Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Deleting outtakes, part of Lightroom 4: Video.
Generally speaking, the resolution of video clips that you capture with a digital camera is going to be significantly lower than the resolution of still photos. That has to do with video standards. And of course, with the ability to capture what would otherwise be a huge amount of information in a very short period of time. Even though video clips are captured at a relatively low resolution, the file sizes can still be quite large because, of course, we are capturing a lot of frames. A typical video might for example, have 30 frames for every second of video.
And so if you have multiple seconds, those frames really add up rather quickly. As a result, it can be very helpful to delete unwanted videos. For example, I've gone through my video clips here, and you can see I've assigned a reject flag to some of the video clips. And so I might want to delete some of those videos. To delete a video clip, I can simply right-click on its thumbnail and then choose Delete Photo from the popup menu. Note that I have some options here. I'm not just asked if I really want to delete the video. But actually whether I want to delete it at all or simply remove it from the Lightroom catalog, the Default Option is Removed.
And if I click that button, then the video will be removed from the catalog but not from my hard drive. I generally don't like using this option because it can lead to some confusion. My preference is to not have photos or videos on my hard drive that aren't being managed by Lightroom, it can simply cause confusion later. So, if I decide that I am going to remove the file from the catalog, I also want to delete that file from the disk. And so, I would typically click the Delete from Disk option, which will both remove the video from the Lightroom catalog and also remove it from my hard drive.
In this case, I'll go ahead and just click the Cancel option because I don't want to delete this video. I can also delete all rejected videos at once. I'll go up to the menu and from the photo menu, I can choose Delete Rejected Photos. And once again, I'm given the same basic choice. Do I want to remove these videos from the catalog or both remove them from the catalog and delete them from the disk? Note that the confirmation dialog also lets me know how many videos are being deleted, and also the film strip reflects only those rejected video clips. Of course, this could also include still captures, but at the moment I'm only working with videos.
So, if I wanted to delete all rejected videos, I could simply click the Delete from Disk option. But once again, I'll simply click the Cancel button to cancel that task. But the idea is that since video clips can have such a large file size. Using up a considerable amount of space on our hard drives, it can be a very good idea to delete videos if you know for sure that you'll really never use them.
- Importing video
- Basic video playback
- Changing the video thumbnail
- Compare and Survey view limitations
- Organizing videos
- Finding videos
- Editing videos
- Sharing videos