Help with importing into a specific location in LR4 please

Started Feb 16, 2013 | Questions thread
suddie1215 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,818
Re: Help with importing into a specific location in LR4 please

davidevans1 wrote:

I'm having problems importing to a specific location so need some help please.

I'm using a Sigma camera and this creates X3F files that Lightroom doesn't support. So I import these with the (awful) Sigma PhotoPro 5 software and am putting them in E:/My Pictures/SigmaDP2M/2013/2013.02.14 folder

I'm then batch creating TIFF copies and putting these copies in the same folder.

I'm then opening LR4 and importing from this folder. This then shows thumbnails for all the files - X3F without a photo and an unsupported message, and the TIFFs with a thumbnail. All are ticked. IS THERE A WAY I CAN JUST HAVE THE TIFF FILES TICKED, rather than having to manually until all the X3F files please?

Which operating system are you using, Mac or Windows?  There's no way to sort and select by file type in Lightroom's Import dialog box but there are several work arounds.  The simplest would be to use your computer's file manager (Finder or Windows Explorer) to sort the files by file type, then make a continuguous selection of the TIFFs (by clicking on the first one, then holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on the last one), and drag and drop the entire selection to the Lightroom icon on the desktop or in the taskbar (Windows).  This will automatically invoke Lightroom with the Import dialog active and only the TIFFS will be ticked/checked.

Next I'm trying to choose the destination folder in LR4 that is exactly the same as the location folder, but LR4 insists on creating the sub folder within the 2013.02.14 folder of /2013/02-14 HOW DO I STOP THIS HAPPENING PLEASE? It seems to create a completely new set of files and the 02-14 folder properties shows 4GB size.

Thanks for help with these two questions.

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Are you using the Add option in the Import dialog box?  If you want to import files that are already in the desired location, use the Add function rather than Copy or Move.

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