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How to overwrite source files, or use source file names?

Oct 30, 2011 1:58 PM

Hi all


I would like AME (, under Windows 7) to overwrite the source files that it is encoding, or if that's not possible, save the exported files to a different folder with the same file names as the sources.


However I can see no way to do this without manually specifying a file name for every file. I need to process 400 files so this is not practical.


Currently AME automatically adds a "-1" suffix to the exported file name, whether it's saved in the same folder as the source or a different folder.


Can anyone advise, please?

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    Oct 30, 2011 4:32 PM   in reply to icfm

    Obviously you can't overwrite a file that you're still reading from.  That's just not possible.


    The current operation is the only one I'm aware of.

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    Oct 31, 2011 11:04 AM   in reply to icfm
    Presumably in these cases the software writes to a temporary file, either in RAM or on the hard drive


    Correct.  NLEs are typically non-destructive, however, and don't do that.  All they do is read the source media, they don't alter it in any way.  (And that's a good thing.)

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    Oct 31, 2011 3:12 PM   in reply to icfm

    No. besides its bad practice to overwrite files.

    If you want the same file name delete the previous file first.

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    Nov 2, 2011 10:08 AM   in reply to icfm

    I think Ann meant for subsequent exports.  Like a version 2 or something.  She wasn't thinking about overwriting the original source.


    The short answer here is, what you want can't be done with AME.

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