“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 allows 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
- Also applies a Develop Preset
- Records the film simulation as a non-exporting keyword under the parent keyword ~MakerNotes
How to use X-LR
- Select the raw file(s)
- From the File menu, File > Plugin Extras > Get the Picture Style / Film Simulation
- Choose any presets you want to apply
- Press Run
Other Fuji cameras
Writing the plugin involved figuring out how Fuji records the film simulations. I only own one Fuji body, an X-T2, but tested on others. I would be very interested in hearing how the plugin works with other X cameras or a GFX.
Where might I extend it?
I don’t plan to cover other in-camera settings. I like a clean, easy interface that focusses on the important job, and I am not sure raw shooters make great use of all the other settings.
I have added the rating to the features of the version I will release.
However, one thought is to add an expert mode which would allow users to define other tags and values, and associate presets with them. It might be as ugly as editing a text file.
The plugin is tested on Mac and PC, and for Lightroom 5 or later. Install it as you would install any other plugin through File > Plugin Manager.
X-LR supports Fuji raw files or DNGs produced from them, including demosaiced DNGs output by Iridient X-Transformer.
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.