Lightroom Video Editing
Can you edit video in Lightroom? The simple answer is YES!
In this tutorial, we will show you Lightroom’s video capabilities, how to make basic adjustments, capture a still frame, and how to apply your favorite Lightroom Presets from Pretty Presets to a video.
Note – Keep in mind that Lightroom will only allow you to edit all the frames as a whole, so you will not be able to splice video clips together, and any adjustments you make to exposure and color tones will be applied to the video in its entirety.
Importing Video to Lightroom
To import your video to Lightroom, do it the same way you would import a photo, either by selecting File>Import, dragging and dropping, etc.
The only thing that will look different is your file name extension: it will reflect the video format, rather than JPEG, DNG, NEF, CR2, or TIFF:
How to Hand Edit & Apply Your Favorite Presets to Video
Make sure you stay in the Library Module. Lightroom does not allow you to edit video in the Develop Module, so if you click away from the Library module, you’ll get this message: “Video is not supported in Develop”
Just as you would with a photo, you can edit the overall exposure, white balance, etc. of your video in the Library module. You can also apply presets by clicking on the Preset tab:
Lightroom comes with several presets customized specifically for video editing:
You can also apply any of our Pretty Presets for Lightroom to video, but keep in mind that several adjustments that can be applied to photos are not applicable with video in Lightroom. Below is a list of adjustments that CAN be made to video in Lightroom:
- Auto Settings
- White Balance
- Basic Tone: Exposure, Contrast, Whites, Blacks, Saturation & Vibrance
- Tone Curve
- Treatment (Color, Black & White)
- Split Toning
- Process Version
You will find that the most important adjustments like exposure, white balance and color tones from your favorite presets WILL apply to video in Lightroom, so if you really like the look of a particular preset, chances are it will look VERY SIMILAR when applied to video!
In this example I have applied Clean color, Soft Matte, and Celedon Green (to counter some of the red) all from the Clean Edit Portrait Workflow to my video. The edits will apply to the entire length of the video clip.
BIn the next example, I applied a black and white preset. Here, I added London Fog from the Pretty Presets Film Noir Collection:
Capturing Video Stills in Lightroom
Who doesn’t love a good freeze frame? If there is a particular moment in your video that you would like to capture as a still image, you can do that by clicking the rectangle at the bottom of play menu, and selecting Capture Frame.
To view your still frame you will need to be in Grid view, highlighted by the arrow on the left:
Once you are in Grid view, right click to unstack the still frame. You will need to navigate out of Previous Import in order to view the still photo:
Editing Your Video in Lightroom
While you cannot splice clips together, you can trim your video so that it begins and ends at a designated time. First, click on the gear icon on the playback bar to show more video options. Drag the slider on the left inward to trim off time from the beginning of your video. Drag the slider on the right inward to trim off time from the end of your video:
Exporting Your Video From Lightroom
To export your video from Lightroom, once again follow the same path that you would normally take to export photos. In the Export dialogue, for best results make sure that your video is set to Max quality:
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