Need HEIC (HEIF) and HEVC (H.265) support in Lightroom

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Lightroom Classic: Support for HEIC file format (Windows)

Really two problems:
1. Lightroom (Classic or new CC) for Windows or Mac refuses to import these files
2. Lightroom for Mobile on iOS imports these files as JPG/H.264 (unsure if Adobe or iOS is doing the conversion, but if the latter Apple should be pushed for native import), though even if it did, see #1

Why this should be fixed:
-HEIF/HEVC is on by default on new iPhones, so the world's foremost creative company should support it
-HEIF supports many excellent features JPG doesn't, so disabling on the iPhone - although a valid option - is highly undesirable; as an example, I love the Portrait mode fake bokeh, but the iPhone's algorithm is a bit lacking and I'd like to touch up the depth maps regularly but conversion to JPEG doesn't retain them and creating them from scratch would be awful

Why I think this isn't a big ask:
-Photoshop for Mac will open HEIF files
-Premiere Pro for either platform will open either file type

One nice compromise in case HEIF file support can't be brought to all Lightroom platforms in a timely manner would be to convert to DNG or TIFF upon import.

Thank you for reading!
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  • like I've been patient but this shouldn't be a problem by now.

Posted 2 years ago

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Ronald Byram

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Hey I too wish LR could get ahead of the curve with file imports for new formats and camera. but the camera world is always changing.  Heck even the New Canon M50 to be announced soon has a NEW formats and I guess we will wait 6 months for that support.
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Sunil Bhaskaran, Official Rep

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Thanks for writing, Michael.
We are working on the same.

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David Sanger (SU2)

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when can we expect it Sunil?
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The iPhone has been shooting HEIF since September 2017. How is it that I can't import my photos into Lightroom a whopping six plus months later?? It's like you ignoring RAW support for the latest Canon model for half a year, except it's a standard format and supported in Photoshop. Please add this asap!

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