Lightroom :: Import Images Grayed Out - No Import Option
Jan 17, 2011
I'm trying to import photos into LR3.3, and the thumbnails are grayed out, as is the import button. The photos come from two other cameras -- one Canon Elf, the other I'm not sure. I received them through dropbox, and they open fine with Bridge and Photoshop CS4.
When I plug my camera in, its a Panny TZ25 in this instance, Aperture opens on my Mac and I can see the photos on the camera, Lightroom does the same if I open it but my trial version of Elements 12 doesn't see the camera, the import option is greyed, but if I select "open" I can open the remote disc icon and view the folders on my camera. I assume there is a problem with a twain plugin of some kind ? I would have thought 12 would have had the camera in its list by default. It did in LR as I mentioned.
This issue occured shortly after update to 4.2, but not directly after. I am using windows 8.
The issue that occurs is after importing images they are adjusted automatically to develop module cross process 1. After dealing with this annoyance for a bit of time I realized that I can not even "RESET ALL" the images to delete the adjustment. In delving into other images that have been in my database for quite some time, I have tried to "RESET ALL", which resets images to CROSS PROCESS 1. I have never set import to automatically adjust.
I just upgraded from LR3.6 to 4.0. When trying to import images the import module freezes for a few minutes and then displays the import screen. However, when selecting a source the program freezes again and eventually crashes.
I had the same issue when upgrading to 3.6 some time ago and then found that disabling some USB controllers solved the problem. This works for LR4 as well. As I don't need all USB connections this is a workable solution, however, disabling controllers should not be necessary to run a program.
System is an Acer Aspire 7811 64 bits w/ Intel i7, Win 7 Home Premium, 8 GB internal mem and no external drives.
I'm using LR4 with a Canon camera setup (Wind 7 Ultimate). I've got the auto import setting all configured with an incoming folder and destination. The app recognizes when an image is put in incoming folder and in fact it moves it to the destination folder. What is really annoying is that it leaves me at the import settings dialog and then I have to make all these choices as I would if I were manually importing.
Shouldn't the images be places in the desination folder and some view of that image be displayed in LR? It could be the folder view or ideally I want to see the last image imported at 1:1 size so I can review it and see if I want to take another shot? Maybe there is some flag I've got set incorrectly.
I had this problem in LR3 so I decided to upgrade to LR4 thinking it will be better but same result. I can't import at all. Import Photos and Videos Button in the dropdown is grayed out. Import button is also grayed out! I can't do anything!
I'm following the steps in the following link from Adobe:
The final step, after selecting the folder I want to add, is to select Import. Except, the Import button remains grayed out. I'm not sure what to do in order to select Import and add the folder I already have.
Is there a way to disable lightroom 4 from importing or processing any file with a video extension mkv, 3gpp etc, as its really slowing down my workflow.
My typically workflow consists of pulling my files off of my memory carsd manually via explorer (into a specific folder under a root folder which I create manually). I then synchronise the root folder in lightroom.
Unfortunately LR4 seems to take over and hour to do this since I have a lot of uncateloged videos. LR fails each time to catalog the videos.
LR3, since it didn't support video, was blazingly fast and performing the same operations in LR3 takes minutes as oppose to hours.
Lightroom will not display preview images during import of raw images. Any images in other formats display fine but with raw images I get a gray window the size of the preview image and the words "preview unavailable for this file".
I have all of my photographs backed up on a Westeren Digital hard drive. It is called "My Book K" How can I get that into LR so I can imoport, or export from LR? Also is it hard on my external hard drive to leave it on all the time?
I recently upgraded from Lightroom 4.x to 5.3, and I am now unable to import any new images. The import dialog allows me to select files, but once I press the import button (and this includes using "Add", "Copy", and "Copy as DNG"), nothing happens. I've left it 'transferring' overnight — nothing. I eventually cancel and a box pops up that says "No photos or videos were found to import.
I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling LR5 and working with a fresh catalog. No luck. I even deleted all the preference files and everything. Nothing. I'm about to be in a real bind if I can't import new work soon.
When I insert a CF card into my reader, thumbnails of my images appear in the organizer. When I click on "Import", the following message appears: "The following files were not imported because they could not be read." I didn't have this problem with versions 2 or 3 of Lightroom.
Recently purchased LR5. When I import from my CompactFlash card via an external card reader, images do not import. Only blank grey thumbnails; no matter how long I wait. If I double click on a blank thumbnail, the image does show up. When I return to the thumbnail view, a bunch of surrounding images will appear as thumbnails, but not all. In order to get all of the images on the card to show as thumbnails, I have to double click on numerous thumbnails until all thumbnail images are loaded. If I'm importing photos to different folders, I have to go through this process over and over again.
Just tried to import some images from an SD card (using a card reader) as I normally do and the import freezes on "importing files". Before import the thumbnails shows and I have tried a different SD card. Is this a bug? do I need to re-install LR?
I posted this questions previously and the answer was to update to 5.3, do a clean format and try again. I did all of those things and RAW files will STILL not import into LR. I've left it for up to 45 minutes with nothing but a spinning wheel and the "importing files" on the screen.
I imported my images from my 5d mark iii via LR4. The first 203 images imported perfectly the last 125 did not. The message read "the following files were not imported because the could not be read"? I don't understand, they were all on the same card? They show in lightroom when you are selecting which ones to import, they just will not import. I tried it two times My LR4 is updated as well.
I'm a longtime LR user and just upgraded to LR4, but have one camera (Panasonic Lumix LX3) which LR import the raw images as bw. I can't figure out why?I've checked the import settings (import as DNG) (apply preset > None) etc. When I look in the History panel after import it just says the imported date, no indication of conversion to bw.
Obviously I can just convert them back to color in the develop panel but I don't understand why this is happening, and with only this camera's files (my Canons all import as normal)?
In lightroom 4 when I import images it does not show all the images in the folder. I have deleted the folder from lightroom and attempted to reload it. When I did it had the same problem it did not show about half or the images in the folder. I went back to the folder and check all the images and could not find anything wrong with the images.
I imported a batch of RAW images into Lightoom 4.4 and see that a number of the images are displaying the icon warning that metadata has been changed in Lightroom although the affected images have only just been imported into the catalog and I have not made any changes to them. 130 images out of a batch of 300 are being affected.
I have selected the affected images and re-read the metadata using Metadata / Read Metadata from File, but within a couple of minutes of being re-read, the metadata changed icon has reappeared.
My initial thoughts were that I had changed one of the preferences and something was being automatically applied, but if that was the case then I would have expected it to be applied to all 300 images in the batch which were taken on the same day on a single camera. I've created a smart collection to identify images with metadata changed in Lightroom and find that they appear to be randomly spread through the catalog affecting both RAW images and jpegs from 3 different cameras.
In order to exclude any changes to Lightroom preferences I may have made, I installed Lightroom 4.1 on another PC and created a new catalog using the default settings. I then imported the same batch of 300 RAW images and confirmed that the same ones displayed the warning icon that metadata was changed in Lightroom .
The PCs are Windows 7 Professional, Lightroom 4.4 (Lightroom 4.1 on the test PC), RAW files are from Nikon D90 and D7100 cameras.
I can't import ANY images to LR 4.4 since upgrading my Mac OS to Mountain Lion 10.8.3 this past week. I downloaded LR5 Beta and all works well. I deleted LR5 Beta to see if it was conflicting with LR4.4 somehow and rebooted. Still no change. I can't import from my card reader (that says it can't even read the files) or from a location on my hard drive. The error message for importing is "Could not copy a file to requested location."