Time to make auto-stacking intelligent

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The only option I find for auto stacking is time.  Time between the beginning on image and the next.  An improvement would be the time between the end of one image and the start of the next.

Even better would be HDR and Panoramic auto-stacking tools.  In HDR stacking tools, LR would look at the exposure data as well as  time between sequential images.  Of course the options for auto number of images in the stack, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, .. images in the stack could be entered.  I hesitate to suggest that LR check for alignment between images in a stack because this could be rather time consuming.

In panoramic auto-stacking, the exposures would need to be the same (though there could be an option to shut this off).  Panoramic would be harder to implement as action could get confused with a panoramic.  A truly smart panoramic auto-stacking mode might require auto alignment.

Another tool could be created that shows the images to be stacked together, in the grid view each stack would start on the left of the grid and be surrounded by  a box.  + key would expand the box to the right, Shift + would expand the box to the left, - key would reduce the box on the right, shift - would reduce the box on the left.

Finally a simple thing (I hope this is simple), when I right click I get the stacking options.  Within the stacking options the hot keys are not shown.  I only recently found out the CMD G will combine images into a stack.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Better way to stack images.

Currently the auto stack looks at the difference between the "start" time between images. If the exposure is longer than the start time, then the images are not auto stacked.

Improvements for LR auto stack

1. look at the end time when calculating the time difference between images

2. Set up an auto stack HDR mode. Not only look at the time difference but also look at exposure data. Auto stack HDR based upon user selected parameter - change shutter speed, change aperture (unlikely), number of images to be in the stack.

3. Set up auto stack Panoramic/focus stacking mode. Not only look at the time difference but also check to make sure exposure data is the same for all images.

4. Create a semi-automatic mode, that lets me color code images to the stacked. I could apart a stack into smaller stacks (stack 1 would be red, stack 2 would be blue, ...) or combine images/stacks.
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Merging into another topic.

Please reference the new conversation here: Lightroom: Better auto stacking for bracketing,HDR, and panoramas
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see autopano by kolor for how to find the brackets automatically using exposure info, then detect panoramas automatically
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