If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user then there’s a good chance you’re using it to ingest video footage as well. I’ve been importing photos and videos side by side for a few years now but have only just worked out an easyish way to edit all that footage efficiently in Premiere. Although Lightroom has an export feature, to avoid re-compression it’s better (and faster) to edit the original video files in Premiere while also keeping reference to the videos in the Lightroom catalogue. This method works well for collections such as family-related ones where you might be bringing together different camera sources.
So until Adobe add a ‘create new Premiere sequence from Collection’ in Lightroom here’s how I did it:
- In Lightroom, in the ‘folders’ panel, select ‘Add Folder’, this is where you’ll move the video files to
- If you haven’t already, create a smart collection of your required videos using the file type ‘video’ to separate out from the photos plus any specific keywords you may have added
- With the collection selected, press ‘g’ to enter grid view in library mode and select all of the videos
- Drag and drop the selection into the folder created specifically for the videos
Lightroom will then move the video files from your existing folders (I use a date-based one) into a flat folder structure that can then be easily imported into a Premiere sequence.