Lightroom: Aperture import not working - stuck on "Checking Aperture Library"

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More challenges getting my Aperture Library in to Lightroom. When I select the Plugin Extras and choose Import Aperture Library, Lightroom automatically goes in to some sort of Checking Aperture Library mode. It's not giving me a chance to PICK the Aperture Library I want to Import. I wanted to start with a very small library for a test but it apparently is going right to my monster 1TB Aperture Library. I'm guessing that's the case since it it's checking the Aperture Library that's on the drive the big library is on. There does seem to be an option to tell the program where to go but the auto option kicks in and I can't get to the SELECT button. Screen shot attached. Good grief I wished this was easier. Any one know of a way to stop the auto Checking Aperture Library tool from starting?
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Has anyone used the new Adobe Lightroom CC version and tried to do an import from a large Aperture library? What was your experience?

Thanks,

Doug
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Trying right now but it doesn't appear to be any different that what most of you have experienced. I've got More than 2TB of Aperture libraries I was hoping to bring into LR. Based on this thread that doesn't look likely.
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migrating now - working really well ...... as long as you are using referenced files.
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wil Ko

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I sorry but I just can't get the import button to activate.......unless someone has a great idea, it looks like I won't be using L/R either.
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Trying to import now my 1TB 80k pictures library. 34 percent done in about 4 days and import slowing down. Only importing a picture every 20 seconds. Only 4 percent imported last 24h.......

Not looking good....
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I'm also having issues with the Lightroom "Import from Aperture" plug in slowing down. I have about 100K pictures in my ~1TB Aperture library and it imported ~50% in the first 24 hours but only an additional 16% in the last 12 hours.

The confusing thing is that this is the second time I've done the same import and the last time it finished in just over 24 hours. I'm doing the import again because I confused Lightroom by accidently importing my iPhoto library using the same LightroomMaster folder but a different Lightroom catalog. I decided it was easiest to delete the Lightroom catalogs and LightroomMasters folder and start over rather than try to fix this.

I've been trying to figure out what I may have done differently the second time that is causing it to be so much slower, but I can't think of anything that's changed. It's the same computer, same library, same versions of everything, etc. I have address lookup and identify faces turned off in Lightroom (I've read that minimizing preview generation will speed up imports but I couldn't find that setting and in any case I'm using the same setting as the first time).
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It finally worked for he when I created several smaller Aperture libraries and imported each into Lightroom. See my comment about six months ago.
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John Weise

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It has been a year since this thread was started. I too am trying to import a 1TB Aperture library. I got as far as 20,000/70,000+ images in several hours, but them my computer unexpectedly quit and restarted at 12:39 am. I'm trying again now. It would be nice if anyone who posted on this thread previously could post again to report what they ultimately did. Thank, those who have already!

I've started over on my import, with a fresh Lightroom library, rather than trying to continue with the one that stopped short. I'm wondering how this might affect what is represented on CC. Will there be duplicates of the 20K that imported into the previous library. Not sure how this all works.
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If the whole system restarted - then you're looking at bad hardware, a bug in the OS, or a bug in a low level driver (like a disk driver, maybe video). Applications cannot cause the entire system to shutdown, freeze, or restart.
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Thanks, Chris. I'll bear this in mind, though, not sure what I would do about it. Maybe chunking my Aperture library will either help me identify the source of the problem, or work around it. That is, perhaps it will be less likely I will bump into the problem if I don't stress my hardware.
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I'd check the hard drives for problems. RAM isn't easy to test, you just swap it for different RAM and see if the problem goes away. The rest of the system components are even more difficult to test without specific hardware to test it...
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In other threads in the LR user-to-user forum, there have been reports that the Aperture plugin uses inappropriately large amounts of memory when importing large Aperture libraries. E.g. see https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1843588. When an application allocates a huge amount of virtual memory, the entire system can sometimes freeze or (rarely) crash.

Others have reported that if they split their Aperture library into smaller chunks and import the chunks one at a time, the entire conversion generally completes before the next ice age. E.g. see an earlier comment by Victoria above: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh....

Others have just done the conversion manually. See this article for help with that: http://lightroomsolutions.com/article...
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Thank you! My machine spontaneously restarted on the second attempt. It got a lot further, but ultimately did another nose dive. So, I think I will try breaking it into chunks.
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I have transferred my whole 450 GB Aperture.....by hand - about 40,000 images - JPeg and RAW - the Aperture importer was a joke.

I used the opportunity to review, re-catalogue and re-keyword the whole thing....so far it has taken 6 months but I'm finding that my photos are more accessible and the developing facilities on LR are far more striking than on Aperture.

I operate both apps from the same original files on an outside hard drive where all my originals are kept.
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Wow. It would be nice to be better organized, but I think I'll keep trying the the plug-in for now. Thanks for the response.
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wil Ko

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When I say 6 months, that is a little bit at a time form a load of sorted originals; the number of actual hours is a lot less.....

Essentially they are sorted by month into folders - any sorting after that is left to aperture or Lightroom. So now my photos are mainly sorted into monthly smart collections in Lightroom and then any subsequent handling is done as a nd when required.

I decided how to organise, classify and catalogue as well as new keywords.....in many ways it has been really beneficial and it has also allowed me to review virtually all my photos and iron out a load of mistakes in precious catalogues.

there are things i don't like about LR v. Aperture but in general I'd say that it has been a positive move and greatly improved my ability to access and use my photos
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It's been two years. I just tried the newest version of Lightroom and it still doesn't work. I literally allowed it to import my Aperture library for six days, and it got only 36% through. In the last five of those, it only did about 2-3% a day. See pictures from Sept 28 and today (Oct 3) for evidence.

Furthermore, I accidentally hit space bar while LR was in the foreground, and it instantly cancelled the import, wasting almost a week of work. No "Are you sure" prompt or anything.

Adobe, when are you going to fix your Lightroom import? You must be using some terrible algorithm. I have only 180,000-190,000 photos, but you can't handle it? I'm using two external Thunderbolt RAIDs, one for Aperture (Promise), one for Lightroom (Drobo), so certainly it's not the disk access.

Any comment, Adobe?



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Doug, 

I'm in a very similar boat. I've been holding out on moving over for an obvious long time.  After watching a few hours worth of videos and reading I felt I was ready.  I've got the latest version of LR and had cleaned out my Aperture lib.  I've got about 1300 projects a referenced Aperture library.  The LR plugin takes 10+ minutes to open the default.  (thanks for the tip from 2 years ago about how to change that)  After about 2 1/2 days my photos finished the import into LR with the exact results I see above with blank thumbnails.  I could open the folders in the develop module and they would open and that was the only way the thumbnail would build.  LR never created the folders that matched to the project name.  It also did not create/copy RAW versions of my originals as I expected.  The worst thing (maybe user error) was I quit LR and when I restarted there was nothing there.  It couldn't find the catalog I created and no link to anything that had been done.  

I've had plenty of success and expected results with smaller libraries but from what I can tell there isn't any way to export a bunch of Aperture projects to separate libraries with out doing it one at a time.  

Ergh.

lee
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Hello?  Anyone one still there?  Four years later, I'm still attempting to import an aperture library (almost 2 TB) into Lightroom.  I've attempted breaking into chunks and importing smaller libraries (by year).  I thought this was working, until I realized that Lightroom was only holding a small fraction of my photos.... i.e. Aperture 2014 Library had 2,500 photos, and Lightroom was only displaying 942 photos from 2014.  I don't know which ones are missing.  Now, I'm wondering if I attempt to import each smaller library again, or attempt my full aperture library, will it import duplicates?

Advice from anyone who has had to start over??? 
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I got it to work about 3 1/2 years ago by creating several smaller libraries. Don't know why some of your photos would not transfer.  Personally, even though I'd spent a lot of time post-processing in Aperture; I probably exported and used those photos for whatever back in the day.  For your purposes, the original files could be considered "original negatives." You could import the original files (without post processing) into Lightroom, view them, and post process the most important ones.  I can do better post processing now with Lightroom than I did with Aperture, probably because I know more about the process (and LR has some improved tools).  If you go this route, you can still keep the Aperture library too.
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Thank you for responding!  I finally moved past "checking library" last night, and moved on to importing - but it's been 12 hours and I'm still at 0%.  If I understand what you're saying... you say I could just import the unedited original photo files (I think I know how to find them deep in the aperture system), and re-organize into albums/projects (it looks like Lightroom does sort them by Y/M/D...that helps for the majority of events.  (except I spent years scanning negatives of old family photos (5,000+) and Lightroom will think their date is the date I scanned them... but don't currently need to worry about those guys right now anyway.  My biggest problem is that Aperture is so fragile, and I've got quite a tangled mess of hard drives - I want to simplify and get everything onto one drive (and back it up).

I'll let this so-called aperture import run for the weekend, to see if it moves off of 0%.

I really wish I could multi-task in Lightroom during this import process!  There are plenty of things I'd like to work on!
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I kept my original files in folders and only referenced them in Aperture.  I think Aperture could either reference or import the originals (like iphoto did).  Sounds like you imported them.  If original files are in Aperture libraries, I think you'll have to export them back to Finder folders before you can import them into LR.  Since LR only references the originals; it never modifies them (unlike Photoshop).  I don't remember the steps to export files from Aperture but you can probably find them on the internet (unless you still have the Aperture manual).
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Lightroom Classic 8.4 was released today and contained a fix for this issue. Please update to 8.4 and verify that you are no longer seeing the issue. Thank you!
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Rikk - I am having huge problems with this importer. I am running Lightroom Classic 8.4 on a MBP with1.7 GHz Intel Core i7, and 8GB memory, lots of disk space, running Mojave (10.14.6)
I had all sorts of problems with Aperture prepping the library for the move, presumably because Aperture / Mojave is no longer supported or compatible with Mojave, I cleaned out all the previews except those for adjusted images, made full size previews for those (1,800 adjusted images in a library of 25,000) - I was able to break up the library into a series of smaller libraries each of which imported fine into LR, so I learnt the ropes of the importer.
But the final section of the library (which for some reason Aperture won't let me break down (when I save a project as a new library it somehow includes all the images anyway) is  20,000+ images and I seem to have to import that in one go. And every time I run the importer it gets to somewhere in the 700-1,000 image point and crashes with memory issues. It shows that LR is using 50+gb of memory. I can run activity monitor and see the memory usage climbing up and when it hits about 47-50 it crashes and there's nothing I can do

As a consequence I am restarting LR and restarting the import and it picks up where it left off and seems to be working towards completion, but it will take me something like 30-40 imports to get this done. and each one takes about 10 mins to start because just starting the importer triggers the "checking aperture library" process which takes a good 5 mins, and this happens three times while choosing the various settings needed to run the importer (I am importing previews for adjusted images, I am leaving images as referenced in current location, and I am moving the previews into the same folder).

Is there ANY solution to using the importer properly
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Posted onto a solved thread that is over 1 year old. Likely unrelated - forking to new thread.

Please reference the new conversation here: Aperture Library Import Issues