<strong>Today Adobe released Lightroom 5 and probably you are asking yourself, if and how that new version works with LRTimelapse. </strong>
<a href="http://gwegner.de/ankuendigungen/lightroom-5-und-lrtimelapse/">Deutsche Version dieses Artikels.</a>
<img src="http://gwegner.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/lr5LRT-300x241.jpg" alt="lr5LRT" width="300" height="241" />
The good news is that Lightroom 5's develop module is backward compatible with Lightroom 4. That said, there has been no fundamental change, like it was the case between LR3 and LR4 - that makes it easier for me as a developer, no new process version to deal with. Adobe only added some new tools to Lightroom 5, that I will support in the next version of LRTimelapse, in case they make sense and there are no technical constraints.
The bad news is that Adobe decided to completely renew the Slideshow module in Lightroom 5 and unfortunately "forgot" that it is mainly used by time lapse photographers in combination with <a href = "http://lrtimelapse.com/shop/per-templates-lightroom/" target="_blank">the LRTimelapse templates</a> to render the time lapse videos.
This means that the templates will not work in LR5 and it is not possible to build new ones. In conclusion it is possible to use Lightroom 5 with LRTimelapse, but you can not render out the time lapse videos from within Lightroom. This means you have to use an external solution for rendering - if you do not want to use intermediate JPGs, the only remaining solution would be Adobe After Effects.
A tester in Adobe's closed beta forum put it into something like this:
<blockquote>"So Adobe decided to render the Slideshow module in Lightroom completely useless by removing the only feature it has ever reasonably been used for." </blockquote>
Well, I don't have to understand Adobes's reasons for that, but since I had knowledge of it, I of course have thought a lot on how I can solve the problem. I certainly want to provide the users of Lightroom 5 the opportunity to render their time lapse videos without having to use an expensive software like After Effects only for the rendering.
To be able to do that, I even had to dig into the depths of the - until then to me totally unknown - language "Lua", that Adobe has provided for Lightroom extensions - pure horror for any serious developer I can tell you... ;-)
The good news despite of everything is: it works!
My current solution looks like this:
There will be a plugin for Lightroom, which prepares the image sequence and then calls LRTimelapse, the current "working version" looks like this:
<div class="img"><img alt="Lightroom5LRTimelapse" src="http://gwegner.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Lightroom5LRTimelapse.png" width="600" height="355"/> </div>
LRTimelapse then takes over the rendering or submits it to an external encoder:
<div class="img"> <img src="http://gwegner.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Lightroom5LRTimelapse2.png" alt="Lightroom5LRTimelapse2" width="600" height="344" /> </div>
In my private beta this already works and I am currently busy testing. The participants of my recent time lapse lectures have already seen the solution and liked it.
At first I was of course shocked by Adobe's "ignorance" of the time lapse community. Meanwhile, I'm almost glad it has given me the impulse to finally make a "decent" solution for the export, which is also upgradeable and does not have the limitations that Lightroom always had when with the video export, for example: other aspect ratios than 16:9, other encoders, better control of the quality, and overall to a better quality.
<b>Update:</b> You can now download LRTimelapse 3
and upgrade your license