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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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Better Searching on

Hey guys,

I just wanted to tell you that I’ve massively improved the search feature on!

In the past, you could only search the forum and even that was a bit cumbersome and often did nor deliver the most relevant results (searching happened via the build in search from the forum software). The worst was, that important blog articles, faqs, and everything outside the forum (instructions, tutorials etc.) were not covered by the search at all.

That’s why I decided to switch to a Custom Google Search (we can think about Google what we want but at least they know how searching and finding works) – this now will search the whole website including the forum and sort by relevance (or whatever you choose). My first tests delivered much better results.

Just type whatever you are searching for into the search bar at the top of the site and get your results in an superimposed window.

Please let me know in the comments, what you think and how it works for you!

Best wishes,

The new Google Custom Search in – here searching for “Dehaze”.

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LRTimelapse 5.0.4 Update

LRTimelapse 5.0.4 mostly fixes some issues that users reported.

  • Fixed “Video Selector” not enabling when rendering a sequence from Lightroom that was currently loaded.
  • Fixed “attempt to index field ‘?’ (a nil value)” error in LRTExport when trying to export from a parent folder. Added a meaningful error message instead.
  • Assign Render Folder sometimes did not assign video files named with underscores, when the original folder had spaces. Fixed.

Please download and install the update asap from the Download Page.

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How to organize your timelapse sequences!

LRTimelapse does a lot to simplify your timelapse workflow, but it’s important that you follow some advices on how to organizing your work in order to be able to take profit of the simplified workflow.

The most important aspect that I really recommend is to separate the original Files from the exported intermediary sequences and video files. If you do it right, you will only define the name of a sequence once (right after importing / splitting the sequence, as explained in this tutorial).

Original Sequences

Go for a structure like this:

Timelapse Original Files
-- Australia
---- 20180120_12_Uluru
---- 20180121_04_Melbourne Sunrise
---- ...
-- Peru
---- 20171003_06_Macchu Pichu Sunrise
---- 20171004_08_Macchu Pichu Crowd
---- ...

The prefixes of the folders (Year, Month, Day, Hour) will be created automatically by LRTimelapse, if you choose to. I’d recommend to use them, it will help you to keep your sequences in order.

You can have a deeper structure as well, for example have parent folders for the year, if you want to. But please don’t add subfolders inside the child folders with the timelapse sequences.

This is ok:

Timelapse Original Files
-- 2018
---- Australia
------ 20180120_12_Uluru
------ 20180121_04_Melbourne Sunrise

This will cause trouble:

Timelapse Original Files
-- 2018
---- Australia
------ 20180120_12_Uluru
-------- 20180120_14_Uluru2
------ 20180121_04_Melbourne Sunrise

Never put subfolders under the child folders with the time lapses!

This is for the original sequences. Now let’s talk about the exported intermediary sequences and video files.

Exported intermediary sequences and video files

When you export from Lightroom via LRTExport you will be asked for an Output-Path.

My recommendation is, to use a similar folder structure for the exported sequences and the rendered videos, than you did for the original files.

Choose a distinct root folder for those, for example Timelapse Done, I even put this on another drive. Then select an output path for the shooting, that you are currently working on, for example “Australia” or “Patagonia”.

Name of the sequence will be filled in by LRTimelapse automatically, based on the folder name of the original sequence (that’s why you need to have the folder selected before exporting).

LRTExport will then create the single folders for the exported sequences automatically with the same folder name as the original ones and a prefix LRT_

This is, what you will get then:

Timelapse Done
-- Australia
---- LRT_20180120_12_Uluru
---- LRT_20180121_04_Melbourne Sunrise
-- Peru 
---- LRT_20171003_06_Macchu Pichu Sunrise
---- LRT_20171004_08_Macchu Pichu Crowd 
---- ..

This way you will have everything nice and in order.

The LRTimelapse renderer then will put the rendered video files into the same parentfolder “Australia” or “Peru”. The renderer will add suffixes to the video files, so that you can always see which settings you used when rendering. This will as well prevent the files from being overwritten if you render with different settings.

With the rendered videos it will look like this:

Timelapse Done
-- Australia
---- LRT_20180120_12_Uluru                  <- Intermediary sequence
---- LRT_20180121_04_Melbourne Sunrise      <- Intermediary sequence
---- 20180120_12_Uluru_h264-420_1080p_25_HQ++.mp4           <-- Video File
---- 20180120_12_Uluru_ProRes-422_4K_25_HQ+.mp4             <-- Video File
---- 20180121_04_Melbourne Sunrise_ProRes-422_4K_25_HQ+.mp4 <-- Video File
-- Peru 
---- LRT_20171003_06_Macchu Pichu Sunrise
---- LRT_20171004_08_Macchu Pichu Crowd
---- 20171003_06_Macchu Pichu Sunrise_h264-420_1080p_25_HQ++.mp4 (<-- Video File) 

Relinking Outputfolders and rendered Videos to Original Folders

Whenever you changed the structure of your folders, you can reassign the render path under “Timelapse Done” to the original folders. This way you will reestablish the link to the video files in LRTimelapse. In order to do so, right click on Timelapse Original/Australia and assign the render folder Timelapse Done/Australia. This will redo the links for the subfolder and relink the videos, so that you can play them back directly from LRTimelapse.

Please note that relinking will only work on the individual original folders (20180120_12_Uluru, etc.) or on the direct parent folder (Australia, Peru).


Using this structure is really recommended when working with LRTimelapse. It will save you a lot of time and chaos and make sure that your work is always in order!

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LRTimelapse 5.0.3 update

LRTimelapse 5.0.3 brings a couple of improvements and important fixes. Please upgrade as soon as possible!


  • Improved Contrast curve calculation in the Long Term Workflow / Filter Panel. Check out my new Long Term Tutorial!
  • Added Reset Button to the Filter Panel
  • Double click on the label in the Filter Panel resets individual values now.
  • Contrast and Hue curves now respect the deflicker reference area
  • Increased size of slider knob, on some Mac-systems it seemed to be hard to grab.
  • Added +/- Buttons as well to the slider in the new composition dialog and settings.
  • Since Adobe changed the location where the DNG Converter will get installed on 64bit Windows, LRTimelapse will automatically try to find it on that new location now also.


  • When doing “Assign Render Folder” on the currently loaded timelapse sequence, the play videos button was not being shown in the toolbar and tree. Fixed.
  • In rare cases the export from Lightroom could fail with an error, fixed.
  • Sometimes rendering with the new timestamp overlay failed, fixed.

LRT 5.0.3 is a free update for all LRTimelapse 5 users.
Please find the download on the Download page.

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