I get asked a lot of questions about how I create my timelapses. It’s a pretty long answer, and one great resource that answers the question pretty well already can be found here.
One thing, however, that many people I talk to don’t seem to have much experience with is a wonderful piece of software called LRTimelapse. For turning my RAW stills into timelapse video clips I use two key piece of software that work hand-in-hand with each other to create results that would otherwise be very, very difficult if not impossible without these tools. These softwares incude Adobe Lightroom, and of course, the aforementioned LRTimelapse.
From the LRTimelapse website:
LRTimelapse will than 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 RAW-files. Of course, you can work with JPG as well.
Furthermore, LRTimelapse is one of the best instruments to deflicker your time lapse movies.
Even the Holy Grail of Time Lapse Photography, seemless transitions from day to night, get 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.
Examples and Possible Uses
- Alter white balance and other parameters 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
- Fade in / fade out
- Continuously saturate / desaturate
- Animate Graduated Filters
- and many more…
I find all of these claims to be true. LRTimelapse is one of the most useful pieces of software I own and as such, I feel that I owe it enough to help spread the word. You can download a free trial version and check it out for yourself at lrtimelapse.com/download/. Tutorials explaining how to get the most out of the software can also be found on their website.
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