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March 21, 2014

by Gunther Wegner

LRTimelapse is the tool to edit and grade professional looking time lapse movies using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW or Adobe After Effects.
Time lapse movies are getting more and more popular these days. Still-Photographers, filmmakers and multimedia artists are discovering this new and exciting facet of photography.
Time lapse films are much more than videos played in acceleration – they are in fact photo-sequences taken in certain intervals, edited and combined to these exciting movies we all know from nature documentaries or the internet.

LRTimelapse is today being used by the majority of all ambitioned time lapse photographers and producers because it enables them to use their favorite photographic tools (Lightroom 3/4/5 or Adobe Creative Suite) to produce time lapses with all the advantages and power that those tools offer for image editing. It allows them to easily deal with time lapse specifics, like getting rid of the tedious flicker-effect and even helps them to achieve the so called “holy grail of time lapse photography”: smooth day-to-night transitions.

Time Lapse Photography and Editing

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LRTimelapse will then take your movies to the next level. It allows you to continuously change Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW development parameters over the time which enables key-frame animations like in video-processing. The great advantage over post processing your time lapse sequences in your favorite video production software is the much better video quality gained from the preprocessing of the Source-files (RAW, DNG or JPG).

Furthermore, LRTimelapse is one of the best instruments to deflicker your time lapse movies.

Even the Holy Grail of Time Lapse Photography, seamless transitions from day to night, gets as easy as a couple of clicks with LRTimelapse. You don’t even need expensive and complicated bulb-ramping devices to achieve it and get better, mostly perfect results, with a little bit of practice.

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Examples and Possible Uses

  • Alter white balance and all other Lightroom/ACR editing tools over the time (for example for sun sets)
  • Make the “Holy Grail” of time lapse photography – (day to night transition) easy peasy
  • Use the full potential of Lightroom / ACR for color grading!
  • Deflicker with one click
  • Make Ken-Burns effects (pan/zoom) on RAW-file basis
  • Continuously saturate / desaturate
  • Animate Graduated / Radial Filters
  • and many, many more…

Check out my Demos and Tutorials to learn more!