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Here’s an announcement I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you all for a while now! After meeting in person with a customer to walk them through post-processing a few months ago, I realized that for many people if they’re not already familiar with the process it’s pretty hard to follow, and it’s easy to mess up and get disappointing results. I’ve also seen this is a pretty common pain point.

So it got me thinking about what I could be do to make it simpler for the most common use case. I finally came up with a plugin for Lightroom. With the plugin, the common tasks in dealing the post-processing time-lapse from the VIEW are all automated, and you don’t have to use XMPs. Just import the photos, and let the plugin guide you through the rest.

If you already have a workflow you like, you may not gain anything from the plugin — it’s mainly for those starting out that just want great results with a minimal learning curve.

Check it out and let me know what you think. Since it’s generally useful for time-lapse, I’ve made it available to all for a fee (to support development), but it’s free for VIEW users.

Answered question

The VIEW creates an XMP file during a time-lapse to correct for slight differences in what the calculated exposure should be and what the camera sees with the current shutter, ISO, and aperture settings. My guess is that the VIEW captures images with the current shutter, ISO, and aperture, and stores them in the RAW file format. The XMP file then provides the data needed to to make slight adjustments and fine tune the photo sequence. This is supposed to eliminate a lot of guesswork and editing in the workflow process, and provides a more accurate picture of how the exposure actually changed during the time-lapse. And by using the XMP file, you’ll know that the final result will make full use of the built-in ramping algorithms in the VIEW, which is either PID Luminance or LRTimelapse.

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