Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with virtual copies of clips, part of Lightroom: Working with Video.
Earlier, I used a Virtual copy to create two instances of a clip so I could trim it to two different durations showing different parts of the clip. Now that example worked well, but I want to show you another instance of using Virtual copies. I've been working with this clip, and I developed it two different ways. Well, let's do three different ways to show the client. I'm going to right click here and make a virtual copy. In fact, I'm going to make a total of three copies. There we go, and one more.
Alright. You'll notice that those are all included together. There are all four copies, it says one of four. I could collapse that. It automatically stacks or click to expand. And this makes it easy to work with the clips. Let's keep this here in a thumbnail view. And we'll leave that first clip as is. But on the second one here, I want to refine that a bit. So I'm going to Auto Tone that. And pull down the exposure a bit. Increase the blacks, so they clip a bit more and are richer.
A little too far there, that's about good. And let's do a rich color saturation on this one. All right, that's sort of an old retro highly saturated look. Let's do something a little bit different. Back in the Presets here, I want to go with something that's a bit more retro. So let's take a look and we'll do a Sienna type. Now, not all the settings can be applied but that definitely worked well and it gave it that old time look. And how about a classic black and white look for the client to look at.
So we'll choose this here. And I'll switch that to black and white. And in fact, I can use some of the black and white presets here. And we got different choices. Now that one looks a little posterized to me. That's partially due to some of the compression in the video file. Let's try infrared. That's okay a bit bright. How about a Blue Hi-Contrast. Well, that worked really well, since there was a lot of blue in the water and the sky. Now, I like where that's going, but I want to pull the blacks down a bit further, a nice hi-con look.
Pop the whites a bit, feels good. And, let's introduce a little bit of a tint shift there, to refine some of that detail in the sky. There we go, that feels pretty good. So, essentially, four very different looks. Let's go back to the Grid View here. And you see, we've got a color look, our original, we've got a high contrast black and white, and sort of a cyan type. Well, all four of those exist with no significant impact on the file size on my disk.
I've come up with different options because they're all virtual copies. And if I wanted to save those, piece of cake. Remember, you always can take advantage of file, export, and this is where you can write new files. Now we're going to explore this more in just a few moments, but the idea here is that these copies are just virtual. It's only when you export them that they actually become physical occupiers on a disk.
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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