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Easily Select or Deselect Video Files in Lightroom Import Dialog

PhotoJoseph's picture
January 23, 2017 - 9:00pm

This was included in a recent tip, but I'm breaking it out here on its own to ensure no Lightroom users miss it.

In the Adobe Lightroom import dialog, if you want to select or deselect only video files, all you have to do is hold down the Option/Alt key, and the Check All and Uncheck All buttons will change into Check Videos and Uncheck Videos buttons.

Press and hold the Alt/Option key in the Lightroom import dialog go reveal the "Check Videos" and "Uncheck Videos" buttonsPress and hold the Alt/Option key in the Lightroom import dialog go reveal the “Check Videos” and “Uncheck Videos” buttons

Cool, right? Makes it super easy to ignore those video files so you can import then into an app that can actually handle them ;-) 

Adobe Lightroom Classic (pre-CC)

Unbelievable. I’ve been crying over the lack of this the whole time for no reason.

Now, if only holding the control key enabled a “uncheck jpeg” button for those times I shoot RAW + JPG for WiFi sharing from the camera but don’t want to import those JPEGs into Lightroom.


Then I have more good need for you. Go to the preferences and disable “great JPEGs as separate files” (something like that; I'm not in a Mac now). Then you'll only see the RAW files in the import dialog. I think the JPEG files still get copied to your drive, just not imported into lightroom. Still a far cry from proper RAW+JPEG support but it does work to separate the RAW files.

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