Lightroom: Support exporting to WebP

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I'm preparing a bunch of files for the web and would like to use Google's WebP format. How can I export photos in Lightroom to WebP?
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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LR doesn't support WebP directly.  To export to WebP, you'll have to export as TIFF or JPEG and then convert using a third-party converter.  You could likely create a Photoshop droplet that uses the Photoshop WebP plugin to convert, and then install the droplet as a post-process action in a LR Export preset, so that you could export directly to WebP.
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There's a free Google conversion tool at the bottom of this page which might work as a LR post action. If for some reason you didn't want to use PS to do it. https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/
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For Windows, that should probably work fine, since you can run command-line utilities as Export post-processing actions. However, on Mac, I think you'd need to use the Run Any Command plugin to invoke the conversion utility, since you can't directly use a command-line program as an Export post-processing action on Mac.
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avpman

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Awesome idea for Mac John. As a user of your plugin-ins they're always top notch products.
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Thanks, but the Run Any Command plugin is actually by Friedl :->
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: WebP support as a target export file type?.

Looks like WebP is gaining some traction. It is available under the same sort of license as, say, DNG.

I see there is a Ps plugin for the format. Might be nice to make this one of the target export file types in Lightroom.

While it isn't a typical camera format, it attempts to solve the problems that JPEG was intended to address. Nicer photographic images at smaller sizes has been a long time coming.

For now I'm going to experiment with a post-export action to generate WebP images from JPEGs (or TIFFs).
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Converted to an idea/feature request.