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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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