Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Photoshop: Creative Video Compositing (2014).
If you are premium member of lynda.com you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. I've downloaded those exercise files to my desktop, and you can see them in this folder here. I'll just open it up, and we'll take a look at what's there. So you can see that there are different folders representing each chapter in the course, and also folders for audio assets, rendered clips, still assets, and video assets. The video assets folder is where all of the video clips are stored that are referenced by the Photoshop files that are used in the chapter folders.
The still assets, rendered clips, and audio assets folders are empty, and that's by design. That's there so that you can store those sorts of files there that you create as you work with the project files for this course. It's important to know that when you edit a video file in Photoshop, Photoshop does not embed the video file into the Photoshop file it simply references the video file where it's stored elsewhere. In the case of the files for this course, that's going to be the Video Assets folder. So, you don't want to change the folder structure of the main exercise folder directory here.
You want to leave it the way it is. Don't rename any foldres and don't rename any files. If you do run into a missing media link dialog, here's how you handle it. I'm going to open up one of these project files into Photoshop, and I get a cannot locate missing media dialog. It's telling me the name of the file is missing and the last known location where it was stored. So I'm going to go and click Choose and navigate to where that is. It should be here inside the Bear River Assets folder.
And there it is, right there. I'll click Open, and Photoshop sees that that's valid. I'll click OK, and everything's good. Now, even though you get that missing media dialog, you can still click Cancel and the file will be open, but you'll see an exclamation mark in the thumbnail for the layer. And that just means that Photoshop's only going to be able to show you a still frame grab of the video layer, and you won't be able to actually work with the real video. If you're not a premium subscriber to lynda.com you don't have access to the exercise files but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.
Okay, let's get started.
- What is video compositing?
- Using layer masks
- Applying movement and transformations with keyframes
- Using Smart Objects to perform nondestructive edits
- Animating a layer mask and layer effects
- Using blend modes to create composites
- Creating custom transitions
- Shooting video for composites