Next Adobe Lightroom dips toes in video waters

It looks as if Lightroom 3 will get basic video handling, better image noise reduction, and tethered shooting support. A second beta version appears imminent.

The Lightroom 3 beta will look familiar to current users, but there are changes under the hood. In addition, Lightroom catalogs can be synchronized with Flickr.
The Lightroom 3 beta will look familiar to current users, but there are changes under the hood. In addition, Lightroom catalogs can be synchronized with Flickr. Adobe Systems

It looks like Adobe Systems' Photoshop Lightroom 3 will begin to nibble at one of the new areas of digital photography: video.

Point-and-shoot digital cameras have been able to shoot video for years, but SLR cameras that photography enthusiasts enjoy now are getting the ability as well, including some advanced capabilities compact cameras lack. A second beta of Lightroom 3 due Monday will get the ability to import and manage videos, according to what looks like a legitimate if prematurely posted Adobe news release at Digital Photography Now.

Adobe didn't respond to requests for comment. But according to the release, these features also look to be in the new version:

• Tethered shooting, a feature professionals like that lets photos be sent directly from the camera to a computer as they're shot. It works with Canon and Nikon cameras.

• A second crack at a reworked import process--a change from Lightroom 2 that forum commenters seemed either to loathe or like. Images also import and load faster.

• Fleshed-out noise reduction that's central to the Lightroom 3 promise of better image quality : instead of just offering chrominance noise reduction that deals with color variation, the new beta adds luminance noise reduction that deals with brightness variation.

Lightroom, which can be used to edit, catalog, and print photos, is geared for enthusiasts and professionals. It's particularly suited to handling raw images taken directly from a camera's image sensor with no in-camera processing, a technology that offers higher flexibility and quality than JPEG but less convenience.

Apparently still missing from the beta, though, are some other features on the digital photography frontier: face recognition to help identify subjects in photos, geotagging to attach location information , high-dynamic range support for images that span a wider than usual spectrum of light to dark tones, panorama stitching, time-lapse video creation, and the top item on my personal wish list, automatic correction of chromatic aberration, distortion, and other lens defects.

 

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