Lightroom CC / 6 has made a change to the way it handles importing via the Copy as DNG command. It’s just a little tweak, really, but it may have a positive impact on your import process.
The data copy and DNG conversion processes have been split into two separate steps. Prior to Lightroom CC, Lightroom would copy a file to the drive, convert it to DNG, then copy the next file to the drive. This meant that the DNG conversion process significantly slowed importing data from the card, because you had to wait for the conversion to complete before it would copy the next file.
Now with Lightroom CC, using Copy as DNG first copies all files off your memory card to your target location, then runs the convert to DNG process in the background. As soon as the data is finished copying, you can move on to importing your next memory card without waiting for the DNG conversion to complete.
Now if only we could get support for importing from multiple cards at once…
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