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In Up and Running with Photoshop Lightroom 4, author Jan Kabili introduces the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features for organizing, enhancing, and sharing digital photos and video clips. The course shows how to import photos and video clips from a camera and from a hard drive, explaining how Lightroom catalogs work along the way, and how to manage and organize photos and video clips with the Library module. The course also covers enhancing photos in the Develop module, including cropping, adjusting exposure, recovering details from highlights and shadows, sharpening and adding clarity, and correcting part of a photo, as well as enhancing video clips. The course concludes with a look at sharing photos: posting them on Facebook, creating photo books, exporting, and printing.
These days everyone is shooting video, not just with video cameras but with still cameras, too. Everything from high end DSLRs to point-and-shoots, to camera phones. So you'll be happy to know that there's a lot you can do with your video clips here in Lightroom 4. For one thing, I can import off my memory card, video clips that I've taken with my still camera right along with my still photos like the two JPEGs here. Right next to those, I have this .MOV video clip here in my Lightroom library. If I want to see what's in that video clip, I can just hover over the clip and move back and forth.
If I want to see the clip larger, I'll select it by clicking in that frame and then I'll go down to the Loupe View icon at the bottom of the Library and click. I can allocate more room to the video clip by going over to the far left and clicking in this bar to collapse the left hand panel. In Loupe View, I have a controller. I can click the Play button on the controller and that will allow me to view the video and even hear the sound.
And I'll move my mouse over the clip and click again to stop playing it. Now, I only need a few seconds of this video. So, I want to trim away the end and I'll trim away part of the beginning, too. To do that, I'll go over to the Gear icon at the far right of the Controller and I'll click and that opens the controller to this Frame view. Then I'm going to take the Playhead and drag it all the way over to the left to the beginning of the video, and I'm just going to scrub that Playhead to where I want my video to start. Let's say I'm going to start there. Now, I'll go to the Trimming bar right here and drag that Trimming bar over until it touches my Playhead and I've just trimmed away the beginning of this video.
Now, this is not a permanent change. Like every change that I make in Lightroom, this is non-destructive of the original video. So, if I changed my mind about where I want the video to start, I can always come back and just move that trim head over and move the Playhead over a little bit and do it again. I'll also trim off the end of this video. So, I'll take that Playhead and I'll run it through a little further. Maybe just until that wave disappears and then I'll take the Trim bar at the far right and I'll drag that over to meet the Playhead, trimming away the end.
Now, I'll scrub back to beginning of the part that I've clipped and I'll play just that. Great. Now, I have just a few seconds of this video. By the way, you can only trim from the beginning or the end of a video clip in Lightroom 4, you can't take out frames in the middle. And that's not all that I can do with video clips in Lightroom 4. I can capture a still frame from a video clip as a JPEG. To show you that, I'm going to take the Playhead back until I get to a frame in this movie that I particularly like.
And then, I'm going to go to this Rectangular icon at the bottom of the Controller and I'll choose Capture Frame. I'm going to make the filmstrip taller by moving my mouse over its top border and then dragging up so that you can see that I now have not only the video here, but right next to it, I have a JPEG which I captured from a frame in the video and I can use this to JPEG like any JPEG. I could e-mail it, I can post it on my website and so forth. I can also capture another frame to use as the Poster frame.
The Poster frame is the first frame that appears on the video thumbnail. It's what's appearing here now in this thumbnail. And this particular frame isn't telling me much about this video. In fact, I have actually cut this part off of the actual video. I'd rather have a more representative frame. I can use the frame that I have up there now or I can pull the Playhead to some other frame. And then I'll go to the Rectangular icon on the controller and this time I'll choose Set Poster Frame. And that captures that particular frame and sets it as a Poster frame on the thumbnail for this video.
But that's not all that you can do with video in Lightroom 4. You can also process a video, changing its appearance. You can even take a color video like this and convert it into black and white. I'll show you how to do that in the very next movie. But for now, let's assume that you're done trimming, creating poster frames, and even processing your video and you're ready to export a copy of it so that you can upload it to the Web or maybe send it to someone by e-mail. To do that, you go the File menu at the top of the screen and choose Export.
That opens the Export Dialog Box. I'm going to be covering this Export Dialog Box in detail in the later movie in this course but for now, I just want to show you the Video settings here. So, I'm going to scroll down to the Video section. Here, when you're exporting a video, you want to make sure to check Include Video Files. In the Format menu, you could choose to export the original. In that case, you would get a copy of this video with none of the changes that you've included at the original size. But if I want to copy, say, to upload to the Web, I'll choose H.264 as my video format.
That brings up this Quality menu. And from here, I can choose exactly which quality I want for compression. So, if I want the movie that I'm exporting to be the same size as the original, you can see over here that the target, the movie I'm exporting is going to be 1920 by 1080 pixels and that's the same as the source, the original. I'll come to this menu and I'm going to choose Medium instead. Now, Lightroom tells me that this video will be suitable for sharing on the Web. Well, that's great. That's what I want to do.
And notice that the size of the target, the movie I'm exporting, is going to be smaller than the original. And if I were exporting a movie for viewing on a mobile device, I might choose Low. Lightroom tells me this movie will be suitable for mobile devices and you can see the target's size is much smaller. And then when I click Export, that will export a copy of the movie with all of the changes that I've made to it here in Lightroom 4. In the next movie, I'm going to show you how you can change the appearance of a movie using Processing settings in Lightroom 4.
So, stay tuned for that one.
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