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Force Rating to Image File

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I want to start backing up my pictures to a cloud account I have but I only want to save those images that I rated. I know that the rating is stored in the XMP and will be saved if I export the picture but I was wondering if there is any method to write the assigned LR rating to the rating on the image file so it can be searched for the backup? Thanks
 

Roelof Moorlag

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Save metadata to file? (Ctrl+S), you could try it out on one photo first. I think it will work on JPG and DNG files but with RAW files there will be created a seperate XMP file.
 

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Yes, that behaviour depends on the used fileformat as i wrote. You could do a test with DNG. Convert one of your RAW files to DNG, set the rating, save metadata to file and see it you back-up software can pick this up.
 
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That would work Roelof. I'm trying to eliminate needing to prematurely create a DNG just to get access to the ratings assigned in LR.
 
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I want to start backing up my pictures to a cloud account I have but I only want to save those images that I rated. I know that the rating is stored in the XMP and will be saved if I export the picture but I was wondering if there is any method to write the assigned LR rating to the rating on the image file so it can be searched for the backup? Thanks
Which cloud account? If it's Dropbox, then have a look at this: https://alloyphoto.com/plugins/dropbox/ They have a similar plugin for Box.
 
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I use Amazon AWS for storage and Cloudberry as the backup client. I couldn't find a plugin for Cloudberry similar to the one you provided for Dropbox. BTW, Amazon's AWS Glacier storage is cheap. I store about 800GB and am charge CA$1.55/month. It is also the only service that I have received 4 price reductions over the years. The downside is they don't (or didn't) provide a good user friendly client which is why I use Cloudberry.
 
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You could setup a publishing service in Lightroom, that stores a copy (in whatever form you want) of your five star images to a folder on your local drive. Then point the cloud backup software to that folder. The only disadvantage of this method is that you have to remember to check that service from time to time, because Lightroom does not automatically republish. The plugins work the same way, however.
 
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Thanks for the tip. I hadn't explored plug-ins and there are also some for exporting files/information.
 
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