Friday, September 14, 2012

An Introduction to Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

One of the newest and most exciting features in the new Photoshop CS6 is the video editing option. Yes, I said video editing! Since most newer digital cameras have the ability to record video, it is no surprise that Adobe made this option a reality in the New Photoshop CS6.

Screenshot showing a video file opened up for editing in CS6

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The CS6 video editor allows editing in one program rather than using several time consuming steps. I am still not exactly certain how excited experienced videographers will be about this feature since this is a similar to a watered down version of Adobe Premiere. A photographer with less video editing experience will probably love it however. This feature can provide a photographer or graphic designer with many quick, new profitable ideas to add to their workflow arsenal. With the ease of functionality and a little practice, we can all be Expert Photoshop CS6 Videographers.


Let's review the steps in utilizing this new feature. First, at the bottom of the screen, select the video editing option (see image above). You will notice that the new timeline is based on the Layers panel. Layers become tracks within the program which allows you to combine video with graphics and apply all of Photoshop’s photo-editing functions. Only a limited set of controls can be keyframed however, including position and opacity. 

Screenshot showing a video file created from multiple still images in CS6

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Next, we will proceed by placing a clip in the timeline. Once the clip has been placed, you can then control the length of your video as well as decide whether to import other videos or stills. We can also apply basic transitions between clips. To do this, click the “+” button on the end of the timeline and select a second clip. Then, open the Transitions panel and drag a crossfade (or a different transition) between your clips. You can also add music to your video, and perform color corrections in the video which ranges from simple touch-up to color scheme changes. Once you've finished the editing process, you will have to render your file and will notice a few different file formats to choose from which makes the rendering a rather simplistic process.


For more detailed information and tutorials on how to use this feature, check out these sources:




- Mack Dillingham