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Exporting to a hard drive

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Exporting to a hard drive

Once you're ready to export your video file from Lightroom, the process is actually pretty easy. All that you need to do is to select the file. In this case, I've clicked on this file here. And then next click on the Export button, which is located in the lower left-hand area of the library module. Or you can also navigate to the File pull down menu, then select Export. Either way, when you click on the button or this menu item, it will launch our Export dialogue. Let's go ahead and take a look at some of the settings that we want to consider here, beginning at top. First, you want to define a location.

Exporting to a hard drive

Once you're ready to export your video file from Lightroom, the process is actually pretty easy. All that you need to do is to select the file. In this case, I've clicked on this file here. And then next click on the Export button, which is located in the lower left-hand area of the library module. Or you can also navigate to the File pull down menu, then select Export. Either way, when you click on the button or this menu item, it will launch our Export dialogue. Let's go ahead and take a look at some of the settings that we want to consider here, beginning at top. First, you want to define a location.

You want to export this so you can burn it to CD or DVD or just save it to a hard drive. In my case, I want to save this file to my local hard drive. So I'll select that option there. Then we can determine or define a location. Here I'll save this to the desktop, but I want to put it in a subfolder, and I'll title that Subfolder Video. Next, we have some options when it comes to file naming. Here I'll choose a custom name. The name that I'm going to name this file is Rob, because that's the name of the subject in this video clip. Then our next area where we have some options is titled Video. The most common video format that you'll be using is this h.264. It allows you to compress the file in a really high quality way. And there you can see you have some quality settings. Now that being said, if you want to work with these video clips, say in a program like Adobe Premier, what you can do is choose this DPX option, which allows you to then have a higher quality file, which is suitable for working with in Premier or After Effects.

You can also of course, choose the original, unedited file. Alright, well here I'm going to use h.264 and then I want to take my quality setting down. Notice that the quality is currently on max and it's showing me the particular size and the frame rate. And in this case, if we change this, it will then change my overall size or my frame rate. As I drop the quality lower, you're going to see how it's going to customize this, sometimes just reducing the overall quality or sometimes also, reducing the dimensions. In this case, it's telling me that this medium size is suitable for web sharing or higher end tablets. Well that's what I want to do, so I'm going to choose this option here. Alright, well next I'm going to go down to my final option, which is Post-Processing here.

And in this case, I'm going to choose to Show this in the Finder after this export has been complete. And the reason why this is our final option is because these other options here aren't relevant to working with video files. In other words, we can't sharpen those video files or other things as well. So in most cases, we'll skip these areas and jump right down to post-processing. All right. Well, after you've dialed in those settings, the next step is to simply click Export. What will happen here, is that Lightroom will go through the process of applying any settings that we've applied here inside of Lightroom.

For example, I customized the color and the tone, and the contrast. It will then go through and take a look at this file. It will export in this case a .mp4 file. You can see this file here is now saved in this particular folder. We can double-click this file if we want to play it back. This will then open up the file in our default video player. In this case, it will be Quicktime because I'm on a Mac. I'm going to go ahead and view this a little bit smaller, so I'll click on the View pull down menu and then select Decrease Size just so we can see this a little bit better. Then I'll press Play so we can kick back and watch this.

Here goes. We'll just watch a few seconds of it. (MUSIC). All right. Well, there you have it. There's how we can take one of our video files and then export it from Lightroom.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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