Chapter 13. Video-Editing Basics


  • Opening video files

  • Trimming video footage

  • Rearranging video layers

  • Splitting video clips

  • Lifting and extracting video

  • Slip editing

  • Adding still images and 3D models to a video project

  • Making transitions

Adobe Photoshop isn't meant to create an extensive video project; that's what Adobe Premiere is for. Photoshop does enable you to import pieces of video that need that special Photoshop touch, and clean them up a bit. You can also create fantastic composites with video files that you may not be able to accomplish in fine Photoshop style anywhere else. The Animation (Timeline) palette gives you just enough capability to make working with video files an efficient and relatively uncomplicated process.

The first step in being able to edit your video files in Photoshop is to understand the video workspace. If you've been reading this book through, you know quite a bit about the Timeline already. I'm not going to cover the basics of the Timeline again; instead, I jump right into video-editing basics, the features that will allow you to maneuver in the Timeline and make changes in your video files.

Opening and Placing Video Files

Getting started with video editing in Photoshop is as easy as opening a video file After you have one video file, you can place one or more video files in the same document to create a composite.


Photoshop has no sound capability when it comes to editing video clips. Although your sound is embedded in your video file (and ...

Get Photoshop® CS3 Extended Video and 3D Bible now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.