Video Editing in Photoshop CS4/CS5

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Video Editing in Photoshop CS4/CS5

To get started with editing your videos in Photoshop you’ll need either Photoshop CS3 Extended, Photoshop CS4 Extended or Photoshop CS5 Extended. This feature has been around for a long time now but not many people are aware of Photoshop’s Video Editing capabilities and hidden gems.


You could actually import video in CS3 and perform basic edits. But now with CS6 up, and creative cloud things have really moved on. I am still using CS4/CS5 so this is what I will be looking at here, but many of the tips in CS5 also apply to CS4 extended. You can also find heaps of tutorials available with a simple search. Lynda also offer a 10-day Free Trial and Photoshop editing skills.


Video Editing Photoshop Tips

The first step is to import your video file and it’s just the same process as any other video editing software.  Import your video clips as video layers by selecting the menu item Layer – Video Layers – New Layer. Then select your desired video from your hard drive. Photoshop can open most common digital video formats, including MOV (QuickTime), AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG -4, and even FLV if you have Flash Professional is installed.

Photoshop does not actually importing your video. It imports a high-res preview of your file and because this file is small editing is fast.  Changes to your file will only happen when you render your final file and this will be a copy, so your original file will be untouched.

You can also go to your toolbar and find the arrows next to Essentials, Design and Painting buttons and select Motion. Hey presto! your timeline or video layer will show up at the bottom of the Photoshop window with a thumbnail and first frame. If you can’t see your timeline go to Window – Animation and it will appear along the bottom of your screen with a Timeline. You’ll also see the Motion work space is now activated. You should now be able to preview the playback of your clip by pressing play in the timeline. Also check your audio settings by clicking the speaker icon.



Photoshop Editing

The next step is to make all the frames in your video editable so you can then apply filters and adjust the picture. Up in your tool bar click on Filter and Convert for Smart Filters. You will now be asked to convert the selected layer into a smart object, so press OK.
You can now perform adjustments just as you would with editing a photo or picture. Go to your toolbar and adjust image, exposure, color, contrast. You can also use filters and alter lens correction and much, much more. If you are a Photoshop user then you will find the editing process easy.


Basic Video Editing

In your timeline you can now perform basic linear editing. Editing here is a little different to other video editors. You can drag your green timeline file in the time line window and trim or go to your slider and move along the time line to where you wish to edit your clip. Now go to trim setting at the top of the timeline window and trim the layer to current time.

To split a clip, position your time Indicator or arrow head anywhere along the timeline and select the palette menu option to slice the video layer at that point. This will create an end point on the current video layer and create a second layer with the in point set in exact same position. You can also drag new layers underneath an edited layers and create an edited cut and paste style edit.

Exporting Your Video

Once you have finished editing your video go to File – Export – Render. Now you have the option of rendering to an image sequence or exporting to  file format. Normally, you will want to maintain the aspect ratio, frame rate and original size of your video. Make sure that these settings all match up to the original. You can also render just part of the video as currently selected frames.

Final Thoughts

Conclusion: With the amount of dedicated Video Editors now available why would you use Photoshop for video editing? Surprisingly it offers some great tools for editing your video. Many people already have Photoshop installed and it is certainly a good option if you don’t wish to learn a new editing software. Plus if you’ve been using Photoshop for a long time it’s also good to know that you can edit video using a software that your fully competent with.

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