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Which Photographers really need Video functions?

Mar 17, 2012 4:15 AM

hi there,


i'm using lightroom since the first beta versions, i'm wondering why adobe is putting the video-stuff into lightroom.


Who really needs the Video functions? i believe someone who really wants to edit his video files would probably use some software like premiere or at least premiere express instead of using lightroom ...


The question is, would/could Lightroom speed up if the video-stuff would be removed? if so, why would'nt it be better to make it more modular, so that i can disable the crap that i don't need?


I even could live with two Versions 'Lightroom Standard' (which allows all that photographers need) and something like 'Lightroom extended' which allows all the Video Stuff


so what do you think about it?





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    Mar 17, 2012 5:04 AM   in reply to mcapellari



    the same question you could ask camera vendors like Canon/Nikon why do they put video recording to their cameras... The answer is easy, to gain money you need to bring inovations. Imagine that you are Canon producing some camera and you will find out that your competition has the same functionalities etc, so you introduce video recording to sell 10k more cameras than without video recording... Adobe behaves the same way...

    Of course we can do a neverending discussion whether a true photographer needs video or not... My opinion is that video in Lightroom has some meaning, but as I do not use the videoediting features I do not care about them... maybe the software could be 10$ cheaper and 5% faster, but who really cares about such small difference?



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    Mar 17, 2012 5:11 AM   in reply to mcapellari

    Unfortunately, video capabilities for modern DSLR cameras is here to stay. Many users are embracing the fact they can include video to enhance their still captures. The inclusion of video capabilities offers many of us the ability to create a true multimedia product.


    The ability to catalog and maintain those digital files along with our still images is a true asset for apps like Lightroom. I seriously do not think that the rudimentary editing features in Lr are stifling performance. In fact, as with all the modules in Lr, if you don't invoke them, they aren't in play. So if you do not "edit" video clips ... You can't be experiencing a hit on your computer's resources from that code. The new process version 2012 is much more resource intensive than the video capabilities in Lr 4 ... And users would not see a performance enhancement if the video capabilities were not included.

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    Mar 17, 2012 9:55 AM   in reply to mcapellari

    As smebody who gets paid to shoot photos, I'm increasingly being asked to shoot videos.  In fact that started over a year ago, I now get paid to shoot both.  That's just how it is.


    I wont ever use Lightroom to catalogue video though.  However, I agree that features  = bloat.  That happens with every piece of software from every developer however, in the end amnother product is released without the bloat and the advertising people go on about how fast it is and the lifecycle starts over again

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    Mar 17, 2012 12:36 PM   in reply to mcapellari

    I wouldn't use it for tonal corrections (Vegas all the way!), but the LR4 video playback makes LR an extremely efficient tool for weeding out video clips. Just as you would with photos you can quickly thumb through your clips and use flags for rejects, and playback for 5d2 1080 clips is silky smooth.


    If more of the develop and local adjustment tools were made available for video it could be quite a powerful tool for editing.

    The question is, would/could Lightroom speed up if the video-stuff would be removed?

    Video support in LR is pretty basic. I can't imagine it would improve performance appreciably (in terms of the program being leaner and running faster) if it was removed.

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