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P: mobile: Video Import

Explorer ,
Apr 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015

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After the last LR Mobile update (iOS), much to my chagrin the app imported videos (!) from my Camera Roll and synced them to the desktop. I could even play the video. I don't know about anyone else but this is *huge* to me and eliminates other steps/apps/complexity to get videos from the phone into LR.

Awesome work!

However, after that first joyous day, videos stopped importing into the app. Was this some kind of accidental feature release that Adobe disabled for a future date hoping no one would notice? Just a fluke? Anyone else?

Thanks, love the direction LR Mobile is taking. Now just lockout mode (viewing only), keywording, and maybe faces and you'll seal the deal with this happy subscriber!

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Community Expert ,
Apr 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015

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Think of it as a very nice surprise and a glimpse of the future. It's not an official feature but it's a popular request.
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The Lightroom Queen - Author of the Lightroom Missing FAQ & Edit Like a Pro books.

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Explorer ,
Apr 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015

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Small update to the above. In vain hope, I deleted and reinstalled the app. Still no video import, either automatic or manual. However the couple of videos that had auto-imported that fateful day are still there, video badge and all, and play. This is killing me!

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New Here ,
May 26, 2015 May 26, 2015

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Having just pulled another few hundred photos over from lightroom mobile today, (still enjoying the improved workflow or LR Mobile) I then sit back and cringe as the 64 videos did not come across. One day soon, I hope to leave my transfer cable in my bag for good! I am very surprised this does not have more votes.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 15, 2015 Jun 15, 2015

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Video handling is now in Lightroom mobile 1.5
Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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Mentor ,
Jun 16, 2015 Jun 16, 2015

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Great new feature but it should be optional. See this:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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Explorer ,
Jun 16, 2015 Jun 16, 2015

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@ Wolfgang

Really critical point. I couldn't agree more. Even better would be more granular control, like upload video on wifi only, but photos on LTE, etc.

Haven't gotten a chance to test... Does this work in the other direction? Desktop catalog videos > mobile? And are they full-size files? We need a "smart preview" for video...

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New Here ,
Jun 30, 2017 Jun 30, 2017

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Yes, please add mobile sync for videos.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 24, 2017 Oct 24, 2017

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Sorry to bring up this old post but having just migrated from an iPhone to a Pixel 2 I've noticed that while the iOS client has had video import for a while now, the Android client doesn't seem to support video at all (import or view)...

This was a really useful feature that I'd love to get back ... are there any plans to add it to the Android client (or is it about to be removed from the iOS one)?

btw, I really like Steve's suggestion re granular control over what can sync when; that would be great!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 06, 2017 Nov 06, 2017

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I found this one thread which requests this feature for Android: 
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/add-support-for-video-files-on-lightroom-cc-f...

Until video import and upload for android is added to LR CC Mobile, does anyone know methods for getting Android videos into LR?

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 12, 2017 Nov 12, 2017

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Please add to Android. Inexcusable that it isn't.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 20, 2017 Dec 20, 2017

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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4 year old request, including a comment from the Queen herself... and nothing.  <facepalm>

I'm honestly trying to give Adobe a chance here, because I like the premise of having my lightroom experience synced between my iPhone, iPad and desktop, but not being able to handle videos in any meaningful way really hinders the benefit.   I'm BETTER off using iPhotos for my video off my camera! <double face palm>

That said, this needs to be two way.  Not just import, but the fact that I cannot export video into something like Lumafusion really hinders me (re-iterate I'm better off using iPhotos for general organization of videos).

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Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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This is a non-issue now isn't it?  At least for me.  Videos can be imported just like photos.

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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I'm unable to import or export videos on iOS...  maybe Android?

For export, all of the options under the share menu are greyed out.  On import, when selecting from my camera roll all of the videos aren't displayed.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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IOS can definitely do it using the auto import (not tried it for a while using manual import.

Android still can't import video at all (or view it)

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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+1. 

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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Ok, so I am specifically talking about manual import, since I don’t want to muddy my LRCC with spurious crap that occasionally makes its way into my camera roll.

I guess I could give that a try, to enable to auto and see if it’ll get pulled in after an import into Photos. Just still useless though if I can’t get it back out for editing...

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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So, yes, I'm able to import videos only through the auto-import method and not manual import.   Am I the only one that thinks this is a half-ass implementation and this absolutely is still an issue until both manual import and export exist...

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Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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Jason, you are not the only one.  I've only really used this feature to ingest camera roll video and to that extent it's been great to have it just "be" in my LR CC Classic catalog.  But these shortcomings and the outright lack of the feature on Android, I would agree that this is a bummer.

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Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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Jason, you are not the only one.  I've only really used this feature to ingest camera roll video and to that extent it's been great to have it just "be" in my LR CC Classic catalog.  But these shortcomings and the outright lack of the feature on Android, I would agree that this is a bummer.

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New Here ,
Jul 19, 2019 Jul 19, 2019

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To whomever administers the tags on these entries, I'll reiterate that this still has not been completely implemented!  As long as I cannot import videos using the "+" button in the app, or via the shortcuts interface for importing media, this *SHOULD NOT* be marked as implemented.

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Explorer ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you are saying, but I:

* Took a video using the iOS Camera app
* Opened LR Mobile
* Clicked the "+<photo image>" button
* Selected videos and photos from my Camera Roll by swiping (they have a "VIDEO" label superimposed on them) and tapped "Add X Photos" at the bottom -- note you can also select one with a tap and then tap the checkmark in the upper-right corner

At this point it imports the videos and photos (if any were selected) into LR Mobile and syncs to LR and LR Classic on my Mac.

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New Here ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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So, what I was experiencing was that videos weren’t being listed when attempting to add, however, upon checking again after your post I finally noticed the “...” in the corner. Video wasn’t checked. This had to have been a default setting because I experienced the same behavior on both my iPhone and iPad, leading me to believe video import wasn’t available. Thank you for making me look again since I’d missed that....

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Explorer ,
Jul 25, 2019 Jul 25, 2019

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I didn’t realize that was an option. Good find. You are welcome, and thank you for pointing that out!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 28, 2019 Sep 28, 2019

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Thanks for pointing out the "..." option. Totally did not see this. Somehow after switching iPhones the video option wasn't on by default and I lost about 4 months of videos (maybe 5-6 videos in total) due to auto-importing and not making sure everything was imported properly (trusting that videos would be imported anyways). Oh well - now I fixed it.

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