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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use the Capture Frame feature in order to capture or remove still frames from a video clip. This feature is actually pretty phenomenal because it allows you to work with video in a completely different way. As I mentioned previously, I have this one clip which is a video portrait of this fascinating surfer Rob Machado. What I'm going to do is scrub down the line over here till I find a spot where I have what I think could be a decent portrait shot. Now this particular guy, Rob, like I said he is fascinating. He was on the cover of one of my most recent books and he just has an interesting look about who he is.
And so let's say that I want to use this as a still frame. Well here I'm shooting with the Canon 5D Mark II. The dimensions of this video clip, they're 1920x1080. That is a lot of information, a lot of data there. So what I can do is I can capture say this frame out as a still frame, it's really easy. You click on this icon here and choose Capture Frame. That frame will then show up in the Filmstrip below. It will keep the naming convention just the same as the video clip, and here it is this is rob_portrait.jpg.
You'll notice the Dimensions here are 1920x1080 and let's go ahead and zoom in on this, we'll go ahead and zoom into 1:1 and we can see the detail that we have here. Now what's great is whatever detail we've captured in the video clip is what we're going to get here. This one it was hand-held, shot in a lowlight scenario, but nonetheless, this would be great for viewing on the Web or I could even create a small print of this. Let's take a look at some other footage. This footage is a little bit more clear, a little bit more crisp. Let's find a point with this.
I'll go ahead and scrub down to a point that I think might be kind of cool. And then, same thing. Click on this, capture that frame and then let's go ahead and navigate to here and look at this at 1:1. Again, we have pretty good detail, pretty good footage here that was captured straight out of this video clip. What's phenomenal about this is we can then use this information or use these JPEGs and process them with all of the rest of Lightroom. We can include this JPEG in the rest of our Lightroom workflow.
Whether that's working on the image in the Develop module or outputting it in different ways. So what this really does for us is it expands how we start to work with video. Because you know the trick with video is this: so many of us shoot video clips but we just don't know what to do with them because we're still photographers. Well all of a sudden this gives us the ability to kind of tap into those video files in some really fascinating ways. In other words, let's say with this short video portrait I created, well I could capture out of this, let's say three little portraits.
They could be kind of interesting right, and I could then put those together in a small set. Because I have movement, that movement gave me different types of compositions. So again, I'm just trying to start to get you to think about this and to think about video in a new way. Perhaps, this will then give you the ability to capture video files and use those video files in a completely creative and different way simply by looking at how we can capture frame inside of the Library module.
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