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RekordBox - Export individual playlists to the same location in structure tree as where they're located in collection

Hey all

I have a suggestion that I find everything but irrelevant:

Exporting individual playlists from collection to USB media works in a way that it doesn't keep the folder/structure, meaning it just exports playlist to the root of the USB device. Exporting whole folder does the same, except that it keeps the folder structure for all subfolders and subplaylists.

The issue/unnecessary work comes from the fact that collection should be kept independent on the exported sticks.
For my example, I keep my collection in a way that I have playlists nicely structured based on genre. Another structure comes based on venue type. Another one comes based on length of the sets....

What I do is export each of these on separate usb sticks. Sometimes I add a playlist there, but I don't want the whole "Genres" main folder to be exported to the key but rather just a specific one. Exporting it puts it in root folder and needs to be moved manually after the export. This is rather inconvenient.

I know playlists can be exported by drag'n'drop as well, but while it is again a bit of silly to need to locate the exact subfolder to where I want to put it, the Ctrl key does not work to select multiple playlists, resulting in needing to do manually for few of them if I dont want a whole subfolder.

I think that having an option (or setting) to always keep exact playlist folder structure when exporting any folder or playlist, would be highly appreciated by many other users as well.

Of course I'd be happy to hear others opinions first too, as I might be just wrong, who knows... .Million people, million tastes. :)

mawyju

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@pedroestrela Except that this has absolutely nothing to do with my post.
I know that OS folder structure in Collection has been requested for a long time now and that they're not really listening to that idea at all.

However my post is talking about Folder-Playlist structure INSIDE the Rekordbox itself. Playlists have option to be contained in "Playlist folders" (aka add new folder inside playlists tab itself).

What I requested as a feature was that when I export a playlist that's inside Folder A -> Folder B -> Folder C -> PlaylistName
It should be located on an exported drive in the same directory tree, and not on a Root of playlists.

The only way to do that now is to export playlists manually one by one, (or whole folder if that's what's needed), and then manually recreate playlist's folder structure on the usb drive, and then move those playlists inside those directories to replicate what's in the RekordBox playlists.

It only keeps the folder structure bellow the folder you're exporting. So if I export Folder B, I will have on usb stick: root -> Folder B -> Folder C -> Playlists
I want to keep Folder A as well, but don't want to export whole Folder A!

This seems rather logical to be honest, since there's no other way to export than this.

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@mawyju > If you store your collection of music on the external drive that you use as your export device as well, you can keep whatever structure you want for your files, and browse them that way in the folder view on the device. It also greatly speeds up export times because no exporting actually has to take place - the music is already on the device.

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@pulse > Once again, this is not at all what I'm talking about, and I've tried to explain that in my comment.

I'm not talking about the folder structure and files location on a file system, I'm talking about Playlist's Folder's structure inside RekordBox and then their corresponding location once they're exported to the media -> again, as seen inside RekordBox under the Device tab.

We're able to create Folders inside the Playlists tab. Those folders can have extra folders etc.

Exporting non-root folder of playlists puts that selected folder/playlist to the root of the Playlist's main folder on the exported drive.

I shall put a few pictures here since apparently I haven't been able to make it clear enough in words.

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Any updates to this end?

Newer versions of RekordBox still do the same, and export the playlist to just root of the target device.
What's more annoying is the popup that comes up when exporting whole folder of playlists, saying that folder already exists, and that it will delete exising data in the folder on the export device target, while it just updates / merges the folder on the target!

Another thing - Why on earth can't we select more than one playlist at once, neither with mouse drag, nor with the "whole world has this" control/shift keys? It would be super convenient for both, moving, or exporting several things at once.

Since, you know, doing it fast one by one doesnt work anyway because a seond or so in, the popup with loading bar comes up just enough to break any fast workflow...

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If you want to maintain the folder structure, having that export device as the source of the music imported to rekordbox will not need to export, but simply create shortcuts in the library, so you're able to browse the analysed music in the same folders.

As for multiple exports, I'm not sure, but I expect the engineers have a reason for it. You could use the sync manager and select as many playlists to sync at once as you need.

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@Pulse - I believe we're still not on the same page here, although I tried explaining that so many times. What Im talking about is the "folder" structure of the playlists, not the file system of hard drive or any storage for that matter.

The reason I'm talking about playlists in folder structure is because, well, they're put in folder structure, and even your - RekordBox - software, has an option to "Create new Folder" under the "Playlists" section!

I'm sure you'll understand straight away what Im talking about, if you look at this:



The reason I'm asking and have posted this a while ago already is, that keeping playlists structured in subfolders is crucial for keeping an order of the library, especially when the only library management available is the RekordBox itself and it's playlists (since File system folders aren't supported, except for what you wrote).
Exporting several playlists, depending on the target club, venue, etc, means we later on need to manually move these playlists from the root of the target device (aka Playlists -> Playlist A, Playlist B...), into corresponding locations.
An option to "Always keep playlists folder structure when exporting", (that would automatically generate any non-existend playlists folders) would be incredibly welcome feature for many of us, Im sure.

After all, this is just the path of the playlist in the database file....


I hope that makes sense now...


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As for the second thing - We can export whole Folder (Again, this is Playlists folder I'm talking about) with no issues. That exports all playlists in it, and any subfolders and their playlists, so regarding mulitple export - that is already done.

What is not allowed is multiple selection of the playlists. This is kinda basic functionality of any OS, anywhere that multiselection is available. I'm just asking why is multiselection not available in RekordBox?

If I connect this with the first issue -> Why can't I simply Ctrl + click to select 5 newly exported playlists on the root of exported devices, to Move them to appropriate subfolder, but have to move it one by one?

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