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Working with movies

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Still photography and moviemaking are now more closely connected than ever. And one of the things that we're going to start to see over the next couple of years is that almost every still camera is going to have the capability of shooting video. Now one of the things that's helpful about using Lightroom 3 is Lightroom 3 can help us organize and access and group some of our video files, so that we can take advantage of some of the video strengths of many of our cameras. We're going to be working with this folder here. It's titled movies. And what I want to do is I want to add another movie file to this particular folder.

Working with movies

Still photography and moviemaking are now more closely connected than ever. And one of the things that we're going to start to see over the next couple of years is that almost every still camera is going to have the capability of shooting video. Now one of the things that's helpful about using Lightroom 3 is Lightroom 3 can help us organize and access and group some of our video files, so that we can take advantage of some of the video strengths of many of our cameras. We're going to be working with this folder here. It's titled movies. And what I want to do is I want to add another movie file to this particular folder.

Now this is a tip that I haven't shared with you yet. If we select a folder, we can go ahead and Ctrl+Click or right-click the folder and then choose Import into this folder. What this will do is it will speed up my overall import workflow. So this will then open up the Import dialog. Now if I navigate over here to Destination, well, it's going to show me, yeah. It's bringing files right into this folder here where I need to select the file on my Desktop. I'll go ahead and navigate to the Desktop here and I'm going to go ahead and choose the Desktop folder, and here's my little movie file I want to import in.

I can go through the other options. File Handling. I don't need to make up a backup copy. That's fine. No renaming. I'll add a copyright, sure. We've already talked about that. And then simply click Import. Now the point here isn't to completely talk about importing, but it was to bring in that little tip of how you can import directly into a folder. Now when we click on this particular folder, you will notice that we have these two movie files. In this particular case it's really easy to find the movie files, because we can see their icon.

They're in a folder. Yet what about the situations where you're looking at a main folder, and you're scrolling through saying, "wait, where are my video files? I know they're around here somewhere." Well, all that you need to do is just press Backslash key and then go to your Library Filter of Attribute. Now there are three icons, and this is new in Lightroom 3. You've the master photo, the virtual copy, and now also you have your movie files. Great! This is going to then just show me these files that are my movie files. I can also access them by clicking on the folder, but you don't always organize things that effectively.

One thing that you may want to do though with your movie files is put them in a collection. So go ahead and select these here and then click on the plus sign. We'll create a collection. We'll just call this one Movies. It's not going to be part of any set. We'll include the selected files and hit Create. This will then put these into this little collection folder. Now the other thing that we might want to do is we might want to add some stars or labels or flags in order to be able to determine what movies we actually like. So I'm going to go ahead and press the E key. That will take me to this Loupe View mode.

And here this first movie that I have is this one which is my book that I've published, titled {italic}Visual Poetry.{plain} Now in this particular case, I want to preview this movie. It's just showing me frame 1. Well, in order to preview it, I can click on this icon here and in my particular case it's opening this up with QuickTime X. And in this particular situation, I can go ahead and scrub this, or I could play this movie and basically all that I was doing was just shooting this little scene, just having fun playing around a little bit.

And in particular case I say, okay, yeah, you know what, I like this movie clip. It's going to work for me. So I'm going to exit out of my preview, and back in Lightroom I want to give this a one star or two star rating. So I'll go ahead and press the number 2 key or the number 1 key in order to add that rating. Now if I press the G key to go back to the Grid View mode and if I want to see the rating, remember you've to press the J key, and that will go through your different thumbnail views here. Next I'll go to this other one and if I want to preview this image, I can do this from the Grid View mode by simply clicking on the Play icon.

I'll do that and again, in my particular case it's opening up QuickTime Player, and I could go ahead and scrub through that. And this is a video that I just captured of this lynda.com computer bag that I have. I kind of liked the design of it. I was just goofing around and shifting the focus. In this particular case one of the things that I like is that it goes out of focus, but the video is too long. Now depending on what software you have and what your operating system is, this will be completely different for you. But just to showcase how I could work on this in my particular situation with this particular version of QuickTime is I can click on this option here and choose Trim and then I could really easily trim the video down and have a much shorter little clip there.

Now I'm going to hit this Cancel button here, because the intent isn't to show you how to work with video, but it is to get you to begin to think about video editing. If you're a photographer and if you want to sharpen your skills, one of the best ways to do that right now is to learn about video and the lynda.com library has a ton of really good training on many of the different applications that you can use for video editing. Back to Lightroom. Now that we have seen this movie, I'm going to give this one a one star rating. It's not very good. It's okay, but it has that little one star rating.

Now in this particular case I've decided, okay, well, I've organized these files. I could add some keywords to them. I'll go ahead and do that here in lynda.com. This one I'll add a keyword of a Visual Poetry. So I can take advantage of all of the organizational strengths of Lightroom, but then you may be wondering, "okay, great! Well, how do I get the video out of Lightroom?" Well, that's actually quite simple. What I'll do is I'll select the video that I want to work on, press the E key, so I make sure I've selected the right one, then I'll navigate to my File pulldown menu, and here what we're going to choose is Export.

Because what Lightroom does is it simply recognizes the video. You can't edit or process or really do much with the video. But if we export it, then we can open it up in some different applications. So I'm going to open this Export dialog up. What I want to do is export to a hard drive, and I'm going to go to my Desktop. I'll put in a particular folder. In this case a folder I'm naming Video, and then the most important thing is File Settings. Now this is a little bit awkward right now. I imagine this dialog is going to change really quickly, yet for now the option is to include the video files.

Now it's not going to save it as an sRGB or sRGB color space. It's not going to save it as a JPEG or something. You don't need to worry about any of this. All that this is going to do is just say, you know what, it's going to take the file as it is, put it in new location. Again, we can ignore all of these other settings here and simply choose Export. This will then give us some progress on the export. You can think of this export really as just moving a file, saying, "hey, take this file, copy it, move it to a new location." Well, let's navigate to the Desktop and take a look at what it did for us.

Well, in this particular case we can see that it took this particular file here and put it in a folder called Video and I could then modify that file in one of my video editing applications. So as you can see, working with video in Lightroom is actually pretty easy. Well, that wraps up our conversation about video.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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