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3.4K Points

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 6:04 PM

Implemented

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Lightroom: Ability to batch process Photo Merge (HDR and panorama)

Now that we have HDR inside Lightroom, with virtually no user input, the next step is surely a batch facility for a folder full of bracketed images.
Please!!!!

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230 Points

5 years ago

when was the Camera RAW updated.
By the way, Photomatix Pro 5 recently put a new Bata update on their web sit, It's a significant improvement.
MUST TRY, quality in Fusion Natural is much better for real estate jobs

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102 Points

5 years ago

I may be a little late to the (this) party, but I too would love to see batch HDR processing in LR so I can actually spend some time with the family rather than merging sets of 5 bracketed real estate shots one at a time.

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216 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LIGHTROOM - HDR merging queue.

Whenever I am batch generating 5+ HDR images at a time, lightroom and the entire PC system in general becomes sluggish and slower than a snail.

The problem is that Lightroom is trying to generate ALL the HDR images at the same time.

What I would love to see is an option to choose the amount of HDR images lightroom is generating at the same time. The rest would queue up and start once another was finished. 3 at a time would be good start.

(For those who dont know, you can use Ctrl+Shift+H to merge to HDR without that popup window.)

PS: Lightroom tends to CRASH when doing more than 7+ HDR merges. Which adds value to my idea of a queue....

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80 Points

5 years ago

+1 for LR HDR batch processing

REALLY NEED IT !

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110 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Batch process for Lightroom HDR.

Hi!
We are missing a batch processor for generating HDR in Lightroom. Can you please add this in future update? We produce so many images daily so we can not use Lightroom until the batch function is added. This is an absolute must to have since your rival programs have it!

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5.3K Messages

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95.6K Points

5 years ago

As a partial workaround to speed up your workflow, put each set of photos to be merged into a stack, and collapse the stack. Select the top photo of the stack and do Shift + Ctrl + H to start the merge with the previous settings. You can then start additional merges the same way, running at the same time. (Normally, when you apply a LR command to the top photo of a collapsed stack, it applies to just the top photo. But Photo > Photo Merge is an exception.)

This isn't as useful as what many are asking for in this thread, but it has helped many to speed their work.

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216 Points

Yeah, this works great!! I do this every day, but when I do 5+ at the same time the entire computer becomes a slug :)

Just adding a queue function would be perfect. So only 2-3 are generated at a time.

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110 Points

We still need a real batch function. Shift + Ctrl + H is only good enough for a few photos...

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5.3K Messages

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95.6K Points

Agreed, just as I wrote.

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376 Points

Couldn't agree more. The HDR is so good, the lack of batch is infuriating. Just responding to keep this thread busy. The more we grumble, the more noticeable we are, right?

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64 Points

It would be nice if stacks were treated like this throughout LR and not just with the HDR option. 

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382 Points

5 years ago

The HDR is so good I've been using it to reduce the number of "second-run" photos in my library (photos that might be useful later, but weren't picked and processed in the first pass). What I've been doing is selecting the three photos of the stack, pressing Shift-Ctrl-H, and then X to delete the three photos. A while later, the HDR version appears in their place, but I've already moved on to the next set.

Then I can later make another pass looking at only the HDR version, and decide whether to keep or delete. The HDR just gives me a better idea of the photos potential than looking at any of the three exposures. It also means I don't have to decide which exposure is best...which is time consuming too in LR.

But now I can only do 6-7 stacks at a time, before LR bogs down. A batch feature, or queuing them rather than trying to do all the processing at once, would be wonderful. (A batch version differs from queing in that I could just select a bunch of stacks and tell it to process them!

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272 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Batch Processing Multiple Selected Stacks Containing Bracketed Images ....

Feature Request: Ability to select multiple stacks that contain bracketed images — then to batch process the stacks to create HDR images overnight. Currently — doing this by hand is time consuming and inefficient. Thank you. —Erik

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80 Points

5 years ago

Please add a batch process to HDR Merge!
Pretty please?

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1.6K Points

5 years ago

Another +1 million for the batch HDR. Also +1 for comment above about people at adobe actually using their software. The LR hdr's do look great but it takes far too long!

Why are we subscribing to this software? Please fix it for us

71 Messages

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3.4K Points

5 years ago

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

At least Adobe could acknowledge that this is an issue and that it is or is not under urgent consideration.

Just leaving us all hanging is very bad customer care

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104K Points

To set expectations, they can't reveal their plans for future features in advance, so I wouldn't expect to hear anything until they're ready to unveil a feature.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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3.4K Points

Sorry, this is not a "Future Feature". It is an existing feature implemented badly.

Adobe are brilliant at developing new features, many of which we would never have imagined. But as far as customer care is concerned in this respect, they are poor.

We pay for service, in this case we are not getting it. A bug or a badly implemented feature should be high on the list of priorities for rectification.

A simple acknowledgement that this was an aspect of this feature that was badly implemented, and is scheduled for correction is all we ask for. Then we know that they are at least listening to their customers.

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216 Points

What Colin McDonald said...

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134 Points

@Victoria: The inability to queue anything (photo merge, export) in an app that is designed for bulk photo processing is not an upcoming feature - it's a bug that needs fixing. The functionality is all there, they just need to add a "limit parallel ops to _" option.

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104K Points

I'm not here to argue over whether it's a bug or a feature. Either way, they rarely pre-announce.

As far as Adobe goes, they define a bug as something not working the way it was designed to work. They didn't design merge to use a queuing facility, at least in its early incarnations, so they'd call it a feature/enhancement.

At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what we call it - I wholeheartedly agree it would be a useful addition.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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134 Points

Sorry if my post sounded argumentative, that's the way one gets when sitting in front of LR waiting for the current photo merge to end (and the computer to un-freeze).

I just don't get it why they don't just add this basic feature, but work on LR for Apple Watch.  A queue can't that confusing ... but on the other hand, we got an impression of what the LR team thinks of their users when they added the "import dialog of hell" :->

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104K Points

I understand the frustration Marsu. FWIW, there are completely different teams working on iOS/Android/Web/Sync functionality, so any unexpected mobile app development doesn't impact on desktop development.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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134 Points

Thanks for the insight into the teams and workloads, that's a relief.

On the upside, I have to say they've done a good job with photo merge and keep improving it. It's only a bit of "wasn't invented here", but with the boundary warp and rawish output I find myself using it more than expected. And waiting a *lot* more than expected to queue the next one :-p

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132 Points

5 years ago

I also require batch processing... Either built in, either thanks to the SDK and a plugin, but we definitely should have a way to do that. This is quite limited right now.

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100 Points

5 years ago

I'v just tried the Shift key thing and yes the preview does not show up and I save about 1/3 the time. BUT if you are confident with the registration of your exposures and you uncheck "auto align" then it takes about 1/2 the time than if you go through the preview route! - I tested this with 5 frames off a Nikon d800 (36mp frames) on a MacBook Pro (late 2011)

Hope this helps.

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376 Points

5 years ago

I've been looking at examples of batch HDR functions using ExtendScript... it seems that some people have utilized other methods in Photoshop that produce different results.

I respect what this guy has done, however, if his script utilized Camera RAW's HDR merge, it would be what we all are asking Adobe to do:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/12776...

I looked through ExtendScript documentation, and it seems there are ways to program automation with Camera RAW, but whether or not the HDR Merge function is accessible to scripting is undocumented and thus a mystery.

http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/da...

This guy seemed to be working with scripting and Camera RAW ... basically automated bracketing of a single photo using ACR's exposure controls...

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/62323...

It just seems that the solution to this should be within reach, but that Adobe failed to create a way to access the batch feature ... and if they had allowed that, I'm sure that someone at Adobe who was intimately familiar with ExtendScript would have been able to program a batch HDR merge script in his sleep.

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152 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Ability to batch process panoramas.

an option to render a panorama in complete auto mode without preview would be nice.

preferably by having the option to queue them up and have set simple presets, like 10% boundary wrap, spherical.

click path would be
– select photos
– right click – merge panorama – queue spherical, 10% boundary
– repeat
– one finished: file – start queue processing

presets click path:
- select photos
- right click - merge panorama - edit rendering presets