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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey, gang. This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Now you may recall from last week, that I was telling you I've been experimenting with aerial photography, using a GoPro HERO Three attached to a DJI Phantom Quadcopter. And, my goodness. It's been a mind-blowing experience. Problem is, these things can crash. I imagine especially as you're learning how to fly them, and I unfortunately had a doozy. So, you can see here on the little aircraft, that it's got a locking nut that holds the propeller on.
Well, I hadn't read anything about how these might come off, and so you need to, you know, check 'em. But, apparently they can, as witnessed by this guy. So he went flying off, presumably because he was loose, at about 50 feet in the air, and the propellor came off just fine, just went flying. And as you might imagine, a quadcopter needs four propellers to fly, and so this guy went smack down onto the sidewalk. Now the GoPro is fine. Not a scratch. But you might be able to see here, that this arm is bent.
And as a result, the propeller can't get beyond it. So that's broke. Anyway, it looks like I can get it fixed. Not sure, how much it's going to cost yet but hearing of my woes, Adobe's, Russell Brown, thoughtfully invited me to an eight hour class he was conducting on quadcoptering. because he's been doing it, a lot longer than I have. And so there I was at the airport, all ready to go, all excited. And, ironically, my flight got cancelled. So, I and aircraft, aren't quite getting along this week.
Anyway, hopefully, my pain is going to be your pleasure. Because I went ahead and put together a little two minute video of great instructive, informative quadcopter crashes. And, we're going to be creating that video, over the next couple of weeks. Starting in this movie, in which I show you how to edit a video, and add fading transitions inside Photoshop. So much fun. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. Alright, so here's the Photoshop file that contains the final movie.
Just in case you want to open it, and check it out. But you really don't need it. Because we're going to be making the whole thing entirely from scratch, starting with the video sequencing in this movie. So if you're working along with me, you want to go up to the File menu, and choose the Open command, and then navigate your way to the Movie clips sub folder, and you should see a handful of MP4 files. Now if you don't see 'em, especially in Windows. It's because, this guy right here, is set to something ridiculous like 3D studio. In which case as you can see, you're not going to see anything.
So what you need to do is click on this little pop up menu, scroll your way down using the scroll wheel, or what have you, and choose All Formats. Then, find the file called Max and Sam.mp4, and click on the Open button, in order to open it inside Photoshop. Now chances are good, that you are going to see the Timeline panel automatically. But if you don't, you go up to the Window menu and choose Timeline, and then it'll appear down here at the bottom of the screen. Now notice that our movie is called Layer one.
And that's because, when you just open a movie then Photoshop doesn't know what to name the layer. But if you want to change it's name, you do so here inside the Layers panel. So I'll go ahead and double click on a Layer, and I'll call it Boys. And notice that your movie appears inside a video group, that by default is called Video Group 1. If you want to change it's name, you do so inside the Layers panel as well. And I'll just go ahead and call this guy Clips, like so. Now I want this movie to fade in from black, and technically you can do that by inserting a Fade. Which you do by clicking on little Fade icon, next to the scissors, and you can choose Fade with Black.
But you're going to have a lot better control, if you create a solid black layer. Which is what I'm going to do, by going over to the Layers panel, and dropping down to the little black white circle icon, and then I'll press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and choose Solid Color. That;ll give me the option to name this layer. Ill call it Black. Click OK. Confirm that I've got black, which you should by default, and then click OK again. Now thats going to move that blackness to the end. And you can drag it to the beginning here, inside the Timeline panel.
Or you can just drag it down like so, inside the Layers panel, taking care not to drag it out of that Clips group. In which case you, will now see the blackness at the beginning of the movie. All right, I'm going to zoom in a little bit here, inside the panel by clicking on the little mountains icon. And then I'll go ahead and drag the end of that black item to ten seconds. And you can see that little heads-up display there, that's telling me 10:00. The number before the colon here in the states, is the seconds and the number after is the frames.
Now, I want to create just a classic Cross Fade here. So, I'll click on the little fade icon, and notice that my duration is set to two seconds. If you want to make yours two seconds as well, which is a good idea, because we're going to be adding a lot of two second fades. Then enter the value 2, and press the Tab key, so that you don't hide the panel. And then grab that Cross Fade, and drag it and drop it, onto the scene. Now if you decide you want to change the duration of the fade, then you right-click on that little fade icon, there inside the Timeline panel now.
You can change it to something different, such as three seconds. And then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. Now, one of the things you have to get used to, if you're new to video editing, is it'll seem when you add fades, like you're shortening the length of your movie. And that's absolutely true, because now the boys clip is overlapping the static black clip. Now, I want to control the audio of this clip. So I'll right-click on it. And I'll click on the notes icon, to switch to the Audio panel. And I'm going to take the volume level down to 50%. And I'm also going to give it a three second fade in.
Like so, and that's it. And then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, to accept that change. You can change the location of the Playhead here, by dragging it, or you can just click up here where it lists the seconds and frames, and then we can play the movie, to get a sense of what's going on. Now, something you should know. I'll go ahead and bring up the Fly out menu here. I've turned on enable Timeline shortcut keys. Which I definitely suggest you do, as well. It's off by default, but you'll have more control if you turn it on. In that way, you can arrow through frames, and you can play the movie by just pressing the spacebar, which is what I'm going to do now.
So I'll press the spacebar, (SOUND) and we can see the movie begin. Now, I just press the spacebar to pause it, by the way. But that gives us a sense, for just how noisy these videos are. And that's because, the quadcopter has four propellers going at all times. Now this first movie is much too long. It's just a setup movie, but I need to make some cuts to it. And so I'm going to advance to 13 seconds here, in the Timeline. You could do that down here in the lower left corner, by dragging in order to scrub this value.
Or if you know exactly where you want to go, you can double-click on it, and you could change this value to zero, zero, zero, 13, zero, zero. But all you have to enter is the seconds, and a colon and then the frames. Like so. And so this would take us to 13 seconds, again, the colon is what you use in the states. And I'll click OK. And I'll select this boy's clip right there, and I'm going to insert a break in it, by clicking on the little Scissors icon. And then I'll advance to 30 frames, by double-clicking down there once again, and I'll change the value to 30:00, and press Enter, or Return on a Mac.
And then I'll just visit that location right there. I'll make sure to click once again to select just this clip, and I'll click on the Scissors to Cut it. Then, I'll select this area right here in between the two cuts, and I'll press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac, to get rid of it. Now we need to add another transition, right at this location right there. So I'll click on the transition icon, grab that Cross Fade and drag it and drop it onto the scene, so we have another two second fade. And you can test the fade if you want to, just to see how it plays, by dragging on this Playhead if you like.
So that's another way to work. And that way, you don't have to hear the noisy quadcopter. We need another Edit. So I'll double-click on the Time item in the lower left corner, and I'll change the value to 17:00. So we're moving 17 seconds in now. And notice, by the way, every time we make a Cut, Photoshop goes ahead and moves the remaining clips, so that they abut each other. Now I'll click on the long clip, in order to select it. And I'll click on the Scissors icon, to insert yet another Break. And I'll double-click on 17 down there, and I'll change it, this time to 26:00.
And I'll make sure my clip is selected. And then click on the Scissors icon, in order to insert another Cut. And then select just this guy right there. And again notice, as soon as I press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac, Photoshop goes ahead and removes that remaining clip into place. And now I'll insert another transition here, by clicking on the little icon. Dragging the Cross Fade, and dropping it at the seam. And then finally, I'm going to set the Playhead this time at 23 seconds, and then, as you might expect, I'm going to insert another Cut right there at that location, in this one clip only.
So I'll click on the Scissors icon, and then I'll select this final clip right there, and I'll just get rid of it, by pressing the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac. Now, if your finding it a little bit difficult to keep track of each one of these sequences, because they all have the same names, then you can rename them, here inside the Layer's panel. So I'll call this first one Boys 2, and I'll call the second one Boys 2, and I'll call the third one Boys 3. So, even though they all started off as a single movie, they now have different names. And just to give you the sense of what we've been able to accomplish here, I'll go ahead and move the Playhead back, and then I'll press the Spacebar key, so that we can watch the video here inside Photoshop.
(SOUND). So that's the movie so far, without any of the crash sequences, of course. But it does help to set up the fact that we're engaging in aerial photography, with a noisy little quadcopter. If you're a member of the lynda.com online training library, then I have a follow-up movie, in which I show you how to import the crash sequences, and more or less finish off the movie.
If you're waiting for next week's free movie, I'll show you how to color-correct a movie inside Photoshop, as well as add a sound track. Deke's techniques, each and every week. Keep watching.
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