Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6, Lightroom 5, and Lightroom 4

These versions of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom let you import video clips in several formats and perform extensive edits on them. To troubleshoot video issues, see Troubleshoot video issues in Lightroom.

Formats imported:

  • AVI
  • MP4
  • MOV

Extensions supported:

  • MOV
  • M4V
  • MP4
  • MPE
  • MPG (only MPEG-1 and MPEG-4 compression formats)
  • MP4
  • M4V
  • AVI
  • MTS
  • 3GP
  • 3GPP
  • M2T
  • M2TS


If your video file is not one of these formats, Lightroom can't open it.


The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued an alert recommending that Windows users uninstall Apple QuickTime from their computers. Apple has also announced that it will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows. After uninstalling QuickTime, video thumbnails may not be generated in Lightroom and some codecs may become unavailable for import and playback. For details, see Windows | Impact of uninstalling Apple QuickTime.

  1. Capture a frame from an image in the clip.
  2. Open the resulting image in the Develop module.
  3. Edit the frame as desired. 
  4. Create a preset with these changes.
  5. Return to the Library module and select the video clip.
  6. Apply the preset that you saved. 


If you made edits in Develop that cannot be applied to a video clip, such as Noise Reduction or Clarity, a warning message appears.

Videos are only supported in the Library module. You cannot open them in any of the other modules, including Develop or Slideshow. 

Lightroom 3

Photoshop Lightroom 3 imports video and audio files in common formats. You can manage these files in the Library module of Lightroom 3, but you cannot edit video or audio files. 

Formats supported:

  • AVI
  • MOV
  • MP4

Features supported:

  • View thumbnails in the Library module (requires QuickTime)
  • Apply and edit metadata 
  • Add and edit keywords
  • Use Library View options
  • Apply ratings, labels, and flags
  • Stack videos
  • Add to collections
  • Save metadata to the catalog
  • Export in the original format
  • Play video clips (click Play icon in lower-left corner of the video preview)

 See also Import video into Lightroom in Lightroom 3 Help.

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