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Viewing options in the timeline

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The timeline offers the ability to be further customized to improve its performance. There are lots of things you could tweak based on your own personal preference. One of the things to point out is that by default you're seeing timecode, using seconds and frames, and if your sequence is long enough, minutes will be added. However, you can switch this. If you Alt+Click or Option+Click on the time here, you'll notice it switches to frames. Frames are often used for animation principles, such as 3D animation or cell animation, and it might be an easier way for those of you who are creating animation for the web. Alt+Clicking or Option+ Clicking again, will switch it back.

Viewing options in the timeline

The timeline offers the ability to be further customized to improve its performance. There are lots of things you could tweak based on your own personal preference. One of the things to point out is that by default you're seeing timecode, using seconds and frames, and if your sequence is long enough, minutes will be added. However, you can switch this. If you Alt+Click or Option+Click on the time here, you'll notice it switches to frames. Frames are often used for animation principles, such as 3D animation or cell animation, and it might be an easier way for those of you who are creating animation for the web. Alt+Clicking or Option+ Clicking again, will switch it back.

And notice it's very easy to change. You also can go ahead and drag through the time indicator there, to quickly scrub the timeline and dragging through makes it easy to navigate. Zooming in and out will let you see different levels of detail, and that's going to give you the ability to fit more on screen or really finesse when you want to start looking at the keyframes, for an individual clip, if you're using things like animation or opacity changes.

This zoom level will affect the viewing size. If you want, you can also change the size of the thumbnails of the clips. Clicking the submenu of the panel, allows you to bring up Panel Options. You'll see that you can increase the size of the thumbnail, giving you a larger preview. Or if you need to fit more material onto the screen, make it smaller, so you can fit more tracks. I'm going to go with the default value here in the middle, and I find that pretty easy to see. Lastly, the Comments Track really comes in handy. If you click the Panel Option there, you can go ahead and choose to Show, the Comments Track. This allows you to add comments that you can use during editing stages, such as notes about what you want to see, or help you line up shots and notice how easy it is to move between.

To add comments, you will turn the stopwatch on or off. Globally turning it on or off disables all comments. So if you need to reset a track, just turn it on and off. Once it's on, enabling it at the first time will ask you to add a comment. When you want to add another comment, just move the playhead, and click the diamond shaped button to add it. These can serve as notes that go back during color correction, or add extra information to help you, the client, or just remember what still needs to be done to finish out the project.

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Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

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  1. 6m 4s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    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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