Lightroom: How To Publish a Slideshow

Adobe Lightroom 3 allows users to not only create a slideshow of their favorite photos, but also export the file as a video so it can be published to the web. All users need to publish a Lightroom slideshow is a little patience and a lot of creativity.

Step 1: Creating a Slideshow

Lightroom has a dedicated Slideshow module, where users can select preset templates and add text to their slideshow. Users can add a title slide to introduce the slideshow or even an ending slide with credits. Images can be moved around to tell a story or put things in sequence of when they happened.

Users should also add music to the slideshow to help it move along. Or, they could experiment with adding voice-over to describe the photos and give a little more detail.

Once users are finished, they should preview the entire slideshow to see if it works for them. Now, it's time to export the slideshow and create a video.

Step 2: Creating a Video from a Slideshow Presentation

Once users are satisfied with their slideshow, they should export so that others can access it and play it. While users can export a slideshow as a PDF, it may make more sense to export it as a video. This way, the slideshow will play just like a regular video, and then users can upload the video to websites like YouTube, Vimeo and the like.

Lightroom will save the video as a H.264 MPEG-4 file, and this will include all of the slides and the music or voiceover. MPEG-4 files can be played on many machines, but not all. Some people may have to upgrade their players in order to access the video.

To convert a slideshow into a video, users should follow the below directions.

  1. Open up the slideshow in the Slideshow module.
  2. The Export Video button is located in the lower left-hand corner. Users should hit this when they are ready to export the video.
  3. The Export Slideshow To Video popup box will appear. Here, users should give their video a unique name and designate to where they would like the file saved. If users have a preset Videos file, this would be a good place to save the new video.
  4. The next window will be the Video Preset menu. Users can leave the preset pixel sizes and frame rates, or they may customize the settings based on their needs.
  5. Finally, users should hit Save if using Windows or Export if they are using a Mac Operating System.

Now, the slideshow will have been converted to a video format.

Step 3: Uploading the Video and Sharing It with Friends

With the video complete, users can now email the video to friends and family. The one problem with emailing videos is that they are large files, which some people may not be able to open.

The better method would be to upload videos to a video host site like YouTube or Facebook, and then users can just send the link to the video to friends and family. If people are worried about sharing their video with the world, the users can just set the videos to private.