Lightroom: Display full folder structure within Lightroom

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Please add an option to display the full folder structure within Lightroom.

Adding the full folder structure would go a long way towards integrating Lightroom with Production Premium suite of products.

Some folders are mixed purpose containing media, and documents, especially for multi-media projects that include Premiere Pro projects, After Effects etc.

I use Lightroom to organize photo/videos for projects that include Premiere for example, and it quickly becomes confusing when you have to check both Explorer and Lightroom to find folders, or to move images and video around to appropriate project folders. Premiere Pro projects need to have all Assets organized within the same project folder, or the entire project will become unusable once it is archived. Assets routinely begin there life either in a different project or not associated to a project at all. Lightroom offers a huge promise in finding and organizing these assets, and the absence of the full folder structure adds unnecessary confusion. It would be so much easier to find the necessary assets in Lightroom, and see all folders so that the assets can be moved to the right place within Lightroom. Now I have to go back and forth multiple times between Explorer and Lightroom, frequently deleting folders in Explorer, only to re-create them in Lightroom. If there are non-media files in the necessary Explorer folder, then I have to rename the folder, create a folder in Lightroom, then go back to explorer to move the non-media files into the new folder, and delete the original renamed folder.
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Steve Brule

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Have you tried Bridge that comes with various Adobe products or is it deficient in some other way that makes LR your choice despite having to use Explorer to manage non-imported files?

I can't see LR scanning every file and folder on every hard-drive each time you start it up in case you want to do something with one of the folders, but would it work for LR to display all folders and all files within the currently selected folder in Library, using some visual indication of which ones are imported and which ones are not?

To do this LR would need to be displaying filename data from two distinct sources, its database and the underlying file-system. This may have been deemed too complex to bother with when LR was first created, and I could see a problem keeping LR's "explorer" information synchronized with what you might be doing in an independent Explorer window--LR would have to know about every file-system operation to update its internal Explorer-LR-merge view in real time or very frequently, and this would be resource-intensive. It seems like a nice concept until you try to actually implement it in a safe and effective way.
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I haven't explored Bridge for this use. I will do that.

I wouldn't want Lightroom to scan the drives either, I have 6 drives installed for a total of 9 TB.

Only an option, perhaps in preferences, to display all subfolders of folders that are currently in the Library. For projects, I do import videos and photos into Lightroom first. I categorize, rate, add to collections, add key words etc. Then i move the files to the appropriate Project folder, into an "Assets" subfolder. Every project folder has the same sub-folder structure as soon as the project is created, and many of the sub-folders are empty at the start of a project. Moving the first videos and photos into the assets folders is a pain in the butt, and error prone, making it tempting to skip Lightroom for video projects. But then many clips would be uncategorized and difficult to find in future projects.

Anyway, just being able to see the sub-folders within Lightroom would solve that problem.