How to apply presets to video in Adobe Lightroom

Did you know that you can edit video in Lightroom? 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 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

You import video the same way you would 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:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

HAND EDITS & APPLYING YOUR FAVORITE PRESETS

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 Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

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:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

Lightroom comes with several presets customized specifically for video editing:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

You can also apply Pretty Presets to video, but keep in mind that several of the adjustments applied to photos are not applicable with video in Lightroom. Below is a list of adjustments that CAN be made to video in Lightroom:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

You will find that that exposure, white balance and color tones of 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 a video!

In this example I have applied A Quick Clean, Exposure Really Brighten, and Add Warm Light (all from the Clean & Creative Advanced Workflow) to my video:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

Below is what happens when I apply a preset that alters the color tones. Here is Peacock:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

 

CAPTURING STILLS

Who doesn't love a good freeze frame? If there is a moment in your video that you would like to capture as a still image, you can do so 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:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

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:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

TRIMMING YOUR VIDEO

While you cannot splice clips together, you can trim your video to begin and end at a designated time. Dragging the slider on the left will trim off time from the beginning of your video, and the slider on the right will trim off time from the end:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

EXPORTING YOUR VIDEO

Follow the same path that you would for photos when exporting your video. In the Export dialogue, make sure that your video is set to Max quality and H.264 for best results:

Video Editing In Lightroom: How To Apply Your Favorite Pretty Presets to Video

 

Do you have any questions about what we've discussed here? We love hearing from you! Please join us in our private Pretty Presets for Lightroom Facebook group!

 

 

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