I thought I'd see some slow-down of the processing when I switched from the D90 to the D600... but WOW... this is really s l o w. Currently using a MacBook Pro with these stats... Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256 MB Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63) I'm downloading images with a card reader, but it's the waiting for the processing that's killing me. Somewhere between 10 and 13 seconds to move from one image to the next. Yikes! There's got to be a way to quicken things up BESIDES a new computer... I hope. Any ideas? I'll wait for your responses... I've got plenty of time while I process these 600 images... (tapping foot and checking the time... ugh...) Dave
- 4GB is a bit light. Upgrading to 8GB would probably improve performance with LR and many other photo app.
- When you move from image to image, do it in the Library module (hit the "E" key for this view). Doing so uses the cached previews rather than regenerating new ones (which is what happens if you do it within the Develop module). This should dramatically speed up the time (should be almost instantaneous).
- Increase the cache size in Lightroom to around 20GB. This should also help.
No matter what, there will be some delay during downloading time due to the need for it to generate previews. You can have it not do that or create smaller ones, but you'll eventually need to have those created. What preview size are you asking it to create during the download process?
Thanks for the help Andy and Rick. Boosted the cache size to 15GB. Perhaps 20 if I find I still need more. And I'll start to change my habits and work in the Library mode a little more often. As to the size of the previews, I'm still working in medium size. If need be, I'll dial that back, too. And RAM is next on my list. I'm hoping it'll perk up an aging computer and its operator. Already see an increase in speed. Thanks! Dave
Sun 10-Feb-13 06:42 PM | edited Sun 10-Feb-13 06:44 PM by walkerr
Just for clarification, my laptop is an older (2009 era) 15" Macbook Pro with no SSD, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 256 MB graphics card, and a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It's running 10.8.2 (the latest release of Mountain Lion). It's not my primary image processing computer (that's a Mac Pro of similar vintage, but with 16GB of RAM), but it's what I use in the field to process D800/800e images. It works fine with those files for normal LR operations. It's only when I'm running Photoshop CS6 concurrently and applying plug-ins like Nik CEP4 that things get a bit sluggish. Usable, but sluggish. I'll probably upgrade it in about a year.
I can't tell with 100% confidence what's going on, but I am fairly sure. First, as Rick says, you could definitely use more RAM. 8GB is not twice as good as 4GB in this context - it's probably 10x better, because what you're probably doing does not really fit well in 4GB and it fits easily in 8GB. I'm particularly conscious of this as I have to MacBooks, one is 4GB and one is 8GB - it is easy to see the difference.
What I do is to ingest the NEFs and immediately have LR generate 1:1 previews. This takes a while, but usually I feed it the card and go do something else, up to and including get dinner if I'm on the road at a big shoot. This cpu is not blazing at rendering the previews, but you're memory constrained per above. 600 files probably is going to take some time even with 8GB, although at least you have a Duo so two of them are done at a time. Once you have those previews rendered, my experience is that moving around in the library or even in develop is pretty quick - a second or maybe two or three if the file is particularly big. (I also have a bunch of 45-200mp scans.)
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As others have said the RAM is definitely light, 8 gigs is good. Remember you are processing a file that is twice the size now. While the graphics card is not as critical for still as video, the 265K of RAM on that is light too. Also, be sure to manage your library size as well. When I'm finished with a large batch I remove that file from the library to keep it small. Otherwise you are going to need a new computer if you want speed. The other thing is that if is it an older laptop your hard drive is probably 5400 RPM. You really need at least a 7200 RPM drive or an SSD for large files.
Thanks for the input Gregg and Ray. The Library size isn't one I'd thought of. I'll have to check on that. And the 3.0 version of card reader is a great idea. That would be a good investment for the future. And the current speed of my hard drive is 7200, so that's up to snuff. Looks like a process I'll be working on for some time to come. And so far, processing speeds seem to be picking up. Thanks all for the great ideas! Dave