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March 1, 2012 / Randy Coppinger

Better Media Production with Q-Dir for Windows

Collaborative media production usually means two things: several people sharing a large number of media assets, and a deep folder hierarchy to keep everything organized. Let’s say I’m editing voiceover recordings from someone else. I like to move from the source folder of the recording engineer’s files to my folder of edited soundfiles. Invariably there will be other locations for tracking documents, scripts, etc. This kind of workflow is useful for photography, video game production, film production and other kinds of media.

On a PC, getting all of the windows open to the appropriate folders can take time. And if you are switching back and forth between folder sets for different projects, the time spent managing windows increases. My co-worker D. Shinji Furuya got me hip to Q-Dir, a free quad explorer for the PC.

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Launch Q-Dir and you’ve got 4 windows open. Once you click your way inside to the folders of assets, you can save your “Work Area” view settings. That means you can return to the same set of files/folders by simply opening your saved Work Area. This has been an enormous time saver for me. Switching back and forth between projects is a breeze. There are other features like filtering for quick access to the stuff you need.

The price is right; Q-Dir is free! Download here. Let me know what you think.

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  1. Brad Cupp / Mar 1 2012 9:06 am

    Cool. On the Mac side of things, there is a feature called “Spaces” built into the operating system that addresses this problem. I will definitely try Q-Dir on my Windows work stations.

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