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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.
Alright, now that we've created a kind of movie introduction to UAV photography, that is shooting movies with a GoPro attached to a little Quadcopter. It's time you introduce these sometimes hilarious often times painful crashes. There is going to be six of them in all. Now, some of these edits are going to seem a little arbitrary, but when we get done, it will all make sense. Make sure if you're working along with me that your play head is at the end of the movie. And by the way, if you have the Enable Timeline shortcut keys command turned on, then you can take advantage of a couple a shortcuts here.
If you press the Home key, you'll go the very beginning of the movie, like so. And if you press the End key you'll advance to the end of the movie. Then click on the little plus sign over here on the far right side of the timeline panel and locate this file here, the firstcrash.mp4 and open it up. And I need this movie to be about a second shorter at the beginning. So, I'll go ahead and drag the beginning of the movie so that the start value in the upper left corner of that little window there reads 24 seconds.
And then Photoshop will go ahead and automatically snap the clip in place to the left. Now I'm going to right click inside the clip. Select the little Node icon there, in order to switch to the Audio panel. And this is a change I'm going to make over and over again. I'm going to take the Volume down to 50%, Fade In to four and Fade Out to one second and that just gives us the smoothest noise possible here. Now I want to introduce a cross fade. So I'll click on the Transition icon, grab that Cross Fade value, notice that the duration is set to two seconds. And I'll drag it and drop it onto the seam right there.
Then, I'll advance my play head to exactly 38 seconds by double clicking in the location of the play head down here in the lower left corner and I'll enter 38:00. Once again, the colon is a delineator between seconds and frames here in the States and then I'll click OK. And now, just go ahead and drag the end of the movie so that it snaps into place right there. Now to introduce the next movie, I'll click in the plus button, and then I'll locate Sam Crash.mp4, click on the Open button, once again, I want to shave off the first second.
So I'll drag the beginning of the movie until the start value reads, 39 seconds is what I'm looking for. And so, that's going to be 3900, by the way if I can get that. That looks good and then I'll go ahead and scroll over to the right a little bit, I'll right click inside the movie. Click on the note icon, change the volume to 50%, fade in to four and fade out to one second and then I'll introduce another cross fade. These are things I'm going to be doing over and over by the way here and you can always go nuts and introduce all kinds of different fades if you want to but generally that just ends up negatively effecting the final experience.
Alright, now, for the next movie, I'll go ahead and click on the plus button in order to bring up the open dialog box, and I'll select patio crash, which was just a bad idea on my part. And click on Open, because I was trying to fly it underneath a tree, after I'd gotten fairly cocky about my skills. And then I'll right click on that movie, and I'll go ahead and click in the notes. And I'll take the volume down to 50% and change the fades to four and one second respectively, and then I'll click on the Transition icon, grab the cross fade, drag in and drop it on the seam right there.
And I'll also go ahead and double-click on the location of the play head. And I'll change that value to 56:00, click OK. And now I'm going to scalp the end of this movie like so, so that it ends right there at 56 seconds. Now you can introduce more than one movie at a time, if you want to. I'll click on the plus button, and I'll select Bus Encounter, and Valet Parking. So I'm selecting one, and then Ctrl clicking, or Cmd clicking on the Mac, on the other. Then click Open.
That's actually going to put these movies in the wrong order. In other words, I want Valet Parking to come first and you could make that happen just by dragging Valet Parking below Bus encounter. So it occurs between Patio Crash and Bus Encounter, like so. And then I'll right click on Valet Parking, click on the Notes, change that volume value to 50%, and the fades to four and one second. Then I'll go ahead and introduce yet another crossfade like so. And then I'll drag the end of the movie here so that it occurs at 1:08, indicated by the end value right there in the upper left corner of that preview.
Now I need to right click on Bus Encounter, click on its Little Note icon, change its volume to 50%, and take the fade values up to four and one respectively. And then I'll go ahead and introduce, yet another crossfade right at that location. Again, it's a two second fade and I'll go ahead and crop the end of this movie to 1:18 seconds which by the way, of course, is the same as 78 seconds, so right there. At that location, and then we've got one more clip, the clip that killed the quad copter.
So I'll click on the plus button in order to bring up the open dialog box, I'll select from On High, click Open in order to add it. Now this movie's way too long. So we're going to clip the beginning of it by double clicking on the location of the play head there. And I'm going to change the value to a 103 minutes colon 15 frames, so you don't have to enter minutes if you don't want to. In other words, I could also enter 1 minute 43 seconds 15 frames and then click OK. Either is going to work, and then let's go ahead and find where the play head is, it's right there.
Click on that clip to select it. Clip on the little scissors icon in order to edit the movie at that location. And then, click on the piece before the play head and press the backspace key or the delete key on the Mac, in order to get rid of it. Next, right click in the movie, click on the notes, change the volume value to 50 and the others to four and one like so. Let's go ahead and introduce the final cross fade by dragging it and dropping it to from on high, and then I'm going to double click on the play head position once again, change the value to 101 seconds and six frames, like so.
So 101 colon 06, and click OK. Then go ahead and scroll to that location and drag the end of the movie so it snaps into place. Now I want the movie to end the same way it began. That is, in total blackness. So I'm going to reduce the size of my Color Panel so I have a little more room to work. And you may recall we've got this solid black layer down here at the bottom of the stack. Go ahead and scroll up. And then if you Alt drag or Option drag it to the top of that clips group, then you'll make a copy of it, like so.
And that copy will appear at the end of the movie, which is exactly what we want. Let's go ahead and add a cross-fade. So that we're fading to black right there. And then I'll drag the end of the movie to one minute 43 seconds, as you see indicated in that heads-up display, which is the same as 103 minutes in. Alright, now let's get a sense of what we've done by pressing the Home key to return to the very beginning of the movie. And I'm going to scroll the play head in just a little bit here and then I'll press the spacebar in order to begin playing.
What's pretty amazing about that I think is, that the GoPro never broke, it still works great and the quad copter didn't break until that very last fall. Until then it held up like a champ, but however much you may be cringing by now, that's how you edit together a whole slew of dramatic quad-copter crashes. Into a nice little package here less than two minutes long, inside Photoshop.
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