Timelapse - an added value
Have you ever thought about to put some great timelapse clips into your movies you are producing? Have you ever asked yourself why you should use images instead of just speeding up your movie clip? Have you ever faced some problems with your exposure settings while shooting day-to-night transitions? Let me try to answer some of those question and follow me into the world of making great looking timelapse movies.
When I started to make movies, I was directly thinking about to include timelapse sequences into my clips. At the very beginning, I just tried the easiest way to do that by changing the speed of a clip in the timeline of my editing software. It´s really easy going and you don´t have to think about any special settings when recording your movie. But if you compare those movies with a timelapse which consists of hundreds of singles images you will see a big difference in image quality and smoothness of your clip.
Therefore, I was searching for a more professional way to capture great movies with a high level of quality and I actually found what I was searching for – a tool called LRTimelapse. Basically, it´s not only another kind of editing software but it is the most helpful plug-in for creating professional looking timelapse movies.
LRTimelapse was developed by the German Photographer Gunter Wegner. As already mentioned, LRTimelapse is a plug-in for Adobe´s Lightroom. If you want to edit hundreds or even thousands you can do this of course by editing every single picture to get a smooth transition between every single frame of you timelapse. But do you have enough time to do this in that unusual way? I don´t think so. Therefore, you have to have LRTimelpase! With LRTimelapse you can easily set your key-frames, do basic grading adjustments and even a Holy-Grail-Wizzard is implemented.
Another well-known problem is called “flickering”. If you just import all your singles images into your timeline of your video editing software you´ll see very annoying flickering through the whole sequence. LRTimelapse has a De-Flicker functionality which avoid your movie from such annoying errors.
Day-to-night or night-to-day transitions are called “The Holy Grail of time-lapse photography”. It´s one of the most difficult shots you can ever make as a photographer because you are facing a lot of problems regarding your exposure and shutter settings. With the Holy-Grail-Wizzard you can hand-over this part to LRTimelapse and you will get amazing results.
Because LRTimelapse is just a plug-in, photographers are allowed to use their most common and favourite photographic tool which is actually Adobe Lightroom. LRTimelapse is just needed for setting your key-frames, the Holy-Grail-Wizzard and de-flicker function. However, all other steps in editing your pictures will be done within Adobe Lightroom. This gives you as a photographer the opportunity to get the very best from your shots. There is no need to learn a new software for creating your timelapse movies because you are still be able to edit in your well-known software. This allows you to have full control of all your settings, adjustments, filters and masks as you might know it already from optimizing your regular photographs within Adobe Lightroom.
Furthermore, there is a growing community of photographers and filmmakers. In case you are facing any problem or you want to learn more about LRTimelapse, you won´t be left alone. First of all, there are really great tutorials available on the web-page as well as on Youtube. There is a forum available on the web-page of LRTimelapse and all users are welcome to contribute, communicate, share their projects and ask for help if there is a need for. In addition to the public forum you will get great support from the developer himself.
If you are interested in getting a licence follow the link (lrtimelapse.com) towards the official webiste of LRTimelapse.