Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Photoshop as a video editor

Photoshop's video capabilities are great. The problem for some is not with the technology, but with the terminology. Take the timeline for example. Let's say that you want to cut a portion out of the scene, or reduce the scene to focus on the important details.

The term that you are looking for is Split Layer. It's found in the fly-out menu on the Animation/Timeline box. Just scrub to the relevant time, then select Split Layer. Once there, the extraneous info can be removed. You'll then need to Export out the file.

The other way is to adjust the work area start and end points using the sliders above the clip's layers. 
A couple of ways of expanding your uses of Photoshop and adding value to your workflow.


Anonymous said...

Love the blog!

Is the program you are actually manipulating the video with Photoshop? (As in, can you play the video somehow inside Photoshop?)

I'm unclear whether "split image" gives you a frame to edit in Photoshop from an outside program.


Jim Hoerricks said...

Yes, we're actually working with video files in Photoshop. Yes, we can play the video from within the Photoshop workspace.

If you just want to edit frames, you can export those from your video editor (Premiere Pro, Avid, etc.) and open them as images - as normal - in Photoshop.

If you want to pull a single frame from within Photoshop ... we'll get to that in the future. (here's a hint - image sequence export).

Cheers and thanks for reading.

Jim Hoerricks

Anonymous said...

Ah ok, I'm still running CS2. I did some research and saw that video in Photoshop was made available in CS3.
(Getting CS4 Extended in a couple weeks)

I have your book by the way and it is awesome. I have numerous Photoshop forensic books, but yours establishes a fantastic outline of forensic workflow that no other book I possess does.