Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a 3D title pt. 3, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
To begin with, we are going to use a Photoshop document that we created…previously in a different lesson and I'm going to import that.…Now, I have already imported it, but I want to show you how I did it.…So I'll click on the Browser in my Final Cut Pro Project and I'll push…Command and the letter I on my keyboard and I'm going to navigate to the…Desktop which is where we saved it before and I'm going to bring in this 3D…Title merged.psd document.…So I'll mouse click on the Choose button and there it is.…Now, notice when it comes into Final Cut Pro, it comes in as or with a…Timeline icon.…
See this right here?…That icon represents a Timeline and that's how this works.…Photoshop documents if they were saved as a .PSD, they will come in as a…Timeline or in a Timeline that will allow us to get to those individual layers.…That's the key.…That's part of the key.…So there is a couple of ways we can work this.…Number one, I could mouse click and just simply drag it down to the…Timeline just like this.…
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Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the "Creating a Snapshot Effect" lessons, when the author imports a still image freeze frame from Final Cut Pro into Photoshop, he resizes the image before doing any work. Then he resizes it again to the original dimensions before sending it back to Final Cut Pro. Why must the images be resized at all? Also, in his example, the author uses NTSC DV footage. What should one do to resize the image if using 1280x720 HD footage?
If using CS3 or later, simply select the matching preset to your FCP project resolution size.
If working with 1280x720 make a new Document then simply select the Film and Video preset, then select the appropriate size from the "Size" option, HDV/HDTV 720 within Photoshop.
Q: I am attempting to complete the exercise in the “Creating a snapshot effect pt. 3” video, but I cannot get the timeline to open up separately when I double click on the PSD file in the timeline. So I can't see both layers of the PSD file in order to complete the animation.
A: Final Cut Pro will only open layered PSD files into a separate Sequence if there are truly multiple layers.
Open the PSD file in Photoshop to test the layers, then save. Then open that exact file in FCP.