Selecting specific frame ranges of files on disk

loocas | miscellaneous,technical | Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Ever needed to select a specific frame range of rendered files on your hard drive (say, only frames 280 through 455)?

I do, all the time. It’s not a problem for a single sequence of, say, only the BEAUTY renders. But what if you have a ton of AOVs (render elements) on your disk and you need to select the same frame range for copying/renaming/moving/deleting/etc…? That can be a real pain in the ass.

Luckily we have Total Commander. :)

If you invoke the quick select (expand selection) window (by the way, this tool will ADD to your selection, which is also handy), you can utilize Regular Expressions. This expression will select only those files within (including) the range of 280 – 455:

<(2[8-9][0-9]|3[0-9][0-9]|4[0-4][0-9]|45[0-5])

It's really that simple and I think you get the logic. You can expand this technique to any kind of sequence of any length. Works every time. :)

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