Migration is the process of moving. When it comes to digital files, migration means moving them from one location or application to another. This gives you an opportunity to explore new things. What are the options that you have? In this video, instructor Richard Harrington discusses migrating everything to Adobe Lightroom CC.
- Now some of watching the course and saying, "but I want to move everything, I'm ready to go." Well, you can do that. It is possible to migrate everything to the new Lightroom. However, there's a very particular workflow that I suggest and we're going to cover it in depth in the next chapter. Essentially, what's going to happen is you're going to need to get your library organized. Through the years, with multiple machines and many hard drives, it might be more Swiss cheese than you realize. Maybe there's some stuff on your laptop, some stuff on your desktop, some stuff in the cloud.
Well, you're going to want to get all that stuff consolidated, ideally to a single hard drive or a RAID that can hold it all. This'll make the migration that much simpler if everything is consolidated and organized. Plus, it means that if you need to the old library still exists, albeit, perhaps frozen in time. I went through this when I took the migration from Apple's Aperture into Lightroom. Even though I migrated most of my stuff, I still left Aperture on my system, and to this day it still launches.
And, I can go in and find the images and how I developed them and accessed them, which is great. But, if I wanted to, it certainly was possible to migrate things, and I've already tried this. Some of the images that I've tested out migrated from Apple's Aperture into Lightroom, which was then renamed Lightroom Classic, and have now migrated into the new Lightroom CC. Well, metadata is metadata, and Adobe believes in standards, so it is pretty easy to migrate everything.
But I'll say this, the bigger your photo library, the longer this migration is going to take. And, it is critical that when you run this migration you realize that it only goes one direction. There's not the ability to migrate back from Lightroom CC to the old version of Lightroom. Yes, you're metadata's there, and if you find the images or do the downloader tool, you can pull them down with the metadata intact and then import them in, but there's no simple way to swap catalogs between the two programs.
Adobe has built the workflow to go from Classic or Lightroom 6 into Lightroom CC, not the other way around. So once you make the move, it's not meant to be reversed. However, do realize your data is not held hostage. You can export all the files or download all the files and pull down the edits and the metadata that you have. And, most to all of that will import going backwards, if you change your mind. So, while you can migrate everything, I recommend that you take your time and migrate a little and get used to it.
Then if you decide that Lightroom CC is for you, do the migration, but realize with a large photo library it could take several days, potentially, for all that data to successfully move across. And, even longer to synchronize to the cloud. So, this should be something that you do when have a good, strong internet connection and your machine is plugged in with power. Ideally, with an uninterruptible power supply. Now, it can resume if need be, but it is highly recommended that you do not crash, shutdown, or interrupt this process.
So make sure that when you're ready to the big move you're ready to focus on that move and it will be uninterrupted as the files migrate.
- Migration costs
- Migration paths
- Preserving organization and metadata
- Preparing to move
- Backing up your catalog
- Importing a catalog
- Using alternatives to Lightroom