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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 you understand some of the realities of editing video, as well as the basics of navigating a timeline, it's time to create your own timeline from scratch. This is a really straightforward process, and really just involves opening up the correct clip. In the timeline, I'll click the plus button, which will let me add my first clip. We're going to go ahead and add media to the track. I'll go ahead and navigate to my files and I'm going to start with the OnCamera base. This is essentially the A-roll or the main performance of our spot.
I select that and click Open, and it's automatically added to my timeline. Now there's a lot of fluff in here we're going to trim out in a moment, and we'll follow along with our script to make it easier. Notice that opening this has automatically configured our timeline. If I check Image > Canvas Size, I can go ahead and switch this. I'll see there's 1920x1080 or 1080P, standard full-quality HD video. I can also make sure that the frame rate is correct. If I click the submenu here in the timeline, I could choose Set Timeline Frame Rate and I see that it's using 23.976, which is really the frame rate when you choose 24P on a DSLR, or other professional video camera.
You'll notice, in this case, the sequence automatically got adapted correctly to the first video clip I opened. It set the correct frame size and it has set the correct frame rate. Now I've got my script, and a pen so I can take notes as I work, and I'm ready to start diving in and carving this up into a real project. Remember, by taking the time to choose accurately and loading up a clip that is representative of your overall sequence and settings, you'll automatically configure the Photoshop timeline to match the project settings that you're going to need.
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