Lightroom Tutorial

How to install .XMP Lightroom Preset (Desktop)

The new Lightroom 7.3 Update introduced a new way to work with presets. The old .Irtemplate files have been exchanged with the newer .xmp format. This changes might seem new to some people, but to use it makes working and installing presets more than ever!

The .xmp format has been used in Photoshop for Camera Raw before, while Lightroom used the .Irtemplate format. But now, the Camera Raw and Lightroom work with the same .xmp format. Your old Presets have been automatically converted into .xmp once you updated to Lightroom Classic 7.3, and this how to install the new .xmp file into Lightroom.

  1. Open Lightroom.
  2. Go to your Develop Module ( Top right corner )
  3. Click the + on your Presets tab and hit “Import Presets”

That’s all! The Preset can be used in Lightroom now, and you will find it when you open the Presets tab under User Presets. This is by far the quickest and easiest way to install Lightroom Presets in the newest version of Lightroom. You can even install .Irtemplate files in the same way.

If you want to have a clean folder structure for your Lightroom Presets, this is how you can arrange your assets better.

Installing the .xmp format as a folder

  1. Open Lightroom.
  2. Go to Lightroom in your main menu and hit Preferences

3. Click on Show Lightroom Develop Presets in the Preferences Menu

4. Paste your Preset Folder containing the .xmp files into Settings

5. Restart Lightroom and enjoy your Presets

You should be able to see all of your imported Presets as a folder in Lightroom and Camera Raw as well now. Play around with them and have fun!

Lightroom Tutorial

How to Install Lightroom Presets (Mobile App)

Make sure you have Adobe Lightroom CC (Mobile) installed. You can purchase here.

You can download either one of these apps to open the .zip files. 

Check your email after you complete the purchasing to receive the download link. 

 1. Download the DNG file to your phone

Using the mobile app of iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or Google Photos, download the .zip file into your phone.

Wait for the file finish to download. It may takes some time because the file is quite large (ie: 78MB or above)

2. Once finished downloading, locate the file (download folder).

3. Click the .zip file to unzip / extract it.

4. Open the extracted folder.

5. Select one of the presets to save/import into your Library / Camera Roll.

6. Save the preset file.

7. Now, open Lightroom CC Mobile App

8. Create New Album

9. Import the saved preset file just now into Lightroom CC Mobile App.

10. Copy the Preset settings.

11. Select any photos that you want to edit from your Library / Camera Roll

12. Paste the copied Preset settings onto the image

13. Adjust Exposure or other settings as you wish

14. Save / Export the image

Here’s the result…

Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro: “The importer reported a generic error…”

I know I know… Editing in Premiere Pro is not a smooth process like we all wish for. We all somehow encounter errors now and then. And one of the most common one is getting this error message when you are trying to import/locate footage from your previous folder/project files, that looks like this..

What causes the ‘The Importer Reported a Generic Error’ Error Message in Adobe Premiere?

  • Unsupported Codec: All of the video recording devices use different codecs. In case the codec is not supported by the Adobe Premiere Pro software, you will not be able to import it into the timeline. In such a case, you will have to change the codec of the video files.
  • Unsupported Video Files Format: Adobe Premiere is quite generous with the video files format, however, it does not support all of the video files formats for obvious reasons. Therefore, if the video that you are trying to import is not supported by the application, you will, eventually, stumble on the error message.
  • Activation Issues: According to Adobe, activation issues can sometimes disrupt some of the functionality of the importer. Therefore, make sure the software is activated and you are logged in your Creative Cloud account.
  • Video File Name: In some cases, the issue can also be caused by the name of the video file. There might be some symbols in the name of the file that is causing the issue to pop up.

When I was working with my client’s project; editing a wedding video -I encounter this error and the reasons were because I move the folder around that I previously edited in my external hard drives. When I was trying to edit it in my PC it could retrieve the location of the media properly due to “messy” cache files. So the solution that I did was;

Solution #1 – Cleaning my cache folders

  1. Close Adobe Premiere Pro and then navigate to the Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common directory. Please note that the AppData folder is hidden by default, so make sure you have unhid it.
  2. In case you are using a Mac, please navigate to the /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common directory.
  3. Delete the files and then launch Adobe Premiere Pro.
  4. In case you are having difficulties locating the above path, you can also just go to Preferences and then navigate to the Media Cache tab.

Solution #2 – Move the Files to a Different Location or Rename Them

  1. Move the clips/footage folder that generate the errors to different folder and relocate again
  2. You can also try to rename them (this will create a new cache distinctively from the previous log cache)
  3. If it doesn’t work, then just move them to a different location.

**TIP: If none of the Methods have resolved the issue for you, I recommend you to re-install/update Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe InDesign

InDesign: Make Global Changes in Text

I bet having a particular word to change for the whole text is a tedious process. Imagine finding a word “team” example in a 100 pages of booklet? Phew! But worry you not, cuz in InDesign you can use a feature call, “Find/Change”. This is how we can use it…

  1. Choose Edit > Find/Change. This opens the Find/Change palette, so you can jump into the text and edit it without closing the palette.

2. In the Find What area, type the text you want to find. (You can leave this blank if you simply want to change formatting.)

3. In the Change To area, type the text you want to replace it with.

4. Choose an option from the Search menu to specify the scope of your search: All Documents, Document, Story, To End of Story, and Selection. (If necessary, you can jump into the document and select a story, an insertion point, or text to search.)

5. Check Whole Word if you don’t want to find variations of the Find What text (such as plurals).

6. Check Case Sensitive if you only want to find text with the exact capitalization pattern shown in the Find What field. When this option is checked, the capitalization in the Change To field is used for changes as well.

7. If you want to consider formatting in the search, click the More Options button to expand the Find/Change palette

8. Use the Format buttons in the Find Format Settings and Change Format Settings area to specify the formatting you want to find and replace.

9. Click Find Next to start the search. When you locate the found text, click Change to replace it with the Change To text and formatting or click Find Next again to skip it.

10. Using a Wild CardIf you want to find multiple variations of a word, you can enter a wild card character. For example, to find “run” and “ran,” enter the wild card for the vowel. The wild card symbol is a carat (Shift+6) followed by a question mark: ^?.

11. Click Find Next to continue the search. After you click Change and confirm that the changes are correct, you can click Change All to change all instances within the search scope.

When you’re finished with the Find/Change palette, click Done.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro: Voice Over Recording

Record voice directly into the Timeline.

Do you ever do any screen recording for tutorial example, then ended up with lousy audio? That’s just happened to me. So I need a back up or re-record my tutorials again. But I hate it when I need to take out my audio recorder (Sony ICD-UX560 Digital Voice Recorder with Built-In USB) and a Rode smarlav mic just to do it. It’s a tedious process. So… I decided to use Voice-over record features that we have in Adobe Premiere Pro. Let’s dig it……..

These are few steps you need to do to start recording:

  1. Right click on the Audio track > Customize…
  2. Enable Voice Over Record button from Button Editor
  3. Drag the Voice over record button into the Audio Track
  4. Goto Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware
  5. In Audio Hardware : Default Input : Your microfon….
  6. Goto Edit > Preferences > Audio : Check ‘Mute input while recording’ box
  7. Goto Audio Track Mixer > Enable ‘R’ = Record on the selected Audio track
  8. Goto selected Audio Track > Right click > Voice over record settings…
  9. Pick your preference countdown (I enable preroll 3)
  10. Place the playhead at where you wanted to start recording
  11. Click Voice Over Record button and wait till preroll finish counting 3…2…1… and start recording your voice!
  12. Press ‘Stop’ / space bar to stop recording
  13. Press ‘Play’ / space bar to view recorded voice

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