Create timelapses easily from directly within Lightroom with Timelapse+ Studio
Timelapses are a lot of fun to make, but they can sometimes be a bit of a hassle to assemble in post. You need to process everything manually, which can still take a while even if you batch process, and if you’re bulb ramping for day-to-night transitions it can be a lot of work to get things looking smooth.
Timelapse+ Studio wants to fix all that for you by helping to automate the process. It’s a plugin for Lightroom (everything from version 6 and up), which automates a lot of the hassle out of creating timelapse.
Amongst its features, which is a handy one, it can quickly detect different timelapse sequences in your library. So, if you’ve been out all night shooting 20 different sequences with multiple cameras, it can quickly figure out which images belong to which sequences to let you organise and process them separately and easily without having to guess where sequences begin and end.
It can automatically identify keyframes within a shot to help even out those “Holy Grail” day-to-night (or night-to-day) sequences and maintain a consistent level of exposure between them. It doesn’t use any luminosity detection or anything like that, but when you set your keyframes, it uses the metadata to calculate the adjustments for the in-between frames to brighten or darken them as needed.
One huge feature is the ability to preview your timelapse right from within Lightroom without having to spend a lot of time rendering it out to jpg, importing it into Premiere or Resolve or something and then rendering out your final video just to see that the sequence didn’t work as well as you thought it would.
Here is a timelapse film by Adrien Mauduit which was processed using the Timelapse+ Studio plugin for Lightroom, which shows off some of its capabilities.
Elijah Parker, the creator of Timelapse+ Studio admits that the plugin might not be of benefit to everybody, and is quite pragmatic about it on the website.
To be honest, if you already have a workflow you like, you may not gain anything from using STUDIO. I still hope you try it and give me some feedback how I can improve it.
– Elijah Parker, CEO & Founder, Timelapse+
The Timelapse+ Studio plugin is not free, although you can download a free trial to see if it fits into your workflow. If you want the full thing, it’ll cost you $49.
Find out more, download the free trial, or purchase the full version of the plugin on the Timelapse+ website.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.