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I've got about 700 videos in lightroom, and I want them to be separate so I can work on them with a totally separate workflow. I was thinking about removing all the videos from my photo folders and just dealing with them in premiere but when I took the video I also took photos and so the videos are kind of 'in context' in the photo library. Any suggestions about workflow for dealing with this situation? Is there a reason why videos are able to be imported into Lightroom, when my perception of it is that it is photography software?

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  • I don't know the answer to the question, but I think you've answered exactly the part about why they're able to be imported when you say "he videos are kind of 'in context' in the photo library". It sounds like you don't want to lose that — is the question really how to keep that but keep it useful in your workflow?
    – mattdm
    Mar 19, 2016 at 17:11

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If you just want to filter down to your video files in Lightroom, create a smart collection and specify the collection is for files with Media Type = Video. [Or in Lightroom Classic: File Type = Video].

Lightroom 4 added some basic video processing features, so Lightroom can process video files, not just still images.

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  • 2022 Update: In Lightroom Classic, it's File Type = Video.
    – cb4
    Mar 6 at 17:11
  • @cb4. Thanks edited it in.
    – inkista
    Mar 6 at 22:41
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I can suggest a solution for moving videos to another folder.

I used exiftool. It's free and cross-platform (including Linux). However it's command line and can take some mental work to figure out.

Something like this below would import video files (based on the file extension) from F:\MyMess and move them into a directory structure à la Lightroom (YYYY\MM\DD), under F:\MyVideos

cd F:\MyVideos
exiftool.exe -CreateDate -DateTimeOriginal -r -m -d %Y/%m/%d "-Directory<DateTimeOriginal" "-Directory<CreateDate"  -ext MP4 -ext AVI -ext MOV -ext MPEG "F:\MyMess"

Source (and more tricks).

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2022 Lightroom Classic

  1. Create a smart collection of all your video files with File Type = Video.
  2. Right-click the smart collection and export it as a catalog to another folder (or drive) with enough space.
  3. LrC copies all of the video files to the destination in the exact same folder hierarchy as they exist in your current catalog.
  4. Use the new catalog when you want to work on your videos.

One (good) caveat: My catalog was not 100% in sync with the file system. This being the first time I tried this procedure, I wanted to make sure it was accurate. Checked the file system against my catalog and found different counts. Turns out I had duplicate videos in the file system!

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