Now, I know, you just read the title and thought “Woah!” but before you get too excited, we’re not talking editing features like Premiere Pro or Rush here. We’re talking about a similar type of editing capability to those which you get with still images in Lightroom. Except, you can also trim the in and out points of the video, too, to make those short social media clips.
But yes, Adobe has today announced that Lightroom for both desktop and mobile now has video editing capabilities. Given what I said above, this basically means you get access to presets and slider adjustments along with many of the AI-powered features as well as trimming. Lightroom also sees some other new features, including a Preset Amount slider to dial things back a bit, Adaptive Presets and more.
Lightroom’s newfound video editing capabilities aren’t designed for long-form movie makers. There’s no tie-in or communication with Premiere Pro in the same way that you can embed Photoshop’s Smart Objects or After Effects compositions into the Premiere Pro timeline. And while there’s nothing to stop you from individually grading and trimming all your clips in Lightroom and assembling in a real video editor, its video editing capabilities are aimed more at content creators producing short clips for social media platforms. A quick trim, a preset that gives all your videos some kind of consistency and away you go.
You get access to edit your videos using Lightroom’s presets, including the Premium Presets and the AI-powered Recommended Presets. And, naturally, you get full use of all the sliders for adjusting your exposure, contrast, colour and so forth. And you also get to use one of the other new features that’s come in the latest edition of Lightroom and that’s the Preset Amount slider.
As you might guess, this feature essentially acts like a global volume setting for your preset. Once you apply a preset to your image or video, if you think the effect is a little strong, then you can bring the effect back as a whole. Or, if you think it deserves it, you can crank it up to eleven – and beyond.
Adaptive Presets are a new class of preset that’s been added to the newest Lightroom. These use the AI capabilities of Select Sky and Select Subject masks to automatically apply themselves only to a particular part of your image without having to manually add the layer and go select it yourself. Unfortunately, this ability isn’t there for videos, only photos.
Lightroom also sees AI-powered Red Eye Removal – although that often doesn’t seem to be much of an issue these days as more and more photographers learn the benefits of getting the flash off the camera and away from the axis of the lens. Of course, with smartphones, if you’re using flash, it’s usually still pretty close to the lens so it can pop up occasionally. Now, though, it’s an easy fix.
Are you one of those types of photographers that takes 20 almost identical photos of the same scene? Well, Lightroom on the desktop now includes a new side-by-side view, letting you compare two photos next to each other in order to help you pick your very best image from that image sequence.
Other improvements now include the Batch Copy/Paste of AI masks – automatically updating the mask to fit the new image you’ve just pasted it onto – Mask Group Invert, Forward and Backward navigation buttons along with better local storage management to keep control of your cash size and how much of your hard drive space is used for photo storage. A new community search feature helps you discover new topics with easier ways to engage with the community – including the ability to submit your photo to community edits and the ability to edit other peoples images, too.
The new updates to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Mobile are available to download today through the Creative Cloud desktop software or their respective app stores for the mobile devices. You can read the complete Adobe announcement on the Adobe website.
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