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One of the more remarkable new features inside Photoshop CS6 is the ability to edit video. Now, this may seem like a really weird decision on Adobe's part to put video editing inside Photoshop, but when you consider the sheer number of photographers out there armed with the DSLR cameras that shoot video, it makes a fair amount of sense. Plus there's a lot of power going on because you can add text, you can add adjustment layers, all the stuff that you can add inside Photoshop works in video as well.
In this movie I'm going to give you just a sense of how this powerful feature works. I'm working inside a file called Elements timeline.psd found inside the Exercise Files folder. If you open that file you'll be greeted by this enormous dialog box that's telling you that you have missing media. That's not actually true; the media files are there. Problem is that these movies are linked and Photoshop insists on the absolute path names. So, there's no ways it's going to find these movie files on its own. What you want to do is go ahead and click on the first Choose button, which is looking for a file called Fotolia_air.mov.
Click on that top button, then navigate to the Movie files subfolder inside your Exercise Files folder, select Forolia_air.mov and click on the Open button. And notice that that automatically solves the problem for both of those movies. Now click the OK button and you'll be ready to go. All right! Now that the links are resolved, I'll go up to the Window menu and I'll choose the Timeline command, which brings up the Timeline panel. Now, this panel appears automatically when you open an image that contains video.
Notice over here in the Layers panel we can see these layers Fotolia_air and Fotolia_earth. These are video layers wrapped inside Smart Objects. Notice that these layers also appear in the same order over here inside the Timeline panel and if I change the order of these layers like so, their order changes inside the Timeline panel as well. So I just went ahead and moved that layer down, for what it's worth. Anyway, I'm going to press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that change. And I'm going to increase the size of my timeline just a little bit here, so I have some room to work.
Now, I happen to be working with some stock videos from the Fotolia Image Library and I'm creating a video after the elements earth, air, fire and water. I have already got earth and air in here but I need to add fire and water as well. So, with the Fotolia_air layer selected, I'm going to go ahead and move my playhead over to the end of that air segment right there, and you can see the time listed down here in the lower left corner of the panel. All right, I want to introduce the fire video about a second in. So, I'm going to right-click on that playhead right there and choose Go to Time and then I'll just enter 17;00 like so and click OK. All right, now to go ahead and grab that video, go up to the File menu, choose the Place command and here are my videos right there.
There are all .mov files but Photoshop supports a wide variety of formats. Now, I'll click the Place button in order to place that movie into the timeline. Now notice that we have this place box inside the image window. In my experience it pays to makes sure that box is in the right place. So, I'm going to go up to the Options Bar and click on the upper left corner, and in my case it's located at a quadrant position of 0, -3. I don't want that -3, so I'll change that to 0 as well and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept the place.
And notice that the movie appears as a Smart Object over here in the Layers panel. Now, it appears as a transparent checkerboard right now because I've to move the playhead in in order to actually see that movie. Notice as I move the playhead that not only does the movie update inside the image window but it updates inside of this little preview as well and it's going to update over here inside the Layers panel too. All right, now I need to set the endpoint for this video. I'm going to right-click on the playhead again, choose Go to Time, and this time I'm going to dial in 22 seconds and I'll go ahead and scroll over, all the way over, so I can see the end of movie and I'm going to go ahead and drag that endpoint back until it snaps into alignment with the playhead. All right, let's go ahead and scroll back to the left a little bit.
I want to introduce some fades. So, I'll click on this little Fade icon. Notice that the Duration is 1 second by default. I'll go ahead and drag that Fade to the beginning of the video and then I'll drag it to the end of the video as well. Now that I think about it, I actually don't want to fade at the end. How do you get rid of a fade? You right-click on it and then you go ahead and click on the Trash icon. All right, Now I want introduce water. So, I'll go ahead and right-click on that playhead again, choose Go to Time, back up a second by dialing in 21 seconds, and then I will once again go up to the File menu and choose the Place command. And I'll grab that water movie right there, click the Place button in order to place it where it needs to be.
Now, it came in the wrong location. That's all right. Now, once again I get the place frame. I'll go up to the Options Bar and click on the upper left point, dial in 00 for the coordinates, and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac in order to accept that that placement. It's come in in the wrong location, so I'll just go ahead and drag it down here inside the Layers panel. Here's another way to introduce the end of the video. I'll go ahead and right-click on the playhead, choose Go to Time. This time I'm interested in a playtime of 26 seconds, and now with that movie selected in the Timeline panel, I'll go ahead and click on the Scissors icon in order to introduce a cut. All right, Now I'll scroll over, click on the second portion of the clip movie, and press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of it. All right! I need to introduce some fades once again.
So, I'll click on the little Fade icon, drag the fade to the beginning, like so, and then drag another fade to the end. This time I do want it to fade out to black, which is located here at the bottom of the list. Now, I'll go ahead and back up my playhead a little bit. Notice that I've got some text set up right there. I'm going to click on that text. It currently appears abruptly. You can see that if I go ahead and drag along here all of a sudden we're seeing the word water. Well, we can fade text as well, or any other layers inside Photoshop, and I'll do so just the same way I did before, by dragging these Fade items down. All right, now the final thing I want to do is introduce a little bit of music.
So I'll scroll to the beginning of the timeline and I'll scroll down to the bottom as well, and you can see there's an item called Audio Track. Go ahead and click on the little musical note and choose Add Audio and I've got this song right here called Picking guitars.mp3. I'll go ahead and select it and click the Open button as well. Now, if you're working along with me, you want to take a moment to make sure no layers are selected. So go ahead and click at the bottom of the Layers panel to make sure nothing is active, and then I'll go ahead and drag the Picking guitars over to the right a little bit here and I want this guy to start exactly at 3 seconds.
So, I'll click up above in order to set the location of the playhead. Let's go ahead and right-click on it, choose Go to Time, dial-in 3 seconds, click OK. All right! Now, let's go ahead and scroll to the very end and you can see that this song is quite long, much longer than the movie is. So, I'll go ahead and grab the end of that song and drag it backward and auto scroll all the way back to the end of black right there. And now I want to introduce the Fade for the song as well. It's fine that it comes in at 3 seconds but I wanted to fade out at the end. You fade an audio track in a different way, by right-clicking on it and then in this case I'm going to change the Fade Out value to 2 seconds and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that change.
Now, one other thing that you can do, if you timeline ends up getting really cluttered, as mine is, and you have a lot of items going up and down the list, you can combine them into groups like so. First of all I'm going to combine the water movie with the air movie and I'll do so by again moving my playhead. So, I'll right-click on it, choose Go to Time. The water movie begins at 21 seconds, so I'll dial that in and that way I just make sure that I'm snapping the movie into the right place and then I'll drag that water movie, and just so you can tell that I'm working on water I'll go ahead and zoom-in a little bit here and then I'll drag down like so.
So, it's on the same timeline as air and that creates a new Video Group. We can rename the Video Group over here in the Layers panel and I'll go ahead and call mine air & water. Press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that change. Let's do the same thing with fire and earth here. So, I'll go ahead and scroll over to the left a little bit, right-click on the playhead, choose Go to Time, dial-in 17 seconds because that's where the fire begins and then drag fire down onto the same line as earth. Go ahead and rename this new group earth & fire of course and then that's it. All right, now at this point you would go ahead and save your changes, of course.
Note, by the way. that these movies are linked to the Photoshop file, so you want to make sure those movies remain in a constant location. All right, now I'll go up to the File menu and choose Export and choose Render Video and this will allow me to generate the final video. There's all sorts of options that are available to you, by the way. If you click on Preset right here you can save the movie for an iPad or an iPhone, you can save various YouTube formats as well. I'm going to leave it set to High Quality, so that we maintain the same resolution as the document, which is 1280x720 and I'll go ahead and click Render to render out the final file, or I would if I hadn't rendered it out in advance.
So, I'm just going to Cancel out of here and I'll go over to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge in order to switch over to the Bridge. Here's my final file right there. I'm just going to go ahead and double-click on it. I'm working on Windows, so it opens inside the Media Player and you can see this is the final version of the movie. (video playing) And that friends, is a brief glimpse of editing video inside Photoshop CS6.
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