Growing Aperture Library

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by trbutler, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. trbutler macrumors newbie

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    In my quest to import some 60,000 photos from iPhoto, I've been using some tips to get this setup: an Aperture library on my MBP with masters stored on an external to save space.

    I set previews to unlimited size and 9 on JPEG compression to get usable previews for most tasks (especially since I want to do a reference import back into iPhoto to use Faces...).

    In any case, something seems amiss. Previews are still being generated (50,000 to go) and my Aperture library file is 57.26 GB (vs. 250GB on the external for the masters, including many RAW files taking up the majority of the space used). I had originally told Aperture to do 12 as the quality setting on previews, but stopped the preview generation, switched it and then told it to generate previews again.

    Did I miss a step? It seems like the library should not be THAT large, given that everything other than previews and thumbnails should be on the external.

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  2. dazey macrumors 6502

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    My balance is 35k images, 46.86GB library with the referenced images being 350GB. Previews are medium 1/2 size. So yes, the library will end up that large.
     
  3. trbutler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, Dazey. Ok, here's a bit more of a curiosity. I deleted the previews to try to get a better feel for exactly how much space they were taking up and found that the library is still 39.88 GB. Presumably that means that thumbnails are taking up 40 GB, since those are the only thing left now.

    Does this still sound right?

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  4. maddagascar macrumors regular

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    where is it best to store photos? just thumbnails in folder? or iphoto, aperature? i have aperature, but only used it maybe twice? or is it all just on preference..haven't really messed with iphoto that much, soo maybe thats why i'm asking sucha duumb quetion..lol. :eek:
     

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