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December 7, 2011 /Photoshop /

Hidden Gem: Video Editing & Photoshop…What?!

Smartphones, point and shoots, Flip cams and DSLRs all make it easy to spontaneously capture video wherever you are. Just check your Facebook news feed and you’re sure to find a friend’s vacation video clip, the best bit of a rockin’ concert or a family’s single ladies devastation (remember this one?).

It’s time to share another Hidden Gem, a great addition to the collection of lesser known features in the latest version of Photoshop. This one is truly a gem, as it allows you to do something with those video files in the comfort of your favorite image editor.

Bryan O’Neil Hughes, senior product manager for Photoshop, shares that you can open video files and use Photoshop CS5 Extended’s powers, like filters and adjustment layers, to enhance your video.

How long has Photoshop supported video and what does it allow you to do?

Bryan: Photoshop has had support for video in Extended since CS3. I certainly hear surprise from audiences when I demo this feature – remember, video meant something quite different to the Photoshop community when we first introduced Extended. With the video support in Photoshop Extended, you can apply filters; adjustment layers; do most things in Photoshop over time; if you import frames as layers you can do ANYTHING layer-by–layer. In that Photoshop was never intended for feature film-making (though our research shows its actively used throughout Hollywood) – the features lend themselves to small, granular edits, as much of Photoshop does. For much, much more, I highly recommend Richard Harrington’s book.

Why use Photoshop CS5 Extended for video?

Bryan: First, we should be clear that a dedicated solution will offer much more control; though there are a number of things you can do uniquely in Photoshop. For instance, Photoshop is the go-to for text in video for just about everyone; Photoshop’s rich text engine and flexible support of file formats makes it a natural for production houses the world over.

We hear overwhelmingly that people are intimidated by learning “yet another application.” While we offer some amazing solutions (Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements, etc.), video in Photoshop is really as easy as just using Photoshop. You open the video, convert it to a Smart Filter and apply adjustments and filters to that whole clip – then you can easily render video to a series of formats when you’re finished.

Before diving in, do you have to know video lingo or be a video editing pro?

Bryan: Absolutely not; just be a Photoshop user! I think that’s the most important thing to understand, video editing with a dedicated NLE (Non Linear Editor) is unrivaled in terms of power and control, but there’s a steep learning curve. For those wanting to wet their feet with motion, Photoshop Extended offers a great avenue and a familiar environment.

Don’t have Photoshop CS5 Extended? Check out some of these video features in this free 30-day trial and see for yourself what can be done.


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