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LRTimelapse 4.8 with support for Lightroom CC Classic available!

LRTimelapse 4.8 is now fully compatible with the new Lightroom CC Classic update (and all older Lightroom Versions from 4 on).

While I was leading a photo expedition in Bolivia, Adobe announced and released the new Lightroom CC Classic – and I guess we are all not really pleased, how they handled the naming. Taking away the original “Lightroom” name for a new cloud only product that is not even close to be a usable by professionals, was certainly not a smart move. But anyway – Lightroom Classic is now the name of our known tool – and it got even better with the latest update, especially in terms of performance. This is of course great news for us timelapse photographers.

Apart from the performance improvements Adobe added new Range Masks to gradients and brushes. I’m not really sure yet, if this will be useful for timelapse editing, but I’ve spent a day analyzing how it works and implemented support for the animation of those Range Masks, including the color picker :-), into LRTimelapse 4.8.

Here is in detail, what’s new in LRTimelapse 4.8:

  • Added support for Lightroom CC Classic and the new Range Masks. (Of course LRTimelapse 4.8 continues to support all older Lightroom Versions from LR4 on as usual.) Range Masks will get animated (including the location of the color picker) on the 4 default linear gradients, 2 circular gradients and the first 2 brushes.
  • Removed “Wrong process version” message when editing sequences with the new Lightroom CC Classic.
  • Check for installed DNG Converter Version did not always work, fixed. Make sure to upgrade your DNG Converter to Version 10.0 if you are using Lightroom CC Classic!
  • Unfortunately with DNG Converter 10.0 Adobe broke the DNG-Converter Version check in LRTimelapse, because the new DNG Converter doesn’t write its version into the converted files anymore. I’ve reported this to adobe, and we can only hope that they will listen and fix it soon… 🙁
  • Fixed UI problem in Render dialog for with very high scaling factors on 4K monitors (thanks Shane!)

Hope you enjoy the new version! You can download the update from the download site.

Best wishes,
Gunther

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LRTimelapse 4.7.8 available for download!

LRTimelapse 4.7.8 is a free update for all LRTimlepase 4 users.

It introduces the following improvements:

  • Added version check for Adobe DNG Converter. This makes it easier to keep it always updated in order to ensure support for the latest camera models.
  • The White Balance information from the camera will now be preserved when bringing the sequence to Lightroom. You can then start editing with the White balance that the camera provided as default value on the keyframes. Auto Transition will then take over the values from the keyframes (either from camera or modified by the user) and set them to “Custom” in order to make the transitions.
  • Udated ExifTool to 10.61
  • Fixed: When “Clear Metadata” was used (normally not something you’d need to do) a subsequent initialization of the metadata didn’t respect the “Set 16:9 crop when initializing” setting.
  • Fixed: Under the same precondition like the last issue, the Keyframes Wizard was not activated after a reinitialization of the sequence. (Thanks to forum user Teemu76 for reporting these two issues).
  • Fixed: On the very first start of LRT on a computer, the log file dialog was shown too small.

As always, you can download this new version from the Download-Page. Enjoy! 🙂

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Talking about Timelapse at the Improve Photography Podcast!

Recently I’ve been invited to talk about timelapse photography at the Improve Photography podcast.

 

Check out the show!

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LRTimelapse Pro Timer Free – Firmware Update 0.88

I’ve updated the Firmware for the LRTimelapse Pro Timer Free (LRTPTF) with some improvements, that Klaus Heiss from Austria implemented. Thanks a lot for that!

New in 0.88

  • Introduced dynamic key repeating. This makes the keyboard more responsive.
    Key repetition starts with 2 per second and then increases to 10 keystrokes per second.
  • Made the key recognition less sensitive, so it will work without changes with a wider variety of displays.
  • Added alternative key values into LCD_Keypad_Reader.cpp for a similar looking Display from Sainmart, but with other voltage steps. You may comment out this alternative values, if the key pressures are not properly recognized on your board.

You can download the update from the project page.

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Open letter to Nikon

Subject: Modern timelapse photography with Nikon cameras and our problems with Snapbridge

Dear Nikon Corporation,

I am writing as a longtime Nikon photographer and someone who has been working intensively with your cameras and written many reviews in my german blog in the past years. I have been working intensively in the area of timelapse photography for many years now, and have given many workshops and training sessions.

For your 100th birthday, you have announced the Nikon D850, a camera that, according to your advertisement, should be particularly suited to create 8K timelapse movies.

Continue reading

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LRTimelapse 4.7.7 update

LRTimelapse 4.7.7 brings a fix for GoPro 5 users and improvements to the lens-tagger.

Releasenotes LRTimelapse 4.7.7

  • Fixed metadata bug with GoPro 5 GPR files, still the GoPro images will be mirrored due to a bug in Adobe DNG Converter, check out this forum post.
  • Added 1/3 stop lens values to the lens tagger (before only full stop values were present).
  • Fix: Aperture column in table was not updated after using the lens tagging feature.
  • LRTExport: Added check for comma in output path that would make the export fail.

Please download LRTimelapse 4.7.7 from the download page. It’s a free update for all LRTimelapse 4 users. You only need to uninstall a former version, if it is older than 4.7.5. Otherwise just install the new version.

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LRTimelapse Pro Timer Free 0.87 – new features for the free intervalometer!

I have released a firmware update for the free intervalometer, which especially supports long-term exposures in Bulb mode for astro-photographers.

Many of you have already built free intervalometer for timelapse and astro-photography following my instructions. I also got great feedback in the forum.

The most frequent feature request has been to be able to take longer exposures than 30 seconds in Bulb mode. I have now implemented this in version 0.87 of the LRTPTF firmware.

Furthermore, there is now a single exposure mode, with which you can make single shots. Here, too, you have the possibility to let the timer control the exposure time, and thus to achieve very long exposures in Bulb mode.

Version 0.87 is available for free download on the project page, including the extended and adapted documentation (detailed releasenotes here).

If you have not yet built the timer, I can only put it to your heart. It is a great DIY project that anyone should be able to build with a bit of effort. In any case you’ll learn a lot and at the end you’ll get the best intervalometer you can think of. In the forum there are some reports and frequent exchange between the users that have built one!

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LRTimelapse 4.7.6 is available!

LRTimelapse 4.7.6
LRTimelapse 4.7.6 brings some fixes and support for new cameras, like the GoPro 5 Raw-files.

  • Added support for gopro RAW files (GPR). However, there seem to be no previews embedded in those files, preview creation will happen by demosaicing and be rather slow!
  • Added support for Phase One RAW files (IIQ). There seem to be no previews embedded in those files, preview creation will happen by demosaicing and be rather slow!
  • If the shooting type (M vs. A/Av) is not privided in the Exif-Data (for example with Leica Cameras), now a dialog will come up and ask the user which mode he used.
  • Gradients positioned outside the frame were not correctly supported by Auto Transition. Fixed.
  • Updated ExifTool to 10.52
  • Small fixes in the Italian translation

LRTimelapse 4.7.6 is a free update for all LRTimelapse 4 users.
Go to the download page.

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LRTimelapse.com and the Forum now with responsive design!

Dear LRTimelapse community,

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve implemented a responsive design now for both, the LRTimelapse.com website and the LRTimelapse Forum. That means they work well on devices with different resolutions and screen sizes including tablets and smartphones.

Additionally, on LRTimelapse.com I’ve redesigned the shop-page and hope it’s even easier to understand and use now.

The forum now has a completely modernized theme that looks much nicer and modern, not only on mobile devices.

I hope, you enjoy the changes – let me know in the forum, you can use the Open Discussion Board to give me feedback.

All the best for you
Gunther

PS: Great to see from the feedback, how many of you already started building their own LRTimelapse Pro-Timer free! Awesome! 🙂

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LRTimelapse Pro-Timer Free – Building Instructions for the DIY Intervalometer

The LRTimelapse Pro-Timer Free is a DIY open source intervalometer for timelapse, macro and astro photographers.
I’ve developed it because I couldn’t find a single intervalometer on the market that could really satisfy all of my needs as a timelapse and astro photographer.

Now I’m sharing the build instructions with you for free. Check it out!

→ Go to the LRTimelapse Pro-Timer Free Page

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