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Working with video clips

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Video: Working with video clips

There are several different ways to work with video and audio clips in Photoshop. You can start with a new file and import a new video clip, but I found that the easiest way is to start in Bridge and select the video files that you want to work with in Photoshop, then choose Tools>Photoshop and Load the Files into Photoshop layers. That way Photoshop will create a document that's the same size as the videos. As you can see, the Essentials workspace automatically was updated when I added video files, so that I could see the timeline.

Working with video clips

There are several different ways to work with video and audio clips in Photoshop. You can start with a new file and import a new video clip, but I found that the easiest way is to start in Bridge and select the video files that you want to work with in Photoshop, then choose Tools>Photoshop and Load the Files into Photoshop layers. That way Photoshop will create a document that's the same size as the videos. As you can see, the Essentials workspace automatically was updated when I added video files, so that I could see the timeline.

I want to see a little bit more of that. So I am going to position my cursor between the image and the timeline and click-and-drag up. Then I'll use the keyboard shortcut, Cmd+- to zoom out, so that I can see the entire video. As you can see, when you add your video files in this manner they're stacked on top of one another. When, in fact, I want them to play sequentially. So in the Layers panel I'll select all three of the layers by clicking on the first layer and then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the last layer.

Then I will click on the drop-down arrow and choose New Video Group from Clips. Now if we look at the Layers panel we can see that all of the layers have been combined into a single video group, and if we use our slider here, we can zoom out so that we can see that each one of these video clips appears sequentially in the timeline. If I were to tap the Spacebar or to click the Play button right now, we would see a preview of our clip, but we would also hear the audio of it.

So for this portion of the recording, I am going to turn off the audio that goes with each one of these clips, which is fine, because in a minute we are going to add our own audio track. I could also click the Mute button here, but we're going to need to turn off the audio for each individual clip anyway. So using the arrow at the end of the clip I'll click and then click on the Audio icon and mute the audio. I will move to the next clip and I'll do the same thing, and for the last clip, we will do the exact same thing.

Now that the audio has been muted, I can tap the Play button and we can watch the video. I'll tap the Spacebar again to stop it from playing. If I want to change the order of the clips, I just need to click on the clip to select it and then drag it to reposition it. If I want to change the duration or the Inpoint or the Outpoint of a clip, when I position my cursor at the beginning the clip, I get an icon that I can drag.

As soon as I click and start dragging, we get a preview of that area of the clip in the preview above. That way I can visually see where I want to set my new Inpoint. When I release the cursor, the clips are automatically moved to the left so that no gaps appear in the timeline. Now let's set a new Outpoint by clicking on the right side of the clip and dragging to the left. Again, we can use that live Preview in order to see where we want to set our Outpoint.

Again, as soon as I let go of the cursor, the gap is closed and Photoshop has automatically scooted over the next clip or video. I want to make sure that these aren't too long, so I'm really going to trim the second clip and then we'll go to the third clip, and I'll do the same thing by trimming the outpoint. In order to see the preview of the clips, we can expand the slider at the bottom and then use the Scrollbar to scoot over.

To add a quick fade or a transition we will click here in order to add either a Fade, Cross Fade, Fade with Black, White, or with Color. At the beginning of the sequence, I want a Fade with Black, so I will click-and-drag that to the beginning of the clip. Now if I click at the beginning of the clip with my time insertion marker and I drag, we can see that I'm fading in from black. In order to create a Cross Fade, I'll return to the same icon, select Cross Fade, and drag it between the Outpoint and the Inpoint for the next clip.

You can see that the total duration of all of my clips was shortened, because we need to overlap that area where we were going to cross fade between the wider angle shot and the more close-up. We will return to the same icon to add another transition. In this case, let's try a Fade with White. Now when we click-and-drag over that area, you can see that it fades all the way to white before the next clip is shown.

You can see as I drag my cursor over different areas in the timeline, a preview is being built for those areas. This turquoise line here tells me the areas where I built the preview. Where there isn't a turquoise line, there's no preview that's been built. If I want to preview the entire image, I'll return to the beginning and then tap the Spacebar. The first time that Photoshop renders the preview for the duration of the clips, it might take a little bit longer.

But if I tap the Spacebar again, as soon as we've built those previews, it should go much more smoothly. Tap the Spacebar again in order to stop. We can quickly overlay audio by clicking on the small triangle next to the notes and choosing Add Audio. I'll navigate to the Working with Video folder, select the audio, and click Open. You can see this is a long piece of audio.

In fact, if I move the slider to the left, it's very long. So I need to really trim that Outpoint. Let's guess to about here and then maybe even more. Then we will zoom in and I would like to set a Fade for my audio, so that it Fades out. I'll click in the arrow and then choose to Fade Out the audio. In this case, maybe 5 seconds. Tap the Return or Enter and that will be applied.

Now if I tap the Spacebar, we can hear that audio fade out. And if I want to preview the entire sequence of clips, I will zoom out, put my cursor at the beginning, and then tap the spacebar again. (video playing) As soon as I've made all of the adjustments that I need to, I can choose File>Export>Render Video.

Here we will name our file, select the folder to save it in. In this case we will save it to the Desktop and then choose to render with either the Media Encoder or we could output to an Image Sequence which would be a numeric sequence of all of the frames. I'll choose my format and then to make things easy, I can select from a number of presets. So if I know for example that I want to post this to YouTube, I can select that preset and it will fill in all the rest of my options.

If I am mixing photographs with video, I'll want to be sure to turn on the option to Color Manage. Then I'll click Render and Photoshop will render out my video. When the video is finished, we will move over to the Desktop. We can see, there's the Farm.mp4, double-clicking on it will bring it up, and tapping the Spacebar can play it. (video playing) All right, let's return to Photoshop for one moment, because I just want to remind you that we exported that video, but we never saved this document.

So if you wanted to come back to this and make changes, you want to make sure that you select File, and then Save, and we can save this as FarmProj. Let's call it a Project as opposed to a Video, because I don't want anyone to think that that's your video file. I will save it back into the same folder, the Working with Video folder, keeping my layers and then click Save. As one final note, let's return back over the Finder for one moment, I want to just show you in the Working with Video folder, we now have this FarmProj.psd file.

You will notice that it's 20 Megs. This PSD file does not actually include all of the individual clips, so you want to make sure that you don't throw away your original video, even though you've made a PSD file that contains video layers. And that wraps up this introduction to working with video in Photoshop CS6.

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Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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