Why can't Adobe Lightroom also support 4k video export?

Explorer ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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4K is not new, I can manage 4k video in Lightroom without any problems, but unfortunately I cannot export these videos as 4K. Why? Is there so little demand for it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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I cannot speak for Adobe because I don't work for them, and I do very little work with video. However, Adobe has other products designed specifically for video, After Effects, Adobe Premier, just to mention a couple. If you really need serious video support then perhaps you should consider serious software. The video support in Lightroom is admittedly very basic because, as I understand it, video is not the primary concern of Lightroom. I don't know if 4K support is in the plans for the future. Asking Adobe isn't going to  be very productive because future plans are never discussed with users. I've given you my perspective, and it isn't worth much. Someone else may have a better perspective to offer.

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Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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I know After Effects I know Adobe Premiere, but I work with Davinci Resolve which is the perfect software for me. I also use Lightroom very intensively to manage my pictures. The volume of videos is increasing steadily, and I need a software that manages my videos, ideally also my pictures. Lightroom can already manage Videos only with the export of 4k happens.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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Adobe wants all product suggestions posted in the official feedback forum:
https://www.lightroomqueen.com/send-bug-report-feature-request-adobe/

Product developers read everything posted there, but rarely participate here, which is primarily a user-to-user forum.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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Jim, you wrote, "Adobe has other products designed specifically for video, After Effects, Adobe Premier,..."

 

Don't leave out Premiere Elements.  Unique to video editing programs, it has ACR built in.  If you turn on XMP sidecar files in Lightroom, Premier Elements will read the LR adjustments on import.  It opens up  a lot of creative possibilities for slideshow or mixed media videos. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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christophek22525811,

You can export 4K videos for work in your NLE.... even if it is Resolve.

 

I have a video workflow you might try.   It is based on a couple assumptions.  I want Lightroom Classic to manage all of my photos and videos.  I want to do my video editing in an NLE, not Lightroom.  (I like Premiere Elements.  Unlike Pro, it has support for RAW photo files!)

 

Further, I want to only work on copies of original footage.   Last, when I build a video project I want everything from souce assets to project and scratch disks in one dedicated folder.  That makes backups and archives easier.  Since I use an SSD for that, it is also faster.  I keep original media on slower internal or external HDDs.  

In Lightroom Classic, make a collection, or some other selection, that includes your video files.  Then  Export those files to the a dedicated project folder.  To make that work you select "Original, unedited file".  Lightroom then puts the copies I want in my project folder.  When I'm done with the project, I can put a Import a copy of the finished video to the Lightroom Classic structure for reference and archive the entire project in one step.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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This may seem like a silly question, but…why do you need to specifically export the 4K video from Lightroom Classic? Is it so that you can have the clip to import in Resolve or other video applications?

 

The reason I ask is that you use Resolve, so I’ll assume there is no reason to make any video edits in Lightroom Classic because its video editing features are nothing compared to the powerful capabilities in Resolve. So I’ll assume you just want to organize in Lightroom Classic, and use the unaltered original 4K video in Resolve. If that’s the case, then…

 

Bill Sprague showed one way: Export with the Format set to Original, Unedited because it says it will be the full original 4K resolution, and that is in fact what it does.

 

But I think that is unnecessary, so I completely skip that step when using Lightroom Classic-managed video files in a video editor. Lightroom Classic knows the folder where the original file is stored (using Reveal in Finder/Explorer), so there is no need to export a duplicate of the video file if the video project is going to be edited on the same computer. Just import the original video.

 

I use Premiere Pro just because it’s what I have, so my workflow is:

  1. Import everything from the camera into Lightroom Classic – stills and videos. Then I organize, cull, and rate the stills and videos. I do not edit the videos.
  2. When I want to make a video, I have Lightroom Classic and Premiere Pro open at the same time. 
  3. In the Lightroom Classic grid view, I select the video files I want to take to Premiere Pro.
  4. I drag all the selected video files from Lightroom Classic grid view, and drop them into the Project panel in Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro acts as if I had dragged them from the desktop (since the file references are all the same anyway), and imports them as expected.

 

Note: I’m using a Mac, and from what I hear, the Windows version of Lightroom Classic may not support drag-and-drop to other applications. In that case just right-click a video in Lightroom Classic, choose Reveal in Explorer, and Windows will show you the original file in its folder on the desktop for you to import into Resolve.

 

Regarding why Lightroom Classic doesn’t export edited 4K video files, that’s a good question. There’s no official word so we have to guess that it’s just a low priority for them at this time. But it does make Lightroom Classic a bit behind the times.

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Conrad C,

 

You wrote, "Bill Sprague showed one way: Export with the Format set to Original, Unedited because it says it will be the full original 4K resolution, and that is in fact what it does.  But I think that is unnecessary"

 

Thanks for the drag and drop technique.  I tried it and it does not work in Windows.  You have to go via Explorer.   That will be handy and I will use it for smaller projects.  

 

My logic is different for a couple reasons.  One, I want copies of the source files on my SSD in a project specific folder to maximize speed and smoothness. Two, I also want to keep all originals from the camera in a Lightroom file structure.  I don't (!), but could screw up the originals so I edit copies.  (The "Export as original" should be named "Copy" or "Exact Copy".)  There is no process rendering or encoding going on.  Three, I like to make backups and archives of the entire project intact as one project specific folder.  If I use source footage that is on my HDD storage drive or an external drive, that makes keeping the backup or archive a little more complex.  Fourth, I've been doing it this way for ten years!  Why change now?

 

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