How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video | David Miller | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Video Collection Shortcut + Pulling Stills

    • 3. Trimming + Creating Video Filters

    • 4. Export Settings

    • 5. Project

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Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work.  You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.

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David Miller

Multimedia Artist For Primordial Creative studio


I'm David, a multimedia artist in Phoenix, and my studio is Primordial Creative.  


I have always been interested in the visual arts from an early age- drawing, painting, and clay- but around my high school years I became interested in photography for the social aspect of involving other people, the adventure inherent in seeking out pictures, and the presentation of reality that wasn't limited by my drawing skills.


One thing in my work that has stayed consistent over the decades since then is I have an equal interest in the reality of the lens next to the fictions we can create in drawing, painting, animation, graphic design, and sound design.  As cameras have incorporated video and audio features, and as Adobe's Creative Cloud all... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm David Miller, a multimedia artist in Phoenix, Arizona. And today we're going to go over how you can use Adobe Light Room to work with your videos . Light room is generally thought of as a still photography program, but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially for just starting Dork with Videos. Need to capture stills for your videos or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work. You'll be older. Have unique looking footage that you could piece together in your video editors such as Adobe Premiere or I'm Movie. Your project for this class will be to pull a still from your video, create a preset from it and apply that preset to a trimmed 12th clip, then post the results on the skill share products way. Let's get started 2. Video Collection Shortcut + Pulling Stills: Okay, We have our light room interface here. I'll show you where to find videos. If you already have that imported in your library under collections tab in library module. There it is. Smart collections, videophiles. It shows I have 1100 some change in video files. Doesn't matter where they are. My library, they're all there. That makes it really convenient. Because when you were out in the field with your DSLR and you're shooting stills and you're shooting video at the same time, you have them all the same card. You import them at the same time. It's not the easiest thing in the world to get them. Aziz organized is separated stills. It's not the easiest thing in the world to organize them. A separate stills and videos. So one of the first things I'm going to show you is how to pull a still from our video, and we have our video clip selected in the library module. You can see I scroll back and forth through this. Um, I often need to pull stills because they're useful as promotional images, and they're useful for creating your YouTube cover art your skill share channel cover art, whatever it ISS you want. So you find your space, go to the drop down menu capture frame. Now, you don't see anything there yet, But when we back up to our library folder, those frames will be there as, uh, this was shot in high def. So this is 1920 by 10 80 pixels. That's going to be the size of our images. Unless you're working in four K, it's not you likely you're going to get high rez images that you can print out on display. But since we're working on the Internet were making cover art for use of channels. A hi def still is more than enough for our purposes. 3. Trimming + Creating Video Filters: the next thing we're going to do is trim our clips and light room is not a video editor per se, but it does help to have shorter clips when you do, the next thing we're going to do, which is apply a preset and make new versions. So over here, under their gear, you can see a timeline. You can set the in point and you can set the out point. So when we export this clip, we aren't exporting the full one minute or however long this is we're only exporting the part we need. So I'm just going to take this little chunk here. That's what we're going to export. Now let's head over to the develop module. You see, video is not supported in developed, and that's true. But still images. Air supported an envelope. So if we're going to create a particular look, a particular filter style, we need to have a still image that we can manipulate and then save that as a preset that we can apply to our video. So I took a still go back to develop all over said, and I have something I can work with these air the presets and light room comes with tons of them. You see one that says light room video presets. All that really separates these from anything else. It all the other presets is that there are certain functions in the develop module that won't work with video and some that will so clarity. This actually won't apply to video. But contrast will things like grain and vignette that doesn't apply a video, but color saturation will. So what I'm doing is creating a look that I think is a better emotional mood for what nature presented. And not that I'm against what nature presented. But I might have a particular vision for the video or I live in Arizona. So we see a lot of this sort of orangey look, and that might not. That might be overwhelming. I might want to suck some of that out and pump up thes reds and have a more distinct type of green. So I'm going to create a new preset by pushing that plus button next to the word presets. I'm calling this cross process from thread, and I like to name my presets things that I'm going to remember what they are without actually having to apply them. That ended up in my user presets. You see, I have a lot of other names that are easy for me to remember, so I know what to apply them for, like Aqua video preset. That's good for when you're underwater. So now that I have this good, I might drop down menu under quick develop and with my video clip selected, they cross process. And now my whole video has that effect. It didn't apply the clarity because that is one of the things that you cannot transfer onto a video. But everything else looks great. Now that I have all these other clips selected, I can hit him all at the same time on defy had sync settings selected. You see, the check boxes are the only ones that apply videos. But now, with sync settings in the library module, I've got them all there slowly but surely. Transferring all these great out areas thes are the ones that will not work with you're video function. All the grayed out areas will not apply to your other videos. Let's check how these look. We have images with very deep red flowers. I think they really pop 4. Export Settings: So now it's time to export our video. We need to make new copies of anything we do filtration on in light room. So here are our export settings, and you could see you could rename the files. You can set a destination under video. We have a few choices on how we want our video format to export, and the most common one is the H 264 This is going to be a compressed file. All of your light room choices are compressed files, except for the one that says export original. And, I hope in future releases of Light Room Adobe Update this to have some UN compressed formats because each time you compress a video, you lose a little bit of the quality and it starts to have a bit more picks, elation, and you won't notice this quality loss if your video doesn't have a ton of movement in it. How I would define a ton of movement would be something like underwater with a lot of bubbles and you moving the camera around a lot or walking down the street in New York on during rush hour and having the camera bob up and down. A lot of movement like that will definitely show up in your quality loss. But if you're filming something like I am where it's just flowers blowing in the breeze or it's a talking head video, you probably aren't going to notice this loss of quality unless you choose to reprocess your processed video over and over and over again. The quality degradation really only becomes noticeable as you make many generations of copies. So you making a new copy in the H 264 format of your already compressed video shot on a DSLR. As long as it doesn't contain a lot of movement in it, it should look fun. 5. Project: Now it's time to consider our projects. All you have to do is once you have a piece of footage that you like, exported as a 12th clip. This speech in seconds. Export a si 64 quality max and posted to YouTube. Post that link on our skill share project page, along with screen along with your screen camp image from your video. Its original video can't your friend. There's J export that is finalized. J. Peg 72 picks is a rich There's that to the sculpture product page. I hope you found this tutorial useful. It's special, useful, for I operated with some of the other video editing programs. All I had was and did all of my editing in my movie or when I used Windows, Computers, Windows movie Maker. So this was a great way for me to learn to make video that had its own character personality. On wasn't exactly the same footage that came straight out of the camera. Thanks for watching and have a great I hope you enjoy the class. And if you're interested in learning more about light room video editing or using your camera beyond still photography, I highly encourage you to check out the other tutorials out for my skill share channel. Thanks for watching