Camera Raw/Lightroom Classic/Lightroom Ecosystem: Support for 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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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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Don't export to JPEG if you're going to process them again. Intermediate files should always be lossless, so PNG, TIFF (with encoding that isn't JPEG), or DNG will do.
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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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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.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Adobe: Please provide native support for WebP.

By the end of the year every major web browser will be supporting (or have plans for supporting) the WebP format. The format is completely open source, so I am not sure why Photoshop is so far behind the curve on this. Please add native support in Photoshop.  The plugin is a crude work-around for what should be built-in to PS. 
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This definitely should be adopted by now and much easier to manage WebP format.
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Erik Juhl

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Agree -- this thread started 2 years ago and WebP is gaining ground. I'd appreciate Adobe helping it (me) out. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PLEASE make Lightroom Classic able to open webp files.

I have a Shopify e-commerce website where customers upload their photos.  I then save them on my Mac and import them into LR.  Recently, Shopify started converting all those files to webp.  Now, even though I use LR, the premier, industry-standard, I cannot open my customer's photos.  Webp is open source and has been around for many years so it doesn't make sense that Adobe hasn't added webp support.  I had to buy a converter app to continue my business because Adobe has let me down.
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Malc

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You shouldn't have to pay for this because ImageMagick can do this for free.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom support for webp.

When will we get support for webp on Lightroom CC?
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I've successfully managed to get webp working on my site and I'm told that Google give these images preference, add that to speed improvement and you have significant SEO. For that reason alone webp will be a success so Lightroom needs to adapt to this a little faster than it is. I've had to create some script to check the browser and upload both JPG and WepP to account for the browsers that don't cover it (Safari would you believe!!!): Here's the gallery... https://charlessturge.com/corporate-photographer-london let me know if you'd like the html script and I'll post it. 
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Safari won't be in any rush to support it because Apple standardised on the HEIC/HEIF format (HEVC-based).  Better compression and better quality.  WebP (and WebM) are a little long in the tooth by comparision (based on VP8), and its successors VP9 and AV1 are failing to live up to their promise of being unencumbered of patent issues (see patent troll Sisvel).  Looks like Apple made a good choice, or at least I'm more than happy with it.
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It doesn't matter which format is better. WebP recieves better support across the board, so that is the format web developers will prefer, simply by virtue of browser support. Which one is the absolute mathmatical best format, is completely irrelevant.
You might not remember the war between VHS and Betamax, which is the defacto example of format war, where the best one didn't win.
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Would love to see WEBP added in Lightroom and Bridge! 
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Should be fairly simple for Adobe to implement this. The WebP codec is opensource and readily available for a plethora of platforms. Even if people choose not to use it, format support is typically not in anyone's way. Just look at how many formats are supported by Photoshop.

If this doesn't get added very soon, shame on Adobe even more.
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