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How to edit a video with Photoshop

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How to edit a video with Photoshop: You received a copy of Adobe Photoshop and, after reading the in-depth tutorial I dedicated to the program, you have also become quite good at using it. A friend, however, mentioned to you that Adobe’s software also allows you to edit video and, if necessary, to mix them together. Intrigued by this possibility, you immediately searched for information on Google and, for this reason, you ended up on my website.

If this is the way things are, know that you are in the right place, at the right time! In fact, I’ll show you below how to edit video with Photoshop using some of the options included in the program and showing you, later, how to save all your work.

So, without waiting an extra second, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I’m sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will have acquired all the information you need to be successful in your intent. . Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of this guide and explaining yourself how to edit video with Photoshoplet me give you some more information about the formats supported by the software.

The Adobe program, in the current state of things, is able to import and correctly manipulate movies encoded with the following formats: .264, 3GP, 3GPP, AVC, AVI (only on Windows starting with Photoshop CC 2019), F4V, FLV, MOV, MPE, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 (after installing a specific decoder), MTS, MXF, R3D, TS And VOB.

As for saving changes, however, Photoshop can export videos in the following formats: DPX, MOV, MP4 And JPEG 2000 QuickTime (the latter only for editions of the program prior to Photoshop CC 2019 version 20.0).

How to edit video with Photoshop

How to edit video with Photoshop

Having made the necessary clarifications, the time has come to take action. First, start up Photoshopgo to the menu File> Open… (top left) and, using the panel that is proposed to you, select the movie on which you intend to act. To open it, click on the button You open.

After a few moments, the video will be processed and imported into the program, which will automatically change its interface: in fact, you will see the control area appear at the bottom Timelinewhich allows you to easily operate both on the video and on its audio track, providing all the necessary tools.

To define the In and Out points, which is when the clip starts and ends, drag yours edges along the timeline; to change its time position, however, you have to grab and drag the whole preview. If, on the other hand, you are interested in dividing the movie into several pieces / layers, in order to be able to act on each of them separately, place the playhead / slider at the frame on which to stop and press the button with the icon of scissorswhich is in the card Timeline.

Manipulate the frames

How to edit a video with Photoshop

Importing a video into Photoshop involves creating a new group, such Video grouppresent in the card Levels of the program: the software allows you to add various elements to each frame of the imported clips, exactly as if you were working on a photo, using the same criterion of “static” levels.

Therefore, if you are interested in applying a graphic correction to a single frame, you can intervene in the point of your interest using the tools and filters made available by Photoshop (brushes, blur effects, clippings and so on), exactly as if you were operating on a static image. As needed, you can duplicate and blend the various layers to achieve the desired effect.

I want to give you some advice: if you need to apply one or more filters to all the frames of a video clip, convert their layer to advanced object and manipulate it using i advanced filtersmuch more powerful and flexible than static filters.

To perform this transformation, right click on the video level of your interest, inside the panel panel Levelsthen select the item Convert to Smart Object and wait for the conversion to take place: it should take a few moments.

Change the speed of clips

How to edit a video with Photoshop

To change the speed (and consequently also the duration) of a video clip / layer, proceed as follows: locate the level on the board Timelineright click on it to view the speed and duration settings and act on the appropriate ones adjustment rodsto apply the desired changes.

Note that as the speed of the video increases, its duration automatically decreases. The converse, however, does not apply: by decreasing the speed of the movie, its duration must instead be lengthened “manually”.

Add clips to the project

How to edit a video with Photoshop

If you are interested in mixing multiple different movies, you need to create a layer for each video clip and manually add the movie to it. To proceed, locate the Video group on which you are operating on the timeline, click the button with the icon of filmchoose the item New media file from the menu that is proposed to you and, using the panel that appears on the screen, select the movie to add to the timeline.

Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by acting on the levels: select the Video group on which you are working, go to the menu Level> New> Level … (above), define his first namethe background colorthe overlap method and theopacity and, when you are ready, click on the button OKto continue.

Once you have finished creating the level, proceed to incorporate the movie of your interest: then go to the menu File> Place Embedded … and use the panel that is proposed to you to select the second movie to add to the project.

Regardless of the insert mode, by default, the new video clip / layer will start right after the previous movie ends; clearly, as already mentioned, you can move it forward or backward on the timeline, depending on your preferences.

Apply fade effects and transitions

How to edit a video with Photoshop

If you intend to edit two or more clips together and add transitions between them, or if you want to apply a fade in or out effect on a specific clip, you can use the tool Dissolvewhich is on the board Timeline (the icon of half full square).

To take action, press the aforementioned button, choose thefade effect that suits you best and, after having adjusted the speed and any base colordrag it to the place in the movie you want to apply it to: at the beginning of a clip, at the end of a clip, or at the intersection of two different clips.

Edit the audio track

How to edit a video with Photoshop

When needed, Photoshop also allows you to alter, delete or even replace the audio track of a given movie, in an extremely simple way! Do you want to know how to do it? I’ll explain it to you right away.

To begin, locate the Video group you are working on in the tab Timeline and locate the voice Audio track which is immediately below. Now, to completely disable the sound part of the movie, click on the icon of thespeaker (the “waves” should disappear instantly).

If, on the other hand, you are interested duplicate the audio clip, replace it or delete itclick the icon musical notes and select the item of your interest from the menu that is proposed to you. Via the same menu, you can also create a new audio trackuseful for adding other elements to the existing soundtrack.

Save the video and export it

How to edit a video with Photoshop

Once you’ve finished editing, you can save the resulting work and render it into a new movie. To do this, go to the menu File> Export> Video Rendering … (top left) and use the proposed screen to define the save settings: indicates a first name to assign to the file, select the folder in which to save it and make sure that the option is selected in the drop-down menu in the second box Adobe Media Encoderotherwise you do it.

Next, specify the format in which to save the file, the size of the project, the frame rate and, if you deem it appropriate, thesave interval and any 3D rendering options. To conclude, click on the button Rendering and wait for the movie to be rendered and written to disk.

If, on the other hand, you have not finished your changes and would like to resume the project at a later time, use the menu File> Save or File> Save As … and save everything with extension .psd. To pick up where you left off, you just have to open the file you just created.