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Any way to automate a complex "convert to JPG" task ?

Discussion in 'Managing your Photos & Video' started by rjalex, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. rjalex

    rjalex Active Member

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    I have just decided that based on my needs and tagging habits I should convert every image that matches all of the following:
    • RAW file
    • Rating > 0 and <=2 (so ratings of 1 and 2 stars)
    to a JPG of the original resolution with the same name.

    I would be very happy if after a succesfull conversion the CR2 file got DELETED (yes I know what I'm doing, at least I think eh eh eh).

    Is there a way to automate the following other that making an attribute selection, selecting all resulting photos, exporting them to a known template and then reapplying the selection to X (mark for deletion) and then Cmd-Backspace them into oblivion ?

    Thanks in advance for spotting out mistakes or suggesting better ways.
     
  2. Victoria Bampton

    Victoria Bampton Lightroom Queen / Owner Staff Member Administrator Moderator Lightroom Guru

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    You could create a smart collection with those criteria. When you're ready to convert, select all, drop them into a quick collection (so you can easily delete them after), export and then delete the originals.

    That said, I don't rush to recommend deleting originals.

    One other thing you might consider is converting them to the new lossy dng format. The file size is pretty close to a JPEG, but you retain a bit more editability (good word, eh?!) than you would with a JPEG. It depends on how important compatibility with other programs is, as it's a pretty new format, but if you're mainly using them in LR then it could be a good option.
     
  3. rjalex

    rjalex Active Member

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    Thanks Victoria,
    this sounds as the best course of action.
     

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