Tips for Editing Video in
By Ibarionex Perello
Whenever I talk to pho- tographers about cre- ating video with their HDSLRs, one of the immediate concerns
revolves around having to learn a new software application. For some photographers,
it’s taken years to gain confidence with
Adobe Photoshop, so the thought of committing just as much time, if not more, to
learning video editing seems daunting.
The good news is that the introduction
of Photoshop CS6 last year made this transition a little easier, with the launch of basic
video editing. Though not as advanced or
sophisticated as Adobe Premiere of Apple’s
Final Cut Studio, Photoshop CS6 has allowed photographers to work with video
while still taking advantage of their familiarity with the photo editing application.
Basic functionality such as a visual timeline, multiple video and audio tracks, transitions, adjustment layers and filters provide
enough features to put together a short and
effective multimedia piece. Here are some
tips for making the most out of it.
Organizing your video, audio and still
files is likely one of the most important
parts of editing a video. Although Photoshop CS6 does not offer the convenience
of creating bins as you would in Final Cut
or Premiere, you can still use Bridge or
the Mini Bridge to create folders were
you collect the material from which you
will build your edit. I begin by simply
rating my videos in much the same way I
would my stills, by applying stars or flags.
I then take those selects, create duplicates
of the files and install them into a folder
designated for video, audio and stills. It
will save you both time and frustration if
you have a central location from which to
access this material. And with the Mini
Bridge feature, you have quick access to
all your important files.
Top: To use another video editing application,
export your edited video as a Quick Time file with
minimal loss of quality.
Though you can drag individual video clips
into the timeline, I recommend bringing
them all in simultaneously. To do so, simply highlight all the video clips in Bridge.
Then go the Menu Bar and select Tools >
Photoshop > Load Files Into Photoshop
Layers. This brings each clip into Photoshop, each on its own individual layer. You
will also note that each clip will exist on its
Above: You can easily select the in- and outpoints on each clip by dragging the slider from
the beginning or the end of the video.
own track on the timeline. If I don’t want to
work with all of these video clips on their
own separate track, I highlight all my video
tracks and click on the arrow icon next to
the filmstrip icon just to the right of the
file name. I will then choose the option to