IN THIS CHAPTER
Video and animation in Photoshop
Working with images for video
Creating timeline animations
Creating frame animations
Saving video and animations
As of version CS3, Photoshop now includes support for video in its Extended version. You could be excused for wondering exactly why you'd want to edit video in Photoshop. After all, it's supposed to be the world's premier photo- and image-editing software, right? Well, what is video but a series of images displayed rapidly one after the other? Essentially this feature simply adds another dimension to Photoshop's image-editing ability: time.
Almost anything that you can think of doing with still images — painting, compositing, masking, color-correcting, cloning — you can now do with imported video. You can also create animations in Photoshop, and export them to numerous video formats.
As covered back in Chapter 24, you can also use Photoshop to create frame-based animations, which are more along the lines of the standard Web animations you've seen in Web banners and in short animated graphics on Web pages.
Photoshop also offers the ability to preview your completed video compositions on external devices like video monitors or televisions, and to export the finished products to numerous video formats. Speaking of formats, you should be aware that Photoshop's video features require you to have at least QuickTime 7.1 installed on your machine. The latest version of QuickTime is available ...