Discontinued Video Support in Lightroom


Today’s Question: I twice saw a message in Lightroom saying video support was ending in June 2020. What options are available to do what Lightroom will no longer be doing?

Tim’s Quick Answer: Video playback support is ending in Lightroom Classic only for those running Lightroom on Windows 7, and that support will end by June 2020. Other operating systems (including Windows 10) will not be affected by this change.

More Detail: Microsoft ended general support for Windows 7 in 2015, and ended extended support in 2020. I’m sure this is part of the reason (or perhaps the entire reason) that Adobe is discontinuing support for video playback in Lightroom Classic for users running Windows 7. Note that the Slideshow module is also affected by this change to Lightroom Classic.

Because Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7, I highly recommend upgrading to Windows 10. I appreciate that many users preferred Windows 7 over Windows 10, but the lack of support can lead to software compatibility issues and security concerns.

In this case, upgrading to Windows 10 will resolve the issue regarding video playback in Lightroom Classic. And again, users of other operating systems, including MacOS and Windows 10, are not affected by this change.