Working with Video in Lightroom

with Richard Harrington
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Working with Video in Lightroom
Video duration: 0s 1h 59m Intermediate


Photographers are being asked to shoot video more and more these days—and Lightroom can help. All the same features you use to organize and develop your still photos can be applied to your motion footage. Plus, explore additional tools for playing, adjusting, and trimming video so you present just the best parts to collaborators and clients. In this course, aimed at photographers somewhat new to the video workflow, Rich Harrington shows how to get your footage into Lightroom, create tonal and color adjustments and custom develop settings, and publish and share your video on platforms like Facebook, Flickr, and Behance. Rich also covers how to build a simple slideshow that mixes photography and videography.

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Topics include:
  • 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
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What you need to know

- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and welcome to this course where we're going to explore using video files inside of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Now, there are lots of reasons to use Lightroom as a catalog, or even a developing tool for your video files. More and more photographers are being asked to shoot video, and your camera is likely quite capable of this task. So, maybe it's a mixed media slideshow, or maybe you only occasionally dabble in video and you're looking for a way to keep it organized. Well, the good news is that Lightroom makes it very easy to do just that.

You can apply all the same organizational techniques that you use with your still photos to your motion collection, and of course, even freely mix the two within your collections or within folders for an individual client or a project. Once you're in Lightroom, you've got pretty good controls for viewing a clip. You can easily play it back, listen to the clip, and adjust its in and out points. Once you've trimmed the clip, getting rid of the part of the shots you don't want. When you export the clip in the future, you could choose to go ahead and actually cut it down to just the parts you think are best.

This is useful if you want to prepare footage to hand off to someone else, and maybe you want to get rid of parts of the clip you didn't want to show them. Besides this, we can actually take advantage of the quick develop module to adjust our video clips. Now, this is not as full featured as the full developed module. But there are lots of things you can do with built in presets, or even create your own presets in order to modify those clips. Once you've got the clips the way you want them, I'll show you how to mix them into a slide show. Whether that be stills and video, or a pure video slide show.

And of course, we'll cover the export module, how to get things out to share with others. Whether that be a social networking site or just out to a hard drive in a professional format. Now, there are lots of things we're going to cover in this course, all about using video files. It's really going to touch upon the full features of Lightroom, but I'm going to do it in an accelerated way. I already assume that you are a Lightroom user, that you've got the basics of Lightroom down. If you haven't, you might want to check out one of the Essential Training titles available on

But even if you are relatively new to Lightroom or a long time user, I assume that video is something somewhat new to you. So we'll go through all the core skills in a very targeted, focused look. Once again, my name's Rich Harrington, and let's jump in and start to explore the application.

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