I super duper love Lightroom! But what I don't love is slow import times and waiting on pictures to load. With a little trial and error I finally figured out a way to speed up the process and the best part is it is free. Just download Abobe DNG Converter to get started. Here's how it goes:
Open Dng converter and select the memory card your files are on.
I saved to a new location named Proxy.
Next you want to change you preferences to these settings. The pixel count doesn't have to be exact but this is what works well for me. Beware when viewing these files in windows photo viewer the dimensions shown will be incorrect, no idea why.
Here's what it should look like. Go ahead and convert the images.
When they're done, import the proxy folder into Lightroom. Do not rename the files! Save that for the last step before exporting.
While that's going on import your original dng's from the memory card into the dng converter and assign a new folder for them.
This time you'll want to change the preferences to look like this. Export to the new folder.
Here's how it should look before you convert.
Meanwhile edit your proxies. Loading and processing times are almost non existent! No waiting around!!
Once everything is done importing and you're done editing you will right click on the proxy folder and update the folder location.
Update to the Full Sized Dng folder you previously created.
After that you'll notice the little warning signs on the photos. Click to bring up the dialog box and select overwrite setting.
That's it and edits have been applied! Go ahead and export your full res images!
Here is the final image size. Pretty cool huh?
**Please back up your originals first until you get the process down. If you make a mistake you could accidentally downsize your originals. Ask me how I know :) If you know of a way to improve upon this process please let me know. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it saves you time!