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Easy transfer to Lightroom

Photo migration towards Lightroom made Fast, Accurate and Secure  with Avalanche

Avalanche for Lightroom lets you transfer photo catalogs to Lightroom Classic...

You can now turn your existing photo catalogs from Aperture, Capture One, Luminar 4/AI and Apple Photos (coming soon) into Lightroom Classic catalogs ready to be opened and edited.

Like all versions of Avalanche, Avalanche for Lightroom allows you to transfer photo catalogs from one application to another while preserving your modifications and settings made in the original editing software.

It also preserves the organization of your catalog, throughout the migration of albums, projects, annotations and tags.

Avalanche for Lightroom features the same ease-of-use and migration quality that Avalanche is now renowned for, but it provides some specific features for Lightroom users.

...while preserving your edits made in the original editing software

Preserve your organization, versions, masters, annotations and much more…

Avalanche has been designed from the beginning to preserve as much as possible of all the organization of your catalogs.

Metadata management is also at the heart of Avalanche. All Exif and IPTC metadata will correctly flow from your source catalog to Lightroom.

Flags and color labels are properly handled.

Faces are fully converted and the detected faces in all images are properly positioned in the target picture.

Avalanche also smartly migrates the GPS information present in your source catalog.

Avalanche for Lightroom will, as you’d expect, create virtual copies for all versions of a given master it encounters during the migration.
It will convert collections/albums, projects, collection sets and preserve the hierarchy of your original catalog.
It supports image stacks (when coming from Aperture for example)

It supports videos with all their metadata and will properly add the videos in their albums, projects,…  It supports versions for videos(with metadata) but does not support transferring edits made to videos. 

Avalanche supports the migration of previews when available. In addition, Avalanche provides a rich set of options for controlling when and how previews should be included as separate assets in the output catalog.

This can be a great way to preserve complex edits via an additional file, that accurately represents the version present in the input catalog.

Differences in the functionalities between a native Lightroom import of your photos and an import managed by Avalanche

Import with
Import with
Transferred FeaturesImport with
Import with
NoXWhite Balance of JPEG imagesYes
Uses AI
EstimatedXWhite Balance of RAW imagesYes
Uses AI
Basic conversionXBlack and White from ApertureAdvanced conversion with color mix
NoXBlack and White from LRAdvanced conversion with color mix
NoXHighlights, Shadows, Blacks, WhitesYes
Uses AI
NoXEdited GPS information in imagesYes
for edited GPS
With hierarchy
With hierarchy
YesLightroom Collections, CollectionSetsYes
YesAperture Projects, Albums and FoldersYes
NoXSmart AlbumsXNo
(Flip, Rotation, Crop,…)
Geometrical effectsYes
(Flip, Rotation, Crop,…)
NoXComplex adjustmentsEstimation of Vignetting, Levels, Sharpening,...
Does not allow to move managed files out of their parent libraryXManaged vs Referenced FilesFull options to control what happens to referenced files.
NoXCopy master files to a new locationFull control
Many options
NoXConversion of PreviewsYes
Many options
NoXConversion from Luminar 4, AIYes
NoXConversion from PhotosXComing Soon
YesConversion from MediaProXNo
Note : Masks aren't yet supported by Avalanche

Going beyond the inbuilt import options

Lightroom features an inbuilt function to importAperture catalogs. Yet, Avalanche goes beyond that feature in a number of key areas :

Speed and reliability:

The inbuilt  Aperture importer often fails at importing large catalogs, without clear informations, or can stuck for days showing a never ending progress bar. Avalanche on the other side, is fast (a few hours can suffice to convert 200k+ images) and will display clear progress indications and logs all errors in a separate CSV file for later inspection.

More accurate conversion of RAW settings
Avalanche has been trained to understand how to best migrate your settings to Lightroom
More accurate conversion of JPEG settings
Lightroom ignores the white balance settings applied on JPEG files, where Avalanche tries to accurately reflect the original setting in Lightroom.
More input catalogs
Avalanche supports importing from Luminar and will soon support it from Apple Photos
Conversion of specific Aperture effects
Aperture Levels

The power of Machine Learning

During the migration, Avalanche uses several solutions for quality rendering.

First Avalanche uses geometric information to accurately transfer your crops, rotations, flips and more.

Avalanche makes extensive use of Machine Learning to find the values of image adjustments that best replicate the look and feel of each image in the original catalog. Adjustments such as white balance, exposure and light, color and tint, highlight and shadow are all treated using AI.

Avalanche has been trained on a large collection of images that were manually adjusted for visual match in Lightroom, Aperture, Lightroom and Luminar.
From this extensive database covering many photographic styles, many cameras and formats, Avalanche has learned how to convert.

Questions about Avalanche for Lightroom?
Find your answers here!

Avalanche needs macOS 10.14 or newer, running on any kind of Mac bought around 2015 or later.

Avalanche runs natively on Apple M1 macs and takes full advantage of the Apple chip for increased performances

Avalanche for Lightroom does let you export to Adobe Lightroom Classic.
It does not support Adobe Lightroom CC.
see more on support

Yes. It never expires, and all features are available.

Only the first 100 images will be converted.

Complex adjustment such as masks, non local adjustments, gradient based adjustments are not transferred.
Avalanche for Capture One will detect images that have such adjustments and put them in a dedicated Collection in Capture One, so they are easy to identify and review.
Yes. Avalanche for Capture One preserves all supported annotations in CaptureOne (IPTC, flags, color labels, Keywords).
Avalanche also preserves the GPS annotations when they have been edited (Lightroom or Aperture).

No in the foreseeable future.

We are sorry for our friends on Windows but porting Avalanche to Windows is currently out of scope.

Previews are JPEG files managed by some applications such as Aperture and Lightroom. They are an accurate representation of the edited image.
In some situations where the edits are complex and Avalanche will loose some information about the image, it is very interesting to activate the migration of previews. This will have the following effect: in addition to having the migrated RAW with imperfect edits, Avalanche will also migrate the preview with very accurate edits applied. The preview is a JPEG but can in some situations be of very high definition. Avalanche gives you plenty of options to choose when and how to include previews in your migration.
Please note that all the IPTC and annotations of the original version are copied inside the preview.
Previews are easily identified inside the migrated catalog as Avalanche puts them in a dedicated collection.
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