Color Grading DSLR Video with Lightroom 4

Lightroom is one of my favorite programs.


Do you feel like me that you become somewhat of a master of Lightroom and can make your pictures just rock by turning them from this in to this, or this in to this, but when it comes to using the Premiere or Final Cut you don’t seem to get the same results?

With the new Lightroom 4 beta you can kind of feel that power again with your DSLR video footage.

With Lightroom 4 for the first time you can playback videos after you import your card you can also trim the footage non-destructively.

You can also take a frame grab or a hero shot if you will from the video and then make all the setting changes you want save that to a preset and then apply that preset to the video clip.

DSLR video with the Canon cameras can easily over saturate aย red shirt, desaturating the shirt in Premiere can take a little bit of time but Lightroom I can do it almost instantly.

You can tweak it to your hearts content, but only the following will be used on the video:

Some of the lens correction type effects are not supported because Adobe wants to keep it snappy and not slow it down with an intensive effect. However you can do some of these more advanced effects within PhotoShop like lens correction.

OK you might be thinking, Dave that is cool but I probably won’t use it. And I have to agree with you, I can’t see myself creating tons of presets this way. However, I can see using it when I have hit a white balance issue that I just can’t get right within Premiere, all I have to do it run through Lightroom and bam I got the corrected white balance I need.

Also another example you might not want to use this is on export you will take a quality hit as the bit rate maxes out at 25.

More about Lightroom

The main reason I am going to upgrade to 4 is the new highlights and shadow sliders, they work magic for increasing the dynamic range.

Lightroom 4 is not safe for production, Adobe suggests you work on copy.

Adobe will migrate from 4 beta to the new one when it is released.

Beta 4 will run totally separate from LR3, they run side by side, don’t touch each other.

You can’t take your entire library in to the 4 beta, they don’t want you to do that yet.

You can’t downgrade the library from LR4 to LR3.

No news on the upgrade costs yet.

You can purchase Lightroom 3 here.

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