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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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Nikon Z7: get Lightroom to support the Raw-Files!

Nikon has introduced the new mirrorless Z7 camera, but of course Lightroom does not officially support importing, displaying and developing those raw files yet. Here’s how to get Lightroom to support the Nikon Z7’s raw files.

Update (2018-10-09): If you set your Z7’s RAW file settings to 14bit Lossless compression, Lightroom CC Classic 7.5 will recognize your RAW files directly.

Update 2 (2018-10-12): Adobe has just released their updated DNG Converter 11.0 which directly supports converting the Raw-files of the Z7 into DNG which will then be natively processed by any Lightroom version.

This means, there is no need to use the workaround below anymore! Continue reading

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 – Hands-On Preview – my first test and evaluation!

Nikon has introduced a new mirrorless system (DSLM) along with two full-frame sensor cameras and three matching lenses, to begin with. There is also an adapter that adapts almost any F-mount lens to the new Z-Mount. I had the opportunity to try out the Z7 and Z6 cameras in advance and will tell you my first impressions here. I will add to this article as soon as I have further information / experience.

Nikon enters the field of mirrorless full-frame DSLM cameras late, but with the ambition to get it right from the start and learn from competitors’ experiences. I, for myself, have always been a DSLR fan and so far none of the mirrorless cameras available really convinced me. For now, systems with full-frame sensors have been limited to Sony and Leica. Sony has invested a lot in this category, but I could never really get used to them, especially because they’ve always had some disadvantages especially for timelapse photography. And Leica is not the kind of camera that suits my photography.

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LRTimelapse 5.0.8 Update

LRTimelapse 5.0.8 is a free update for all LRTimelapse 5 users. (LRT4 users need can buy a discounted upgrade for their license.)


  • Table crashed when loading a folder with one image only, fixed.
  • When clicking on one Radiobutton in the LRTExport Plugin on Mac all others were cleared, regardless of the radio button group. This is a bug in the Adobe SDK, but I managed to work around it.
  • Removed the obsolete Option to show the sequence durations in the folder tree (this has been removed in LRT5 due to free some space for the workflow indicators).
  • Workflow indicator for keyframes in the tree was not always in sync with the table, fixed.
  • updated exifTool
  • updated ffmpeg

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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LRTimelapse 5.0.7 Update


  • New expert setting “Manual Workflow Selection”. This will prevent LRTimelapse from doing an automatic selection of the workflow tab depending on the type of sequence etc. With this setting, LRT will stay on the workflow tab that the user selected and even rembember it after a restart.
  • LRTExport: Exporting with the old Lightroom 4 could sometimes throw an error, fixed.
  • Fixed “Ding” Sound for finished batch processes and rendering not playing on some systems
  • Added workaround for cameras that provide Exif-Date with leading spaces instead of Zeroes (for example MI Sphere). LRTimelapse will correct that exif data on fresh files, but not after metadata has been written by Lightroom (which will destroy the original Timestamps and preserve only the date). So make sure to always start your workflow in LRT.
  • When DNG files had no previews embedded and LRT had to demosaic the RAW data, in some cases the first image didn’t get a preview. Fixed.

5.0.7 is a free update for all LRTimelapse 5 users. Please upgrade to 5.0.7 asap!
You’ll find the download on the download page.

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LRTimelapse 5.0.6 Update

5.0.6 is an update to LRTimelapse 5 that brings a couple of improvements and fixes.


  • Shift-Clicking on Auto-Transition will make the transitions but not populate any tools that are not listed in the table, like Brushes and Clone Stamps.
  • On high resolution displays the preview could sometimes show the curves with gaps – fixed.
  • Increased thickness of curves for high resolution displays (thickness will scale with the scaling factor).
  • Rendering from JPG intermediaries in MP4 will now by default happen in Standard Gamut. Wide Gamut would not have any advantages but cause incompatibilities with some players or video platforms. If you know what you do, you can enable this via the expert settings.
  • When clicking on the selected “Visual Previews” Button to deactivate it, in some cases, it would not have deactivated the Visual Previews on the first click.

LRTExport Lightroom Plugin

  • Added a choice for for the resolution of the exported intermediary sequences directly on the Export-Panel.
    Added 6K and 8K options for the size of intermediary sequences
    Due to a Lightroom limitation, Multifolder Export cannot deal with Crop-Animations combined with exporting in original size. This will now be detected and a message will be shown asking the user to use a fixed size import then.
  • Improved error handling
  • When quickly changing the selection quickly after starting the export, a multi-folder export could fail, this shouldn’t happen anymore.

Please update as soon as possible! As always you’ll find the download on the Download Page. If you already have a former version 5 installed, there is no need to uninstall it. Just install the update.

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LRTimelapse 5.0.5 Update

LRTimelapse 5.0.5 is ready and brings a couple of improvements and important fixes. It’s a free upgrade for all LRT5 users. Please upgrade as soon as possible!

LRTimelapse 3 users: make sure to upgrade your license to LRT5 now, because the chance for a direct upgrade from 3 to 5 will end by end of March 2018! After that date your old LRT3 will not be upgradeable anymore and you will have to purchase a full LRT5 license!

Ok – this is new in 5.0.5:

  • Added support for Home/End buttons (including Shift-Home/End to select to the beginning/end).
  • Added native fullscreen mode on Mac (forum request)
  • Increased 10 passes limit for multipass deflicker to 50 passes (still don’t get why someone would need more then 10 passes though… :-))
  • Snapshots will now also hold the sequence properties like reference areas etc (Forum request).
  • Render Preview Video will now use the framerate set in the render dialog (Forum request)
  • When trying to load an empty sequence as composition, the “Choose” button got disabled and you could not proceed. Fixed.
  • In Long Term Workflow after filtering once, subsequent filters did not work, because the timestamp filter end time was being set to 00:00 instead of 24:00. Fixed.
  • Timestamp overlay ran too slowly in some cases. Fixed.
  • Improved error handling in LRTExport Plugin
  • Fixed wrong image sizes when using multiple folder export with different sized images (Forum request)
  • Changed BT.2020 colorspace to Non-Constant as suggested by Koda in the forum to improve compatibility with vimeo and other services.
  • Fixed duplicate taskbar icon on Windows when pinned to the taskbar (Forum request)
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