip-yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.ext
You can rename them quickly in ABFR.
I would be careful with this if you have made a lot of projects with these clips. When you change the clip names, it would not update the project links.
When you update the clip names, I would suggest that you delete the folders within the event containing cache, thumbnails, and analysis. After renaming, start up iMovie and it will recreate these folders.
Another way to do this would be to create a new Event in the Movies/iMovie Events/ folder. Copy the clips to this new folder. Then rename them using ABFR. Finally, start up iMovie and it will create the thumbnails folders, etc and it will put this new event in the proper year. When all is well, you can delete the original event.
If you already have a lot of projects that you still need to edit, I would just use the facility within iMovie.
There is another app by the same company called A Better Finder Attributes which enables you to edit metadata on batches of files. This is quite useful for photos, but I have not found it to be helpful for iMovie. I think the reason is that iMovie seems to give precedence to the file name, and if it cannot figure out the date from the file name, only then will it consider the creation date.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
Thanks for your prompt response. I downloaded the program and tried to use it but ran into some problems. All the clips are buried under events and so I'd have to go into each event and pull out the clips. And the events aren't even arranged in a way I can grab them all at once. Finder shows them in order of Date Modified or Date Created, but not in order of the Date that's actually assigned to the clip in iMovie (aka, the one that was on the camcorder at the time -- the wrong one). So from what I can tell, it would be an equally long process to pull out all the clips (buried under events), finding each one and then dragging it into ABFR.
Then, once it's in ABFR, how do I rename it without having to type out all the numbers individually for each one? It looks like there's a place on the left to put the new name you want, but I don't want to give all the clips one single new name. I want them all to retain their names, just change the year. Is there a way to do this?
Thanks for your help and attention!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2013 2:32 PM (in response to Karalynwatson)
It is probably easier to show you than to write it out. See this video and see if you still have some questions.
Shut down iMovie before attempting this.
After changing the clip names in this way, I think you would still need to go into each event in the Finder and delete any subfolders like Cache, Thumbnails, and Analysis.
After doing the deletion, restart iMovie and wait while it regenerates thumbnails.
Here is a link to the video.