Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Building complex sequences, part of Photoshop: Editing Video and Creating Slideshows.
- In a moment, we're gonna take a look at audio. But before we do that, I'd like to talk a little bit about complex projects. So far we've taken a look at two relatively simple projects, ones where we've used only one track of video, and really just created montage sequences, or linear stories, set to music. Now we're gonna take a look at a more complex example where we have both a roll and b roll. A roll is typically the main narration. In this case it's a talking head, a narrator, who is telling us about an association, a non-profit group.
And then we have the supporting footage, or b roll, which is a combination of footage that we shot, as well as footage provided by the organization. Let's take a look at this sequence, and then we'll explore its audio in just a moment. What I'd like you to understand is that it's quite easy to make complex sequences in PhotoShop. You'll notice here several different tracks. And what I've done is kept them organized using my initial b roll segment here, followed by a group with footage about Africa, shots of the work of the group, supporting and some end shots.
Each of these corresponds to a video group over here in the Layers panel. Remember, when you want to add a new group, it's pretty simple. If you click the pop up menu here, you could choose a new video group, and it's added above. Now to add clips, just click the plus button and navigate to more clips. You'll notice by using different groups it makes it easy to keep things organized. If you need to remove a group, just delete the track, and it goes away.
Now if we expand this out, you'll notice that I added several markers along the way. These markers let me put information in as I go hunting for my shots, calling out specific shots that were being added. If you'd like to try to recreate this on your own, you do actually have all of these shots included in the project. You could strip away the content of the video group here and re-add each shot in. You'll see that I've called out the title for each shot to make it a bit easier.
Now this is a relatively complex project, and all of these different clips have their own audio. Some of this audio is good, some of it's not so good, and we're gonna clean that up in a moment. But what I want you to evaluate here is just the simple organization. By using several mini timelines, it's easy to isolate the project. So on the bottom-most roll, we have the a roll, or the talking narrator. And then above them I added in small mini timelines that illustrate the different sections of the narration.
Feel free to explore this project, as well as look in the downloadable exercise files if you'd like to practice a little bit more on a harder project. For now though, we're gonna move forward and clean up the audio, and enhance this project with graphics. Just keep in mind that a complex project is really just a simple project that you keep going forward with. There's nothing different about this project other than it has multiple video groups. I added additional groups to help organize things. Now I would not recommend tackling a 20-minute project in PhotoShop, but your typical corporate video or informational piece for a group that's less than five minutes, more than easy to accomplish with the tools that you have in hand.
Now that you have a good understanding of building out sequences, let's explore some of the refinement techniques, starting with audio.
Working with an earlier version of the program? Check out Editing Video in Photoshop CS6.
- Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
- Organizing media
- Controlling playback in the Photoshop Timeline
- Building a sequence
- Adding transitions and effects
- Adjusting volume
- Working with audio
- Fixing exposure
- Color balancing a shot
- Adjusting contrast
- Adding text and graphics
- Building a slideshow
- Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime