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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.
If you've worked with video in earlier versions of Photoshop Extended, you probably discovered that there were not many file types you could open. Previously, if it worked in QuickTime, it worked inside of Photoshop. Well now, the core media engine has been updated to use similar technology that's found in Adobe Premiere Pro. What this really means is that a wide range of formats are now supported. We can of course continue to use the MOV or QuickTime architecture, which has been supported for a long time; you'll also find support for high-end still image sequence formats like Cineon on DPX. There is support for the AVI format, which is popular in Windows workflows and we can also use native camera formats like a MXF; the Panasonic P2 format. You'll be able work with files like VOB, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 file formats, as well as mobile formats like 3GPP and Flash Video.
A good way to tell if it's going to work inside of Photoshop is to just to go to the Mini Bridge panel; you'll need to have Adobe Bridge running in the background. This allows you to go ahead and look at individual clips and you can see them. If they appear inside of Bridge, you will have the ability to simply bring those into Photoshop and they'll open up into a timeline. You could then press Play and see the clip playback in real time. That's looking good, I'll press Stop and it's clear here that this particular format is fully supported.
The easiest thing I could tell you is to simply try. By keeping Adobe Photoshop up-to-date you will often find that file formats are going to be increasingly compatible. If you can browse and see it in Bridge, just try dragging it in, chances are it'll work. You'll also find support for many audio formats, and of course, the wide range of still image file formats that Photoshop could always open.
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