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=picmixer's "The Unofficial Guide to FB's Masstagger"=
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{{DISPLAYTITLE:foobar2000:Components/Masstagger (foo_masstag)}}
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{{Foobar Component Infobox
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| name                = Masstagger
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| screenshot          = [[Image:Foobar2000-Masstagger.png|256px]]
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| caption              =
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| module_name          = foo_masstag
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| developer            = Peter Pawlowski
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| stable_release      = 1.8.4
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| stable_release_date  = 2009-09-18
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| foobar2000_version  = 1.1
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| use                  = Tagging
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}}
  
FB's masstagger tends to be quite a convenient tool when editing the information of tags in multiple files. I will first briefly list the options you have using it. Basically you can choose to either use it to edit tags or to rename files from the FB2K context menu. Here I will go into details of the first option. Although the second option should become quite self explanatory after reading this.
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'''Masstagger''' is an advanced tool for editing the information of tags in multiple files.
  
Basically there are several actions you can choose from to perform.
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Masstagger's main limitation is lack of <abbr title="What You See Is What You Get">WYSIWYG</abbr> editing of tags, making it inefficient for typical tag editing scenarios. You should use the [[Foobar2000:Properties|Properties dialog]] instead unless you want to be able to quickly run predefined complex tagging tasks on your files.
  
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{{panel|'''Note:''' Masstagger is not available as part of foobar2000 0.9.5 or newer installers.|color=yellow}}
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== Basic usage ==
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[[Image:Foobar2000-Masstagger-howtoactivate.png|thumb|Accessing the main Masstagger dialog]]
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To open the main Masstagger dialog, select the tracks you want to work with and choose the "Manage Scripts" command from the context menu, under the "Tagging" submenu.
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The left box displays a list of actions that are about to be performed on your tags. The actions are performed in descending order - actions placed lower on the list will operate on tags already altered by actions placed higher on the list.
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The "scripts" box contains commands that allow you to save the current chain of actions or restore a chain of actions that was saved earlier.
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There are two ways to store Masstagger scripts:
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* In foobar2000 configuration - by using the "Save" / "Load" etc buttons - you can quickly load those scripts later, as well as access them directly from the "Tagging" / "Scripts" submenu of the context menu, as well as access them with [[Foobar2000:Preferences:General:Keyboard Shortcuts|keyboard shortcuts]].
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* In external files - by using the "Export to file..." and "Import from file..." buttons - such scripts can be easily interchanged between users or between different foobar2000 installations.
  
 
== Available actions ==
 
== Available actions ==
  
 
=== Add value ===
 
=== Add value ===
Adds desired tag field and sets it to whatever you enter in the masstagger input window.
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Adds a new value to the specified metadata field. If the field already exists, a new value is added to its values; if it does not, it's created with a single value.
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This is particularly useful when working with fields that often have more than one value, such as "ARTIST" or "GENRE".
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For an example: an Add "GENRE" = "Rock" action will add "Rock" to the list of genres on affected tracks - if any of these tracks don't have a "GENRE" field yet, such field will be created, with one value equal to "Rock".
  
 
=== Auto track number ===
 
=== Auto track number ===
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=== Copy value ===
 
=== Copy value ===
 
Copies one tag field to another.
 
Copies one tag field to another.
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===Embed cuesheet===
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This action looks for a cuesheet named %filename%.cue or %filename_ext%.cue in the same folder as the file being processed and embeds it.
  
 
=== Format value from other fields ===
 
=== Format value from other fields ===
This is where it becomes interesting. This option lets you enter a specific formatting pattern for any tag field you wish to edit or create.
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This action lets you enter a specific [[Foobar2000:Title Formatting Introduction|title formatting]] pattern for any tag field you wish to edit or create.
  
'''Note''' that when using complex formatting patterns I would recommend to first format a temporary %temp% tag with the desired pattern and then copy that one into the value that you wish. Afterwards you can remove the temp value. When processing a large batch of files you could probably just do a test run on one of the files and then do the rest in one go. Think about what you are doing beforehand though. After all I don't want to be held responsible for messing up anyones music collection.
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In addition to standard title formatting fields, starting with version 1.8.2 you can use %now% to fetch current system time.
 
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''I will explain how to create formatting strings for different situations further down .''
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=== Guess values from filename ===
 
=== Guess values from filename ===
Guesses values from filename and lets you enter a certain formatting pattern for it. For example if your files are named artist - album_title.
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Automatically fills metadata values according to file paths, according to a guessing pattern that you specify.
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Note that this is similar to the [[Foobar2000:Properties/Automatically Fill Values|Automatically Fill Values dialog]].
  
Enter
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The guessing pattern syntax is NOT based on title formatting - functions or field remappings do not apply here.
%artist% - %album%_%title%
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as formatting pattern.
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You can put slash characters in the guessing pattern to also retrieve data from names of folders containing your files.
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For an example, if your directory structure is formatted as "Artist\(Date) Album\N. Title.ext" - eg. "Muse\(2006) Black Holes & Revelations\01. Take A Bow.mpc", you can transfer all relevant information from file paths to tags using the following pattern: "%artist%\(%date%) %album%\%tracknumber%. %title%".
  
 
=== Guess values from other fields ===
 
=== Guess values from other fields ===
Guesses values from other tags and lets you enter a certain fromatting pattern for it. For example if your files are tagged artist / title in the title field.
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Similar to "Guess values from filename", except it uses other fields - through a [[Foobar2000:Title Formatting Introduction|title formatting string]] - as a source, instead of file names.
  
 
=== Input data (one line per track) ===
 
=== Input data (one line per track) ===
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=== Remove all fields ===
 
=== Remove all fields ===
Removes all tag fields (who would have guessed)
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Removes all tag fields.
  
 
=== Remove all except for... ===
 
=== Remove all except for... ===
Does just as it says, removes all values and lets you specify wich ones not to remove in a second field in the following pattern ie.:
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Removes all fields except for the ones that you specify. For an example, specify "title;album;artist" to remove all fields other than title, album and artist.
 
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%artist%;%title%;etc
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=== Remove field ===
 
=== Remove field ===
 
Removes desired tag field.
 
Removes desired tag field.
  
=== Set value ===
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=== Remove values... ===
Sets desired tag field (artist, album,custom,etc) to whatever you enter in the masstagger input window.
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Opposite of "Add value". Removes matching values of the specified field. Useful when dealing with multiple genre values for an example.
 
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=== Split multiple artist field ===
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Haven't really tried out this one in depth, guess it does kind of what it says. Never really used it yet.
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'''Note''' that it is possible to perform several of these actions at once and in that case the order of those actions can be very important. So removing field A before copying it to field B is probably a bad Idea and should be performed the other way around, etc.
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== Writing format strings for the masstager ==
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Well I guess the most powerful feature of FB"s masstager is the fact that it can use [[Foobar2000:Tagz|Tagz]] format strings. For reference to all TAGZ commands please check the titleformatting help in your Foobar preferences.
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You can see that all the following samples contain %tag% and capital variables in the form of X, Y, Z. The idea is that you replace %tag% by what ever field value you would like to read from (ie,%artist%, %title%, etc. . What X,Y, Z stands for should be explained above the strings. (Well and it obviously should also be replaced by whatever fits your needs)
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I can only say once more please check the titleformatting help for reference since it explains all available tag fields and commands. Instead of %tag% you could for example also use %_filename%, etc as input fields.
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Allright before everyone gets bored with me blabbing on for to long I'll simply throw in those scripts. Everything starts extremely simple to give a basic idea on how everything works. After all this is basically meant for new users.
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The idea is that by the end of this you can write your own little scripts easily. Or of course simply copy and paste these into the Masstager window for further editing. Just don't hold me responsible to what happens to your files.
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== Masstagger Strings ==
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Please make sure you rejoin scripts that have been split into multiple lines, before pasting them into the masstagger window. The reason they are split is to keep this page's formatting readable in your browser.
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'''Returns corresponding tag field:'''
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%tag%
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'''Example:''' if artist field is blah %artist% will return blah. Note that you can insert any character (or space) in between two tags, in front or after, so if artist is blah and title is bleh 
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%artist%X%title%
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returns blahXbleh.
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'''Trunctuates %tag% to a length of X characters:'''
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$cut(%tag%,X)
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'''Example:''' if artist field is blah $cut(%artist%,3) returns bla
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'''Truncuates %tag% by X characters and adds ... at the end of the cut.'''
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$cut(%tag%,X)...
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Example:''' if artist field is blah $cut(%artist%,3)... returns bla...
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'''Returns numerical value of %tag% and pads with 0s up to x characters'''
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$num(%tag%,X)
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'''Example:''' if tracknumber field is 3 $num(%tracknumber%,2) will return 03. If 13 it will return 13.
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'''Returns first two characters of a filename and displays as number (if present) padded with 0s up to X characters:'''
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$num($left(%_filename%),2)
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'''Example:''' if filename is 03_artist_title.mpc will return 03.
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'''Finds first occurence of character X in %tag% and returns everything in front of X:'''
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$puts(spacer,$strchr(%tag%,X))
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$trim($left(%tag%,$sub($get(spacer),1)))
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'''Example:''' blah X bleh or blah X bleh X bluh returns blah (ie.: artist_album_title -----> title, in case X is _ )
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'''NOTE:'''In the next few strings I have decided to make it possible to define the %tag% that should be edited and the character or string that is used to determine where to trunctuate as variables in the beginning of the string as $puts(tag,%tag%), $puts(char,X), etc. Basically the reason I have done this is to make it simpler to edit these strings, to what you exactly want them to do at the very moment, in the rather narrow masstager input field. That way it is possible to enter the needed tags and characters only once in the beginning of the line. Again simply replace %tag% and X by the desired values. Also all of these strings will trim off the trailing and leading spaces of the output (in case there are any).
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'''Finds first occurence of character X in %tag% and returns everything in front of X:'''
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$puts(char,X)$puts(tag,%tag%)$puts(spacer,$strchr($get(tag),$get(char)))
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$trim($left($get(tag),$sub($get(spacer),1)))
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'''Example:''' blah X bleh or blah X bleh X bluh returns blah (ie.: artist_album_title -----> title, in case X is _ )
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'''Note:''' this does exactly the same as the last string mentioned above, except for the introdution of the two variables in the front, meant for easy editing
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'''Finds last occurence of character X in %tag% and returns everything in front of X:'''
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$puts(char,X)$puts(tag,%tag%)$puts(spacer,$strrchr($get(tag),$get(char)))
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$trim($left($get(tag),$sub($get(spacer),1)))
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'''
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Example:''' blah X bleh returns blah and blah X bleh X bluh returns blah X bleh
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'''Finds first occurence of character X in %tag% field and returns everything after X:'''
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$puts(char,X)$puts(tag,%tag%)$puts(spacer,$strchr($get(tag),$get(char)))
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$trim($right($get(tag),
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$sub($len($get(tag)),$get(spacer))))
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'''Example:''' blah X bleh returns bleh and blah X bleh X bluh returns bleh X bluh
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'''Finds last occurence of character X in %tag% field and returns everything after X:'''
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$puts(char,X)$puts(tag,%tag%)$puts(spacer,$strrchr($get(tag),$get(char)))
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$trim($right($get(tag),
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$sub($len($get(tag)),$get(spacer))))
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'''Example:''' blah X bleh returns bleh and blah X bleh X bluh returns bluh
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'''Finds first occurence of character X and last occurence of character Y and returns everything in between:'''
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$puts(char1,X)$puts(char2,Y)$puts(tag,%tag%)
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$puts(spacer1,$strchr($get(tag),$get(char1)))
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$puts(spacer2,$strrchr($get(tag),$get(char2)))
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$trim($substr($get(tag),$add($get(spacer1),1),$sub($get(spacer2),1)))
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'''Example:''' blah X bleh Y bluh returns bleh
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'''Note:''' that in most cases X will probably be equal to y here.
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'''Finds first occurence of string XYZ and returns everything in front of string XYZ:'''
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$puts(string,XYZ)$puts(tag,%tag%)$puts(spacer,$strstr($get(tag),
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$get(string)))
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$trim($left($get(tag),$sub($get(spacer),1)))
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'''
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Example:''' blah XYZ bleh returns blah
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'''Note:''' that string XYZ can basically be any combination of characters or words.
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'''Finds first occurence of string XYZ in %tag% field and returns everything after XYZ:'''
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$puts(string,XYZ)$puts(tag,%tag%)
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$puts(spacer,$strstr($get(tag),$get(string)))
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$trim($right($get(tag),$sub($len($get(tag)),
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$add($get(spacer),$len($get(string))))))
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'''Example:''' blah XYZ bleh returns bleh
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'''Extracting Information from Relative File Paths:'''
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As suggested I have included a small section on how to extract different values from their relative file paths. To do so I will use the following example path to extract information from
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''...\Genre\Artist\Album[Date]\01_Title.mpc''
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'''sets title:'''
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%_filename% returns title as 01_Title.mpc and
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$puts(char,_)$puts(tag,%_filename%)
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$puts(spacer,$strchr($get(tag),$get(char)))
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$trim($right($get(tag),$sub($len($get(tag)),$get(spacer))))
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returns title as Title.mpc
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'''sets album:'''
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$directory(%_path%,1) returns title as Album[Date]
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$puts(char,'[')$puts(tag,$directory(%_path%,1))
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$puts(spacer,$strchr($get(tag),$get(char)))
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$trim($left($get(tag),$sub($get(spacer),1)))
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returns album as Album
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'''NOTE:''' that the [ is quotes as '[' , the reason for this is for it to be recognized as a character and not as a command syntax, you will probably have to ommit the quotation marks for most other characters.
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'''sets artist:'''
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$directory(%_path%,2) returns artist as Artist
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'''sets genre:'''
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$directory(%_path%,3) returns genre as Genre
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sets tracknumber:'''
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$num($left(%_filename%,2),2) returns tracknumber as 01
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Obviously a lot more is possible, but then this was just supposed to be a short introduction. I would say simply copy a few of your files, and play around with it.
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== The Rename Files Dialog ==
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The rename files dialog enables you to automatically rename your files according to your metadata tags in an automated way. You will first need to select all the tracks you want to rename and then right click and select: Masstagger/rename files.
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Select in the masstagger dialog wich output directory you mant to use and wether to generate subdirectories according to the / \ characters. I will give a few examples for renaming strings below.
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'''Examples:'''
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To rename your files to "tracknumber_title.ext (i.e. 08_The Glass Bead Game.mpc)" you will need to enter the following syntax in the Output file name format field
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%tracknumber%_%title%
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No need to create subdirectories in this case.
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To rename your files to "/artist - album/title.ext (i.e. Thievery Corporation - Sounds of the Thievery Hi-Fi/08_The Glass Bead Game.mpc) and create the appropriate subdirectories you will need the following syntax
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/%artist% - %album%/%tracknumber%_%title%
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In this case make sure the "create subdirectories" checkbox is ticked.
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To rename your files to "/artist/album/tracknumber_title.ext (i.e.: /Thievery Corporation/Sounds of the Thievery Hi-Fi/08_The Glass Bead Game.mpc) use the following syntax
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/%artst%/%album%/%tracknumber%_%title%
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In case you generally make use of "album artist" tags (or anything similar) for various albums files you can replace %artist% with
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$if2(%album artist%,%artist%)
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in any of the above strings.
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'''Note:'''
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One reason why it is convenient to use the masstaggers rename files function is that this way Foobar2000's database will automatically get updated to the current changes.
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Of course this only gives a general idea of what is possible and all kind of different filenaming schemes can be used for this.
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And as usual, please don't hold me responsible in case this makes a mess out of any of your files wink.gif
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In case the renamer ever does anything unexpected, don't dispair, it is usually very easy to fix with just another renaming operation.
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Well, if your still with me now I guess thats quite a good sign and at least you didn't get all to bored along the way. Hope this is all somewhat comprehensible and can give people who are new to this a general idea on how things work. Concerning Foobars Masstagger at least. Any suggestions and especially critisism, corrections and add ons extremely welcome.
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Oh yeah and in case you ever get bored of any of those old bad quality Kazaa files that might still be lying around on your harddisk you can
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=== Replace values... ===
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Replaces matching values of the specified field with the specified value. Useful for mass-fixing inconsistent tagging, especially when dealing with multi-value fields such as artist or genre, since only the matching value gets altered.
  
always replace %tag% by $rot13(%tag%) , mess them all up a bit and make your filenames gow all blowfish. (allright, for all humorless people, it's a joke, '''PLEASE DON'T DO THIS''', except of course if you are really bored with them)
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=== Set value... ===
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Sets desired tag field (artist,album,etc) to the specified value.
  
Hmh lots of blehs and blahs, guess I should have used something a bit more creative . Otherwise I might as well have called this thread BlahBlah.
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=== Split field by separator... ===
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Splits values of the specified field according to the specified separator string. For an example, if your tags have ARTIST fields formatted as "person1 & person2" instead of correct multiple values, you can use this action to split generate multiple values, by specifying "&" as the separator string.
  
In case you find any ingenious strings or even better simple ones, I suggest everyone can simply post them in this thread.
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=== Split multiple artist fields ===
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If the artist field value contains characters such as "," or "&", the value gets split into multiple values accordingly.
  
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Note: This is equivalent to having two "Split field by separator..." actions, both with field set to "ARTIST", one with separator set to "," and the other with separator set to "&".
  
== Links ==
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== Notes on upgrading from older (pre-1.7) Masstagger versions ==
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Various functionality that is now available through other components has been removed.
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* File moving functionality - now available through the [[Foobar2000:File_operations|File Operations component]].
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* Copying tags between tracks - see: [[Foobar2000:How to transfer tags between two sets of tracks|How to transfer tags between two sets of tracks]].
  
This page is based on picmixer's [http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=12302 Unofficial masstagger guide] on the foobar2000 forum.
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== Command line interface ==
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Masstagger provides extra [[Foobar2000:Commandline_Guide|command line switches]] for tag modifications. Version 1.8.4 of the component shows this information:
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  Usage:
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  /tag:help - displays this message
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  /tag:<command1>[;<command2>;<command3>...] <file1> [<file2> <file3>...]
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  Commands:
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  <NAME>=<VALUE>
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      Sets <NAME> field to <VALUE>, e.g. "/tag:title=test <file>".
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      You can also specify multiple values by separating them with \ character, e.g. "/tag:artist=name1\name2 <file>".
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  AUTOTRACKNUMBER
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      Sets TRACKNUMBER field of multiple files according to their order in commandline.
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      E.g. "/tag:AUTOTRACKNUMBER <file1> <file2> <file3>" will assign TRACKNUMBER=1 to <file1>, 2 to <file2> and 3 to <file3>.
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  FORMAT:<FIELD>:<SPEC>
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      Formats <FIELD> using <SPEC>; see title formatting manual for more info how to use it.
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      E.g. "/tag:FORMAT:COMMENT:"%ARTIST% - %TITLE%" <file>".
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  GUESS:<PATTERN>:<SPEC>
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      Guesses field values using <PATTERN>, according to <SPEC>.
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      To perform "guess values from filename" action, use "/tag:GUESS:<PATTERN>:%_FILENAME% <file>".
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      E.g. "/tag:GUESS:"%TRACKNUMBER%. %TITLE%":%_FILENAME% <file>".
  
You can find a tutorial with videos here [http://eolindel.free.fr/foobar0.9/masstut.shtml Unofficial masstagger tutorial]
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==External links==
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* {{foobar2000|http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_masstag|Masstagger}}

Latest revision as of 18:02, 6 July 2019

Masstagger
Foobar2000-Masstagger.png
Developer(s) Peter Pawlowski
Repository {{{repository}}}
Release information
Initial release {{{released}}}
Stable release 1.8.4 (September 18, 2009)
Preview release N/A
foobar2000 compatibility
Minimum version 1.1
Maximum version {{{foobar2000_maximum}}}
UI module(s) N/A
Additional information
Use Tagging
License {{{license}}}
Discussion thread N/A

Masstagger is an advanced tool for editing the information of tags in multiple files.

Masstagger's main limitation is lack of WYSIWYG editing of tags, making it inefficient for typical tag editing scenarios. You should use the Properties dialog instead unless you want to be able to quickly run predefined complex tagging tasks on your files.

Basic usage[edit]

Accessing the main Masstagger dialog

To open the main Masstagger dialog, select the tracks you want to work with and choose the "Manage Scripts" command from the context menu, under the "Tagging" submenu.

The left box displays a list of actions that are about to be performed on your tags. The actions are performed in descending order - actions placed lower on the list will operate on tags already altered by actions placed higher on the list.

The "scripts" box contains commands that allow you to save the current chain of actions or restore a chain of actions that was saved earlier.

There are two ways to store Masstagger scripts:

  • In foobar2000 configuration - by using the "Save" / "Load" etc buttons - you can quickly load those scripts later, as well as access them directly from the "Tagging" / "Scripts" submenu of the context menu, as well as access them with keyboard shortcuts.
  • In external files - by using the "Export to file..." and "Import from file..." buttons - such scripts can be easily interchanged between users or between different foobar2000 installations.

Available actions[edit]

Add value[edit]

Adds a new value to the specified metadata field. If the field already exists, a new value is added to its values; if it does not, it's created with a single value.

This is particularly useful when working with fields that often have more than one value, such as "ARTIST" or "GENRE".

For an example: an Add "GENRE" = "Rock" action will add "Rock" to the list of genres on affected tracks - if any of these tracks don't have a "GENRE" field yet, such field will be created, with one value equal to "Rock".

Auto track number[edit]

This gives the track number according to the order of the files in the selection.

Copy value[edit]

Copies one tag field to another.

Embed cuesheet[edit]

This action looks for a cuesheet named %filename%.cue or %filename_ext%.cue in the same folder as the file being processed and embeds it.

Format value from other fields[edit]

This action lets you enter a specific title formatting pattern for any tag field you wish to edit or create.

In addition to standard title formatting fields, starting with version 1.8.2 you can use %now% to fetch current system time.

Guess values from filename[edit]

Automatically fills metadata values according to file paths, according to a guessing pattern that you specify.

Note that this is similar to the Automatically Fill Values dialog.

The guessing pattern syntax is NOT based on title formatting - functions or field remappings do not apply here.

You can put slash characters in the guessing pattern to also retrieve data from names of folders containing your files.

For an example, if your directory structure is formatted as "Artist\(Date) Album\N. Title.ext" - eg. "Muse\(2006) Black Holes & Revelations\01. Take A Bow.mpc", you can transfer all relevant information from file paths to tags using the following pattern: "%artist%\(%date%) %album%\%tracknumber%. %title%".

Guess values from other fields[edit]

Similar to "Guess values from filename", except it uses other fields - through a title formatting string - as a source, instead of file names.

Input data (one line per track)[edit]

Enter the data for each song with the pattern indicated, line by line, (one line per song as it is said). Don't worry about the length, the lines could be very long (only adds a vertical scroll bar if it is too long).

Remove all fields[edit]

Removes all tag fields.

Remove all except for...[edit]

Removes all fields except for the ones that you specify. For an example, specify "title;album;artist" to remove all fields other than title, album and artist.

Remove field[edit]

Removes desired tag field.

Remove values...[edit]

Opposite of "Add value". Removes matching values of the specified field. Useful when dealing with multiple genre values for an example.

Replace values...[edit]

Replaces matching values of the specified field with the specified value. Useful for mass-fixing inconsistent tagging, especially when dealing with multi-value fields such as artist or genre, since only the matching value gets altered.

Set value...[edit]

Sets desired tag field (artist,album,etc) to the specified value.

Split field by separator...[edit]

Splits values of the specified field according to the specified separator string. For an example, if your tags have ARTIST fields formatted as "person1 & person2" instead of correct multiple values, you can use this action to split generate multiple values, by specifying "&" as the separator string.

Split multiple artist fields[edit]

If the artist field value contains characters such as "," or "&", the value gets split into multiple values accordingly.

Note: This is equivalent to having two "Split field by separator..." actions, both with field set to "ARTIST", one with separator set to "," and the other with separator set to "&".

Notes on upgrading from older (pre-1.7) Masstagger versions[edit]

Various functionality that is now available through other components has been removed.

Command line interface[edit]

Masstagger provides extra command line switches for tag modifications. Version 1.8.4 of the component shows this information:

 Usage:
 
 /tag:help - displays this message
 
 /tag:<command1>[;<command2>;<command3>...] <file1> [<file2> <file3>...]
 
 Commands:
 
 <NAME>=<VALUE>
     Sets <NAME> field to <VALUE>, e.g. "/tag:title=test <file>".
     You can erase particular field by specifying empty value, e.g. "/tag:comment= <file>".
     You can also specify multiple values by separating them with \ character, e.g. "/tag:artist=name1\name2 <file>".
 AUTOTRACKNUMBER
     Sets TRACKNUMBER field of multiple files according to their order in commandline.
     E.g. "/tag:AUTOTRACKNUMBER <file1> <file2> <file3>" will assign TRACKNUMBER=1 to <file1>, 2 to <file2> and 3 to <file3>.
 FORMAT:<FIELD>:<SPEC>
     Formats <FIELD> using <SPEC>; see title formatting manual for more info how to use it.
     E.g. "/tag:FORMAT:COMMENT:"%ARTIST% - %TITLE%" <file>".
 GUESS:<PATTERN>:<SPEC>
     Guesses field values using <PATTERN>, according to <SPEC>.
     To perform "guess values from filename" action, use "/tag:GUESS:<PATTERN>:%_FILENAME% <file>".
     E.g. "/tag:GUESS:"%TRACKNUMBER%. %TITLE%":%_FILENAME% <file>".

External links[edit]