I recently installed LR5 and the complete collection of NIK. I have found that it takes about 90 sec. to transfer a NEF (D300) from LR5 to NIK ColorEfexPro (haven't tried the others). Coming back from NIK to LR5 it only takes 15 sec. or so. How can I speed this up? Do I need more memory,I currently have 4 gig, or do I need to import my files as TIFFs, or is there some other solution.
It took me only 3-4 seconds longer to open a D600 raw file (twice the megapixels) from LR5 into CEP4. My MBP is of similar vintage and also has 8GB. I'd say that more memory would help. 4GB is light for most imaging applications.
Mon 22-Jul-13 04:15 AM | edited Mon 22-Jul-13 04:17 AM by Bravozulu
Curiously watching the outcome of this topic. This week I got a used iMac computer and in quick succession bought LR 5, the Nik Collection and DxO. You might call it an 'optical spending spree'.
I shoot raw and Jpeg. On my first tries, LR seemed fast enough. (2.44Ghz CPU, with 6Gb of RAM). And I've played a bit with NIK. There is no book with NIK, and I only watched a few of the LR videos with Julianne Kost. But, I'm having a bit of buyer's remorse and wonder if I should have instead bought Aperture rather than LR-5. Camera is a D7000 with 16.2Mp sensor.
The folks at Apple sure know their way about building a graphic user interface on their software. And I'm wondering if AP isn't better at handling NEF files. I'm happy with the speed. But bothered in hearing that the marketplace doesn't offer much in the way of printed Aperture tutorials or books.
on Windows 4GB is the limit of the x86/32bit Operating system. Adding more memory won't benefit you unless you also upgrade the OS to x64/64bit Windows (then it can "see" the additional memory).
Just FYI in case you are on windows and expect the added memory to help! To double check if you already have 64bit Windows - right click Computer - properties - mid way down under System you'll see it. "System Type:"
I'm working with D800 NEF's and it's a bit of an adjustment, but i have beefy systems that just take a bit longer - before it was lightning fast w/ D300 files.
I have Windows 7 64bit, but the computer (custom built) is seven years old. I installed 8 gig of RAM, which is the maximum for the mother board, and that cut the time to export to ColorEfex down to 30 seconds.
>I have Windows 7 64bit, but the computer (custom built) is >seven years old. I installed 8 gig of RAM, which is the >maximum for the mother board, and that cut the time to export >to ColorEfex down to 30 seconds.
you are in the same place i am. i am running a first gen quad core (Q6600 IIRC) with 8 g ram. I do know with video more ram is better, so i am going to a new build. currently looking at a HASWELL core i7-4770K, a minimum of 16 GB ram (with expansion to 32gb). I think my GTX 560ti is sufficient for the GPU, and more importantly, I am planning on running the OS and programs from SSD drives, and saving the photos to a 3 TB HDD. my workflow will be camera to SSD-2 where the programs are held, select the photos to work on, transfer anything else i plan on keeping the the 3tb, and then after post, transferring the images I have worked on to the 3 tb HDD. my reasoning is the ram, CPU and SSD will ensure maximum throughput, and during the transfers to the bulk drive, I can go have a beer, kis the girl, whatever.
You must have found my computer upgrade wish list I have almost the exact same setup you have now and my upgrade plans are very similar. I also plan to keep my GTX 560ti. I dont remember where I read it but I saw somewhere that 16GB is a minimum for the latest 5.x versions of LR which has me leaning towards starting right away with 32GB. Depending on which photos Im working on I sometimes have other applications open at the same time so the extra RAM will be put to good use. One more thing that Im sure you are looking for in a new MB is to make sure the disk I/O is 6Mb/s instead of 3Mb/s so you can be sure to take full advantage of the SSD drive.