If you’re a Time Lapse fan like myself than this is an exciting weekend. Gunther Wegner, creator of LRTimelapse, (arguably the best plugin/tool for your time lapse arsenal on the market), just sent out the press release detailing the specifics of the latest update to LRTimelapse 4.5 including use of some of the awesome newest features in Lightroom CC.
New Features in LRTimelapse 4.5
- Added Support for the new Local Dehaze in Lightroom 6.2 / CC.2 on Linear, Circular Gradients and the Paintbrush.
- The number of threads used to generate the visual previews will now be set automatically according to the number of cores that the processor has. This will considerably speed up the generation of the visual previews on computers with more then 4 cores. If you have a Pro-License, you can even configure the number of threads to be used manually in the settings dialog (expert settings).
- The Visual Deflicker Refine option will now work finer in order to allow for the best deflickering in difficult situations.
- The Visual Deflicker Refine will not anymore redo images, that are already well deflickered. This will considerably speed up the refining process, if you have to do several passes.
- Added support for new raw formats: RWL, ERF, 3FR, DCR, KDC, MOS, X3F
- Spanish Translation added thank you Jaime Aguirre from spintra.com!
- When manually launching a render in original Size from original sized intermediaries, the image sizes would not be rounded to 8 pixel multiples, making the encoder sometimes fail.
- Shift Date-Time will now show an error if the Exif-Date/Time field is corrupt
Gunther has done the whole processing of his film Northern Skies 4K with a preliminary version of LRTimelapse 4.5 and it worked really, really stable and fast. Im sure, you will enjoy the new Version!
LRTimelapse 4.5 is a free update for all users, that have a LRTimelapse 4 license.
How to upgrade
To upgrade, just download the new Version from the Download page and install. There is no need to uninstall a previous LRT4.x version before. Only if you are updating from LRT3, please uninstall the old version, before installing LRT4.
If you are still using LRTimelapse 3
LRT4 is so much better and easier to use then the old version (learn why). Make sure to upgrade your license if you can.
Why is this big news or even important? Well time lapse photography while beautiful and breathtaking, can be an insanely time consuming process in both shooting, and post-processing! Especially when you’re working in varying conditions where your lighting changes frequently, like during a Day to Night, Night to Day transition. You’ll have to make multiple exposure, shutter, ISO, and sometimes even white balance adjustments to ensure the shot is as smooth as possible. This is where LRTimelapse makes your life so much better. The plugin will analyze all of the metadata in your images giving you a visual/graphical representation of your exposure changes marking your “Key Frames” so that you only have to manually edit 1 or 2 images, (for a simple time lapse), or in my case shown in the screen-capture below, 6 frames to create a smooth day to night transition. LRTimelapse will take the adjustments i’ve made on those 6 files in Lightroom and apply a smooth synced transition from each frame to the next saving me HOURS of editing! If you get into the habit of shooting a lot of time lapse, trust me, this tool is worth it!
Don’t be afraid of how complex it looks either, The LRTimelapse team have several guides and tutorials on their website which are incredibly simple to follow along with. After only a few weeks with the software I was able to put together some pretty fun footage. Check out this time lapse video I put together of a recent trip to Adak, Alaska using LRTimelapse 4, Adobe Lightroom CC, and Adobe Premiere and stay tuned for another article detailing my workflow when shooting time lapse photography.
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