Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Video in ACR, part of Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop.
- All right, so we've talked a lot about all the things we can do with our raw files, and even some of the reasons that we don't always want them to be raw. Let's talk about a non-raw format that you would never think you could pass through raw, which is video. And, you might not even think that you could do that in Photoshop, but if we come in here to our Exercise Files you'll see that within the Photoshop files, I have a Video file. Now, if you don't have the Exercise files, you almost certainly have a Video file because you can create video from not only any DSLR, just about any point-and-shoot, but almost every mobile device as well.
And chances are Photoshop can open it. So, I'm gonna open this file, and I'm gonna see a side of Photoshop that you don't normally see, which is this timeline here. And if I click on play, I'll see that that still image will suddenly come to life, and it's a video file. And I can do all sorts of really cool things with Photoshop and video. I can do filters, and transitions, and cuts, and lay text on it. It's a very robust video solution, but I want to show you that we can use Camera Raw. We can essentially use all these raw tools we've been using on this video.
Now in order to do that, we need to translate it into a language that's gonna work for Camera Raw. We need to make it a Smart Filter. And what that's gonna do is rather than just working on one piece, it's gonna put a wrapper around the whole thing. We're gonna get that same dialog box we got before that this is going to become a smart object. And there are certain limitations that come with that, but in the case of video I'm gonna show you something you've never been able to do, and I think it's really, really cool. So now we're gonna come in here to Camera Raw, and I'm gonna take this representation of our video, and I'm just gonna do all the fun stuff that we've been learning about.
I'm gonna pull down the Highlights. I'm gonna pull down the Exposure and pump up the Contrast. I'm gonna take the darkest area, make it darker. I'm gonna add some Clarity. I'm gonna add some Vibrance. Let's come over here and add a Vignette to it. Let's pull that towards the middle. Let's Feather it, and let's click OK. What's so cool about this is we've applied that to the entire video clip. Now, it'll take a moment for it to render, but you can see this being applied to every single frame.
So we've used Camera Raw on a video. We can do all of the stuff that we've been doing in Camera Raw, which again, remember, has feature parity with Lightroom's Develop module. We can do that to our video files. And because it's a smart filter, I could choose to turn it off and on, and you can really see what a profound difference it made passing it through there. When I'm ready to do something else with this video, when I'm ready to save it or share it, I can just come up here to my Export menu and choose to Render the Video, and we've got all sorts of presets here, a lot of different options.
This is an intimidating dialog. We purposely wired it up to familiar presets so you could just choose your destination and let Photoshop do the rest of the work. So don't just think of Camera Raw as a solution for your raw files. You can use it for your non-raw files and you can even use it for your videos.
First, take a look at converting raw-format photos to the DNG format in Lightroom and using its Develop module to improve their contrast, color, and tone. Then find out how to adapt your raw workflow when you're on the move—on a mobile device or simply migrating from an application like iPhoto or Aperture. Next, Bryan switches over to Photoshop and its powerful Camera Raw plugin to optimize raw-format images and video. Along the way, he draws important comparisons between Photoshop and Lightroom, ending with tips for round-tripping back to Lightroom and creating camera profiles to make sure you're getting the most rich and accurate results from both programs.