Join Chris Converse for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting video into Photoshop, part of Design the Web: Video Graphics and Animation.
Now I'm going to show you one of two ways that you can get a video into your Photoshop file. First, let's come up to the File menu, let's choose New, let's create a new Canvas at 640 x 402 pixels, this matches the pixel dimension of the MPEG-4 we're going to bring in, so then click OK. Now inside of here let's come up to the Window menu, let's come down to Timeline. Now as I mentioned in the introduction video, we're only going to be supporting CS6 and later, CS6 is the first version that has this Timeline panel.
Now if you'd like to see some techniques for creating animated artwork inside of Photoshop CS3 Extended, through CS5.5 Extended, I have a video in my Edge Essentials training that covers creating keyframes and animations inside of those versions of Photoshop. So back here inside of Photoshop CS6, I'm going to come up here to the Canvas. I'm going to zoom out here a little bit. Now I have my Timeline down here at the bottom taking up a lot of space, as we start adding artwork and animating individual elements this Timeline is going to get pretty full. So I'm going to work with my canvas much smaller up here.
Now the first thing we're going to do, is come down here and click on the Create Video Timeline. Once I do that all of the video controls will come up and to add a video into our project we can come over here and click on the plus (+) sign. Let's come up to the Exercise Files, let's choose the video.mpg4, then click Open. This is going to do 2 things, one it's going to bring the video into the Timeline where we can click our playhead and scrub the video, and we can also see that we have a Video Group over here in the Layers panel. Now Video Group is to align a series of clips and do more traditional video editing.
However, for this course we're going to be using one video and adding our own graphics to it. So the second approach that we can take is to close this document --don't save-- and simply come under the Photoshop menu and choose File > Open, select our MPEG-4 video, and simply click Open. Doing this will have Photoshop automatically import the video and activate the Timeline. Now with this in place, I mentioned before we don't want to use a Video Group, so I'm going to grab this layer, drag it out of the Video Group and then select a Video Group, and delete it. So at this point we have simply just one video along our Timeline.
Finally let's come up to the File menu, let's choose Save. Now in the desktop, let's call this myVideo.psd, and then hit Save. Now it is worth noting that Photoshop is not embedding that entire video inside of the Photoshop file, it is making a reference inside of this Photoshop file to the source video that's on the hard drive. And now that we have a video inside of Photoshop, next we'll start making some edits by cutting this clip up.
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- Getting video into Photoshop
- Splitting video clips
- Moving and transitioning video
- Animating artwork
- Adding text to video
- Rendering video with Photoshop