Hey, you use a Mac? Me too! You use Windows? Great! I don’t have any super cool tips for you, though.
Notice I don’t call these “hacks”. “Hacking” is doing stuff you aren’t supposed to be doing. “Food hacks”? That’s called “cooking”. And for us, “Workflow hacks” are simply knowing what the hell you are doing and doing it well.
So anyway, if you are like me, a part of the dwindling Mac OS motion design crowd, I’ve got a few really useful tips for you that I use all the time.
1. Batch renaming
If you right-click a group of files, one of the options is “Rename…”. Guess what you can do with this? You can change
hack your filenames!
From here, I can select a group of files, select rename and insert/replace any sort of text in all of the filenames. For example, I can insert (or remove) a version number before the file extension.
And here are the
hacked modifed filenames:
2. Desktop encoding
This time with a video file, you can right-click and find another little known feature: Encode Selected Video Files.
Now, I wouldn’t recommend this for anything other than proxy rendering or rough encoding, but it is REALLY handy to have right there on the desktop.
Your encode options are limited, but you can do a super quick 480p/720p/1080p encode to H.264. Codecs that don’t work with “Quick Look” (such as PNG, Animation, etc) can also be encoded, even to Apple ProRes 422.
3. Batch exporting through Preview
Along the same lines as the other tips, the Preview app is a handy batch exporter for images. Just drag a batch of them into Preview, select the thumbnails and go to File > Export Selected Images…
One note: there seems to be a slight bug where the last image selected drops the file extension in the name.