OFC (Ots Filename Coding)

When naming your source files, whether they be MP3, VOB, or OGG files, it can be difficult to enter accurate Title or Artist information that truly reflects the original Title or Artist. Some file systems restrict the use of the following characters and symbols....

\ / : * ? " < > |


The symbols above are restricted when using Windows (FAT32 or NTFS) file systems. Other file systems may have different restrictions, and this can make naming your files accurately, a challenging process. You should only ever have to name your files once.


In the past, you would convert your media to Ots files, then have to check every item in Ots Studio to ensure it reflects the original Title and Artist information.

For example, the following track may appear on your audio CD or DVD...

Do You Remember?       Phil Collins


Until now, you would need to name your file as such...

Phil Collins - Do You Remember.mp3


Although this is acceptable most of the time, it doesn't reflect the actual name of the song, which contains the question mark (?). You would need to edit the Title of the Ots file and add ? to the end of the Title.


Ots Labs have implemented a file naming system, called OFC (Ots Filename Coding), that allows you to enter codes for all of the most commonly needed restricted characters and symbols in song Title, Artist and Album Title areas.


Note: This file naming system is not mandatory, however it may save you a lot of work editing your converted media later. It also allows you keep your Title, Artist, and Album Title true to the original.


When Ots Studio finds an OFC code in your filenames, it will automatically convert the code into the appropriate text within your Ots files.


The following table shows a list of restricted characters or symbols, and the replacement OFC codes to be used in your filenames. You may not need to use any of these OFC codes, depending your file storage system.


Restricted Character or Symbol

(Ots Filename Codes)



















































special hyphen code


Examples can be found below, of how the OFC codes are used in your filenames. All examples show the original Title and Artist information, and the corresponding filename, containing OFC codes.


CD: Do You Remember?     by     Phil Collins

Filename: Phil Collins - Do You Remember{Q}.mp3


DVD: Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In     by     Fifth Dimension

Filename: Fifth Dimension - Aquarius {S} Let The Sunshine In.vob


DVD: Billie Jean (Motown 25: Yesterday, Today And Forever)     by     Michael Jackson

Filename: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Motown 25{C} Yesterday, Today And Forever).mpg


The same OFC codes can be used in your folder names. Ots Studio can use the name of your folders as the Album Title for your Ots files. With this in mind, it is important to name your folders accurately.


An example can be found below...


DVD: Ministry Of Sound - The 2006 Annual

Folder Name: Ministry Of Sound {Z} The 2006 Annual


This last example uses the special hyphen code, which is different to a standard hyphen or the {H} OFC code. The special hyphen code is not interpreted as a separator within Ots Studio. A hyphen will replace the OFC text, however Ots Studio will interpret text either side of the OFC code as part of the original text, and not as an Artist, Title separator.


To learn more about how to name your folders and files correctly, see here.



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