We are trying to optimise our workflow and was after some advise...
Originally we backup to a NAS unit via Gigabit connection (capable of close to 100MB/s sustained speeds) and were finding the Catalogue backup to take too long.
We have recently purchased a new PC to get things working as fast as possible but still face speed issues generally with Lightroom but currently focusing on backup speed issues for now and will get onto the editing side a little later after we have spend more time trying to tweak and tune things further.
New System and Equipment Overview:
- Intel i7 6700K
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
- 512GB Samsung Pro PCIe M.2 SSD Drive
- GTX960 GPU
- Windows 10 Pro 64Bit (Latest Updates and drivers installed)
- Adoble Lightroom 2015.5.1 (Latest build as of today: 12-May-2016)
- Sony A7Rii RAW files (Compressed format around 45MB per file) - mentioned for general LR performance development processing speed issues
Catalogue backup size and timed testing
2.9GB - Original Catalogue Size
928MB - Lightroom ZIP - 1Min 45Sec
- Copy - 25 Seconds
- Optimizing - 19 Seconds
- Compressing - 80 Seconds
640MB - Windows ZIP
- Compressing - 81 Seconds
73MB - WinRAR
- Compressing - 28 Seconds
File Copy test
- 2.9GB Catalogue copy (read/write) from C Drive to C Drive with re-read of file to perform CRC File verification test: 28 Seconds
* All testing above done from Drive C to the same Drive C
* No system resources were flooded/pushed during the tests above with resource monitor (eg, CPU, RAM or Disk all reported under 25% usage other than WinRAR which did push the CPU further but still not all the way to 100%)
- Lightrooms longes process during backup is the compression process, which also happens to produce the worse file output size? 928MB
- Windows internal Zip processed the same catalogue down to a 640MB ZIP file (also does not push the PC at all in terms or resources)...
- WinRAR produced far better results reducing the backup time by almost 3x and file output size by over 12x compared to Lightroom!
- Why does it seem LR Catalogue, compression and processing is currently rather inefficient or have I overlooked something?
- Is there any way to speed LR up and get better performance and compression as it seems the LR Catalogue is a highly compressible database?
- Is there any chance Adobe will be improving efficiency with their LR database and product as it does seem even with the latest Intel CPU's and PCIe SSD drives the product still does not run fast and is not snappy in most tasks... it still feels slow, heavy (and large in size)..etc.. I was hoping for a much improved performance jump with this new system but it seems LR is just 'slow'...
We also have a copy of Capture One 9 we use for tethered capture (as it just works out of the box with no effort at all) but have never used it for editing as we have invested in LR for many years and all staff know Lightroom so would prefer to stick with it for now but it does seem LR is not optimising the product at all in many regards?