Send Files to Post From Lightroom

Now you can upload images to POST directly from Lightroom. With the installation of a simple plug-in, you can perform a Lightroom export just like normal, but instead of saving the files to a folder on your computer, it saves them to your POST FTP account.

Interested? Here’s how it works:

One-Time Setup

1. Click here to visit the Lightroom Developer Center. Click the Lightroom 5 SDK link and agree to Adobe’s terms.

2. Open the downloaded file (you may have to unzip it first), go to the Sample Plugins folder, then find the ftp_upload.lrdevplugin folder.

3. Copy the ftp_upload.lrdevplugin folder to someplace that won’t get deleted. For example, we opened the Adobe folder within Applications and created a new Plugins folder to hold this and future plug-ins.

4. Now open Lightroom. From the File menu, choose Plug-in Manager.

5. Within the Plug-in Manager, click Add. Point it to the plug-in folder you just saved. The plug-in is now installed.

Export to POST

Once the plug-in is installed, here’s how to export to POST directly from Lightroom:

1. If you haven’t already, submit a post-production job on the Post website. Doing so creates a job folder to upload to.

2. Open Lightroom and select the images that you want to send.

3. Click Export.

4. At the top of the Export window, change the Export To option to FTP Upload.

5. Choose from among the normal Export settings, but keep the following in mind:

  • If you’re sending RAW files, be sure not to rename the files at this point, otherwise the XMPs we return won’t match up with your files.
  • To send RAW files, choose the Original option from the Image Format drop-down menu.

6. Expand the FTP Server section at the bottom and choose Edit… from the Destination drop-down menu.

7. Fill out the pop-up as shown below. For username and password, use the same credentials that you use to log in to the Post website. Once filled out, don’t click OK just yet.

8. Now click Browse. Open the Uploads folder and then select the job folder that corresponds to the job you are uploading for.

9. Back on the main Export screen, review your selections and then click Export to begin.

10. Lightroom presents a progress bar as your files are sent on their way. Check on this every once in a while to make sure it’s still transferring.

11. One last thing: Once you’ve confirmed that the upload is complete, send a quick email to, telling us that the images for job PPXXXXX have been uploaded. This is the only way we will know the files are there.

If you have any difficulties, feel free to contact us for assistance.



  1. This is an awesome addition!! What a great way to streamline workflow!!