Briefly: Adobe is not trying to turn Lightroom into a full-fledged video editing program. Instead, the new additions are likely aimed at photographers who shoot an occasional video and want a simple and familiar interface to edit it.
Adobe’s latest version of Lightroom now supports video editing on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.
Existing Lightroom users should have no trouble getting used to video. As senior product manager Benjamin Warde explains, the same image editing controls are used to manipulate video. It is possible to copy and paste settings between photos and videos to achieve a consistent aesthetic on both media, and use premium and AI-powered recommended presets.
With the new Lightroom you can even trim the beginning or end of a clip.
Engadget’s Steve Dent took the new Lightroom for a spin and found it “fairly responsive”. Dent said most of the key adjustments, such as contrast, exposure, highlights, and shadows, all worked as you’d expect, but other key features, including brightness and sharpening, were disabled. With any luck, Adobe will enable them in a future update.
It’s worth noting that the new features are only available in Lightroom, not Lightroom Classic. Adobe Lightroom Classic has provided limited support for video file formats for several years now.
The new version of Lightroom starts rolling out today and should be available to all users by the end of the week.
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