Allow media encoder to add custom prefix/suffix to output file
Specifically allow media encoder to add either custom text or source file name as a prefix/suffix to the output file. In my work my After Effects project are given job numbers and the output file also must be named with the same job number to keep track of files.
We have also created templates to ease with production, currently our output comps simply start with "XXXXX" and we do a batch rename after rendering is complete. But with custom prefixes/suffixes we wouldn't have a need for that step.
This could be added as an option to encoding presets or to Media Encoder preferences. I think as an encoding preset it would allow for more flexibility.
Gabriel Pinoux commented
It looks like using the ingest method doesn't get the "append preset name to file name" option despite it being checked in my preferences. And there isn't a field for it in the ingest method (only Custom text/Date/Time/File Name). Is there a way to get the preset name added to that list? Or am I missing something?
Also, Is there a way to get a relative path option for the destination (like ../export/) instead of an absolute path?
Tyler Hanson commented
Oh, man. I've dreamt of this kind of customization in both Premiere and Encoder. The fact that After Effects allows you to duplicate compositions, but is smart enough to increase any digit by one is a godsend. Imagine it for render files!!!
One tip to help those who manually input new versions. Always go with numerical (v1, v2, v3-1, etc.). If you're putting FINAL anywhere in the file name, you're tempting fate. Just don't do it.
Ben Kamprath commented
This would be super useful, specifically for my case, if I could specify a suffix per preset.
I'm often outputting a variety of sizes for final delivery and it's a real time suck to manually go through files and append details to each and every file name before I deliver to client.