Batch Rename

Images for Video: Batch Rename

This guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how to rename a batch (group) of images.

Why? You can create a stop frame animation or a slideshow by creating video from a sequence of still images. This can be done by opening the images as an Image Sequence in Photoshop or After Effects, or by editing them into a sequence in Final Cut Pro.

Before you do this, you'll want to make sure that the images have been renamed so that they play back in the order you want, and can be recognised as an Image Sequence. This is done by naming them in a sequence such as image_0001, image_0002, etc. There must be no gaps in the numbering.


  1. Organise (move) the images you want to rename into a folder.
  2. Open Adobe Bridge and navigate to where your images are saved. If you've just downloaded them from a camera, they will probably have catchy names like DSCF0001.jpg:
  3. Optional: Drag the images into the order you want them to play back. If you are making a stop frame animation, you probably photographed them in the right order to start with. Delete any images you don't want to include in the sequence.
  4. Choose Edit > Select All:
  5. Choose Tools > Batch Rename.
    1. Choose whether to rename them where they are, or move/copy to a different folder.
    2. Click the - button to display only two rows of filename options.
    3. Set the first to Text and the second to Sequence Number and Four Digits.
    4. Enter a name for the images and a starting number.
    5. You can see a preview of the new filename at the bottom.
    6. Click Rename:
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