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Migrating from Lightroom to Capture One Pro (Podcast 633)

I recently wrote an article on preparing to migrate from Lightroom to Capture One Pro for the Phase One Team, and I'm sharing that with you as this week's podcast and blog post.

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  • J. Ross
    Posted at 11:56h, 02 October Reply

    Do you continue to use Photoshop or do you rely on Capture One? I just downloaded the Fujifilm Express and gave it a cursory try. I liked what I saw and I am planning to spend more time with it in the near future. I would entertain moving over to C1 if it works out. Thank you for your post .

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 16:56h, 02 October Reply

      You are welcome for the post. Thanks for the comment.

      I do still use Photoshop but I don’t edit the majority of my images more than I can do in Capture One Pro. Probably less than 0.1% of my images ever leave Capture One Pro these days. There are times when I do a lot of cloning and it would certainly be easier to do it in Photoshop, but I do it in Capture One so that I can keep my images in raw format. Once I edit in Photoshop I lose the ability to reprocess with updated raw engines in Capture One Pro without going back to the original and redoing the cloning as well.

  • Reed Rowe
    Posted at 02:44h, 14 December Reply


    Thank you for the information. I have recently made the switch from LR to C1. I exported a single complete collection out of LR and into C1. You have suggested breaking the catalogs up into smaller ones, but I am curious about something. You said some of your smaller catalogs were around 30Gb. My comprehensive one is 56GB. It takes C1 about 25 minutes to load this catalog and become usable. I know you stated that you haven’t continued to test if newer versions of C1 handle large catalogs better than they once did, but do you think there is a designated threshold of size? How long does it take for C1 to load one of your 30Gb catalogs? Does it seems strange that if it were 56Gb that it would take nearly a half hour to load? I wonder if there is something else going on. I am definitely not against smaller catalogs, but I don’t want to go through that trouble if there possibly is something else happening. 2017 iMac, 4.2 GHz Core i7,32, 32GB 2400 MHz DDR4.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:47h, 14 December Reply

      Hi Reed,

      There was definitely a size threshold when I tested three years ago, but I just checked, and my 2018 folder is currently 72 GB, and opens in around 12 seconds on my MacBook Pro, and just a couple of seconds on my iMac Pro. Another major difference though is that after these tests I switched my external drive to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Solid State Drives, and these connect at full speed to both of my computers. When I did my initial tests I was using Thunderbolt 1 to connect spinning hard drives.

      This probably has more to do with performance and drive speed than the actual size of the catalog. If it takes too long to load, it is more likely to hang. It’s certainly not good that your catalog is taking 25 minutes to load. And like I said, that’s now smaller than my yearly catalog for 2018, so it most likely is computer related. If you are using an SSD, either internal or external with a fast connection to it, it should be better, but if you are using HDD over USB 3.0, that is probably the cause. This is actually more likely to cause problems than the spec of your computer, which looks more than enough.

      Hope that helps some. Let me know how you get on.


  • Chris
    Posted at 00:14h, 05 January Reply

    Hi Martin,

    Thank you for taking the time to document your approach. This has worked well for my own migration and I have passed on your recommendations to others across various on-line forums. It is useful to be able to reference this post.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:45h, 05 January Reply

      Hi Chris

      You’re very welcome. I’m pleased you found this useful.

      Thanks also for sharing the post with others.


  • Andrew Proudlove
    Posted at 06:53h, 22 May Reply

    Hi Martin,
    Like the others I’d like to thank you for writing this article it is tremendously useful. I am currently in the process of migrating from Lightroom to Capture 1 but at this stage I was planning just to try with Capture 1 Express and perhaps upgrade later if things work out with Capture 1. Are you aware of any limitations with catalogues as regards C1 Express?

    Also out of curiosity have you tried any alternatives to Photoshop for the editing that you do do there? Such as Affinity?

    Thanks a lot,


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:59h, 24 May Reply

      Hi Andrew,

      You’re very welcome. I’m pleased you found this useful.

      Assuming you are using a Sony or Fujifilm camera, which Express is made for, it’s certainly an option, but I personally would miss too many features. I don’t believe there are any limitations with regards to catalogues, so that should not be an issue, but a number of key features that I use are not included in Express.

      Here is a comparison chart, so that you can see if anything you’d use is also missing.

      I have evaluated some Photoshop alternatives, but I’ve never found anything that I like. It’s been a few years though, and I’m hearing a lot of good things about Affinity. I have considered replacing Photoshop with Affinity Photo and Illustrator with Designer, but because I already have Photoshop and Illustrator with my Adobe Cloud subscription, and I rely on other Adobe apps like Audition and inDesign, I’m kind of happy to stay with my Cloud subscription.

      Without any real problems to overcome otherwise, looking for alternatives becomes a low priority task for me, and low priority tasks rarely get any love in my world. 🙂

      I hope that helps!


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