Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding video clips to an existing slideshow, part of Working with Video in Lightroom.
All right, I want to take a quick look at creating slide shows. Remember, slide shows can contain stills, video or stills and video, and I just want to give you a quick overview. There is a dedicated full length training title here on lynda.com all about working with the slide show module but I'll give you some of the essentials. Let's create a slide show. Remember with anything selected in a folder or a collection, you could, of course, go right to the slide show module and then just click play.
At this case, you're going to see both stills and video playing back smoothly inside the slide show. And it will transition from one to the next or you can use the arrow keys to advance manually. And as it encounters video files, the videos will play. And when you get to stills, it'll dissolve to the still photo. Now, easy enough, but I'd like to tweak this a bit. So, let's pause that slide show. The ideal thing here to do is to actually save the slide show, And what I'm going to do is name this, and create a collection.
We'll add this to our smart collections and put new virtual copies into it. Now, everything moves into that smart collection. It becomes very simple to remove things that you don't want. Just work on through and press the delete key when there's a shot you no longer want to use. A common way of sharing photos in Light Room is to make a slide show. Now, some people keep it really simply and just use this as a way to play back files. Others get a bit more elaborate. But the good news is, is everything you already know about still slide shows can now apply to video.
You can insert video clips into an existing still slide show or make a video-only slide show. One of the things I like to do is take a look at a folder, and then use my ability to add something to a quick collection just by clicking in the upper right corner. This is going to essentially put that image into a collection so I can use it. And, I'm just grabbing some of my favorite pictures here from this particular trip. And I'm going to combine those together. There we go. And, I'm grabbing video files, as well.
And you see it's really quite easy. So, what I can do is once I've chosen the quick collection Jump on over to see it. And you'll see that the images are essentially bundled together. Now what you could do quite easily is rearrange things. So dragging within that quick collection I could reorder my shots. And what I want to do is decide if anything should stay or go. So we'll start up there. And I think that looks pretty good. I want to establish our location. We'll put in a few pretty shots. There we go. And then we're going to go out to the ocean for a bit. M'kay. More or less, that's pretty much good. Now, of course, you could spend a ton more time here. But for illustrative purposes, we've got the basics down. And if you decide you want to drop a shot, just uncheck it and it will be removed from the quick collection. This makes it pretty easy. Looking at that quick collection, you also get an idea of the duration of a shot. So if a shot is too long you can always double click to open it up, drag through like you previously learned, and use the shift+I to set the in point, and shift+o to set the out point. If you want to trim that clip a little shorter. In this case I got that down to a five second clip. Plus remember you can easily select two clips and take advantage of that sync settings option. So you can quickly synchronize multiple clips. And in that case there, it applied the same look across those two clips, so I'm happy with that. Alright, feel free to refine and tweak as you see fit but the best part here is once you've got this quick collection where you want it, I recommend that you select everything and switch on over to the slide show module. This puts everything in that slide show module and once you're there, click the button here called create save slide show. This allows you to easily store this. I don't need to make virtual copies, but I'll call this slide show Hawaii One. And I'll click create. You'll notice that that's added as a collection. So it's very easy to then view that collection. There it is, and as I see fit I can rearrange the clips by dragging. And when I am ready we'll simply select the slide show module, and I can go back to the beginning and click play. What's going to now happen is that it will build it out and the video files will play. When it gets done with the video clip, it will smoothly transition to the next shot. Now this particular clip is a little bit long, but there it is, there is the dissolve, and it keeps going You do have options. For example, you could choose to zoom to fill the frame. Let's stop that. There we go. And I'm going to take this stroke border off. And remove the cast shadow.
I also want to remove the guides. And I'm just going to set those back to zero. Alright. That looks good. And in this case I'm not going to use the identity plate but I will revisit that a little bit later. And we'll turn off the ratings and stars and the text overlays. If I want I could a background color or a wash back there but I think this looks pretty good. It's full screen. And remember, you can add titles at the beginning or end as you see fit. So if I want to, I can have an intro screen. And let's edit this here. And we'll simply call this Hawaii 2014. And we can adjust that in size. Good. Everything's all there. Let's add an audio track. I'll select the music clip. And I've downloaded a file already. It's a Creative Commons clip that I'm free to use. The usage terms are in the folder if you'd like to check it out. And you can find more music over at Creative Commons. And, what I'm going to do here is tell it to fit the slide show to the music. So it's going to retime things so they actually fit. Looks good, I'm going to put the music as a little more emphasis and we'll take that to the beginning. And, let's take a look.
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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