Lightrorom: Ability to manage audio files in the Lightroom catalog

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I love that I can manage my photos and video in Lightroom 3. As a photojournalist I also gather audio files. I would greatly love it if I could use Lightroom to import and manage all my audio/visual content.
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As a workaround, you could consider the Any File plugin, which lets you include any type of file in your catalog.
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AnyFile can also be used to manage not-yet-supported video files, like AVCHD (mts files).
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OK, so it's great that Lightroom 4 now offers a little more management of video files. From a Digital Asset Management perspective, it would be really great if LR also at least showed and allowed me to preview my audio files that are generated from my camera or other sources.

These thankfully get pulled along when importing images from my flash cards, but there is no indication of their existence from within the Lightroom interface...which makes renaming and managing these assets more work, as I have to jump out of LR to do this.

Given the multimedia nature of much of the work many of us now do (as acknowledged by the inclusion of video in LR), why is it Adobe is still ignoring those audio wav files?


This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Ignoring Audio Files.
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I'm not sure about LR4, but in LR3 wav files show up as "Audio File" in the Metadata panel (make sure to select the "EXIF and IPTC" preset) and can be played in LR. LR treats them as sidecar files, so moving/renaming a photo will automatically move/rename the accompanying wav file.
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There are reports here that audio file "sidecars" are no longer working in Lr4. This might be the root of the problem report.
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Ah, I see... Just to check, I downloaded LR4 and imported a few photos, and sidecar wav files are still recognised, at least on Win 7 64bit.

But, of course, stand-alone audio files are ignored, so if George was looking to catalog those, neither LR3 or LR4 will do the job.