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Capturing a still image from a video file

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Here we're going to explore a new feature, which actually allows us to extend the way that we work with our video files right inside of Lightroom. And for me, I am really excited about this new feature because it allows us to capture or to extract an image from a video file. Well, the first video file that I want to highlight here is this one, and you have to indulge me for a moment, because I am a very proud dad. Here you can see my oldest daughter Annika. She's seven, holding our youngest. This was one of their first interactions. It's a short clip; it's just 8 seconds long.

Capturing a still image from a video file

Here we're going to explore a new feature, which actually allows us to extend the way that we work with our video files right inside of Lightroom. And for me, I am really excited about this new feature because it allows us to capture or to extract an image from a video file. Well, the first video file that I want to highlight here is this one, and you have to indulge me for a moment, because I am a very proud dad. Here you can see my oldest daughter Annika. She's seven, holding our youngest. This was one of their first interactions. It's a short clip; it's just 8 seconds long.

Let's take a look. Here it goes. (video playing) There it is--the first kiss. I just love that moment. Now let's say that what I want to do is extract one of those frames, perhaps a kiss or perhaps them looking at each other, like this moment right here. Well, all then you need to do is to scrub to that area on the timeline, and then click on this icon and choose Capture Frame. Now what's fascinating is it will capture this frame; save it in the same folder. You notice there are now six files here. Put it right next door to the video file; it's just a JPEG at the exact same dimensions.

We'll see that if we go to this Metadata panel. Notice that this particular video file was captured at 1280x720 as was that video file. Now what's so amazing about this is that what you can do then is use all of the strength of Lightroom in order to process this JPEG. In other words, if I need to reduce the noise or sharpen or add contrast or whatever, I can do that right within Lightroom. I never have to leave. Let's take a look at this with another video file.

We'll go over here to this one--just to highlight, this one was shot at 1920x1080. Again, I scroll to the area that I think looks interesting--let's say, right there, and then click on this icon and choose Capture Frame. You'll notice that it will save it right next door to the video file, same naming convention, and again, the dimensions there are identical to that video format. So as you can see, this is going to open up a huge range of different types of possibilities. One of the things that we will be able to do with this is really start to create prints from these files.

Let's say, for example, this image here. If I were to open this one up inside of Photoshop, we could then further modify it and create prints. or we could of course go to the Print module and do the same thing inside of Lightroom. In other words, this extends this video's reach. Rather than just having a video file, we can start to capture video files with a really high resolution, and then we can extract or capture frames so that we can have a still image from that video footage as well.

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