HDR Express 3 Is Here

Professional Quality Image 
Processing That's Easy to Use

HDR Express 3 is packed with our professional HDR
technology, yet retains its ground-breaking simplicity to
give you the highest possible image quality with the
least amount of fuss.

HDR Express 3 uses the same merge/alignment/
de-ghosting technology as our pro application 
HDR Expose 3. And it employs improved Adaptive
Tone Mapping and a new “Gamma Control” to give
you remarkable HDR processing.

This is sophisticated HDR photography made easy.

PRODUCT FEATURES

NEW De-Ghosting Algorithms

New manual controls offer more flexibility minimizing noise and removing ghost artifacts from moving subjects.

NEW New Faster Merge & Image Alignment

Merge images up to 200% faster than in previous versions. Our new automatic and manual alignment algorithms are so powerful you’ll finally get great results merging hand-held bracketed images! This is HDR merging taken to the next level.

IMPROVED Keyframe Selection

for de-ghosting with the option to preview the changes prior to merging the images.

IMPROVED Redesigned Merge

Makes grouping images for the merge process and selecting key frames easier than ever before. 
Now filters DNG files separately from other RAW file formats.

Adaptive Tone-Mapping Algorithms

Adaptive tone-mapping algorithms that intelligently adjust the amount of tone-mapping to the different shadow and highlight areas of each individual image.

100% Beyond RGBTM Workflow

A 100% Beyond RGB workflow so that every action you perform from merging to editing to exporting happens completely in Pinnacle Imaging’s patented 32-bit Beyond RGB color space.

NEW Gamma Control Slider

HDR Express 3 now includes the "Gamma" control slider that allows the user to adjust the brightness of mid-tones and shadows while preserving highlight details.

IMPROVED OS Support

HDR Expose 3 will run on Windows 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)
Windows XP and Mac OS 10.7.5 & below are no longer supported.


HDR Express 3

Professional quality, fast and easy to use.

$79 full license $49 upgrade price
FREE Upgrade for Express 2 owners who purchased after July 21, 2014

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You may view a detailed compa­rison of Pinnacle Imaging products on the "Compare Product Features" page.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Current Version Info

  • HDR Express 3.1.1 build 12800

System Requirements:

  • OS: Intel-based Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks), Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) and Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • PC: 64-bit Windows 7/8/10.
  • CPU: Dual-core 2.0GHz minimum; quad-core, 2.8GHz is recommended for best performance.
  • RAM: 4GB minimum, recommend 16GB.
  • Video: Recommend 128M video memory minimum.

Download size

  • Mac OS: 71.3 MB
  • Windows 64-bit (x64): 20.7 MB.

This package includes both Aperture and Lightroom plug-ins, which are installed automatically with the main application.


HDR Express 3

Professional quality, fast and easy to use.

$79 full license $49 upgrade price
FREE Upgrade for Express 2 owners who purchased after July 21, 2014

COMPARE FEATURES

You may view a detailed compa­rison of Pinnacle Imaging products on the "Compare Product Features" page.

EXPRESS 3 VIDEO TUTORIALS

These product tutorials will give you additional insight into individual product features, functionality and workflow techniques.


HDR Express 3

Professional quality, fast and easy to use.

$79 full license $49 upgrade price
FREE Upgrade for Express 2 owners who purchased after July 21, 2014

COMPARE FEATURES

You may view a detailed compa­rison of Pinnacle Imaging products on the "Compare Product Features" page.

MERGE / AUTOMATIC ALIGNMENT

ALIGNMENT POWERFUL ENOUGH TO MERGE HAND-HELD IMAGES - UP TO 200% FASTER in VERSION 3

Even a bracketed set of images taken with a tripod can have alignment differences between the frames. These alignment differences can ruin a merged HDR image. HDR Express 3’s new alignment algorithms virtually eliminate these problems. And, HDR Express 3 merges well hand-held bracket exposures giving you the freedom to explore a scene without lugging your tripod.


4 HANDHELD BRACKETED IMAGES

MERGED AND ALIGNED RESULT

DE-GHOSTING

NEW KEY FRAME BASED DE-GHOSTING
"Ghosts" can appear in your merged HDR images by objects that move between the frames of your different bracketed exposures. HDR Express 3’s new key frame based de-ghosting algorithms allow you to choose the bracket exposure you want to use to isolate the moving objects in your set. The result is the smart and accurate elimination of ghosts.

NEW ADAPTIVE TONE-MAPPING ALGORITHMS

Since the beginning of High Dynamic Range processing HDR applications have been applying the same, one size fits all, tone mapping curve to all HDR merged files. But your HDR images are not like everyone else's and wouldn't it be great if your HDR application could analyze each of your individual HDR images and apply just the right amount of tone mapping for the best image possible? Unified Color's Adaptive Tone Mapping does just that.


Old Tone-Mapping Algorithm

NEW Adaptive Tone-Mapping Algorithm

TONE CURVE GRAPHS

Tone mapping in other applications applies a single, linear curve over the whole image that could optimize processing for shadow detail at the cost of highlights or vice versa. Our breakthrough Adaptive Tone Mapping creates a custom localized adaptive tone mapping curve for each individual image thus enhancing the contrast of your image's individual tonal zones. As you can see in the graph HDR Express 3 will analyze your image's histogram and determine exactly which areas of your image need more or less contrast enhancement (tone-mapping). This retains the detail and color in the highlights and shadows at the same time.

GAMMA ADJUSTMENT

HDR Express 3's new Adaptive Tone Mapping Gamma adjustment function is a sophisticated improvement on traditional tone-mapping techniques. Often in HDR tone-mapping you'll get your highlights set to perfection but your mid tones and shadows will still need some improvement.
The Gamma adjustment slider does just that. As seen on the chart below, the green curve represents the default automatic adaptive tone curve. Adjusting the Gamma slider up or down changes the angle of this curve essentially brightening or darkening the image while retaining the overall contrast of the image for the perfect tonal relationship between highlights, mid-tones and shadows.