Scuba Diving - - Training - TEXT AND PHO­TOS BY ERIN QUIGLEY

Light­room is a fan­tas­tic jumpin­goff point for video dabblers who don’t want to miss out on all the fun of mo­tion cap­ture but who are pri­mar­ily still shoot­ers with­out the time or am­bi­tion to tackle a com­pletely new piece of soft­ware.

In the Light­room Li­brary, it’s easy to trim video clips, cap­ture still frames, and even do some im­pres­sive color cor­rec­tion to your videos — all with­out hav­ing to rein­vent your work­flow.

STEP 1 VIEW­ING VIDEO IN THE LI­BRARY MOD­ULE A. In the Light­room Li­brary, your video shows up in the grid as a thumb­nail pre­view. Video thumb­nails dis­play the du­ra­tion of the video clip in the lower left of the pre­view, so it’s easy to tell them apart from stills. Hover the cur­sor over a video’s thumb­nail and move it from side to side to scrub through a mini pre­view of the video’s con­tents. Dou­ble-click the thumb­nail, hit the space­bar, or type the key­board short­cut “E” to see the video in Loupe view.

In Loupe view, video clips ap­pear above a small time­line called the play­back con­trol panel. Tap­ping the space bar will start and stop the clip, as will the stan­dard Play and Pause but­tons. Drag­ging the play­head (aka Cur­rent Time In­di­ca­tor) lets you scrub through the video. Click the small gear icon on the far right of the play­back con­trol panel to ex­pand the time­line, and you’ll re­veal a cou­ple of marker “han­dles” on ei­ther end of the clip. The han­dle on the left sets the Start point for the clip, and the one on the right sets the End point. To shorten the clip, drag the Start or End mark­ers to the de­sired lo­ca­tions.

B. Just to the left of the gear icon on the time­line is the Frame but­ton. Click it to re­veal two op­tions: “Cap­ture Frame” and “Set Poster Frame.” A poster frame is what’s dis­played in the clip’s thumb­nail pre­view. Set­ting a cus­tom poster frame is use­ful to iden­tify a spe­cific clip. For in­stance, if you have sev­eral sim­i­lar clips of the same scene but only one in which a great ham­mer­head swims through, you can set the frame with the shark in it as the poster frame, mak­ing it eas­ier to ID in the grid.

C. Cap­ture Frame lets you pull a JPEG still frame out of the clip, in the same pixel di­men­sions as the video. Light­room stacks the cap­tured frame with the video clip. To view the cap­tured frame, ex­pand the stack in the Grid view of the Li­brary mod­ule by CTRL or R-click­ing on the stack, and choose Stack­ing>un­stack from the con­tex­tual menu. Be sure you are not work­ing from Pre­vi­ous Im­port in the Cat­a­log panel, or you won’t be able to cre­ate a cap­tured frame.

STEP 2 PRO­CESS­ING VIDEO BY PROXY It’s pos­si­ble to make ad­just­ments on the fly us­ing the some­what clumsy set­tings in the Quick De­velop panel in the Li­brary Mod­ule, but if you try to open video in De­velop, Light­room shuts you out. Luck­ily, you can take a cap­tured still frame into De­velop, process it us­ing Light­room’s su­per­pow­ers, and then

syn­chro­nize the changes back to the orig­i­nal video in the Li­brary.

A. Open a video clip in Loupe View in the Li­brary Mod­ule. B. Find a rep­re­sen­ta­tive frame and ex­tract a JPEG, us­ing Cap­ture Frame. C. Take the JPEG into the De­velop Mod­ule and make ad­just­ments. D. Re­turn to Grid View in the Li­brary Mod­ule, and with the pro­cessed JPEG se­lected, Cmd-click (Mac) or CTRLclick (PC) on the orig­i­nal video file to add it to the se­lec­tion. It’s im­por­tant that the JPEG is se­lected first, be­fore adding the video clip, so pay at­ten­tion. E. Click the “Sync Set­tings” but­ton at the bot­tom right of the Li­brary Mod­ule. Ev­ery­thing that’s grayed out doesn’t sync to video, but OMG — all the color ad­just­ments, in­clud­ing White Bal­ance, Vi­brance and most, mirac­u­lously, HSL, will sync up af­ter a few mo­ments of video ren­der­ing.

STEP 3 EX­PORT­ING VIDEO A. Select the video you’d like to ex­port, and hit the Ex­port but­ton at the bot­tom left of the Li­brary Mod­ule. B. In the Ex­port Lo­ca­tion tab, set the des­ti­na­tion for your edited clip. C. In the File Nam­ing tab, click ON the “Re­name To:” check­box if you wish to re­name this ver­sion of your clip. If you don’t want to re­name it, leave the box unchecked. D. In the Video tab, check ON “In­clude Video Files.” E. Select one of three for­mats. DPX is an im­age se­quence that can be used for trans­fer to an­other edit­ing pro­gram; H.264 is the best all-around bet for shar­ing; and Orig­i­nal, unedited cre­ates an ex­act copy of the orig­i­nal, with no Light­room changes.

To see a tu­to­rial video demon­strat­ing this process, check out­in_l­r_video. »

Erin Quigley is an Adobe Ace-cer­ti­fied dig­i­tal­imag­ing con­sul­tant and an award-win­ning shooter. pro­vides cus­tom tu­to­ri­als and one-on-one in­struc­tion for the un­der­wa­ter pho­to­graphic com­mu­nity.

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PRO TI P To cre­ate mul­ti­ple clips from dif­fer­ent sec­tions of a sin­gle mas­ter clip, make vir­tual copies of the mas­ter, and set dif­fer­ent in and out points on each copy. Cre­at­ing a vir­tual copy doesn’t make an ac­tual copy of the me­dia on your drive, but...

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