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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.
After you've imported and possibly worked on your video files in Lightroom, it's now time to look at how we can export or publish these files in order to get them out of Lightroom. Let's say with this clip here, I've modified the color temperature, I've trimmed the clip. I'm now ready to get it out of Lightroom. How can I do that? Well one technique that you can use is to go to your File pull-down menu and then to choose Export. This will open up the Export dialog. Now currently I'm exporting to Hard Drive so this will just be a location on the hard drive. I can determine that.
Let's send this file to the Desktop, Put it in a Subfolder, and we'll name that subfolder "Video." Next we can rename the file if we want to. No need to really do that, I'm going to keep it as is. I want to make sure to include the video files. I can choose the Video Format; in this case, H.264, and then I can choose a Quality for the compression. I have a few different options, everything from Low up to Max. Well, Low will say it's suitable for mobile devices, it shows me the file size, frame rate. I can also take that up. This would be great for higher-end tablets.
You can see these different settings that we can choose. Let's say I want to export it just as the maximum quality size, a really nice big healthy file. And then next I have a few options here, these options are actually a little bit misleading. It would be great if these were all grayed out, but they're not. Because these are only relevant to images, so we can't really change the file settings, the size, sharpening etc. What we can do is in Post-Processing, we can choose something to happen after export. In this case, I'm saying open up my Finder or my Explorer window depending on your operating system.
That will show me the video file once it's been exported. So basically, we dial in those settings then, it's really simple, we click Export and we wait. The good news about this is this exporting will happen in the background. It's going to take place here and we can then continue to work in Lightroom. We could work on other video clips, whatever we needed to do. Alright, once that's complete, it's going to then open up in this case my Finder window and there we can see that video file. Just to confirm that this video file indeed has all of the qualities, as far as color temperature and whatnot, I want to play this back.
I also notice that the thumbnail, the first frame, that Poster Frame is the one that I had set which is really nice. On a Mac you can press the Spacebar to play the video or you could double-click it in order to play it. [00:02:24:00] (video playing) Okay, that looked pretty good and that had all of those qualities that we had set up inside of Lightroom.
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