Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding video to a catalog, part of Working with Video in Lightroom.
Let's take a look at bringing clips in the Lightroom. The process is essentially identical to Photo, so that's the good news. But I'll give you a quick refresher on best practices. In Lightroom, I've made a new catalog, so my own photos aren't affected by the lesson. In the library module, you'll see the button for import, or you can also choose file import photos and video. You'll notice that this makes it very simple to bring the material in. In this case, let's start with a memory card.
So I've already mounted one into the slot, and you see the folder there. You'll notice that this particular one is not showing a preview, so if you are working on a Windows machine that doesn't have Quicktime installed Just go to quicktime.com, it's a good idea to install this. You could uncheck adding yourself to Apple's email list. Let's quit light room, and we'll run the installer for QuickTime really quick. Alright. Now that I have QuickTime installed, I'll return to light room.
I'll choose file. Import photos and video and navigate directly to a memory card. Now you see in this case the preview does correctly load. This particular clip must have used a Kodak that wasn't native to the Windows operating system. A Kodak is a compressor, decompressor. It's essentially the code inside the container. Video files by their nature are very large. So, by installing the correct codecs, we can decode those files. Think of it as an option within the actual format itself.
Now I purposely built this in so you can see what happens when a clip that should have been recognized wasn't recognized. And it comes down to the bottom line of just make sure you have the right codec. Perhaps your camera manufacturer will provide one for you, or you can always try installing Quicktime to let the system update with a few additional codecs that Lightroom can use. I've got the clip selected, you'll note that they are visible here. If I select an individual clip I can press the E key to temporarily switch over and view that full screen.
And that lets me see what's going on. I'll go back to the grid view here and these clips are all available. Remember, you can easily uncheck them all if you want, and then be selective and grab just the clips you're interested in. Or quickly check the check all button to grab them. Next you want to check where those are going so you'll see the destination. I'm choosing to copy these into my catalog. So, I've selected copy. And you'll notice in this case, that it's targeted the default location on my hard drive.
It's using the pictures folder. It started to make sub folders based on the dates that things were shot. Alright, that looks pretty good, I'll click import and those items are going to be added into my collection. You'll note that the copies are being copied and imported and it says copy and import photos even though they are actually video files. You can tell they're video by the fact that there's a counter. And what's nice is is that you can drag over these clips to see a little preview, or a hover scrub, that gives you an idea of the contents of the clips themself.
Now, this is one way of importing directly from a memory card. However, personally I don't like to use Lightroom to do my copying for me. I tend to use the desktop or finder level tools to manually copy things over and do a verified copy. Typically in my situation I'm copying to two drives and then I choose to erase the card after I know the files have been successfully backed up. Of course, as far as backup goes, I also do additional backups to the cloud. And an offsite backup. But that's a topic for a future class.
Alright. I've copied a whole collection of files. And in fact, you may have these same files if you've downloaded them. I'm going to navigate to the images and video files that I downloaded as part of this lesson. Now, in my case, I have stored those out on my desktop. And I have the Hawaii folder. Note that I'm not seeing anything inside that folder unless I click the Include Subfolders option. Now the benefit here is I've already done a little bit of manual organization. I have the video files organized and I'm going to choose Import.
Now, for those of you following along at home, those files I imported off of the card are also in these folders here. Now in my case, they are grayed out because they've already been imported. This is because by default, it's going to ignore duplicate files on import. And it's going to try to prevent you from bringing em in. You'll note that the don't import suspected duplicates is checked. But if you're importing these for the first time, you'll see that all of these clips are available.
Now in this case, I've got check all applied. Everything is selected, and I'm going to move those into my machine, but instead of copying them, since they're already on my hard drive. I'm simply going to choose to add them to my catalog. This will leave them in the current location and then put them into my catalog. If you want to move them into your catalog, this will take them from the downloaded destination to where the rest of your files are stored. But for today and simplicity sake, I'm just going to add.
With that selected, I'll click import. And the photos will come in as well as the video clips. You could track the progress up here as it shows you. Since they're already on the drive, that was pretty fast. Let's take a look here at this. We can see all of those clips. And as I drag down, there is a mixture of stills and video all included. That's looking good. I gotta adjust the size of the thumbnails to see more. And if you look over here in your folders list, you should see a list for Hawaii as well as the photos and the video.
Now, in my case, I've got images spread across two different locations and I'd like to change that. If you imported the lesson files directly, you won't have this problem but I want to show you a little use command that I find pretty useful. I'm going to start by removing these files that I manually imported from the SD card. I'll just choose remove. And they're taken out. And Remove. Now in this case, there was some extra content in this folder that wasn't originally imported. If I right-click, I could choose to synchronize this folder.
And it detects that there are five clips that weren't previously imported. These were the duplicate clips that I had already added to the library. I'm going to force that to synchronize. And they'll now come in. And those clips are added. There's my previous import. If I show all photographs I see everything. And note, in my folders here I can easily switch between viewing photos And video. All that content is organized and easy to use. Alright. That is pretty straight forward. In fact, if you have imported things into light room before, it should seem pretty familiar.
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- Adding video to a Lightroom catalog
- Controlling video playback
- Isolating stills from video
- Trimming clips
- Adjusting white balance, color, and tone
- Creating custom develop settings
- Building a slideshow
- Adding watermarks to video
- Exporting video files in a professional format