Lightroom Classic: Please support export video to HEVC (H.265)

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I am a photography enthusiast and I use Lightroom to store my entire library of personal photos and videos.

4K videos from my iPhone / Sony Mirrorless camera take up a large amount of space, and I'm looking to save space by converting them to HEVC (h.265) codec.

I can currently achieve my goal with the following steps, but it is a tedious process and mostly only works for me since I'm also a programmer:
1. Convert video to HEVC H.265 using FFmpeg CLI
2. Use ExifTool CLI to preserve updated / created timestamps and copy over exif metadata missed by FFmpeg and
3. Import HEVC video into Lightroom
4. Update capture time to be file creation time (my naming scheme uses capture time and isn't correct without this step)
5. Copy metadata from original over to HEVC copy (Camera Model and LR tags aren't preserved)

I believe a more elegant solution would be to add an HEVC H.265 video format in Lightroom's export window. I could export to hard drive and export to "Same folder as original photo" and could use the existing "Add to this catalog" functionality to automatically import the compressed file. I could include all metadata so I don't need to do steps 2-5 in my current workflow outlined above.

Thanks for listening, I'm a huge fan of Lightroom and would love this feature!
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