Learn about the video file formats that you can import and edit in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom.
Some video file formats—such as MOV and AVI denote container file formats rather than denoting specific video data formats. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Lightroom can import these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain depends on the codecs (specifically, decoders) installed.
By installing more codecs, you can extend the ability of Lightroom to import/play some of the video file types. Many codecs installed into the operating system (Windows or macOS) work as a component inside the QuickTime or Video for Windows formats. Contact the manufacturer of your hardware or software for more information about codecs that work with the files that your specific devices or applications create.
These versions of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom let you import video clips in several formats and perform extensive edits on them.
Videos with .MPG4 extension: Beginning with Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 and Lightroom CC 2.0 (October 2018 releases), videos with .MPG4 file extension are no longer supported on both macOS and Windows. As a workaround, you can rename the file extension to .MP4 using Finder (Mac) or Windows Explorer (Win) and then import the video file.
If your video file is not one of these formats, Lightroom can't open it. Videos are only supported in the Library module. You cannot open them in any of the other modules, including Develop or Slideshow. Video files do not sync from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom ecosystem.