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Importing from iPhoto to Aperture

814 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2012 10:40 AM by bigkahunaintx RSS
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Jan 29, 2012 4:37 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Did not see a direct answer to my question, so here goes.

 

I have moved to Aperture and now I want to move my iPhoto events over, but I may not want to move everything. I also want to update all the meta data and rename all my files to my new naming convention. Is there a clear tutorial on how to do this?

 

Thanks, Mark

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 27" Base Model, 2.7GHz i5
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jan 29, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to bigkahunaintx)

    I don't believe that there is one tutorial that address everything you want to do in one place. But what you are looking to do is basically a normal import and clean-up of iPhoto.

     

    My recommendation would be to import your complete iPhoto library and do the cleanup and renaming in Aperture. You'll find the tools are more powerful then what you'll find in iPhoto and it will give you a good basic intro to Aperture, its library structure and tools.

     

    The Apple Aperture videos will get you started, they cover the basics fairly well. Also give the Aperture user manual, especially the first sections on the library structure and the interface, a good read. Apple did a good job with it and it will answer a lot of questions.

     

    Figure on doing this a few times until you get it the way you want. As long as you leave the iPhoto library alone and copy the masters over to Aperture you can always start over without loosing anything.

     

    Start by importing your iPhoto library and just getting use to Aperture interface.  You can delete the projects (what the iPhoto events will be turned into) that you don't want then use the batch metadata tools to rename the files and add or change the metadata.

     

    Also begin thinking about your backup strategy for the library and masters. It;s never to early to get that in place.

     

    Post back with specific questions as you go along,

     

    good luck.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to bigkahunaintx)

    I have a lot of travel photos that I don't want to spend days updating.

    Aperture imports your iPhoto Library much more economical (with respect to disk space required), if you use "File -> Import -> iPhoto Library"

     

    Importing this way, Aperture will be able recognize for many (not for all) of your iPhoto images how they have been edited and create Master-Versions pairs. So your edits will be coupled with the corresponding master. If you on the other hand use the iPhoto Browser to import, Aperture will import all edited images twice as two different masters - the original iPhoto master and the edited version. So you will not be able to undo iPhoto edits and will need twice as much disk space.

     

    What do you mean by "I don't want to spend days updating"? In what way? When you import to Aperture nearly all of your tagging, editing, events, folders, and albums will be mapped onto corresponding items in the Aperture Library. I don't think there will be much updating left to do, if you import properly by importing the Library and not single projects.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to bigkahunaintx)

    One thing you need to keep in mind is that Aperture is not an updated  iPhoto. It is an entirely different application that will require a certain amount of work on your part to get it setup properly and to use effectively.

     

     

    You wrote:

    I have moved to Aperture and now I want to move my iPhoto events over, but I may not want to move everything. I also want to update all the meta data and rename all my files to my new naming convention. Is there a clear tutorial on how to do this?

     

    These tasks will require time on your part to accomplish. Copying the whole iPhoto library into Aperture and then doing these things will be easier and quicker than trying to do them in bits and pieces outside of Aperture. Aperture's tools to accomplish these tasks are more powerful then what you have iPhoto.

     

     

    Thanks Frank, I'm hoping that someone will have some other ideas, I have a lot of travel photos that I don't want to spend days updating. I will probably play around with it and see what happens.

    Not sure what you're trying to say here. You first wrote you wanted to update the meta data and rename the files. Now you say you don't want to spend time doing these tasks. It's not going to happen automatically.

     

    Let me ask you a question, why are you moving to Aperture? What  was it about iPhoto that was not  meeting your needs?

     

    Aperture is a great program but it is not for everyone. Unless there is a compelling need to switch I would seriously consider this. Once you've imported your library into Aperture there is no way to go back to iPhoto.

     

    regards

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:26 AM (in response to bigkahunaintx)

    Sounds like we're pretty much coming from the same place. I stated mid 60's but never made the leap from 35mm, though did get to do some 8x10 work at one point. Had the darkroom, slowly drifted away from it and then started back in when things went digital.

     

    So I think Aperture will e a good fit for you, it has been for me.  One question what's your computer background? while it's not necessary it helps if you're willing to 'get under the hood' it will make the Aperture experience much more satisfying.

     

    As I wrote in my first post take the  time to learn the program. Any time spent now will be time well spent down the line. Plan on making and deleting a few Aperture libraries. There are two types of users who switched to Aperture; those who didn't get the organization right the first time, planned for that and were able to play around till they did get it right and those that kept their first attempt and fight Aperture every day they use it.

     

    Apertures tools for manipulating metadata are very good as are its ability to handle naming files and organizing them. Once you get the hang of them things will go fast. The hard part is coming up with the structure once you have that the rest almost does itself.

     

    Try to get a feel for the different bits and peices of the Aperture ad the library then jump in. And have good working backups of what you are doing and the iPhoto library from the beginning. I can't stress enough how much better you learn when you know no matter how badly you screw up (and you will) you can get everything back. Being able to experiment freely is a great learning tool.

     

    Post back if you have other questions concerning the stuff we covered here. Once you get going and have specific questions it will be est to start new threads with those.

     

    good luck

     

    regards

     

    PS there are a number of good posts here describing Aperture basics,. Search for posts by Kirby, he has some good basic info.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:41 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    there are a number of good posts here describing Aperture basics,. Search for posts by Kirby, he has some good basic info.

    Did you mean some of those? My favourite K's:


     

     

    Cheers

    Léonie

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:43 AM (in response to léonie)

    Thanks, those be them.

     

    I really wish they would allow user tips again. It would be really useful.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jan 30, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    I really wish they would allow user tips again. It would be really useful.

    True,  where do we write to and complain? Or do we just have to collect more ponts?

     

    I built my own user tips as a set of bookmarks, and from there I can find the URLs easily, when I need a reference:

     

    http://dreschler-fischer.de/FAQ/Bookmarks.html

    You'll find a few links to "Frank Caggiano" Posts too

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