Summer Start

by VonSchnauzer

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

Take the 2-minute tour ×
Photography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I've recently found myself being encumbered by LRs slow rendering so I want to use Photo Mechanic. But I wonder if Photo Mechanic ingests faster than LR imports?

It seems to me that just copying files would be just as fast? I'm assuming that "render previews" is set to minimal and "smart previews" is off.

share|improve this question
1  
Yes it is much faster. Many people use it for the first round of culling then move to Lightroom for the rest of their work. –  dpollitt Jun 30 '13 at 14:01

2 Answers 2

up vote 0 down vote accepted

I suggest you install the trial of Photomechanic and give it a try, that is the only way you will ever really know. It is my experience that Photomechanic will ingest your pictures MUCH faster than Lightroom, but it does not give you all of the editing capabilities that Lightroom does. They are very different tools.

share|improve this answer
    
I did just that and came up with about 3 minutes faster (12.5 to 9 minutes) for 11GB worth of files off of a class 10 SD card. Thank you. –  tenmiles Jun 30 '13 at 17:33

With Lightroom, you can choose what quality level you want the preview images to be, and also what level of quality you want the full sized image to be while you are working on it, and whether you want each image "ingested" (as you put it) when you import the image or not until you open the image. So there can be a great variation within Lightroom based on the settings you select.

share|improve this answer
    
I should have added, I'm assuming that "render previews" is set to minimal and "smart previews" is off. –  tenmiles Jun 29 '13 at 16:53

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.