Timeline for Video
So we're gonna start out here in Bridge, at first, and then from Bridge, we'll jump into Photoshop and start editing these videos. I just want to show you that, when you open up any folder that has a video in it, in Bridge, you will see the video. It shows up as an mp4, and you'll see the thumbnail for it. You'll also see any music files. So I'm just gonna grab this video file and drag it and drop into Photoshop. And Photoshop is smart enough to know that, when you drag a video into it, it's gonna automatically open up the video timeline. If it doesn't open up the video timeline, I'll show you were to find that. Because this video is free-floating, I'm gonna grab it and just stick it to the top so that it sticks up to the top. It's got that Enable floating window document enabled. And, if I go up here to Window, you can see now that I have the Timeline available. This is something that we didn't add to any of our area before, it just applied itself right there in the bottom of Photosho...
p. So, thinking about video, it's probably daunting right now to think about editing a video. All right, I'm just trying to grasp that, if I've never edited video before. So if I've never edited video before, and you tell me to edit video, you're like, whuuu, where do I begin? You need to think about video as a bunch of moving stills. That's all it is. It's a series of moving still photographs. That's what a video is. You hear the term 24 frames per second, that is 24 individual photos that is making up one second of video. So once you remove that video word from it, and just say, I'm editing moving pictures, it becomes a little bit easier to wrap our head around. And then everything still applies to these moving pictures that would apply to a regular picture. So looking at the timeline down here, let's just break that down first, because the timeline can be the most, okay what do we do now? You see, here, we have something that says Video Group. If we look over at our layers, that Video Group right there represents the exact same thing that we see right here. So our Layers palette is what we control everything that happens within this area here. This is not necessarily the Layers palette that we would interact with over here. This is just showing us how things are stacking up and how they're stacking within the timeline. The timeline, when we look through the timeline, it's a timeline of the series of frames that are happening. If I were to click forward on this timeline and just go right here and do that, that's just a different picture. You know, we can think about that as a paused video, but a paused video is essentially a still frame. So that's just a still frame within this paused video. So anything I do, when I edit this entire video, is gonna edit, essentially, entirely the whole stack, depending on what it is that we do. If we look down here at the bottom of the timeline, it tells us that this is a 23.976-frame-per-second video. That's the frame rate of the video. And it's approximately, if we go over to this edge here, 43 seconds long, 'cuz we see that right there. And if we zoom this over here, this is a second, that's the second that we're at, at 12 seconds, 12.3 seconds or something like that, right there. This right here is how far we are zoomed in, so if you really wanna get some really detail-oriented things in your timeline, it breaks up those frames a little bit easier and you can actually see a closer look at what it is that you're looking at in the video. If you have this kind of a view out there, and you really want something to be just on second 12 through second 15, well, looking at this view's not gonna help that much. You zoom in so you can spread it out to get a more decent spread within that video. So, just looking at that, on this timeline, just to put it into perspective, if I click right here and just go a quarter of an inch over, it's gonna be up to 14 seconds, right? It went from 12 seconds to 14 seconds. If I zoom in and go a quarter of an inch over, it goes from 14.06 to 14.07. So, this is basically just a macro view of your timeline and where you are in your timeline. And, as this moves up, you'll see that we have a little slider bar here that also gets bigger, because that's showing you where you are in that timeline. If you need to zoom forward a little bit, you can just move this bar over, and now you're zooming through your timeline. If you've edited video before, this timeline is gonna seem very common. It's something that you would see in a lot of video editing practices. When we look over here, we're gonna see a Back button, we're gonna see a Previous Frame Rate button, and we're gonna go back to the previous frame, and then we have the Play button. So, if you press Play, it's gonna make that video move. Okay, we can actually watch that video moving. Right here, you're gonna see a little dropdown that says Resolution Rate. Your resolution rate is how high-quality is the preview that you're watching. Right now, 100%, this'll probably still play just fine inside of Photoshop, but as I start adding filters to this, stacking into this, if I turn this video into a Smart Object and use Adobe Camera Raw on it, that at 100% is gonna be like (glitchy video). (laughter) So we need to make sure that we're using a comfortable resolution for us that's conducive for editing. It doesn't necessarily have to be perfect right now, it just has to be conducive for editing. So I might change this to 25% to speed things up a little, so that the preview that I'm getting is faster on the render process. Now, right here, we have our Fade effects. We can fade this in and we can fade it out, by clicking on one of these fades. And then, if we were to drag it to the edge, it's gonna fade out. Drag it to this edge, it'll fade in. So, if we were to press play now, it's gonna fade in gradually from one effect to the other. You have cross fades, you have all different types of fades. A cross fade would be used if you had another layer in this video group, next to it, and you wanted those two videos to fade within each other, you'd put a cross fade there, and it would kind of connect those videos together and they would cross fade into one another. You can dictate how fast you want that fade to be. So, if you click on one of these fades, if we zoom in to this preview bar here, if you just click on that fade, you can pull it out and it will fade it in longer or fade it in shorter, depending on where you pull it to. Or, if you want a very finite amount of fade, and you want it to definitely be a two-second fade, you'd come down here to your Duration, change that to two seconds, and then when you drag and drop this fade on there, you get a two-second fade, as opposed to whatever fade it ends up being naturally. It would be like a one-second fade or something like that. So, I'm gonna go ahead and delete this fade, and I'm gonna add a fade with black. If I add a fade with black, it's gonna do exactly what it says. It's gonna fade in from black into the video. If I were to fade in from white, it's gonna fade in from white into the video. And let's try the next fade, fade with color. Before you put the fade with color down, you choose your color. We choose red, pull this down, and it's gonna fade in from the color red. I'll go ahead and delete that. That's really the basics of this video timeline, as far as what you can do with it. If you need to cut it, if you were to click right here and then click on this video, you could cut this video right here and say I only want this video to be, whatever it is, two seconds, and right here, I could cut this. And then these end up looking over at the Video Group, look at these, they are now two individual videos. Just because we have them there, lot's go ahead and do this cross fade, so you can see what that looks like. We'll do a cross fade, right here between the two of these. Notice how, when it puts the cross fade on there, it kind of pulls them together, too, because now they're unified. If I press Play, they cross fade into one another and give that cool cross fading kind of look, see that? Pretty neat. I'm gonna go ahead and delete that cross fade. I'm gonna press Command ALT Z, to step back and undo all the clipping that I did.