6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 11, 2017 3:48 PM by dj_paige

    Lightroom not reading XMP files

    tiphainejolie

      Hi everyone,

       

      I've been using lightroom without any problems for about a month and I've not had any problems. Even when importing my old raws, which have the relevant xmps in the same folder, lightroom automatically imported these settings.

       

      Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago my mac broke so I've just got a new one and I've just opened up lightroom on my new mac and it's just not reading the data from the xmp files. No idea why as it worked automatically on my other mac without me having to change any settings or do anything at all.

       

      Any ideas?

       

      I've tried 'metada>read from file' nothing, also 'synchronize folder>check for metada updates', nothing. I've selected all of the raws and XMPs and dragged them into lightroom for import...please help!

        • 1. Re: Lightroom not reading XMP files
          dj_paige Level 9

          Is there an "up-arrow" icon on your photos indicating that the metadata in Lightroom doesn't match the metadata in the xmp file?

          2017-02-11 08_18_22-Settings.png

           

          Are you sure that the xmp files themselves have the metadata of interest? If you open one of the xmp files in a text editor, you should see your keywords, captions, etc. Do you see that?

          • 2. Re: Lightroom not reading XMP files
            Theresa J Adobe Community Professional

            How did you move your catalog from the old computer to the new one? Or, did you create a new catalog on the new computer? Are you reimporting images that were in the previous catalog, or importing images for the first time? How did you move the images from the old computer to the new one?

            • 3. Re: Lightroom not reading XMP files
              tiphainejolie Level 1

              I just moved all of the folders over (containing the images and xmp files) and I am importing again 'from scratch', by selecting all of the images (and xmp files) and dragging them over the lightroom icon. Before this I didn't realise that catalogs were a big deal, presumed I could just import them again as all of the data is there?

              • 4. Re: Lightroom not reading XMP files
                tiphainejolie Level 1

                You make an excellent point...

                 

                I have just realised by opening my xmp files for older photos (that I edited in photoshop) versus those edited in lightroom - the photos where I've worked on them solely in lightroom, the xmp files contain none of my 'edit' information. This is a bit rubbish, what if in the future I migrate to another program?... Is there not a way to save my edits to the xmp using lightroom?

                • 5. Re: Lightroom not reading XMP files
                  Theresa J Adobe Community Professional

                  Yes. There are a few different ways to save the xmp metadata outside of the catalog.

                  1. You can save metadata for each file individually by selecting the image and doing a file>save metadata. Just like file save in other applications, but with Lightroom it saves the metadata externally.

                  2. To automatically save metadata for everything in your catalog, turn it on in the catalog settings under the metadata tab. This can be very slow.

                  3. You can export a folder or a collection to a new catalog. This doesn't save the metadata external to LR, but it sends it to a new catalog. This method will retain all of your collections.

                  4. You can import from old catalogs into the new catalog and this will bring all the metadata along with the images, including any collections you created.

                   

                  Hope this helps.

                  • 6. Re: Lightroom not reading XMP files
                    dj_paige Level 9

                    I have just realised by opening my xmp files for older photos (that I edited in photoshop) versus those edited in lightroom - the photos where I've worked on them solely in lightroom, the xmp files contain none of my 'edit' information.

                    The default mode of Lightroom is to not create .xmp files, and to not save metadata to .xmp files. Lightroom works perfectly well without .xmp files.

                     

                    Is there not a way to save my edits to the xmp using lightroom?

                    Yes, Theresa J has explained this. Her item #2 is probably the best approach (in my opinion). However, I have not found it to be very slow, I believe it used to be slow in Lightroom 1 and 2, but in more recent versions no one reports slowness due to automatically saving metadata to xmp.