Latest Lightroom Update Adds Video Editing, Red Eye Removal, and More

Adobe is updating Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC with several new features, including the addition of red-eye removal and the ability to edit videos on Lightroom CC, bringing near full feature parity between the two programs.

Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC have been around on par for a while, but it’s getting even closer today with the addition of these two features. Adobe is also updating both programs and Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) with more features that are all new for all three platforms.

Lightroom CC now supports video

Adobe has added the ability to edit videos in Lightroom, but the program is not designed to give editors the ability to produce full video editing and is limited to providing color correction. Users can make adjustments to video clips the same way they would edit a photo, and Lightroom additionally allows these settings to be copied and pasted between photos and videos to achieve a consistent aesthetic across photos and videos.

Lightroom CC video

And though the functionality of this feature is limited, users can still trim the beginning or end of a clip. To string together multiple clips into a finished video, editors will still have to rely on Rush or Premiere Pro.

Speaking of these programs, Adobe hasn’t built a pipeline between Lightroom and Rush or Premiere.

“We’re considering video editing in Lightroom for creators who want their individual images and video clips to look the same using Lightroom’s editing tools,” the company said. PetaPixel.

Benjamin Warde, Adobe Lightroom Product Manager, says:

“These days, videos, and often single video clips, are very often shared on social media (more and more than photos are shared). For any client who wants to make a single video clip is best for social media, we don’t want them to have to go out of their Lightroom workflow to do this, and for any photographer sharing photos and videos together, we want to allow them to get the same look in their photos and videos.

Adobe says that video edited in Lightroom is not compressed or reduced in quality in any way and that edits are “non-destructive”. When exporting a video from Lightroom, the new video (which includes all embedded edits and adjustments) is a high quality MP4 using H.264 or H.265 codec for HDR video.

AI-assisted red-eye removal and comparison view

Lightroom CC finally gets a red-eye removal tool. The feature is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and does not require editors to manually circle each eye in a photo to get rid of the effect caused by flash photography. Instead, it can be removed with a single click.

The program also gets a comparison view which allows editors to see photos side by side.

Compare view
Compare view

Adobe is also taking a closer look at the “community” aspect of Lightroom with Community Search. Found in the “Discover” section, the feature allows users to search the community for photos on topics they are interested in and would like to follow.

Community research
Community research

Presets get more support

In addition to these Lightroom CC-specific features, Adobe is also adding new preset features to Classic, ACR, and Lightroom CC on desktop, iOS, Android, and web: a Preset Amount slider, AI-powered adaptive presets, and new Premium Preset Packs.

The Preset Amount slider allows users to adjust the intensity of a preset on a photo or video. A preset is no longer simply defined, but can now be intensified or made more subtle according to an editor’s taste.

Adaptive presets are what Adobe calls a “whole new class of presets”. They’re built on the same AI capabilities that power the Select Sky and Select Subject masks and can now be used to apply a preset to a particular part of a photo. Adobe’s first two sets of adaptive presets include one that targets the sky and another that focuses on the subject of a photo.

Adaptive Presets
Adaptive Presets

Finally, Adobe is launching five new Premium Prest packs by what it describes as some of today’s best photographers: Portraits: Black and White, Portraits: Edgy, Portraits: Group Subject: Concerts and Video: Creative.

Other improvements

Adobe has made it possible to batch copy and paste AI masks (like Select Sky and Select Subject) the same way other edits can be copied and pasted. Previously, AI masks could be copied and pasted to another photo or set of photos, but the AI ​​had to be applied individually manually. This update causes masks to be recalculated automatically.

The update also enables inverting groups of masks, which Adobe says makes it much easier to target edits to particular parts of a photo.

Lightroom on the desktop now includes forward and back buttons that allow you to easily navigate Lightroom, much like the forward/back buttons in a web browser.

Finally, Lightroom now offers more control over how much of a hard drive is used for photo storage and allows users to purge cache to free up space on their computer.

These updates are rolling out to all users starting today.

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