Editing Video in Photoshop CS6
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Adding a music bed to the timeline


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Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

with Richard Harrington

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Video: Adding a music bed to the timeline

The use of a music track can help keep the pace going on a particular video. Now Photoshop is not designed for super precise editing to the beats of music. You can slide things around, but in this case, it really just works well as background sound. Let's go ahead and place a music track on a dedicated audio only track. I am going to make it easier to see the whole timeline by zooming out my magnification level, and make the timeline a bit bigger here so I could see everything. You will notice, we have an audio track, by default, already added. Let's put the playhead up at the beginning, and we will click the Plus button and we will navigate to an audio track.
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  1. 6m 5s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Why use video in Photoshop?
      2m 42s
    3. What you should know before taking this course
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 6m 25s
    1. Making sure your system is ready
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring the Motion workspace
      1m 27s
    3. Looking at supported file formats for editing
      2m 3s
  3. 9m 30s
    1. An overview of the Timeline panel
      3m 31s
    2. Controlling playback in the timeline
      1m 12s
    3. Viewing options in the timeline
      2m 50s
    4. Enabling timeline shortcuts
      1m 57s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Understanding the reality of editing video
      1m 20s
    2. Setting up the timeline
      1m 56s
    3. Building the A-roll
      7m 27s
    4. Organizing B-roll
      3m 55s
    5. Adding B-roll to the timeline
      5m 26s
    6. Editing B-roll in the timeline
      4m 5s
    7. Changing the playback speed
      1m 25s
    8. Adding transitions
      5m 49s
  5. 6m 54s
    1. Adjusting volume in clips
      3m 15s
    2. Adding a music bed to the timeline
      3m 39s
  6. 12m 30s
    1. Fixing underexposed footage
      1m 14s
    2. Fixing overexposed footage
      1m 39s
    3. Adjusting contrast
      1m 15s
    4. Color balancing a video shot
      1m 15s
    5. Adding vibrance to a video clip
      1m 32s
    6. Creating black-and-white effects
      1m 11s
    7. Using photo filters
      1m 47s
    8. Using Smart Filters to soften skin
      2m 37s
  7. 16m 25s
    1. Adding a lower-third graphic
      6m 20s
    2. Animating text
      4m 15s
    3. Inserting a logo bug
      4m 14s
    4. Adding moves to photos
      1m 36s
  8. 24m 33s
    1. What to do before exporting your video
      7m 35s
    2. An overview of the Render Video dialog
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring quality-based presets
      2m 34s
    4. Exporting H.264 files
      3m 18s
    5. Exporting QuickTime files
      5m 30s
    6. Exporting a DPX sequence
      2m 9s
  9. 1m 35s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 35s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
  • Controlling playback in the Timeline
  • Building a sequence
  • Organizing and editing A-roll and B-roll footage
  • Adding transitions
  • Adjusting volume
  • Adding music
  • Color balancing a shot
  • Adjusting contrast
  • Adding a lower-third graphic
  • Animating text
  • Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime
Subject:
Video
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Richard Harrington

Adding a music bed to the timeline

The use of a music track can help keep the pace going on a particular video. Now Photoshop is not designed for super precise editing to the beats of music. You can slide things around, but in this case, it really just works well as background sound. Let's go ahead and place a music track on a dedicated audio only track. I am going to make it easier to see the whole timeline by zooming out my magnification level, and make the timeline a bit bigger here so I could see everything. You will notice, we have an audio track, by default, already added. Let's put the playhead up at the beginning, and we will click the Plus button and we will navigate to an audio track.

There we go. I will choose an MP3 file and open it up, and it puts it into my timeline. Now in this particular case, the song is longer than I want, so I will need to shorten it. You can decide to go ahead and edit the music to make it precisely end on a beat, or just drag in and take advantage of simple things like fades. Notice there are no additional controls for the audio track. You can't keyframe it, you can't add swells, it is just pretty much there. I am going to go ahead and click here and adjust the volume so it's a bit lower, so it falls as background behind my narrator.

I will put a slow fade in, in this case, about 5 seconds because we have got the traffic sound up front, and then a 2 second fade out at the end. Let's go ahead and audition that. (video playing) Narrator: This is your world; traffic, cell phones, steel structures, concrete roads, and people on the go. Trees are the exception, not the rule. What is missing from this world? Wildlife, wild lands, the eco system that keeps our planet in balance. This is Africa, the Africa you picture in your mind. But Africa is changing.

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You can see exactly where your membership donations go. You can sign up for free to get more information. You can also become a member. When you become a member of the African Wildlife Foundation, you will receive ongoing materials to keep you up-to-date on all of our work, a quarterly newsletter, and special invitations to member only safaris to explore the African continent first hand. Help preserve the image of Africa that you see in your mind's eye; the land that has existed for thousands of years.

Where elephants, gorillas, lions, rhinos and giraffes run free, as nature intended. Preserving this way of life cannot start tomorrow. It needs to start today. Tomorrow could be too late. Richard Harrington: There you go. So we have a little bit of rendering to do, and a few enhancements we could still add, but we have now built a sequence with good audio, good B-roll, and now it's all about polishing.

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