HDRinstant plugin integrates with Adobe Lightroom®. This plugin will allow you to capture the best frame of your video, enhance it with HDR and retouch it directly in Lightroom®.
If you have not done it yet, download HDRinstant plugin here.
For best results we recommend filming in 4K, possibly in Full HD if you do not need to enlarge your image.
The right shutter speed will depend on the speed of your subject’s movement.
If the subject is moving fast, we recommend using a high shutter speed to freeze the movement. For example, when filming dancers jumping in the air, it is better to set your shutter speed at 1/250 of a second.
If the subject is moving slowly, we recommend using lower shutter speed. For example, when shooting passengers, it is better to set your shutter speed at 1/250 of a second.
- Number of FPS – Frames Per Second
The number of FPS will depend on the speed of your subject’s movement. The faster the movement, the higher the number of FPS should be.
If the subject is moving fast, we recommend at least 60 FPS.
If the subject is moving slowly, we recommend at least 25 FPS.
We recommend working on “Manual” mode, with an exposure compensation of -1, to make sure not to overexpose the highlights of the scene, and the ISO value set automatically. HDRinstant eliminates the noise generated on the image by a high ISO value.
- Launch Lightroom®
- Go to your video’s catalog and select it.
If you have not imported your video into Lightroom® yet, this guide will show you how to do it.
- Click on File > Plug-ins – Extra > Launch HDRinstant. Your video opens directly in HDRinstant.
Once you have imported your video, you can select the frame you want to extract and enhance with HDR.
- Select the frame with the help of the cursor or the playback bar.Note that to help you select that best moment, you can mark up to four different frames. Double-click on the cursor or on the video and a marker will appear on the playback bar. Compare those frames and select the best one.
To get the sharpest image, use the tool Sharpness Check. This tool suggests sharper frames near your initial chosen frame.
- Click on Sharpness Check. Several frames appear, close to the one initially selected.
- Select the one you want to process.
- Click on Next.
This new tab presents several processing settings.
- Choose the processing speed from the drop-down menu.
The processing speed is the computing time required to process your HDR image. We recommend trying Fast first: some pixels blocks may appear where there is movement. If it is not satisfying enough for you, then try Medium: it is a good compromise between speed and quality. Slow makes the quality even better, but the calculation time can be quite long, especially if the image contains a lot of pixels.
- Define the number of images to stack in the Noise Reduction section.
HDRinstant technology uses a high-end technique of image stacking in order to improve image quality and reduce noise. You can set the number of neighboring frames before and after your selected image. The higher the number of stacked images, the more relevant the HDR result will be. However, make sure that the selected neighboring frames are similar to your initial selected image.
- Select the anti-ghosting option in the Processing of Moving Subjects section.
This tool allows to increase or reduce blurs from moving subjects. The higher the anti-ghosting, the sharper the moving subjects will be. A long exposure simulation will allow you to get blurred on your moving subjects.
- Click on Compute.
- Once processing is complete, we recommend you saving your final HDR. You can save it in various formats: .tiff, .jpeg, .psd, .hdr, .png and .bmp.
Please note that you’ll only see the difference between your initial frame and the one enhanced with HDR once you applied a tone-mapping to both frames in Lightroom®.
- If you are satisfied with the result, close HDRinstant. Your final HDR image is directly imported into your Lightroom® catalog.
- Select your image in the Lightroom® Library module.
- To retouch your image, click on Development in the top hand-side to switch to the Development module.
For more information about Lightroom® editing features, refer to this user guide available on the Adobe® website.
HDRinstant also exists as a Standalone. The User Guide for this version is available here.