Rename AVCHD files using Exiftools

Simple bash script to rename AVCHD/MTS/MOV files to match their recording date and time.

if [ -z "$1" ]; then
echo "Usage: ./ FILETYPE" 1>&2
echo "Example: ./ *.MTS" 1>&2
exit 1
for x in "$@"
exiftool '-FileName<DateTimeOriginal' -d %Y%m%d_%H%M_%%f.%%e "$x"

The resulting files will be named like YYYYMMDD_HHMM_BASENAME.ext ie 20120703_1635_05600.MTS

Exiftools can also be used to perform the renaming process in Windows as well using a command window

# exiftool "-FileName<DateTimeOriginal" -d %Y%m%d_%H%M_%%f.%%e *.MTS

This script has been tested on Canon Legria and on Panasonic HDC-SD800 video camera MTS-files and Nikon D7000 MOV-files with great success.


  1. Cyrus 12. September 2012
  2. Hans-Henry JakobsenAuthor 23. September 2012
    • Hans-Henry JakobsenAuthor 24. June 2013