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LRTimelapse 5.3.1 Update

LRTimelapse 5.3.1 brings improvements in the keyboard navigation and fixes a couple of bugs.

  • Buttons on Dialogs without textfield can now be operated with the keyboard by pressing the leading character of the button text on the keyboard. O for Okay, C for Cancel etc. The shorcuts are localized, that means it will be A for “Abbrechen” in German.
  • Changed then Lightroom Process Version that will be set on initialization to the current version 11 (5 in the Lightroom UI)
  • Shift Play for playing from the current position was broken, fixed.
  • Fixed some other keystroke issues also.
  • First adaption to MacOS 10.15 Catalina. Please note that currently LRTimelapse doesn’t officially support Catalina yet! In Catalina Apple prevents access to Documents, Desktop, external volumes etc. to 3rd party programs. If you want to access those locations, currently you need to allow the access for LRTimelapse manually in the OS security settings. I’m trying to find a better way …

LRTimelapse 5.3.1 is a free update for all LRTimelapse 5 users. You can download the new version on the download page.


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LRTimelapse 5.3 is ready for download!

After a quite extensive beta-phase, LRTimelapse 5.3 is finally out now and brings many improvements.

A big thank you to all beta testers who provided extensive feedback!

You can download the new version from the download page. To update, just install it. If you encounter any problems, please join us in the forum!

Here is what’s new:


  • Runs on Java 11 now.
  • Mac: uses native Menu bar now at the top of the screen.
  • On some systems scrolling to the right folder on startup did not work as expected, if the preview panel was quite wide. Fixed.
  • Render Dialog / Choose Dialog will now get the file structure updated when opened. The same goes for the folder trees in the import dialog and create composition dialog.
  • Improved Hotkeys, they will now also work, when the preview window is detached and in focus.
  • Added validation for folder name compliance in the “New folder from selection” dialog and in the “New folder” context menu in the import dialog.


  • Importer will now skip hidden files like .DS_Store on the mac.

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Beta testing LRTimelapse 5.3

Hey guys, I’ve been quite busy working on the LRTimelapse 5.3 upgrade – there are a couple of new features, many were input given by users. Today I’m releasing a beta and hope to get some feedback from you!

One big change in 5.3 is, that I’ve migrated to from Java 8 to Java 11, which should improve performance especially on newer machines, but is also a new platform that has to be thoroughly tested.

Those are big changes, which I can only test on my hardware and setup, that’s why I don’t release it to the public yet. I’d really appreciate, if you could give it a try on your machines and let me know about your feedback in the new LRTimelapse beta-forum, that I’ve set up.

I’m also going to announce new beta versions there, that’s why I’d recommend to subscribe to that forum (on the right side above the threads -> subscribe to this forum).

Update: Beta-Testing is over. You can find the final version of LRTimelapse 5.3 on the Download-Page now.

Enjoy and thanks for your feedback!

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LRTimelapse 5.2.2 Update

LRTimelapse 5.2.2 is out and this is new:

  • Added Keyframing for the new Texture sliders (global and local) which were introduced with the latest Lightroom Classic update.
  • Improved the Stretch-Slider in the Holy Grail Wizard. It will now allow to level sequences with huge differences in brightness better, i.e. 24h sequences. Please note, that the more “stretch” you use, the more you will need to use visual deflicker later to get a really smooth sequence. So try to use “Rotate” only for regular timelapses, and use Stretch only, if you really need to in order to get a meaningful orange curve.
  • Values for Rotate and Stretch are now being stored in the sequence properties and will be pre-initialized, if you click on Holy Grail Wizard again.

5.2.2 is a free update for all LRT 5 users. Please update asap, you can download the new version from the download page.

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Finally! Free WiFi with Nikon firmware update for D850, D500, D7500 and D5600

It actually happened! Nikon just released firmware updates for the D850, D500, D7500 and D5600 which provide free WiFi next to the Snapbridge connectivity.

Especially for us timelapse photographers this is great news, since it allows connecting to those cameras much easier, for example for shooting the holy grail as I explained in my tutorial.

Since the first Snapbridge Camera was released (the D500) I was fighting to get free WiFi back in the new Nikon cameras. More than thousand users signed my Open Letter to Nikon on and

The first reaction, came with the release of the new Z-cameras – in which next to Snapbridge also free Wi-Fi is implemented. I was really happy about that! But I didn’t dare to hope that Nikon would also release firmware updates for older models.

Now this got true: all former “Snapbridge-Only” cameras received firmware updates for free WiFi, which is amazing news for Nikon photographers! Thank you Nikon!

Here you can find the updates for the cameras

Don’t get irritated by the Nikon releasenotes, they don’t tell you, what they really changed… 😉 If you want so see how it looks like, I’ve shown the updated firmware on a D500 in a video, that I made for my German blog.

Now all Wi-Fi-enabled Nikon DSLR and DSLM cameras offer the possibility to open a Wi-Fi access point directly from the camera menu and allow any WiFi-device to connect to it. As a result, the cameras can finally be controlled directly with third-party apps (eg qDslrdashboard / ControlMyCamera), just like the Nikon D750 , D5500 and the new Z6 / Z7 cameras, for example. The Snapbridge technology remains unaffected and can be used alternatively with the cameras that support it.

With these firmware updates Nikon has shown that they take wishes of their users seriously, if they are presented in a plausible way. This was also confirmed to me in my discussions with staff in Tokyo when I was there last year .

Time to say thank you!

I’ve collected more than 1,000 supporters on and alone for my Open Letter. Additionally many commented on social media and the topic was also spread by major photography news sites all over the world. I think now it’s time to say thank you to Nikon for listening to their users. You can do that in the comments , I’ll pass it on to Nikon!

PS: If you still don’t know, why this is important for us timelapse photographers, check out my Holy Grail Tutorial Video!

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LRTimelapse 5.2.1 Update

LRTimelapse 5.2.1 is out with some improvements and fixes.

  • Added a new Sync-Script for “Gradients Only” – this will sync only the edited gradients, but preserve the LRTimelapse compensations. All other tools but the gradients can be selectively synced with the native Lightroom Sync tool. Thanks to Charlie Tennessen for implementing this. For more details see this forum post.
  • Reload will now restore any Holy Grail or Deflicker adjustments should they have been altered while editing (for example because someone worked with Adobe Camera Raw and couldn’t use the Sync-Script). See this forum post for more details.
  • Render Preview Video could not be launched from the main menu – fixed.
  • Updated ExifTool.

Please update asap, you’ll find the download on the download page.

Enjoy! 🙂

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LRTimelapse 5.2 Update

LRTimelapse 5.2 is out with many improvements and fixes. Please upgrade as soon as possible!

As any 5.x update, 5.2 is a free update for anyone with a LRTimelapse 5 license key. Users with LRT4 licenses, still can get a discounted upgrade to their license LRT5 here.


  • The importer will now skip .dat index files which for example the Nikon Z7 and Z6 create instead of putting them into a “MISC” folder.
  • In “Visual Preview” mode the keyframe indicators in the preview sometimes were hardly visible. The keyframes are now being displayed more opaque, just like in the camera previews mode.
  • Improved visibility for the visual-preview-creationstatus bar (below the visual previews) on high-dpi displays.
  • Normally, for sequences shot in A-Mode, the Holy Grail Wizard is deactivated, because such sequences normally come rather smooth from the camera (most cameras do smoothing in A-Mode, but still write discrete values into EXIF). In such cases the HG-Wizard would do more harm than good, because it would calculate compensations for “steps” that are not there.
    However, there seem to be cameras that do not smooth in A-Mode, therefore I’ve added a Button to the Keyframes-Wizard which will allow to force the Holy Grail Keyframe creation. The button will only appear for sequences shot in A-Mode.
  • Redesigned the plus/minus buttons next to the slider controls.
  • Added Alt-Q as additional shortcut to exit the application.
  • Added a “Delete Holy Grail adjustments” button to the toolbar above the table next to “Delete Deflicker” to delete the holy grail adjustments, if necessary.
  • Any parameter of the LRTimelapse user.props file can now be passed as commandline parameter. To have define a certain start path for example, you could launch LRTimelapse with
    LRTimelapse(.exe) path=C:\temp. You can also pass multiple parameters: for example to have LRTimelapse launch at the top left corner of your screen, regardless on how you left off, just use LRTimelapse screenposx1=0 screenposx2=0. Please note, that you might have to use quotation marks, like LRTimelapse "C:\temp", depending on your platform and starting method.
  • Increased the range for the Rotate slider in the Holy Grail Wizard.


  • Sometimes LRTimelapse did not start with the folder tree at the position where it was closed. Fixed.
  • Creating a new folder from the import dialog did not refresh the folder tree, fixed.
  • With an UI Scaling of 2.0, the Keyframes Wizard was cut at the bottom, fixed.

You can download the new release from the download page. Just install over any older LRT 5.x version. If you are using an older major version (4.x or 3.x) on Windows, make sure to uninstall it first via add/remove programs.

I hope you enjoy the new release. Please leave any comments in the forum!

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LRTimelapse 5.1.1 Update

LRTimelapse 5.1.1 provides mostly fixes but also some improvements. Please update as soon as possible.

  • Increased number of supported parallel threads to 64 and changed the way the number of threads are configured in Settings/Expert Settings.
  • Some security features in the lates Mac and Windows OS could lead to blocked or deleted interface files between LRTimelapse and its renderer. For example this could prevent sequences with custom naming from being rendered. I’ve now changed the way in which temporary files were created to prevent such mechanisms of blocking them.
  • Quality strings in the export dialog were not all localized, fixed.
  • With very long sequences in the long term workflow there could be an unecessary wait time when clicking on “filter images” – fixed.
  • Remove Keyframes from the menu did not always refresh the keyframe column in the table – fixed.
  • LRTExport: Added meaningful error dialog, when trying to launch the LRTExport from the context menu instead of the export button.
  • LRTExport: LRTExport.log will be cleared before each new export task.
  • LRTExport, Multi-Folder export: added a more meaningful error message, when folders are not in sync.

As always you’ll find the latest version on the download page.

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LRTimelapse 5.1.0 Update

LRTimelapse 5.1.0 is an important update with many improvements and fixes on which I worked for quite some time now.

This is what’s new:

  • Motion Blur Plus Reloaded! More levels, better quality, no more contrast/color changes in higher levels!
  • The Levels have been renamed to 2-20 and reflect the number of frames that are blended.
  • Motion Blur levels 2,3 and 4 are now available with a private license (formerly only 3). The higher levels are available with the Pro license.
  • Batch Multipass deflicker will now be much more efficient and work the same way then the regular multipass deflicker. (Forum post)
  • LRTExport: added option to skip existing images, this can be useful for resuming aborted exports. Please note, that you will need to select the whole sequence for this to work. (Forum post)
  • Significantly increased Rendering speed for TIFF sequences from LRTExport.
  • System folders on Mac are now by default hidden. You can force them to show via Settings/Expert Settings/Show System Folders.
  • Removed the default Post Vignette Amount of “-1” that LRTimelapse used to introduce when initializing. This is not needed anymore. In theory this should speed up processing of images where no vignette is set a bit too.
  • Compositions have been rendered with half the resolution only, fixed.
  • Improved compatibility for H.265 files on Mac OS (they will show previews now). (Forum post)
  • Added basic support for the new Canon CR3 files (Canon R Cameras, Canon M Cameras)
  • Added reminder dialog, if a system with multiple processor cores is found and the number of threads is set to a lower value.
  • Exchanged the “Lock” text in the render dialog with lock icons. Those locks serve to force the current settings to all sequences when rendering multiple sequences at once, instead of using any formerly defined per sequence settings.
  • Added error message, when selecting a sequence in the composition dialog, which is not suited to create a composition.
  • Fixed problem with JNA incompatibility of some Windows system which had older software installed.
  • When having intermediary sequences in the root of a drive, reveal in explorer/finder didn’t work correctly, fixed.
  • Increased default memory provision on mac to 4GB (forum post).
  • Changed location for the logfile to Documents/LRTimelapse – this is the same location where the LRTExport also writes its logfile and makes it easier to find it just in case.
  • Added German version of the EULA to the install dialog.
  • Updated Java Runtime
  • Updated ExifTool
  • Updated ffmpeg

Please install LRT5.1.0 asap, it’s an important update. Please note, that support for older versions ends when a new one is released. I hope, you like the improvements! Please give any feedback in the forum!

Go to the download page.

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LRTimelapse 5.0.9

LRTimelapse 5.0.9 is a free update for all LRTimelapse 5 users.
(LRT4 users can still get a discounted upgrade for their license.)


  • Added Keyframing for the intensity of “Looks” introduced with one of the latest Lightroom Classic CC updates.
  • Added Exif Data display tab to the Image Properties dialog.
  • Improved detection of White Balance handling for DJI (Mavic) DNG files and others. Now those files should be detected correctly and the White Balance should travel from Lightroom without having to change the WB-handling manually.
  • Fixed an issue with some DNG files (Mavic Pro for example) where the Date/Time was not correctly taken over from the exif-data.
  • GoPro GPR files (which are always mirrored by default (!?)) and maybe also some DNG files files lost their orientation tag after saving metadata in Lightroom. In fact Lightroom moves the orientation tag to another namespace when saving ;-/. LRTimelapse now recovers and fixes this.
  • Updated ExifTool

Please update as soon as possible, you’ll find the download on the download page.

Should you need any support, please use the forum.

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