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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.
Now that we have our first clip loaded, it's time to trim away some of the unwanted portions. In the case here, we're using an OnCamera performance of our host. I'm going to want to trim away the part before he starts speaking, which is just camera chatter instructions from the directory, in this case me. We also have a few flubs that we're going to need to extract out. To do this, we're going to delete away portions of the audio. Let's go ahead and drag through, and find where he starts speaking to begin with. I know that there's some flub upfront, as we got the camera synced and we recorded. I'll just drag through until he opens his mouth, and it looks like it's about there.
I'll zoom in here to make it little easier to see, and I'm around 40 seconds. Let's press Play. (video playing) That's pretty good. I'll leave a little bit of pad so it doesn't start immediately on his first word, and with the clip selected, I can click the scissor icon here to Split at the playhead. You'll notice if we zoom back out, the clip is now been cut into two pieces using the playhead as the split point.
I'm just going to select that first clip and press the Delete key to remove it from my timeline. Let's go ahead and press Home to go to the beginning, and I'll press the Spacebar to play. You'll notice that the frames start to cache in and turn green. The number of frames you can have loaded at once is going to be dependent on the amount of RAM you have available on your system. (video playing) Male Speaker: 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. Todays Africa is an increasingly modern and rapidly developing continent. A more developed Africa brings new challenges and new opportunities for the African Wildlife Foundation. To best address-- So we just had our first little mistake and he cleared his throat. Let's go ahead and remove that portion, and I'll just simply find a clean in and out point. It's easier if we zoom it a bit.
(video playing) Male Speaker: A more developed Africa brings new challenges and new opportunities for the African Wildlife Foundation. Richard Harrington: Let's go ahead and split right there, just before the mistake. (video playing) Male Speaker: To best address-- Richard Harrington: He's about to start up again and I'll split it again. Select the offending portion and press the Delete or Backspace key and it closes the gap. Let's review the edit. (video playing) Male Speaker: for the African Wildlife Foundation. To best address Africa's rising population and climate change-- Obviously, with that edit point there, we're going to have to put some supporting B-roll on top to cover it, otherwise the person's head would suddenly jump to the side and that's going to feel strange. OnCamera edits like that just don't work, but that's okay. That's why you have B-roll. Right now, you're just using the A-roll portion to go ahead and get the soundtrack correct.
We'll fill in all the supporting visuals next. Now let's finish this clip out and find out if there's any more mistakes and just get it tightened up, so we have a solid A-roll to build upon. (video playing) Male Speaker: African Wildlife Foundation employs a Pan-African approach. We look at continent-wide solutions, but we can't do it alone. We need your support, both financially and through active involvement. You can help in many ways; the best way to start is to go to our web site awf.org. 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-- At this point in the recording session, I interrupted him because he kind of lost momentum. So let's take out this last little flub and tighten it up, so we have a tight ending that really delivers the message home. (video playing) I'll just click back a few frames, right before he opens his mouth to talk. Make sure the clip is selected and click the scissor icon and then let's find that previous flub.
(video playing) Male Speaker: rhinos and giraffes run free, as nature intended. Richard Harrington: There we go. Move forward until he closes his mouth, split the edit, and we can close the gap, let's review. (video playing) Male Speaker: 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 we go and let's just go ahead and pull that end point in, it snaps right to the playhead and we're in good shape. Now if you look at the Layers panel, you'll see that those three edits appear inside of Video Group 1. I'm going to rename that group, so it's clear what this track is. A quick double-click and I'm just going to call it V1, for Video Track 1 and name it A-roll, making it easier to keep my project organized.
Notice it updates in the Layers panel, as well as in the timeline. In this particular case, the volume of my person is pretty solid. But if I needed to make a change that would be easy. At the right edge of the clip here you can click this little Play icon to bring up properties for the video clip. I can click the Audio tab and then adjust the overall Volume. If I wanted to bring him up slightly that worked well, and I'll put a little one second Fade In, so we have a gentle fade at the start. I can go to the next clip, scroll on down, make a similar volume adjustment, no fades for this particular clip and then finish it out.
Now we'll put a gentle fade at the end. Let's do half a second, and we'll just watch that back to hear the change. (video playing) Male Speaker: Tomorrow could be too late. Richard Harrington: That worked out well. Let's just extend the ending a little. (video playing) Good and it's a clean out. At this point the A-roll looks really solid. So we can now move on to getting ready to add B-roll.
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