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Exporting and publishing a video to a hard drive

From: Lightroom 4 New Features

Video: Exporting and publishing a video to a hard drive

Now that we've spent some time exploring how we can work with video files inside of the Lightroom 4 beta, it's time to take a look at how we can get these video files and all of the work that we've done out of Lightroom. Well, there are a couple of different techniques that we can use, and the first technique that I want to highlight is Export. Well, the first thing that we want to do is choose a video clip. In this case, I am going to choose the video clip that we converted to black-and-white. Now first I want to show you how you can export this movie. In order to do that, we'll navigate to the File pulldown menu, and then choose Export.

Exporting and publishing a video to a hard drive

Now that we've spent some time exploring how we can work with video files inside of the Lightroom 4 beta, it's time to take a look at how we can get these video files and all of the work that we've done out of Lightroom. Well, there are a couple of different techniques that we can use, and the first technique that I want to highlight is Export. Well, the first thing that we want to do is choose a video clip. In this case, I am going to choose the video clip that we converted to black-and-white. Now first I want to show you how you can export this movie. In order to do that, we'll navigate to the File pulldown menu, and then choose Export.

This will open up our Export dialog. Now this is really straightforward. We can choose to export it to the hard drive. Great. I'll save it to my Desktop. That'll be fine. We could choose to rename if we wanted to. The most important, now we want to click on this option to Include Video files. Now when we do that we have a few options here. We could export this as the original file, as it was shot, just converted to black-and-white--same file size, same frame rate. Or we could choose the really popular H.264 video codec and the Quality setting.

For example, we could choose High. You'll notice it will give us a little bit of a tip underneath about why you may want to choose that Quality setting. It also will show you your target size and your frame rates. Here if I take this down to Medium, you'll notice it says, this is suitable for web sharing and higher-end tablets, so this would be a great size, say, if I wanted to export this and put it on my iPad. Next we'll scroll down, you will notice a few of these settings are grayed out, because these are all related to images, and I'll go all the way down to the bottom where I can choose an option for after I've exported this. What do I want to have happened? Well, I wanted to show me this image where I saved it, in this case on the Desktop there, and then simply click Export. It's that easy.

Now what's great about this export is this happens in the background, in other words I could go to another video file or I could work in Lightroom in another way, and this is especially helpful if you have longer video clips that are going to take a while to export. Well, now it's showing me this folder on my desktop and I want to see how this video file actually looks. I want to see what the quality is like at Medium. Well, here we can double-click the file, or on a Mac, you can press the Spacebar key to open it up.

Let's just watch it for a second. All right! Well, that looks good, I'll press Pause here. This video file and all of the modifications that we've applied to it whether a trimming or converting to black-and- white or changing the color or whatever we've done is now good to go. It is now out of Lightroom. Well, that his technique number one. Let's go ahead and close those windows and go back to Lightroom. Let's say that I want to get this out of Lightroom, but this time I want to do it using Publish Services. First thing you want to do is go to Set Up. Here this looks very similar to our Export window, right? I'll go ahead and just name this Export to Desktop, so that I can remember that.

This one will go to the Desktop here. I'll put it just in the main Desktop folder there. No renamin. Video files, in this case, I am going to choose this High setting, which gives me a little bit of a higher file size dimension-wise and also quality there. Go ahead and scroll down. That all looks great. Next I am going to click Save. Now all that that did was create this Publish setting. There isn't an image or a video in this Publish setting. To add one, I'll simply click and drag this to that area.

Now we can see that we have one. Well, to open that up, we'll go ahead and click on that little setting there and then press the Backslash (\) key. Now the Backslash (\) key is the key which leans to the left. So here you can see I have this new video to publish. It's calling it a photo but it's actually a video file. Well, if I want to publish this to my Desktop, all that I need to do is to simply click on the Publish button up here, or of course, I can click on that same button down below.

Let's click on Publish. It's going to update that or export that file. In other words, it's taking it from Lightroom, putting it somewhere else at the settings that I've predetermined with those Publish settings, and again, all of this will happen in the background. We could leave this location and go somewhere else and develop or work on our images or work on a book or you name it. You can do whatever you need to do. I am just going to stay here for demo purposes, so it can show me that this has been completed, which is great.

Next thing that I am going to do is I am going to navigate back to that folder on my Desktop here, because I want to see this file, and here we have another version of this. This one is much bigger, higher quality setting, larger file size. I'll open this file up as well just to take a look at that one. And there you have it, another version of this video file. Well, in closing, I hope that those techniques will be helpful for you as you explore how you can work on your video files, and then export them or publish them, or get them out of Lightroom, so that they can go somewhere else.

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