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Video playback, trimming, and more

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Here we're going to take a few minutes to explore some of the new video capabilities inside of the Lightroom 4 beta. What's really interesting to me is there is this convergence between the still and the moving image. When you stop to think about it, whether you're using a compact pocket camera, a smartphone, or DSLR, you have the ability to capture a still or a moving image. You know for photographers, video--it's becoming more and more important. Well, in the previous version of Lightroom, the video support was more like a hat tip to the video file.

Video playback, trimming, and more

Here we're going to take a few minutes to explore some of the new video capabilities inside of the Lightroom 4 beta. What's really interesting to me is there is this convergence between the still and the moving image. When you stop to think about it, whether you're using a compact pocket camera, a smartphone, or DSLR, you have the ability to capture a still or a moving image. You know for photographers, video--it's becoming more and more important. Well, in the previous version of Lightroom, the video support was more like a hat tip to the video file.

You could import the video file and organize it, but that was about it. If you want to play the video file, you had to launch an external player in it. It just wasn't very good. Well, all of that changes in Lightroom 4. Now new in Lightroom 4 is the ability to import and to work with a wide range of video formats, whether a compact camera, smartphone, DSLR, Sony Camera, you name it. We can bring these images into Lightroom and do some fascinating things. Well, let's take a look. Here you'll notice that I am working from this folder Videos and I've four different video clips.

Well for starters, we're in the Library module and we are in this Grid view. Now this Grid view, we can see thumbnails of images or videos. Yet what's new to the Lightroom 4 beta is we can hover over the thumbnail and move back and forth and actually watch the video clip as it transpires. Currently, these thumbnails are small; they're too small. In order to have a larger view, we'll just increase the thumbnail size. We can do that by using the slider here in that toolbar and now as I move back and forth, I can watch these different clips and you can see them here.

Well, in order to have an even larger view, you know what we need to do right. We can either double-click the image or press the E key to navigate to the Loupe view right inside of the Library module. While here inside of the Loupe view, we have the video file up top. We also have the ability to play this back. Now I can either click the Play button, or it can click on the playhead and I can click and drag this and watch and hear the video. Let's go ahead and do that. (video playing) Dragging back and forth, clicking the Play button, or you can also use the shortcut.

Press the Spacebar key to start the video. Press the Spacebar key to stop it. Now this particular clip I captured with a Canon 5D Mark II. I leaned my camera against this pole that held this interesting moving sculpture down at the beach and just shot these few seconds, because I thought the motion was kind of interesting. And in this case, this clip is pretty well self-contained. It starts well, and then if we scrub to the end, it finishes well. Yet what about those situations where you have a clip, say, like this one here, timmy-tracks.

Well, if we scrub through this, you'll notice that it doesn't start very well. I am getting my exposure set, the surfer is getting set, and then the action starts right about here and then he walks across the tracks, and then really it's over. And you know when we capture video, we do this a lot. We capture too much footage, knowing that we're going to edit it down. Well, you can now do that inside of Lightroom 4 beta. In order to do that, all that you need to do is to click on this gear icon and that'll open up a view, so that we can see all of the footage.

Now we can move our playhead needle a number of different ways--we can either click on it and move it, we can use these little arrow icons if we want to get really precise, or we can hover over the time here and I can go ahead and click and drag one way or another. So again, it's all about moving that playhead needle. It's the same thing; you can just do it different ways. Well, let's say that I've moved this playhead needle to where I want this clip to have stopped, right here, right when he gets to that telephone pole. All that I need to do next is click on this icon to trim out the rest of the clip, and then I'll move the playhead needle to where I want this to start--say, right about there and now I have the clip that I want.

And this particular clip, I can then use, so I am going to use this in another movie. Now you'll notice that it updated how long this is, about 4 or 5 seconds. So I took a clip that was about 10 or 11 seconds and I essentially cut it in half, and what's great about this is that all of the rest of the content, well, it still exists, it's still there. It's only going to be trimmed or edited when I export or I publish this video. Now we'll talk a little bit more about that later, but for now I just wanted to highlight that functionality, which is really great.

Well, what about those situations like this video clip right here. You'll notice that this one starts off with black. This is a clip that a friend shot for me and it was to promote one of my photography books. It starts black, and then if we scrub it, you can see that I am standing up in the mountains and I am talking a little bit about this photography book. Well, the problem with this clip and with a lot of the clips that we have and that we'll have in our library is that the first frame might not be a good representation of that clip.

So if we go back to the Grid view, we can see just black right. It just starts on that first frame. Of course, when we position our cursor over, we can see what's inside of that, but that's going to be really tedious if we have 5 or 10 or 15 clips. So what we can do in Lightroom 4 now is we can set what's called a Poster Frame. To do that, we need to go back to that Loupe view mode. Remember the shortcut; it's the E key. So press the E key, and then move your playhead needle to where you think you have a nice opening frame, let's say, right there, and then go to this icon which is located right next to the gear and click on it.

Here you can choose Set Poster Frame. This will then update the first frame that's visible inside of the thumbnail view. So we can see down here in the filmstrip that now matches what I am seeing here, or press the G key, back to the Grid view, and there we have it. We can now see that first frame. It's going to be a much better way, much more visual way to identify that particular clip, so that we can then use it or export or publish it or do whatever we need to do with that.

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