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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.
Before you export a project for the world to see, or just your client, or maybe your mom, you're going to want to take the time to look it over really carefully. You see it's very easy to miss a small thing, maybe it's a spelling mistake, an unwanted gap in a frame, or a problem where a natural sound in the audio track comes roaring in because you forgot to mute a clip. In any case, taking time to go through and examine the sequence is going to be the right thing to do. Press the Home key to go back to the beginning of the sequence, and now we'll make a little more room to see the whole timeline by dragging up. The goal here is you want to be able to look at everything you are doing. Now if the monitor is not high enough resolution, you might run out of room to actually view the video, but that's okay, we'll start with the tracks here first.
Another thing that can be done is we can modify the Panel Options here to make it easier to fit things in the timeline. I am going to go ahead and drop this down and click OK and you see that the timeline becomes much easier to view. Now we can actually slide this top-down because we do have more room to see the entire timeline, because the tracks are a bit smaller. Those tracks that are text will vary and some tracks will be bigger than others. And this is just dependent upon what sort of content is in that actual track.
That's looking pretty good, I'll go ahead and change my zoom level up here to see things, the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+0 or Command+0 will shrink the window so it fits. What I want to do now is play the entire sequence back. Now because this sequence has many, many layers it'll probably skip, but this is just a quick review. You can turn on the Allow Frame Skipping option to ensure that the audio plays back in closer to real time. For the first playback, I'll let it go back and play through with the audio turned off. This will load the frames into RAM and ensure smoother playback performance.
You'll notice a slight lag on the video as things load, but that's okay. Just let the video go through and cache all of the frames. If the bar stops growing from the front to the back it may mean that you've run out of RAM, more RAM will smooth things out. But for now I'll just review this first section to get the general guidance through. You could turn the Speaker icon on and when you press Play you'll hear both the audio and be able to see the video. (video playing) Narrator: This is your world; traffic, cell phones, steel structures, concrete roads, and people on the go. Trees are the exception, not the rule. What is missing from this world? Wildlife, wild lands, the eco system that keeps our planet in balance. This is Africa, the Africa you picture in your mind. But Africa is changing.
Todays Africa is an increasingly modern and rapidly developing continent. A more developed Africa brings new challenges-- Richard Harrington: So far so good, now the things I am looking for are spelling mistakes as well as bad transitions. It's not a bad idea to twirl-open a track and look for any keyframes that you might not expect. In this case the text is fine, there is no move, and it cleanly transitions off. Another way is to also isolate your focus using the visibility icons. You may choose to disable all the video tracks and work your up from the bottom.
So as we scroll down here, I'll see these first three tracks are the text. Photoshop does offer the ability with text layers to check spelling. You can choose Edit > Check Spelling and that will go through. If a layer is hidden you can skip it for now, however the spell check was complete for that visible layer and no errors were found. I'll go ahead and keep going through and just check the general positioning of all elements. Notice there with the tracks, you can see what's happening with the adjustments, it's a good idea just to look through and make sure that you're seeing what you expected.
A useful shortcut when you select a track is to use the Down and Up arrows to move between the elements on that track. You can also just drag through and look at the different effects. Paying particular attention to shots that are back-to-back, for example, in this case, the color temperature of this shot to the next shot looks a little bit different and this is an opportunity to go ahead and zoom in, select that shot, and take advantage of the Photo Filter. I'm just going to back it off a bit because it's a little too dense, that's looking better, select the overall adjustment there and take down the entire density, and it's looking pretty good. And I'll follow up with the Curves Adjustment and an Auto Adjustment there, and remember, you always have multiple options under Auto. In this case, a little per channel color contrast helped bring out the proper color balance of the shot. Those are the sort of things you're looking for, and remember, zooming in and out of the timeline makes it easier to see things.
I'll just continue to navigate through, bringing up one track at a time with the Visibility icon, and I am just looking for dissolves. At this tighter zoom level it's easier to see the individual transitions between tracks and make sure that no transitions are missing. A quick drag through shows me each of my transitions and things are looking good. As we continue to work all the way down the sequence, remember, check for bad transitions or missing transitions by looking at the Visibility icons. You'll also want to compare shot-to-shot to make sure that color temperature jumps are minimized, especially if you've been shooting at different times.
This shot looks just a tad washed out. I've got it selected, I'll apply a Curves adjustment and click Auto, and if necessary jump into the Auto Options and the Per Channel Contrast adjustment is dramatically better. Notice there as we toggle it off and on, what an improvement that is. You'll use this last opportunity to really check the color of your shots, especially in context with one another. We have another spelling moment here, so let's just check that, looks good, it's a simple URL, and my transitions are in place; so far so good, continue to scroll on down the timeline looking for any unwanted errors. Notice each transition there, looks good, and we'll finish off with our final group here. In this case we have several cuts but they are deliberate as we move between.
The other area that I would check before final export is the audio quality. You have a lot of clips in your timeline and it's a very good idea to click the button here for the playback controls and check audio. Make sure that you've muted any audio that you don't want to hear and you're going to need to step through a clip at a time. If you've made a video layer a Smart Object, you can select it, it will find it in the Layers panel and then double-click on the Smart Object icon. This will open up the Embedded Smart Object file and allow you to adjust the audio for the embedded clip. When you close and save that, the change will propagate into your main timeline.
While this process is a bit tedious, it's less work than having to re-export and re-post your video due to an unwanted error.
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