Timelapse Workflow Plugin

September 29, 2017 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software | Comment |

Timelapse+ have launched their new Timelapse Workflow plugin for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The plugin allows photographers to group photos by time-lapse, automatically create keyframes, blend settings between keyframes and preview your time-lapse -- all without leaving Lightroom. “After meeting in person with a customer to walk them through post-processing, I realized that for many people, if they’re not already familiar with the process, it can be complicated and it’s easy to mess up and get disappointing

results while working.” Said Elijah Parker, Founder of Timelapse+, “If you're doing any kind of day-to-night or night-to-day, this plugin becomes essential for blending changes in white balance or exposure across a series of frames. Get great results with a minimal learning curve.” The TImelapse Workflow Plugin is free for anyone who owns the Timelapse VIEW intervalometer.

Press Release

Turn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom into a powerful time-lapse editor with this Plugin

Minneapolis, Minnesota - September 18th 2017 -- Time lapse hardware maker Timelapse+ announced the introduction
of the Timelapse Workflow plugin. A suite of four tools for time-lapse post-processing in Lightroom designed to simplify
post-processing of timelapse videos. Group photos by time-lapse, automatically create keyframes (for holy-grail
sequences), blend settings between keyframes and preview your time-lapse -- all without leaving Lightroom.

And since it’s a Lightroom plugin, it is agnostic towards any exposure ramper in your camera bag. It’s compatible with the
Timelapse+ VIEW Intervalometer, RamperPro, DSLRDashboard, or manually-managed holy-grail sequences. No external
metadata or additional steps are needed for smooth holy-grail processing. Smooth in-camera exposure changes to
eliminate flicker from that source, so for exposure ramping with a low or locked aperture, this plugin should be all that is
needed (it doesn’t correct for aperture-induced flicker).

“After meeting in person with a customer to walk them through post-processing, I realized that for many people, if
they’re not already familiar with the process, it can be complicated and it’s easy to mess up and get disappointing
results while working.” Said Elijah Parker, Founder of Timelapse+, “If you're doing any kind of day-to-night or
night-to-day, this plugin becomes essential for blending changes in white balance or exposure across a series of
frames. Get great results with a minimal learning curve.”

How would this fit in your workflow?

● Group photos by time-lapse: After importing images, this automatically works with the images currently in the
library grid and intelligently separates them into collections by time-lapse sequence. You can select multiple folders
or even your entire library if you're doing it for the first time. This way you don’t have to guess where the time-lapse
starts and ends.

● Auto create keyframes: Once you have a sequence in the current view, the next step is to create keyframes. The
keyframes are the images you edit, and the plugin takes care of applying those edits to the rest of the sequence.
While you can mark the keyframes yourself, the plugin makes it easy by identifying transition points to ensure the
entire sequence is properly edited. This is especially important for holy-grail sequences where the white balance will
vary significantly.

● Blend settings between keyframes: This is where the plugin really flexes it’s muscle. It interpolates the develop
settings between each keyframe, resulting in smooth transitions and animations and flicker-free exposure ramping.
Local adjustments such as brushes, gradients, masks and even the clone tool are smoothly blended between
keyframes. If a local adjustment is present on a single keyframe but not on the adjacent keyframes, it will be copied
to the adjacent keyframes with the corrections set to zero, then interpolated between, resulting in it fading in/out,
with the full strength of the correction peaking at the original keyframe where it was created. Local adjustments and
the crop can also be animated.

For example, if you start with the first keyframe, add a gradient, then copy that gradient to the second keyframe and
change it's position or anything else about it, those changes will be animated between the first and second
keyframe. This can be useful if you want local corrections in a certain area that's moving across the frame in a
motion control sequence. It can also animate the crop for a Ken-Burns effect or even animate brushes and gradients
for crazy stuff. Feel free to edit however you want -- the blend tool will ensure a smooth output. In-camera exposure
changes are handled automatically, too -- if you changed any camera settings during the time-lapse, don't worry --
the blend tool will feather each change across multiple frames so you get flicker-free results without abrupt changes.

● Preview time-lapse: As a final step, the plugin allows you to get a feel for the end result before you spend the time
exporting and rendering it. Playback at various speeds and scrub through frames.

Limitations

● It does not analyze images for luminance changes, and therefore cannot correct flicker caused by something such
as aperture variation, and there are no immediate plans to add this. For true deflickering, try TLDF, GBDeflicker,
LRTimelapse, or Sequence.

● It doesn’t render the images to a video, so you'll need to export the image sequence from Lightroom and render it
with another program outside Lightroom (if you add some slideshow templates, you can render the image sequence
to a video entirely within Lightroom. Unfortunately, this method is limited to 1080p). If you're using After Effects or
Motion, the image sequence can be loaded into them directly. LRTimelapse also has good integration with
Lightroom for rendering and more. On Mac, I highly recommend TLDF. Sequence is also nice simple Mac program
that can be used for rendering the exported images.

Pricing, updates, and availability
A free 7-day trial. Free for people who own the VIEW intervalometer. A one time $49 for general use. No monthly
subscription or internet connection required (an internet connected is initially required for registration).

Useful Links:
Website: https://www.timelapseworkflow.com
FAQ here: https://www.timelapseworkflow.com/documentation.html

About Timelapse+
Timelapse+ is an innovator in hardware for time-lapse and HDR photography, with the original Timelapse+ Intervalometer
and the new VIEW Intervalometer. You might remember the company from the successful Kickstarter campaign in April
2016.



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