To preview video faster in Photoshop, zoom out until the height of the canvas is less than 540 pixels. At this smaller preview size, Photoshop CS6 automatically plays and scrubs at lower resolution (and therefore faster).
Great tip Julieanne!
I do hope rendering is further addressed in the next release. I am a little puzzled that PS cannot play back an unaltered clip in real time. This is such a highly desired feature in editing that years ago you would buy a system around a real time rendering playback card. I hope CS7 includes an option to force the timeline to render, something that is standard in both Premiere and Premiere Elements.
Hi Wayne, I hope that it will be addressed as well – of course it always comes down to time and resources! : )
If you’re going to be editing a lot of video then a dedicated video editor such as Premiere or PRE is the way to go – but i believe that Photoshop CS6 is now a great way for photographers to get their “feet wet” in the video arena.
I zoomed height at about 350 px, but video preview is not smooth !
(full HD 1080p video)
The preview may still not be smooth depending on your machine, amount of ram, GPU, location of file etc., but it will be a lot faster than if you try to preview it at 100%.