Lightroom 4 provides basic video editing features in the Library module using the Quick Develop panel. The adjustments it allows are limited to:

  • Treatment (Color/Black & White)
  • White Balance (Temperature & Tint)
  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Whites
  • Blacks
  • Vibrance

That seems to be it.

However, at the top of that panel there's also a dropdown for Presets. This includes a built-in set of Lightroom Video Presets where I was surprised to find Video Cross Process 1 and Video Cross Process 2. Sure enough when you apply them to a video, they work! But cross processing isn't available in the Library module's Quick Develop panel, and when you switch to the Develop module for a video you just get the message Video is not supported in Develop.

So, I'm intrigued. How do I apply my own advanced develop settings such as cross processing to videos in Lightroom 4? Am I limited to those built-in presets only? But even if I am, how were they created?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just because this is about Adobe Lightroom, it doesnt mean that it is on topic. What does this have to do with photography? \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 13:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ I see your point. I see this being of interest to many photographers, but I do agree it's not strictly photography. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 25, 2012 at 17:42

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I discovered the answer in this video on Adobe.tv:

Working with DSLR Video in Lightroom 4

It's pretty nasty:

  1. Play the video in the Library module and pause when you get to a frame that you want to use as a basis for editing.
  2. On the video control strip (the black strip with the play/pause button and the timeline scrubber), click the little rectangle icon (just to the right of the playback time) and choose Capture Frame. This generates a JPEG of that frame and adds it to your catalog alongside the video.
  3. Select the JPEG, switch to the Develop module and process as normal.
  4. When you're done, sync the JPEG's develop settings back to the video using any of the usual methods (select both in Library and hit the Sync Settings button, or copy/paste).

Lightroom will copy the settings that can be applied to video (e.g. cross processing, saturation, etc.) but ignore the ones that can't (such as crop, spot removal, post-crop vignetting and grain).

It seems the only additional features available via this route (on top of what's already supported in Quick Develop) are:

  • Tone Curve
  • Saturation
  • Color Adjustments
  • Split Toning
  • Process Version
  • Calibration

Added to the fact that there's no History panel for videos (so you can't retrospectively roll back individual changes), I think video editing in LR4 should very much be considered a novelty bolt-on rather than a fully integrated feature.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Lightroom seems to actively avoid trying to be useful as a video editor. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 29, 2012 at 21:48

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