Editing Video in Photoshop
Is there anything you can’t do with this program? I swear, it won’t be long until you can ask Photoshop to make you a cup of coffee and take the dog for a walk. This week I had a chance to sit down and actually learn how to edit and create video using Photoshop. I know, sounds crazy doesn’t it? One of the great parts about my job as an instructor is that it really gives me a chance to learn these Adobe programs from top to bottom. Before I began teaching I would just focus on a small part of the program, only the small part I needed to complete whatever illustration I was working on at the time. I wish I had known then what I know now….By taking just a little extra time to learn the program completely I could have saved myself hours of wasted time.
Most of the functions in Photoshop are not a huge stretch to learn. Admittedly though, they can sometimes appear a little intimidating. Editing video is one of those functions. When I first looked at it, it seemed overwhelming but after about an hour or so of research and working with the program I felt totally at ease. The learning curve is gradual and best of all it relies on many of the functions I’m already familiar. You’ll find everything pretty much right where you remember it to be. The time line interface is predicable and easy to use and adding audio is as easy as clicking a single button.
Up until now I had been using I’d been using Apple’s latest version of iMovie to edit my videos…ugh. Maybe because I’m familiar with the Adobe programs or maybe because I’m just not in love with iMovie, I feel like comparing these two programs almost seems unfair. While iMovie is clunky and counter intuitive Photoshop uses a platform I’m already comfortable with and allows me to do all the things I’m not able to do in iMovie. iMovie is great if you don’t mind using pre-fomatted functions. Photoshop really allowed me to create whatever I wanted to and whats more I feel like I’ve just started to scratch the surface. All in all it was a great experience and I can’t wait to see what else I can do with it. The only drawback I’ve run into so far is that it’s tends to be bit of a memory hog when working with it. File sizes however are still manageable so far. This file for instance is under 10mgs. If you’ve worked with video editing using Photoshop I’d love to hear about your experience and how it’s working out for you.
If you are interested in learning more about video editing here are some of the the resources I used.
I highly recommend:
Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a book – (Ok yeah, the cover’s a little creepy but it’s a great book)
YouTube video tutorial – http://youtu.be/praOG6jJxpc – Straight forward look at editing with Photoshop and how to get started. Walks you through from start to finish.
If you are interested in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign and happen to live in the Raleigh area you are always welcome to join me in any of the locations where I teach-