This Week In Real Estate Video #74 – Editing RAW Video In Lightroom

September 6th, 2013

Jon Lindsay is a property/architectural filmmaker in the UK doing some interesting work with RAW video and Adobe Lightroom. It’s a new system that has changed his workflow and produced great results. The video to the right shows an example of the results Jon gets with this new workflow.

Jon says:

After shooting a walk through with a Merlin Steadicam (thanks to Fred Light for advice I go back to the property and shoot RAW video of the important selling points of a house – e.g. external, living space, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom. With RAW video you can do what photographers have been able to do for years , but with moving pictures. The camera sees every little detail and has a greater dynamic range. For example, you can shoot a sunny room, but also capture the view through a window (usually blown out white). I take the individual stills into Lightroom to enhance skies, detail and texture. From that I can export as a move file.

The workflow is a challenge on you and your computer’s memory, but for more prestigious projects it’s well worth the effort as you can really bring a property alive. The added bonus is that you can extract hi-res stills from the video to use for photography.

Here is a couple of links that go into more detail about Jon’s workflow: Here and here.

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12 Responses to “This Week In Real Estate Video #74 – Editing RAW Video In Lightroom”

  • Oh my goodness. So much useful information here. I’ve been resisting this RAW move until the process simplified . . . but it seems I need to move forward.

  • Thanks Charlie. It’s well worth it. My process has got a lot quicker and the results a lot better! Especially the all important external shot that pulls in the buyers.

  • Jon,

    Very nice video. Clean etc.

    Forgive me, I am new to video etc. How does one capture RAW video? I looked around at the links etc.

    Thank you for your post and sharing.


  • Ethan – Magic Lantern is a free download for Canon DLSR’s that is kind of like taking a restrictor plate off these cameras. Thus, enabling one to record video in RAW format. It’s the processing in post that’s been the harder part. But everyday it seems to get easier.

  • Cool to see the extra window detail retained (eg at 0:27) compared to the steadicam segments.
    (Oh and the song is “La *vie* en rose”) Pesky spell checks 😀

  • magic lantern is a great hack for cannon cameras, but black magic also a couple of very interesting raw video cameras. Very affordable for cannon users as they are available with canon mount.

  • thanks for comments – just finished this RAW video tour which shows the potential even more –

    (Thanks for the spell check!)
    (black magic is definitely worth looking at – only thing is it’s micro 4/3 not full frame so even with the Canon mount the lenses are quite restricted : (

  • Hey Jon,

    Great work with the ‘Merlin’. Nice level shots with very little ‘boating’.

    Would you kindly give us a few of your thoughts on the Merlin steady cam please?

    I am trying to choose a ‘steadycam’ to use with my Panasonic GH3 (7-14mm lens) and the choice seems endless and very frustrating.

    For every positive review you read on one particular brand or version you’ll find a negative.

    I have a lot of respect for Fred Lights work with the Merlin and frankly if it’s good enough for someone like Fred it’s good enough for me. My concern however is if the Merlin will suit a ‘lighter’ camera like the GH3.

    I also appreciate that to get to Fred’s level has taken years of practice.

    Thanks in advance and for sharing your video.

  • Great video. I haven’t been watching too many here lately, and coming back to this one…it’s the first one I’ve seen that makes me want to do video! Great exposures and clarity. Moves along at a snappy pace. Very informative for a buyer. I’m going to start to move in this direction.


  • @rich thank!

    @terry I chose the Merlin Steadicam after trying quite a few different systems. The hardest thing I found with the others was trying to get them balanced. Luckily with the Merlin there is an online cookbook, which refers to how many weights you need to use to balance a particular camera and lens. (e.g Canon 5DII with 17-40mm lens). The Merlin is also great for micro adjustments, so I can now balance within a minute at a client’s property (you need to rebalance everytime you put the stabilizer down)

    Regards walking with the Merlin, phew, it took a long time to get it right but its been the easiest I’ve ever used. I just practised and practised and walked around very very slowly to master the moves. (a lot of clips are of people walking very fast with the merlin, thats not too tough, you need to be in control). My only final comment would be not to bother buying a vest. I did and it was a waste of time! Its easier to just fly ‘naked’ with it. I’m a normal sized guy and i’ve never had a problem with tiredness/weight.

    Hope info is useful

  • thanks for kind comments ‘Philippines Realty’ . This is a stunning house in Northumberland (near Scotland) –

  • Hey Jon thanks for your reply.

    Just FYI I came across these stabilizers recently.

    The Movi5 from Freefly Systems

    and the ‘Be Steady’ which from what I understand is a Kickstarter project

    From what I can find out the Movi5 when it hit the market was around $7500 and is now down to $5000.

    I believe the Besteady is going to be around $2500.

    Word around the net is that there will be comparable units on the market soon for around the $2000 mark.

    Could mean a whole new level of ‘walk through’ style video without the learning curve – at least as far as stable vision goes.

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