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With the release of Photoshop CS6, Adobe introduced the ability to edit video footage. Author Rich Harrington guides you through this brand-new workflow, from building a sequence to working with audio and exporting your video in a variety of high-quality formats. The course also covers how Photoshop's strongest feature, its image enhancement toolset, translates to video, from fixing under- or overexposed footage, performing color balancing, and adding vibrance and contrast to special effects, such as converting to black and white and using Smart Filters to soften skin.
Once you've picked out shots you need, it's a good idea to add them into your timeline. Now in the case of this video, we have several shots that are going to be illustrative, so I'm tackling these one section of script at a time. Finding a logical grouping, such as this first part where we're talking about the United States or Europe. Then we're going to jump to some other sections where we're talking about Africa and I'll build those one at a time. Now with my clip selected, I'm going to go ahead and load this into a timeline that I'll then combine with my main timeline. Here's how it works, I've got my shot selected making sure that I choose the first shot and then Shift+Click on the individual shots. I can then choose Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers. When I do this, it's going to go ahead and stack them into a single document. It's going to take just a second as it does it, there we go. The five shots I chose are loaded. Let's go ahead and switch back to the timeline and adjust the height.
You'll notice in this case, that the shots are all loaded with different lengths and lots of extra handles, except they're stacked one on top of each other. What I want to do now is sequence these so they appear one after each other and discard away any parts that I don't want. Let's go ahead and just Shift+Click to select the range and then I could choose to make a new video group from the selected clips. Now when I do that, I want you to see one thing that I find a little annoying, and that is, is it just put the shots in reverse order when it sequenced them in the timeline. Let's go ahead and choose Edit > Step Backward to undo that, over in the Layers panel I'm just going to reverse their order.
Dragging the shots down below each other, and now they're in the correct order. Selecting all my shots, I could choose New Video Group from Clips and you see that the pieces are now correctly strung out. We currently have almost 3 minutes of video here, so there's lots of parts we don't need. I can go ahead and trim away some of those parts immediately and then we'll start to refine that once we put it in the main timeline. Notice as I drag, it'll update and ripple down, and I'm just looking for the best parts.
In this case, where the traffic starts to come towards us. There we go, and notice everything continues to ripple and close the gaps. This is just trimming away the fat; getting rid of the part you know you don't want. There we go, and we've got our initial cut down done, let's go ahead and save this as an interim file, I'll just call it B-roll_Segment1, there we go.
I can now choose to arrange my windows by dragging them and using the Window Arrange command, I'll set these side-by-side. This makes it easy to have both sequences open. Notice, when I click on the left, I see that timeline and when I click on the right it updates to show me the other. This is going to make it easy to move B-roll over one group at a time. All right, I've got the timeline here, we're going to add a few notes to make it easier to line things up, let's show our Comment Track, now it's visible, and I'll press Play.
(video playing) Male Speaker: This is your world; traffic-- Richard Harrington: I'm just going to add a marker for traffic. (video playing) Male Speaker: phones-- Richard Harrington: Cell phones; these will help me place the shots more accurately. (video playing) Male Speaker: steel structures-- (video playing) Male Speaker: concrete roads, and people on-- Richard Harrington: There we go. Now you don't have to necessarily hit every one of these markers exactly. The markers are just there for guidance, what we call when you get too literal is say cow, see cow, where you are literally trying to match the B-roll up to exactly every word, it's never going to be a perfect fit, and the pacing and rhythm may feel off. Just go for the general right order, so that the visual supports what's being said in the A-roll.
Let's go ahead and add this B-roll group into our timeline here. I'll press Home to move the playhead to the beginning, click on my B- roll tab here, and just grab the entire group. Let's rename that Segment1. Keeping the B-roll isolated in smaller segments makes it easier to keep track of. I'll now drag it while holding down the Shift key which will drop it dead center into this other document. There we go. We can now close this, because we're done and save our changes. There it is lined up. Now that we've got it placed we need to do a little additional editing.
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