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Rich: Once you're satisfied with the shot, you could preview it and play it back. The thing is, is won't play very smoothly inside of Photoshop until you render. Now, a fast hard drive, a good graphics card, will all speed up performance. But Photoshop's not really designed to be a real time video editing playback tool. But, let's take a look about getting a video file out, so we can use it on other places like the Web or in a Video Editor. When I'm satisfied I'll choose File, Export, Render Video. This will bring up a standard dialog box that lets you set a few options. Now it may take a second as it initializes it for the first time, but subsequent launches will go a bit quicker.
There we go, I will choose a target output location. Let's go to our Processed Clips folder and we'll save it in there with some of the other clips we've made. And I will leave the name as is, next I choose a method. I could write out still images if I wanted to hand this off to another tool as an image sequence. But more likely, you'll use the Adobe media encoder. Choose a file format, DPX being a high quality professional image sequence format.
H.264 for delivery to the Web, or consumer electronic devices. Or Quick Time if you want to hand this off to another editing tool. With Quick Time, you'll typically go with JPEG 2000, or one of the uncompressed options for a high quality file. The Animation Codec on the other hand, is the ultimate quality, but an enormous file size. If you want to go directly to the web or social media, consider using the H.264 and the High Quality preset is a great place to start.
If you know specifically you're delivery formats, you will find presets available for things like, Apple TV, iPhone, Vimeo, YouTube, and Android. When satisfied, just double check your settings. Generally speaking, the document size will be correct, and you'll want to make sure to chose the document frame rate. Some of the presets will override, and put in a different value. So I always make sure that I'm using the document frame rate that I assigned in the beginning.
I'll choose all of the frames that I want to render. I can set the work area in Arrange or choose to do the entire file. And when satisfied, I just click Render. Photoshop will engage the export process And start to write the frames. Depending upon how much you did to the clips, if you added a lot of filters or color correction or adjustments, this may take a while. But if you preprocessed the files, this should go pretty quick. Photoshop will generate either the MPEG 4 video file or the Quick Time movie. Or perhaps the image sequence to the targeted destination. And once you've done that, you're free to open up the file or send it on to another application to be worked with.
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