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Creating & Editing Video

  • This is a VERY COOL addition! Each clip that you import becomes a layer that can be adjusted just like any Photoshop layer using adjustment layers! Wow!
  • All of the trimming and adding transitions is very intuitive drag, drop, stretch.
  • Now this basic video editing but having the Photoshop Adjustments available for clips is wonderful. They are still non-destructive, so you can always change them!

Creating & Editing Video

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • The Video Workspace Overview 1:44
    • The Video Workspace Overview
  • Creating & Editing Video Demonstration 6:46
    • Importing Media
    • Organizing & Editing Your Clips
    • Adding Transitions
    • Using Adjustment Layers to Modify Clips
    • Adding Still Images
    • Adding a Soundtrack
    • Rendering Your Video
  • Lesson Summary 22:14
  • Final Edited Video 24:37

Transcription: Creating & Editing Video

Hi everybody, Mike Brown here again, welcome back to's Adobe Photoshop CS6 course.0000

In this lesson we're going to explore something totally different, and that is creating and editing video in Photoshop CS6--that's right, video editing.0007

CS5 had some video capability, CS6 has expanded it, not only to the extended version of Photoshop, but to the basic one and this is the one that I have, I do not use the extended version because I do not work in 3D.0018

In this lesson, I'm going to show you just a base overview, video creating and editing is an entire course and discipline all to itself, we could spend another 18 hours on that, I'm a still photographer, I do not use video very often, but I wanted to show you how simple it is and some of the features that are quite cool that you can use to do video in CS6.0034

So what we're going to do--I'm going to show you the video workspace, show you how to import the media, organize and edit your clips, and here's where it's really cool; look, using adjustment layers to modify the clips.0063

Everything works just like a still in Photoshop, you have adjustment layers, you have layers, you can turn them on and off, you can make smart objects, you can apply filter effects to the videos, very cool stuff--that's the real advantage here in Photoshop.0078

And then show you how to add stills, add transitions, add a sound track and render it out, so let's get started and have some fun with video today.0095

Now here is my completed video that I made for you over the weekend, had some fun doing this one too.0105

Now, this is the video workspace and we're going to go back here, look down in the's open--we have one here, if we just go and open a new blank know, we can create a video timeline from this blank file.0113

Just a simple big button--you hit it, and there is the video editing workspace.0134

We're going to go back right now to the actual one that I have created, and here's the setting if you notice, same workspace, just have a bunch more clips.0139

Now...what you see here, the basic controls are up on the left side here, just your basic video controls; play and of course stop after that, you have fast forward, fast reverse, and you can go frame by frame, you can mute audio over the entire--if there's a soundtrack on the video clips you can mute everything directly from here.0151

This is your trim button, you can split clips by doing this--this is basically how you're going to trim them, these are the available transitions that you have, very simple transitions in this one; it's just fades and crossfades.0177

And you can also, if you notice, adjust the duration here, there's another way to do it as well, here is your exact timeline in seconds, you can switch that timeline to frame animation if you wish--you can do animation in here as well.0195

Below that, we have our clips and the way I have them organized is in a group in which they're all in a row--if you bring them in one at a time, they will be in individual layers stacked up here, then you group them to make your actual video.0213

You can see that every single clip is a layer, and I wanted to show you--look; over here I have a curves layer that's applied to this particular clip right here that we're--actually it's clip A.0231

Clip A is the beginning, right here notice it was a little dark, and you can see the slight change in hue saturation--look at the yellows in there, and if I pop the curves on and off, you can see it adjusts it and it will carry through with these adjustment layers.0247

All of these adjustment layers are available as well as--now it's--look at all the filters that we can apply to a layer.0267

If I wanted to, I could apply the oil painting filter right to this layer, and have it render out--let me show you one that I did--we're going to actually...let me go out here and just show you quickly what you can do with a video layer--it's absolutely remarkable here in Photoshop.0276

Here is the oil paint filter, I just took this one I've already rendered this out, and there you have that same clip that I have in the video, except we've applied the oil paint filter from Photoshop throughout the entire clip.0298

It's absolutely amazing what can be done with this thing--let's bring back up our video timeline...and let's go back to the Sinatra video.0316

Now, I'm just going to go ahead and take a new--we'll make a new video from scratch.0328

Here's all of your clips, and they're put in a group, in a video group, and there they are linearly--there's one, two, three, four, five clips on here, I have a soundtrack.0335

Now, the only drawback that I have found so far in playing with the video capabilities is you do not have a lot of editing control on the soundtrack.0347

Now, if you're just putting music across the background that's real simple.0361

In the case of this video I made here I have soundtrack where I wanted specific points of the music to match up with specific clips, and what I had to do--if you look over here on the right, you see cut points.0365

I cut it and I have track one, track one I had to take this section and cut it to the right point so that it would fit, and then duplicate it, and duplicate it again so that I would get the exact fit that I did--it's a very unorthodox and kind of bastardized if you will way of doing it, but I came out with a result.0382

So that's one of the drawbacks here, everything else is extremely cool, so let's go ahead and put one together and I'll show you what you can do with this thing.0403

So here's the untitled track, I'm going to just leave that one in--what I'm going to do, on the layer that we have here--you notice the little piece of film, and if I click on that we can add media, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to pull in a series of clips here.0412

I'm going to go ahead and I'm not sure which ones, all I want, I'll pull in an extra one that I don't want...see?0432

Actually let me go back to the other one and double check what they are; clip A, C, C1 and H, OK, we'll go back and import that again...0441

A, C, C1 and H, but I'm going to bring in an extra one, and I'm also going to--I'll just do that for starters, we'll open up our clips, and there they came in, right on the timeline.0456

Now the very first layer that we had, we're going to delete that so that we're back in it.0470

Now, the order; if you want to change the order on your clips, it's real simple.0475

You click to highlight whatever clip, and you just drag it and drop it in between just like we do with layers and now we have a different order, but we want to start here, we clip A...and then I want this one actually to be at the end of the line, so I'll go all the way to the end.0481

This clip right here--I can't remember what this one is--this is H, that's the right one, then we have a speed clip, then we have that one and we that one.0501

OK, we're looking good, so now we can just go ahead and play the clip by hitting the play button.0513

Now you notice that there is sound on this--I don't know if you can hear it on here...probably through my mic you can pick up a little bit of it--it's not coming through on the computer, we transitioned immediately to the second one--we're just going to go ahead and stop the play head, and the play head obviously can be moved up and down to whatever point you want.0521

This clip, we want to get rid of the sound and if you'll notice, on each clip there's a triangle at each end--if I turn on this triangle--this is for animation, all of the things that you can do to put in; animating type I'll show you in the final video what I did with some text, we're not going to bother with actually doing it.0544

But this is the animation end, over here are the Properties that you can change.0566

You can change the duration and you can actually speed up your video right here, and you can also go to the audio section, and mute the audio or take the volume down or fade in or fade out on each individual clip, so now if I play this clip...0571

I'm not sure if you can pick it up, you shouldn't be able to, there is no sound at all because I'm going to be adding a soundtrack, so we get to the end of it and I can just pull it through slowly...I like what's happening here--I reached the end...that's fine.0593

We get the clip B here, and I run through it and I decided that I didn't want this clip, so I just highlight it and hit delete.0611

Now we'll go to this clip, and you can see that the clip's started--let me go to the end of the clip, and I'm going to...first of all, I'm going to jack up the speed to 140% because this is an action clip, I want to speed it up--notice it shortened the clip.0621

Let me do that again so you see it--watch what happens...when I hit OK on 100%, actually it didn't back it out, there we go--there's your full clip length, and when I speed it up by going to 140%...notice the clip shortened, and everything just accordingly came back to that.0638

As far as the audio goes, I want to mute it, so we've got that clip taken care of--let's go to our third clip...and this is the speed run.0664

Again, I'm OK--I'm going to run that one up to 140% as well, I'll just go 130%, and that made it a little bit shorter.0677

We're going to also knock the volume and mute that video down, then we'll go to our final clip, and I want to see...if there's anything I need to trim...on this one--we're just running through slowly.0688

I could run it, and I think that'll be just fine (take the History panel out of there).0710

Now, we're going to go and we're going to take a quick look at what happens here; we're on our video, so we're playing it, I go through my opening sequence, I'm backing--I wish I had a steady cam--I was just holding my small camera as steady as possible, and it clicks into the next clip.0716

Now, I don't like the start here--it was still, and so what we're going to do is we're just going to pull the play head through...until we reach a point where we're happy--I think that's a good point right there.0736

All I have to do to trim this clip, watch--this is so easy...notice if I move my cursor to the starting point I get this little fork, and if I click, there's my video, and I just pull it to wherever I want to clip.0752

In this case, I'm just going to go right to the play head, and it trimmed it right back to that point, so now when we run the video through, very simply, it starts in the action sequence, so let's go to the other end of the clip, and I want to back it down about...there.0771

So again we'll go to the end of the clip, there's your cursor, there's the little preview, and we'll just back it out.0801

We know we want to go to the play head, but that's pretty good and it trimmed it back.0808

Notice, we can make your timeline larger down here--it's a slider notice, we're at 29.97 frame rate but we can change that frame rate on the output...OK, there we go.0812

Then bring it back just a hair more, alright, so now let's take a look at our action sequence--we come up in the action sequence, pretty happy, goes into the transition--here comes the car running, runs through, goes out of frame.0831

We transition in here, and we have sound, so I need to go over to the end here, go to the sound, turn the volume down and mute it, we've done that, and let's just check.0849

We go right into there...I'd like to trim just a tiny bit off of that front end...notice how easy that was?0863

I'll run it to the far end and see how that goes, right about there...I can trim that back a little bit--there's the cursor, pull it back, and we've trimmed them, so let's go a little smaller on the scale here so we can see everything (bring it back down) alright, this is actually good enough.0873

Now, we can add transitions, so at the start of the movie, we're going to fade in so we'll just go ahead, and I want about a two second duration on that, so I'll type in two seconds...and we'll take that fade and drag it--watch what happens, see the little black box?0893

In goes the transition.0915

We're going to cross fade, and we'll drop that back to the default of about one, just a little over one second, take the cross fade and drag it down for this clip, cross fade to the next clip...cross fade to the third clip, and then at the end I wanted to fade to black.0917

I'm going to fade with black, and I'm going to go like three seconds at the tail end, fade with black, put that in there.0939

Now let's go ahead and check things out--let's take our play head, drag it all the way back to the beginning, and I can see right now I don't want to fade from blank, so the transition was wrong--I picked the wrong transition, so we'll highlight it, delete the transition.0952

Go fade with black and we'll make that two seconds this time, drop it down and put it in at the beginning and by the way, you can always change the length of the transition, simply by clicking on the transition and dragging the length--you can do it that way as well.0971

So now let's take a quick look at our video; we're starting in black, we fade in, I'm going to go ahead and make this a little bit smaller.0993

It's running through the first section...we've got a nice fade right into the second--now, when it plays inside our workspace it sometimes is a little chattery but it will render just fine.1002

Now I can see two things here; we need some adjustments, because this clip at the end, notice it's reasonably's not too bad I guess, but this one seems overall a little dark and certainly the first one, so we need to add an adjustment.1017

So the first clip is clip A, that was this clip, we're just going to go to the Adjustments panel and put some curves adjustment on it, and notice we get an adjustment layer that automatically clips to the layer with--it clips to the clip if you will, and so all we have to do is make our adjustments...1037

Pull it up just a little and on, looks pretty good, I wanted to up the saturation, I remember that from the other one, so we're just going to jack the overall saturation and pull the reds up a little bit, and warm them up--actually I'm going to take the yellows and go slightly warm, so we'll knock that, there we go.1060

Let's get it so it's in a point where I can see it...hue saturation off and on, you can see a little difference--there you have it, and when it transitions, this one's a little dark, so let's do the same thing with C1.1082

Let's put in a curves adjustment layer--very simple; jack it up just a hair, keep the highs down, drop that back a little bit, off and on, and we've got it, so now let's just go back very simply and play it.1099

And now we're running through clip one...and it's going to transition into the action shot, and you can see it speeded up at 140% so we make a nice high speed run.1119

We'll just fast forward that through to the end, check our transitions...we're good into there--perfect transition right into the speed shot, and that should end up right at the tail end.1132

So very simply, we've got it--now only one more thing; I want to add an opening, and I want to use a still shot, so we're going to add media...and all I have to do, is go find the particular media that I want, and that one is the closer it up.1148

It came in at the end, so all I have to do is slide it back where I want it--we'll put it at the beginning, we're going to get rid of that transition because I forgot I really wanted to do an opening, so we'll take that transition, take it off of there, go back to this clip, and we'll fade with black coming in...1169

And we're going to cross fade, and we'll make that a one second cross fade, and put that back on this one, and that should be the whole thing, let's zoom it down a little bit here on the length, bring the play head back and check out our start...1192

And there it is, we got a still with a duration on it--you can adjust the duration again by stretching that, goes right into the pullback of the vehicle (let's get the Properties panel out of here) into the action sequence, and so on.1211

Now, if we want to add an audio track, we're just going to go add audio, and here's our track, and there's the audio track that goes in on it and let me pull this all the way back so you can see the entire video.1228

Now the audio track is too long--we want to trim it, all we have to do is we'll take the play a hesitation...we're rendering video so that's hard, there we go, we're right at the tail end.1243

Highlight this and go to the split clip--notice it split it right at the end.1260

I'm going to highlight only the other piece, delete it, and there we have the finished video with all clips and a soundtrack, all of our letters--obviously we'd go File, Save As and save this, and then the last thing you want to do is down at the bottom, this arrow is your render, and up comes the render video.1266

We're just going to not worry about it, pick your folder, and the best way to do this is to use an Adobe Median Coder and the best format--you can either do QuickTime H264 is mp4, whatever quality you want or different possibilities for rendering--if you have specific usages you can change your frame rate.1291

Traditional frame rate's probably more like 23976 for video on the web, and everything else is pretty much the same, and we would hit render, and what I'm going to do is pull up the finished video and this gives you a good idea.1314

Let's go back to the title page, and we have talked about...make sure we've covered all bases here...1334

We took a quick look at the video workspace...let's make that a little bit bigger, showed you how easy it is to import media, very, very simple; you just click this little button right here and go to add media, very easy.1345

And organizing and editing, you saw how simple that is to just slide your clips wherever you want and if you want to adjust an end, just pull it, move it wherever you want it and the clip will adjust for you, real simple basic stuff.1364

And you saw very easily how we used adjustment layers to modify individual clips, and we just added stills very simple, just bring it in, put it there--you can change the duration of the still by again, just sliding the clip--if we wanted to, we could run this still...1380

Let's highlight the still, and see it's over here--we can stretch it, and everything readjusts, and now we have a longer duration on the opening--let's just go ahead and do that just to show you...1404

Sits for a longer period of time and then it goes so the still had a render time on it, very simple--everything is done by stretching the clips.1418

Text--you add a text layer in exactly the same fashion.1428

Transitions; very, very simple to add your transitions, just go to the transitions button, pick it, pick the duration and drag it to apply, and you can even (let me go back to that one again) if you want to change the transition length without going to the box, just stretch it or stretch it in either way you want and you have a longer or shorter transition.1432

This is really a very simple methodology, adding a simple as clicking here to add the audio and dropping it in...and rendering out, just the render button, so there we've discussed the primary features in creating a video.1458

And let me close off this lesson by showing you the finished, with audio soundtrack, video that I created over the weekend just for you guys!1478

And here it is...come on and open up...I know we can do it...there it comes!1490

And here you go, with sound...and this all done right here in Photoshop CS6, amazing stuff.1506

By the way, the way I got this shot right here is I took my camera--the same camera you've seen me use in other lesson, taped it to the roof of the car, just prayed that it wouldn't fall off, worked perfectly.1530


There you have a very quick look at creating and editing video in Photoshop CS6.1573