Bridge 04: Adding Date and Time

04 May, 2015

Last week we saw how to add dimensions to the filename using metadata information. This week we will see how to add Date and Time. Time is not as important as the Date as a filename, so we will use the Date for the filename.


01. The Metadata information contain two dates, the one created and the one modified.
If you did not modify, then it will show you the same date on both places.

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02. Open the Batch Rename window in Bridge, you won't have this 'Reset' preset, thats ok, you can still continue with the tutorial.

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03. Before we begin lets write down how the file name should look. Everybody have their own way of writing the date, i'll like to keep the date in the format of Year, Month and Date, because that is how i write.

I am not going to include the time in the file name, because there'll be too many characters, but i'll show you how you can add them.

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04. To keep the original filename, select the first field to Preserved Filename.

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05. Create a New dropdown and set it to Date Time, since Date Created is the first option in the sub-category dropdown, leave it as it is. Check the Preview below.

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06. Use the sub-category to select other options if you want. Say if you want Date Modified or today's date as a filename and you can use any of the different date formats from the second sub-category dropdown.
You won't have much option for Time, but you can use it if you want.

(fig 5.1)

07. We want the date format to be Year, Month and Date. So i'll set the second sub-category to YYYYMMDD.

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08. Here's the filename with the date format included.
Messy huh..? Let's clean this.

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09. Create more dropdown and separate the Year, Month and Date with the underscore and hyphens. After you created this and you want to set the Date Created to Date Modified, make sure to change on other dropdowns as well.

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10. Click Preview on the top right to see the changes on all the files.

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