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'lastName, 1stName - song.mp3'->'1stName lastname - song.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: 'lastName, 1stName - song.mp3'->'1stName lastname - song. Reply with quote

I have a mix of Artist names in my mp3 collection, by 'firstnane lastname', and 'lastname, firstname' in the file format of 'Artist - Title.mp3'.
I'm looking for a way to make all Artist's names 'Firstname Lastname'.
No doubt this is so simple a cave man can do it, but I can't seem to come up with a way. Confused
Can anyone Help?
Thanks
Chris
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swapping fields is not so simple actually. How to do it is described in the built-in help.

Copy the following in the custom renaming creator (do not copy the single quotes):

Row: 1
Search: '(?E)(.*?)\-(.*)'
Replace: '\2 - \1'


The search expression identifies 2 groups separated by a dash.
The '(?E') is used to isolate the prefix part of the filename.
The replace expression swaps the groups.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your quick suggestion. However my question probably could have been stated more clearly.

What I'm trying to do is change the "Artist" field, nothing to do with the "Title".

I currently have this file layout:
LastName, FirstName - Title.mp3

What I'm needing is:
FirstName LastName - Title.mp3

Need to switch the LastName and FirstName, remove the ',' and a space between the names.

Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Chris
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry - I misread your post.

The following will switch the name parts and leave the title as is (again do not copy the single quotes):

Row: 1
Search: '(?E)(.*?)[ ]*,[ ]*(.*?)[ ]*-'
Replace: '\2, \1 -'


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect!!!
Thank you for the support!
PFrank once again works miracles!
Saved me hours of work.
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