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Future Innovation: Video & Photoshop

Bryan O’Neil Hughes, senior product manager for Photoshop, shared a Hidden Gem back in December – little known editing tricks for video from right within Photoshop.

He’s back again to give a little peek at what we like to call – a Part 2 – from that last post. It’s a continuation of what was added in Photoshop CS5…a glimpse at what the team has been working on behind the scenes. The goal is to balance the power of Photoshop with an easy and approachable on-ramp to video editing.

Check out this video, as an example of what can be done in the future – all within Photoshop…

Why video in Photoshop? Why not Premiere Pro?

Bryan:  There’s no disputing that Premiere Pro is THE place for professional video editors and award-winning filmmakers (e.g. Hugo and Act of Valor) – absolutely.  Like a lot of powerful software there’s a pretty steep learning curve for a pro NLE (Non-Linear Editor)…and we see a lot of room between consumer offerings and Premiere Pro.  

Video is now being generated by photographers…everyone really; the 5D Mk. II really kicked it off on the DSLR, but since then we’ve seen just about every DSLR, point and shoot and PHONE generate video…most of it HD!  We did several waves of research and regularly heard, “I want Photoshop for video”; “I need a workflow I understand” and for the people who had seen what we introduced in CS3 Extended – “make that easier to use.”  Video is being generated by more people than ever before; it’s being shared more places than ever…and yet people are hitting a wall with what they can do with it! They know and love Photoshop…their stills are already passing through it, the fit is more natural than it sounds at first.

This looks like a pretty professional looking video. How much time does this really take?

Bryan:  Without revealing too much; that’s the magic of what we came up with…anyone can do cuts, transitions, fades, cross-fades…all in seconds.  To give you an idea, those things were each chapters in a book before!  For tonal adjustments and filters, the experience is exactly like stills – immediate.

So, what can you do to video in Photoshop?

Bryan: Just about anything you can do to a still, you can do to video – in the same way that you use Photoshop today.  The video in this example is a great example of just some of what can be done: transitions, filters, tonal adjustments, type, fades, animating stills – you name it.

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What’s the advantage of doing this in Photoshop instead of After Effects or Premiere?

This is very interesting. It reminds me of Fusion or Shake.
That’s like having non-destructable adjustment layers in Premiere. Why would Adobe want to kill it’s own Product – AfterEffects?

I’m only wondering what happens to audio? Is that also done in Photoshop itself?

    Same wondering for me : audio in PSD/PSB ? where ? and how ?

Pretty neat, if everything comes to only fever tools that you need. Tho I love after effects and I hope it gets also maybe some more photoshop tools itself. :)

What is the music in the video ? I love it !

I think there is beginning to be too much functional cross between Adobe products. I have said before and I’ll say again that Adobe should build a single “IDE” and then have modules to load into that IDE for various functionality.

For example, a “pixel” module (Photoshop), a “vector” module (Illustrator) and “video module” (Premiere), a sound module, an animation module, etc.

Again just my $0.02.

“Photoshop for video” sounds like After Effects to me. But I do look forward to see what this could be.

I would like to know how you guys see it been used in business side of it? I think it looks good but i cant see how and why it could be good business tool to implement.

what you guys thinking?

I just worry about bloat (See Microsoft Office) with this direction.

However, I really wanted to comment on the edit and say the cut at :38 felt half a second early to me :)


hi! I’m not that good in editing it takes a long road for me to learn. other things I knew about editing is using the green screen technology.. It’s like making an actual video but it’s the green screen that plays..

Sounds interesting. It would be useful for photographers who just want to add a few video to their jobs without spending money on buying extra video editing software.Looking forward to the new possibilities :)

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