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In this movie, I want to build upon what we already know about working with our video files. And here we're going to do a few things. We'll begin by talking about how we can trim this clip. Then next we'll take a look at how we can modify the color and tone of our video files and then last but not least, we'll explore how we can work with virtual copies and presets which will allow us even more creative flexibility. When it comes to processing in changing the look of our video files. Now, this particular clip is one that I captured. It's a short video portrait of a world famous surfer. His name is Rob Machado. And what I want to do first is trim the clip.
To do that, we already know that we can click on the gear icon here. And then hover over the edge of the playback component. And when you click and drag that, after hovering over the edge, you can then see all of the details of the clip a little bit better. Now, here, I'll drag this over to the right till I can find a good starting point. To make sure that's a good starting point, what we want to do is drag the playhead needle to the left. There is some audio in this short video clip here, so I'll go ahead and be quiet and just drag this to the left. (SOUND) Alright that's a decent starting point. We can also click and drag to push this around a little bit if we want to get it exactly at the right spot. To give you a feel for this brief little clip here I'll go ahead and press the play button and be quiet so that we can watch this.
Just so you get a feel for the look of this particular file. Here it goes. Alright. Well, next what I want to do is I want to customize or change the overall color of this. To do that, let's go ahead and minimize this graphic. We can do so by clicking on the gear icon. That will then minimize it so we can focus on the look that we have here. Now if you navigate to the Quick Develop panel. If that isn't open, go ahead and click on that to expand it. With so many different options that we can use here.
Now we can simply choose a white balance option or we can always use our various controls. Let's go ahead and modify the temperature. To do that, I'll click on the double button here, and I'll make this cooler which in turn will remove some of that yellow shift that we have In this clip. To make more subtle adjustments, click on the button which just has one arrow. And, in this case, again, I'm just going to customize this to change the overall look and feel of this particular clip. Now, the great thing about this, is it isn't just applying this to a single frame. If we scrub this back or forth, let me go ahead and do that, you can see how this is being applied to the entire video file. So, again.
It's being applied everywhere, and this is true with whatever controls we work with. If we expand our tone controls, you'll notice that a few are grayed out. Well, that's because we can do a lot with our video files, we just can't do everything. We can do more with our still images than we can with video clips, yet still, we can do quite a bit here. You can increase the contrast, increase the exposure, or again whatever it is that we want to do. Alright well in this case let's say that we like the look of this particular clip but we kind of want to get creative. you might want to apply say a black and white conversion as well. Well to do that, the easiest way to have some cretive flexibility with video files or images Is to right click or control click on the thumbnail that we have here in the film strip.
When you right click or control click, this opens up a contextual menu. In the middle of the menu, select the option which it reads create virtual copy. What a virtual copy is is another version of your video or of your still image which doesn't take up a lot of file size, so that you can then process this in a different way, and just have another version of what you're working on. In this case what I want to do is scrub down the line here a little bit. (SOUND) Look for a spot where we capture a bit of this video portrait here and we can see the subject. And I want to convert this to black and white.
To do so, we'll make our way back to the top area of Quick Develop. If you click on this triangle icon it will expand what we have here. We can change the treatment of this from color to black and white. In doing that, it will convert this clip to black and white. We could also do this, though, by using our various presets. If we click on the preset pull down menu, we could select one of these Lightroom black and white filter presets. For example, say we could try the preset red filter. This would give us another version of a black and white conversion. Now, before I click okay here, let's talk about this dialogue. What this dialogue says is that some of the developed settings are not supported for video files.
Again, remember we can do some things but we can't do everything. Well, that's no big deal. I'll go ahead and click don't show again. We don't necessarily need to see that. Here we'll click okay and it will show us this particular conversion. If we don't like this conversion, well, we can always customize it by using these controls. Here we could darken this by clicking on our whites here. And we could go ahead and change the overall exposure. Or whatever it is that we want to do. Sometimes what you'll do is start out with a preset. Then they'll make fine-tune adjustments by using these controls Alright. Well, there you have it.
There are a few ways that we can start to modify the look of our video files. And it all revolves around working with the Quick Develop panel. And what we can do here is modify or customize any of these different controls. And if we want to have some extra creative flexibility as I talked about what you can do with still images or with video files for that matter is right-click or control-click on the file, and then choose 'Create virtual copy'. When you have a virtual copy, it allows you to then process this particular image or video file in another way, which just gives you some creative options.
Alright, well that wraps our look on how we can customize our video files using QuickDevelop.
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