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Photographers are being asked to shoot video more and more these days—and Lightroom can help. All the same features you use to organize and develop your still photos can be applied to your motion footage. Plus, explore additional tools for playing, adjusting, and trimming video so you present just the best parts to collaborators and clients. In this course, aimed at photographers somewhat new to the video workflow, Rich Harrington shows how to get your footage into Lightroom, create tonal and color adjustments and custom develop settings, and publish and share your video on platforms like Facebook, Flickr, and Behance. Rich also covers how to build a simple slideshow that mixes photography and videography.
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When it comes to video, there are a ton of formats. The good news, though, is that Lightroom is fairly flexible in its support. Essentially, what Lightroom is designed to do is to work with video files that we created by interchangeable lens cameras or point shoots. So, typically, this is going to be things that a DSLR or a Micro 4 3rds camera could shoot. Anything that's really QuickTime based, as long as the codec's installed but these formats are going to be recognized and can be managed by Lightroom.
You'll find four formats supported inside of Lightroom 5 and 4. The video support is identical for both applications. What you are going to do is, you can choose to bring in AVI files, which are not very common, but sometimes can be created by cameras, particularly for things like in-camera time lapse mode or some older cameras. The mp4, which is the MPEG4 format, which is a very popular format used on the web as well as acquisition in most the DSLRs, Micro 4 3rds cameras and even GoPros.
The QuickTime movie format, which tends to be a more professional container format, often an authoring format, something you might generate using a tool like Adobe After Effects. Or something that could be acquired on, say, a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Or AVCHD, which is much more common inside of cameras like the GH3 from Panasonic. So, here's a list of extensions that will be recognized. QuickTimes are typically .MOV, that's the only extension you'll find for that format. However, when working with MPEG-4 files it is not uncommon to see several different options, including MP4, M4V, and less common MPE, MPEG, MPG4 and MPEG itself.
The AVI files are typically always .avi, and for the ABCHD, you may see a .M2T file, or a .MT2S. Now, the 3GP and 3GPP are more common for web formats. They are a flavor of MPG4, but those are much less common. Most of the time you're going to encounter an MP4 or an MOV. These are the two most prevalent file types you'll run into, but realize, the good news is, is that most of these flavors will be supported by Lightroom.
It'll be very obvious if the file isn't supported. We're going to take a look at importing in a moment. You'll see if there is a problem how it handles it. But, the good news is, is that Lightroom is fairly broad and if it is a format that can be acquired by a semi-professional or a professional interchangeable lens camera, that's typically a hybrid camera for shooting stills and video. Lightroom will support the file and let you bring it in for both organization and adjustment.
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