TV And Movie Organizer theRenamer

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 28, 2010
Software, Windows, Windows software

We have reviewed TV Show Renamer yesterday, a program that allows computer users to automatically rename downloaded TV show episodes to standardize the filenames.

TheRenamer was suggested as an alternative in the comments by Gbot. The application offers to rename tv shows and movies that are loaded into its interface. Even better is the fact that it does not solely rely on the filenames but pulls information from external tv and movie databases such as IMDB, the TVDB, or Epguides.

The software requires Adobe Flash for Internet Explorer. It will display an error message if Flash is not installed. This could be a problem for users who do not use Flash at all or only have it installed for other web browsers.

It is also necessary to run the application as an administrator, at least on first run, probably to have the rights to create some files on the system.

movie organizer
movie organizer

The interface looks flashy and first time users might have a hard time finding their way around. Movies and TV series are added by drag and drop. There is another option to automatically process a folder as well but this has to be configured in the settings.

TV episodes and movies are automatically processed after they have been added. The program queries the databases before it displays the show or movie name, old name and new name. The preview of the new names helps a lot, something that we missed in yesterday's review of TV Show Renamer.

No option is on the other hand provided to change the settings or manipulate the filenames manually. Users who want to do that have to cancel the renaming and go back to the main menu to access the settings.


Here it is possible to change the renaming format and the layout of the destination directory. The settings can also be used to select a specific folder to fetch all of the movies and tv shows and to specify a destination folder for the TV Shows archive, helpful to move files automatically after renaming.

rename tv
rename tv

TheRenamer offers a handful of interesting options to further optimize the renaming. It is possible to configure it to automatically remove sample folders and files after the renaming operation, helpful if tv show samples or nfo files are downloaded with each show.

Another interesting option is the ability to force the program to use names for specific shows or movies. This can for instance be used to remove or translate names (e.g. Wan piisu One Piece to One Piece) or to use abbreviations (e.g. Star Trek The Next Generation to STNG).

TheRename is an interesting program, probably the most sophisticated TV and movie renamer currently available. The application has a few weak spots, mainly the Adobe Flash requirement and the user interface which could use a makeover.

The software is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows. Downloads are available at the developer's website over at


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  1. ColdFusion Developer said on July 22, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I enjoyed using Renamer but one of the problems I had was that it didn’t always identify my shows/movies properly during my tests. For example, if you have a movie that was remade like “Clash of the Titans” the program automatically selected the latest (2010) version and I couldn’t find any way to select the alternate version.

  2. Robert Crawford said on June 29, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Best software for rename and tagging TV Shows and Files. Has to be Filebot.

    It only requires Java and is simply a beast at what it does. I used TV Show Renamer all of 5 minutes before getting frustrated with it’s interface and usability.

    1. Richard said on October 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      Only downside is that it’s written in Java, which means you have to install a honking great JVM which nags you incessantly about installing updates just to run one program.

      1. Anonymous said on October 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        As if you don’t already have that JVM. I know of very few people who don’t have a need for it eventually.

    2. Martin said on June 29, 2010 at 8:19 am

      Robert thanks for the tip. It is funny that I get a new suggestion every time I write an article about this topic.

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