Chapter 12. Introducing Video Editing Capability in Photoshop


  • Understanding video file basics

  • Using automated actions

  • Creating optimized Toolbox views for video editing

You probably noticed right away that adding the Timeline to Photoshop added not only animation capability, but also the ability to edit video. Although working with video in Photoshop is all about frame-by-frame editing, cleaning it up, or adding Rotoscoping, there are concepts related to video file formats that do not apply to image files.

Additionally, there are advanced tools in Photoshop that are available for any kind of file editing — image, 3D, and video — but while they are helpful with other files, they are vital in video editing.

This chapter introduces you to video file formats and helps you understand pixel ratios. After that, you learn how to use and create your own actions, something you may have never done before, but should never be without. I finish by showing you all the new features available to you in setting up your palette views in Photoshop CS3.

Understanding Video File Basics

To work with video successfully, you need to know the basics of video file formats, why they are different, and how they work. Some file formats are higher quality and, consequently, larger than those that are of lower quality. It is also vital to understand aspect ratios. There are more possibilities for changing the aspect ratio in Photoshop than you might think. Using the right aspect ratio and understanding ...

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