I was checking out the G-Tech booth (more on this soon) at a CES press event last night when a girl from Adobe walked up to me and said I might want to walk around the corner to Adobe’s booth because they just announced Lightroom 4 beta. Woohoo!
I spent awhile talking to the Adobe folks about Lightroom 4 and going through the new features. A few things really stand out…
Limited video editing is now possible in Lightroom. You’re limited to which adjustments you can make in color grading. You can trim heads and tails of your clips.
You can export a couple different formats, including H.264, which makes LR4 acceptable for casual sharing. However, when you export, you are rendering a separate copy, so when you open it in Premiere Pro, you can’t undo any effects or trimming. There’s no also support for “Send to Premiere” in a similar fashion of the tight Photoshop integration. The edits within Lightroom 4, however, remain non-destructive so you can go back and make changes at will.
There are new adjustments for shadows and highlights that are offer more powerful recovery than in LR3. Moire correction is another new one. You can make local WB and tint adjustments for mixed lighting situations. Cool stuff.
There are two new modules for Books (photo books) and Maps. We didn’t get in depth with this; however, the Books allows you to create a photo book and upload it to Blurb when you’re done.
You can download the LR4 beta on Adobe’s website for free. Just remember, this isn’t guaranteed for prime time and these early beta versions have been a little buggy at times.