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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.
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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