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This course covers the newest features and enhancements in Photoshop Lightroom 4, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. Author and photographer Chris Orwig details the new video editing and sharing capabilities in Lightroom; its new book-layout features for creating Blurb photo books; the new Map module, to tag images with locations; and the various image editing improvements in the Develop module. Exercise files are included with the course.
Lightroom isn't just an elegant and pretty software program; rather, it's robust, it's strong. One of the reasons why Lightroom is so popular is because it has this database backbone, which helps us organize all of our images. It keeps track of so many different things like the previews and file location in the Develop settings. Well, here what I want to do is take a look at how we can tap into this database strength when working with video files. Well, for starters, you will notice that I am working from this videos folder and I have these same five videos that we've been working with so far.
I am here in the Library module. Well, one of the things that we can do is rate, rank, sort, and filter these video files in some interesting ways. For example, you may know the shortcuts that you can use to add star ratings or to add the labels to your images; well, you can do the same with videos. For example, if you press the 6 key, you can then add a red label. Let's go ahead and do that to this image here, and then I will press the Right Arrow key to target another video file, and then press the 6 key to add a label to this video file here.
So now both videos are labeled red. What you can then do is filter based on a certain criteria. In order to do that, you can head up to Attribute, and then you can say just show me the video files that have this red label so we can see those. Another way that we can organize things is by viewing all of our images. Here I will click on exercise files and go to Attribute. You'll notice that if I turn off this red label, it's going to show me everything; but on the far right-hand side, I can click on the icon for video clips, and it will just show me the video clips that I have inside of my Library.
All right. Well, so far so good. We have been able to do these types of things before. Yet what is new is something which is kind of fascinating. I am going to go ahead and turn off this video filtering and just go back to the videos folder for a second. I want to highlight just a couple of things here. The first one is Smart Collections. You'll notice that in the Collections panel, you have some preset Smart Collections. One of them is Video Files. This will then show me just the video files that I have in my Library.
So, for example, if I click on exercise files, it shows everything. Smart Collection > Video Files, click on that. It's now just showing me the files, which are in that video format, and that's really helpful. I can also create collections of particular videos. Say, for example, I want to put these top three videos in a collection. I will click on one video, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, click on the other videos, and then click on the plus (+) icon in the Video Panel and choose Create Collection.
Here I am going to name this collection Video-Demo. I want it to be Top level so I can see it over here on the right-hand side and I will click Create. Well, now I have this grouping of these videos, and a collection is a way to group or organize files that isn't contingent; isn't based on file or folder location. So we can group these together. I have them there as a collection. And the nice thing about this is that one of the things that we can do is we can now stack video files inside of our collections.
So, for example, let's say, I want to stack all of these or group all of these together. Again, let's click on all of them, holding down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a Windows. Next thing we will do is go to the Photo pulldown menu. I will choose Stacking, and then Group in Stack. Now you may be wondering okay, why is he doing this and what's this all about. What this allows us to do is to combine things together in a really unique way. And then to kind of hide or to stack files one behind another.
And this is really helpful with video clips, because what's going to happen is you have these video clips which are all of B-Roll. You can stack all the B-Roll footage together, rather than looking at all of these different little clips which make it to cluttered. So here, let's group these into a stack. Now that they are grouped and collapsed, we can see that we can expand or collapse this by clicking on the little icon, little two handles there on the right, or by pressing the S key. So again, here I am just demoing this. You can imagine that this is going to be more helpful when you have more video clips, and this again, allows you to group things together.
And what I found whether working on images or videos, this type of grouping or grouping within a group is really helpful. So first we have, of course, a folder. We also can use Smart Collections. Or we can create very specific collections, and then inside of those, we can group these images and stack them in order to have even more control over all of these files. Because here's what's happening-- so many of us are shooting all of these videos but we don't really know what to do with them.
We don't know how to organize, how to handle them, how to treat them. Well, this new functionality in Lightroom 4 will help out with that. It will help us organize these and take advantage of this robust strength that Lightroom provides us--by organizing these video files together in different ways, whether it's a folder or Smart Collection or a specific collection that we've created ourselves.
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