Lightroom Classic can be used to edit your video clips. Editing video is not the first thing that comes to mind when using Lightroom. It is its advanced digital image management capabilities and ever expanding photo editing features.
It can also be used to trim your video, as well as removing sections in the middle of the clip.
The tone and color editing features are under Quick Develop in the Library module.
Timeline editing tools are also readily accessible. Using these tools along with those in the Slide Show module, you can assemble a multimedia presentation with simple transitions, text overlays, and background music, all within Lightroom Classic.
I used Lightroom Classic to edit the color and tone of the video I shot recently at the beach from my Mavic Pro drone. I find that it often works better for me. I did choose to use PRE 2020 to do the timeline trimming, since it has a Smart Trim tool that I often use to get started. For this video, I also chose PRE 2020 to add the title text.
But the fact remains, I could have stayed in Lightroom Classic to do the entire project, including producing the final 1920x1080p video.
The link below shows my final video. By the way, to see the best quality, switch YouTube options to play 1080p HD. Its default is 720p HD.
I plan to use Lightroom Classic more in the future to edit the tone and color of my videos.
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I have used Techsmith’s Camtasia and Snagit for several years. For the most part I have used them to produce tutorial screen casts. Over the years, Camtasia has added features that rival consumer level video editors, such as Adobe’s Premiere Elements.
Much of my photography is centered around taking videos and photos of my granddaughters competing in sports. On a recent weekend, I videoed Lucy in one of her soccer games as the goalkeeper.
I decided to use Camtasia 2019 to produce the final video. However, I took multiple steps and programs to create the final short video.
Here is what I did.
Shooting the video Clips
For this project I used my Sony AX53 Camcorder to take the 1080p video.
This camera is lighter and easier to hold for extended periods than my Canon 7D Mk 2. Since Lucy is a goalkeeper, much of the time the action does not involve her. I keep her roughly in the frame as I watch the game. When she tenses and begins to prepare for action, I begin the video.
Doing this I end up with a large number of short video clips by the end of the game.
I used Lightroom Classic to Import and then add Keyword tags to all of the video clips.
Then using the Picks and Rejects flags I identified those that are not worth retaining. This is the vast majority. I deleted them.
Then I used the Star Rating system of Lightroom Classic to identify just those very few clips that I wanted to include in the current project.
My camcorder did a pretty good job of recording the raw video. However, for each clip I used Lightroom Classic’s Quick Develop mode within the Library module, and selected Auto Tone. This brightened up each clip. Lightroom Classic is not optimized for video editing, but it does do a nice job here.
I used Premiere Elements 2020 to convert two of the clips to slow motion, since the action was too fast to follow easily.
I saved the edited clips back into the same folder the original clips are stored, but with new names. And then I Imported them into Lightroom Classic and tagged them accordingly.
At this point, I would normally finish the project by adding transitions, titles etc using Premiere Elements 2020, but this time, I chose to use Camtasia 2019 to finish my project.
Specifically, I did the following in Camtasia 2019:
Imported the four clips to a single track.
Added Transitions and adjusted their duration. I used a couple of different transitions.
Added lower thirds title for the video, customizing it a bit from the default.
I added a music background and deleted the audio that my camcorder originally recorded, except at the very end of the video, which I thought was cool. The music I added came from Techsmith’s selection of free music.
Finally, I saved the project as an MP4 HD 1080p video file on my hard drive.
So for this project, I used three separate programs. Lightroom Classic is pretty unique here in what it does. However, I could have used Premiere Elements 2020 to do everything that I did in Camtasia 2019. I could have also converted the slow motion clips with in Camtasia 2019 instead of Premiere Elements 2020, but the process would have been harder.
So, I often find in creating a video project, I end up using multiple programs. And remember, the features of Camtasia 2019 for this simple project only scratched the surface of its capabilities. In future projects, I will explore more of what it can do.
Adobe has released their latest version of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. They have continued their march to add improvements each year to both programs that make organizing and editing your photos and videos easier.
Applying advanced techniques to your photos and videos that typically take multiple steps have been reduced to either a single click or a few well of well defined steps called Guided Edits. Photoshop Elements 2020 now includes 55 Guided Edits, and Premiere Elements has twenty-three.
In the coming weeks I will highlight some of the new features, but in the meantime, check out the Adobe website for multiple short videos highlighting the capabilities of both programs.
Click on the figure below and scroll down to see several videos describing new and existing features of Photoshop Elements 2020.
To see the features included in Premiere Elements 2020 click on the link below.
Check back here soon for additional demonstrations of the various new features in both programs.