Even if you’re not exactly a videographer, you probably shoot occasional clips. And you want those videos to look just as great as your photographs. The problem? Basic video editing software doesn’t offer much control, and high-end software is both expensive and time-consuming to learn.
That’s why we like the video editing functions in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4—they’re perfect for when you want to make color and tonal adjustments to videos using the tools that you already know. And while you can’t use Lightroom 4 to cut together even a short film, the program is great for making single video clips look beautiful for sharing or adding to slideshows, or for processing before you import them into other video-editing software.
Since Lightroom is mainly a photo-editing program, its video tools are fairly limited. You won’t find, for example, any features for editing or modifying sound, and you can directly adjust the look of your video clips only through the Quick Develop panel in Library mode.
But if you want to use Lightroom’s real tools on your clip, there’s a workaround. Here’s how, using just a few extra steps, to make your video look just right.