Voice Annotations in Lightroom
by James Duncan Davidson
So it was a surprise to me when I imported this particular batch of photographs into Lightroom 1.1 and noticed that the
.wavfiles were listed as sidecar files. Additionally, for the images that have these sidecars, a new metadata line shows up indicating that Lightroom knows that these are audio files. Here's what it looks like:
Even better, there's that arrow next to the Audio File metadata field. Press it and the audio file plays! Eminently usable. It's quite simple and works just as you'd expect it to. Neat! This is genuinely useful. I'm going to make an effort to try and work audio file annotations into my workflow where they make sense. The only thing I can see being an impediment to using voice annotations in my workflow is that you can only see if a file has an annotation in the metadata viewer which means that you might have to hunt around your images a bit to find an annotation that you remember making. It'd be nice if a little audio icon showed up in grid view for images that had voice annotations.
After doing a bit of digging, it turns out that this is a brand new feature in Lightroom 1.1 that wasn't in 1.0. It's also a fairly stealthy feature. It isn't referred to anywhere in the help or in Adobe's knowledge base. In fact, about the only other mentions of it that I can find on the web are in a web article by Ian Lyons and a mention in the Adobe Forums. Like Ian, I wonder what other stealth features might lurk in this release.
|Mats Hage Eikemo
Have you tried searching for the word wav (search for text anywhere) in Lightroom?
|James, good catch! This slipped by me too. Very sweet. Just wish LR would play my video clips as well, or at least catalog them.|
That's great. Now if the Mark III could take a consistently sharp image you would be all set.
I'm well aware of the AI-SERVO focus issue that Rob Galbraith has been reporting on. Luckily, for my line of work, I don't typically photograph atheletic runners running towards me using AI-SERVO on hot bright days. As many people that are investigating the issue have noted, the cameras AF in dim/dark situtations, where I typically work, is increadibly good.