Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a snapshot effect pt. 3, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
So let's pick up where we left off in the previous lesson, which is importing…a layered Photoshop document and creating kind of a 3D effect out of what I…was referring to as a snapshot image from a video clip, which is this effect right here.…So, I'll step through this real quick to show you the end result. Again, boom!…It freezes and that's going to come forward, he is going to come forward with…the background changing to black and white and getting diffused and then it…snapshots with that flare or with that flash, back into him finishing his run.…
So, let's import that layered Photoshop document and I'm going to click on the…Browser and navigate it up to the word File.…Mouse click and select Import > Files and this is going to come from my Desktop…and it basically saved that image that we created in Photoshop and I titled this…Snapshot 1 changed.psd.…So, I'll select the Choose button after I've clicked on that file and here it is.…It's now sitting in the Browser and what I want to do is I'll drag it into the Viewer.…
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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.