Drag and drop between Lightroom 5 and Premiere Pro

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Can we have drag and drop from Lightroom 5 to Premiere Pro please. All my videos tagged with metadata in Lightroom 5 and rated so a drag and drop feature to Premiere would be great. Currently I have to select my videos in Lightroom 5 then right click - show in explorer - then drag to Premiere Pro. The "show in explorer" option doesn't always highlight the right file so it's very time consuming.

Other third party software like iTunes allow drag and drop to Premiere so Lightroom 5 should really be able to do this - unless I am missing something and there is another way to achieve this functionality.

Help!
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What should DnD out of LR to another application do:

1) Pass a reference to the original file to the other application?
2) Make a copy of the original file, somewhere, and pass a reference to that to the other application?
3) Export a copy of the file with any LR-added metadata included and any adjustments baked in, and pass a reference to that adjusted file to the other application?

DnDing from Explorer and maybe iTunes does the first, and I think people DnDing from LR would expect the third option, at least in the general case--how it looks in LR should go to the other program which is more complicated by the parameters needed to define the properties of the Exported file as well as what happens with that intermediate file--does it stay somewhere forever? That would be messy. It would be similar to doing Edit in an outdated Photoshop with LR Adjustments.

As far as right-clicking not picking the correct video to Show in Explorer, there seems to be a bug between selecting things in the Grid view and the Thumbnail strip, and you cannot have more than one item selected to Show in Explorer, and you may need to left-click on it before right-clicking on it to make sure it is selected.

The bottom line for me is that I am not sure that Adobe has a non-messy way to do DnD out of LR that isn't more messy, at least in the general case, than they'd like. DnDing a video reference into Premier is less messy than DnDing a photo into some other application, but I don't see Adobe implementing DnD out of LR for only videos and only into Premier, but who knows, maybe with their new found revenue stream from CC subscriptions, maybe they'll make a more integrated LR CC version that knows how to work with other Adobe applications.

I am not disagreeing that it wouldn't be nice to have a DnD from LR into PRP, just trying to explain reasons why Adobe hasn't, yet, due to the messiness of the general case.
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Hi Steve. I would pick option 1. This would make the operation the same as using the Media Browser in Premiere Pro. Drag and drop from the Media Browser in Premiere Pro to the Project window or Timeline results in the image without any Lightroom adjustments.

If I wanted Lightroom adjustments I would expect to first have to export the files. My wish is to be able to use Lightroom to select files instead of having to use the Media Browser in Premiere Pro or Windows Explorer (which don't allow much more than selecting a folder).

Granted the options you listed would be useful but are more involved. I note they are similar to the "Edit In" options given when right clicking in Lightroom and selecting "Edit in Photoshop". I have listed the options as they appear in the dialog box but using your reference numbers to show how they match up.

3) Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments (Apply the Lightroom adjustments to a copy of the file and edit that one.).
2) Edit a Copy (Edit a copy of the original file. Lightroom adjustments will not be visible.)
1) Edit Original (Edit the original file. Lightroom adjustments will not be visible).

There is the other option to "Open as a Smart Object in Photoshop" which picks up shows the Lightroom adjustments.

As far as right-clicking not picking the correct video to Show in Explorer - I tried what you suggested but it still didn't work. It usually works the second time.

Lastly I have just found out that drag and drop from Lightroom 5 to Premiere Pro CS6 works on OS X 10.8.4.

http://forums.adobe.com/message/54144...
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