Looking for software which will let me edit a .mkv filename

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  1. Danaldinho macrumors member

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    Hey,

    I have a .mkv file on my iMac and when I rename it, it works but it also doesn't work.

    I rename it by clicking on the .mkv file and clicking Get Info, then I can enter in the new file name there.

    But then when I did open the file in VLC Player, it shows the original file name which is something stupid like "dizo".

    I'm looking for a program which will let me edit this file name properly (hope that made sense).

    Appreciate any help you can give me, thanks.
     
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Your report is strange.

    1) Quit VLC Player.

    2) Change the file name. Make sure the new file name appears in Finder (or on your Desktop).

    3) Open the file with VLC Player.

    The new name should appear. It does for me.
     
  3. Danaldinho thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey,

    Let me show you an example: http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/2726/examplepl.jpg

    I am watching the .mkv file in VLC Player and as you can see, the file name is "dzinko".

    But if you look underneath the actual video, I have highlighted what I have called the file name... but it just doesn't seem to show :(

    Also, in the VLC Player playlist, I added another music video which works fine with the file name.

    Is this any more help to what the error is?
     
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Logout of your account, and then login again. If you then double-click on the file (the one with the new name) what happens? Does VLC Player open and "dzinko" is the title? Does "dzinko" also appear in the playlist?
     
  5. Danaldinho thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, VLC Player opens the file as "dzinko" and that is the name in the playlist too.
     
  6. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    OK. Now I understand the problem. But where is that "dzinko" coming from? Was that the old name of the file?

    Do this:

    Open Terminal app in Utilities.

    The file is on your Desktop, so in Terminal type

    Code:
    cd Desktop; ls -l
    and press return. (Those are lowercase L symbols in "ls -l")

    Copy and post the list of files.
     
  7. Danaldinho thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, I have too many files on my desktop, but I think this is the line you want:

    -rw-r--r-- 1 DannyM staff 66999813 3 Apr 18:00 Lil Wayne - Tha Block Is Hot (Feat Juvenile & B.G.) - LilWayneHQ-dirty.mkv
     
  8. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    While that file is playing, click on the VLC dock icon to make VLC the active app and then press command-I on your keyboard. In the General panel, what info is listed for Title and Location? Can you edit the Title there and Save?

    I can't reproduce your problem here.

    [EDIT] You might also try quitting VLC and then temporarily moving the file named Cache.db from Library/Caches/org.videolan.vlc inside your home folder to the Desktop. Then try VLC again. You can always put the Cache.db back again if the problem isn't fixed.
     
  9. Charlie03 macrumors newbie

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    You could try MetaX for renaming your files. I use it for my shows/movies etc.

    MetaX is a meta-data tagger for MP4 files and their derivatives, as well as QuickTime movie files. It uses a modified version of Atomic Parsley at its core to write the tags. And it is a free application.

    http://www.kerstetter.net/index.php/projects/software/metax
     
  10. Danaldinho thread starter macrumors member

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    "dzinko" is listed when I do that. Then when I edit the info and save it, it automatically goes back to "dzinko".

    But my file is a .mkv?
     
  11. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    OK. So you changed the name of the file, but "dzinko" is included in the file's metadata, which is apparently read by VLC.

    You were unable to change the title by editing the Info and saving; this is apparently a VLC bug. See http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=79245&p=261513

    So you need to find a way to edit .mkv file metadata that actually works. :)

    [EDIT] Maybe try this: http://jonthn.free.fr/MKVtoolnix/Mkvtoolnix-4.2.0_2010-07-28-5549.dmg
     
  12. Danaldinho thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow that worked great.

    Thanks so much for your help LPZ :)
     
  13. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Good! You're welcome.
     
  14. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    FYI, the reason is because it's the meta data and not the file name. This can also be edited manually in VLC I believe.
     
  15. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. Please see post #11. ;)
     
  16. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    :eek: Sorry! I thought I read all the posts and I realized you solved the issue, but I wasn't sure you actually mentioned "metadata".

    You had it covered though. :D
     

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