“Film simulations” are Fujispeak for the camera settings which fine tune JPEG output and which are recorded in the raw files (just like Nikon’s “picture controls” and Canon “picture styles”). X-LR is designed to automatically apply Fuji film simulations in Lightroom.
In Lightroom you briefly see the Fuji rendering in the Import dialog box and in Library, before Adobe’s raw conversion then takes over. Develop’s Camera Calibration panel does allow you to apply profiles which Adobe modelled on the Fuji film simulations, but that’s not so helpful if you can’t remember which simulation you chose before you pressed the shutter. You may have shot with more than one film simulation setting on that day, and the information is not shown anywhere in Lightroom.
What X-LR does
- Reads the film simulation from the raw file
- Applies the corresponding Camera Calibration Profile
- Applies a Develop Preset
- Records the film simulation as a non-exporting keyword under the parent keyword ~MakerNotes
- Reads the star rating from the raw file and adds it in Lightroom
- Expert Mode (bonus feature) maps individual Fuji settings to Lightroom sliders or presets
- raw files from all Fuji cameras including the GFX
- raw or DNG, including DNG generated from Iridient X-Transformer
How to use X-LR
- Select the file(s) in Library or Develop
- From the File menu, File > Plugin Extras > Get the Picture Style / Film Simulation
- Choose any presets you want to apply
- Press Run
I don’t intend to include other in-camera settings like dynamic range, sharpness etc in the core plugin. X-LR needs a clean interface that works for 99% of users and focusses on the really important job. So Expert Mode is a bonus feature that allows users to figure out other Fuji tags and values, and associate presets and slider values with them. It require editing text files like this.
I have added translations for Italian, German and French – please correct any errors. I would welcome help with other languages.
I intend to put the plugin on sale at the end of April 2017.
Unzip the download. You should now have a plugin called ‘jb_xLR.lrplugin’. If your unzip program didn’t keep this parent directory, then you should create it and copy your unzipped files into it.
The plugin is installed via the Lightroom plugin manager.
- Move jb_xLR.lrplugin to a convenient folder of your own choosing.
- Open Lightroom’s plugin manager from the File menu.
- Click the “Add” button.
- Browse to the plugin and click “OK” on a Mac or “Add plugin” on a PC.
The plugin is tested on Mac and PC, and for Lightroom 5 or later. It will not run on Lightroom 4 or earlier.