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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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