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Trimming a video

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Trimming a video

Almost all of the video files that you'll work with here in Lightroom, will need to be trimmed. So, let's take a look at how we can do that in the Library module. We'll be working with this file here, so let's take this to the Loop view. To do that, press the E key. Here in the Loop view, we have this playback component and in the clips that we'll be working on in this movie, these were captured of my daughters playing at the ocean, down at a beach near where we live. And what I want to do, is trim away some of the content that I don't want. So, here I'm going to play just a few seconds of this. We can see my daughter Sophie, there, jumping in the waves, and then next we'll see my daughter UNKNOWN trying to ride one of the waves, with her body board.

Trimming a video

Almost all of the video files that you'll work with here in Lightroom, will need to be trimmed. So, let's take a look at how we can do that in the Library module. We'll be working with this file here, so let's take this to the Loop view. To do that, press the E key. Here in the Loop view, we have this playback component and in the clips that we'll be working on in this movie, these were captured of my daughters playing at the ocean, down at a beach near where we live. And what I want to do, is trim away some of the content that I don't want. So, here I'm going to play just a few seconds of this. We can see my daughter Sophie, there, jumping in the waves, and then next we'll see my daughter UNKNOWN trying to ride one of the waves, with her body board.

So here I'll go ahead and be quiet, so that we can play and watch a brief section of this clip. Here goes. (SOUND) Alright, well there you have it some fun down at a local beach and I captured this video clip with my iPhone, I was just having some fun. Yet still, what I want to do, is trim this, so that I can use a shorter segment of this particular clip. To do that, we want to click on the gear icon. When you click on the gear icon, it will open up this view which allows us to trim the content that we have here. Now, often what you'll want to do, is minimize the rest of the Lightroom interface, so you can really focus in on the task of trimming or editing this clip. To do that, press Shift Tab, that will then minimize the rest of the interface and if you want to get really precise, you can hover over either edge of the playback component, notice how the cursor changes, then click and drag. In doing this, you can find exactly where you want this clip to start. Well next what we want to do, is decide what we want to work with here. And what I want to work with, is just when my daughter Annie here, is catching this wave.

So, go ahead and scrub back to where this particular segment begins. (SOUND) Alright, well now that I found the spot, say where I want the clip to begin, next we hover our cursor over this little icon right here, and click and drag. In doing that, that will bring this up to this area where the clip will now begin. Anything which is grayed out in a sense, that will be trimmed away. Yet it's still there, if you make a mistake you can always go ahead and move that back, in order to change that area. Now, next we need to find the end point.

So, again I will scrub to the right. Alright, that's a pretty fun ending spot. So, again I'llclick and drag this icon over to the left, and so here now, I have a much shorter clip because we've trimmed off the beginning and also the end of this file. All right, let's take a look at this, with one more file. To do that we'll press Shift Tab, that will bring up the rest of the interface. Then I'll click into another clip that I have here, this one's a little bit longer. Again, I want to minimize the interface. Do you remember the shortcut to do that? It's Shift Tab. You want to find your beginning point, and often what you can do, is you can actually just hover over this and click and drag to the right. In doing that, you can find exactly the right spot. So here I'll go ahead and click and drag to the right just a little bit. Alright, now there I found the beginning spot, I'll scrub over, down to here, and then I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the left, to trim that. Now I have a clip that was about 50 seconds, now it's only six seconds. To bring back the rest of the interface, press Shift Tab, that will then, bring back the rest of our light room interface and here we can see we've taken a long video clip, we just focused in on one small area and often what we'll need to do is exactly what we've done here with our video files. In order to get to the good content because frequently when it comes to capturing video files, you want to shoot a little bit before you need it and also, after you.

This will give you the ability to add transitions and also to select the part of the video file which will work best for your project.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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