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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.
One of the things that's really exciting about the latest version of Lightroom is that it allows us to work with video in some pretty powerful ways, because as still photographers we are now shooting still images and capturing video files and we need to have these as part of our workflow. So speaking of workflow starting off one of the things that we can do in the Library module is add labels or stars. Here I can add a red label by simply clicking on one of these buttons or I can add a star rating as well. We can go through the various video files and add stars or labels or flags, we can also work with metadata as well.
Well, currently you can see that these video files are showing the first frame. Well to get deeper into the video all that you need to do is to hover over it and then simply scrub to the left or the right in order to play these. It's kind of a fun way to see the footage and we can get to where the relevant part of the video file is, so we can see if this clip is going to be good. And again, you can see here we are just hovering over these and I'm not clicking, I'm just moving that mouse one way or another. Now because this playback is kind of nice and really snappy and quick, what some Lightroom users like to do is to increase their thumbnail size and then go to the video file and just scrub over it this way in order to get a little bit of a larger view.
Now the problem with this of course is if you go really big with these. Well sometimes your video preview is going to be a little bit choppy. You're not going to really see the quality of the file. So, of course there has to be a better way, right? Well there is. All that you need to do is to take your video files to the Loupe View. You can do that by clicking on this button here or by pressing the E key. Now when we go to the Loupe View all of a sudden we will see this nice crisp sharp view of the video file, and we can play this back here.
Rather than dragging over this we now have some play controls. A couple ways we can use these: one, is we can press the Play button or two, we can drag the playhead needle. Now this particular video piece it was captured with my Canon 5D Mark II. I just lean it against this pole which was holding this moving sculpture down at the beach. So this little clip is really about movement and now I want to see if the movement that I captured is any good. I'm not worried about the audio just the movement. So I'm going to play this and let's go ahead and watch it and I'll be quiet, because there is an audio track here as well. Let's check it out.
(clip playing) All right, great! That looks good, it's sharp, there are some nice details. I can also scrub this if I want to get to the footage more quickly. Let's take a look at that. To do that you simply click and drag to the left or the right. (clip playing) Okay, perfect. Now why this is important is because so often the good aspect of the footage or the footage that we really want to work with, well, it's going to come a little bit later, it's not going to be right in the beginning.
Usually when you shoot video, you kind of have these cushions on the front and also on the back, this footage that you don't really need, and you can then access the good stuff. This gives you the ability: one, to play it back, to view it and also, to discover if there is anything good that you want to work with. And now so far of course, we have just been talking about how we can view these video clips. Yet what about those situations where you need to, let's say trim some footage out. For example, let's click on this clip here, beach1 movie. This is a photograph of my daughters playing at the beach and there is this segment, right here where Annika, my oldest daughter catches a wave.
Well this is the part of the clip that I want to work with. I want to cut out that first part, because I just want to have a couple of clips of her say catching this wave. Well, let's take a look at how we could trim or modify this video in the next movie.
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