Trimming and Splitting Video Clips


Adobe® Photoshop®: Video Editing & Animation


Lesson Info

Trimming and Splitting Video Clips

We've scrubbed through, and everything is resized and repositioned as needed. You don't have to do that first, but I've done a bunch of videos and photo shop in that seems to feel like the next logical thing today, so that's good next let's, go ahead and duplicate are solid color feel layer, because if we want a fading into our beginning imagery or branding from black, then we might wantto fade the last image out to black so let's, just go ahead and click to activate that layer and duplicate it by pressing commander control jay. Now we're going to click and drag that layer at the top of that video agreed, because, as you all know now, when the play order is going to be from bottom to top, so this is going to give us black at the beginning and black at the end. Great, the next thing that you can do is to begin trimming and splitting any clips that you need you want to make sure to do all this kind of maintenance, see stuff before you start adding transitions, especially when you start a...

dding cross fades, which are going to blend the ending of one clip into the beginning of the other, because things will begin to change in your timeline, so you want to get everything kind of set up correctly first, so let's, go ahead and scrub through and see if there's anything that we need to trim and clip so here's one right here okay, so yeah he had been to dust flying not exciting so what you want to do to trim the clip is position the play head where you want the clip to start so let's say oh about right here we'll let that one motorcyclist kind of come in from out of the frame then all you have to do this is so easy he clicked to activate the clip and I'm going to see if I can zoom in just a little bit and I cannot which is fine so when you point your cursor at the beginning of the clip, you'll see a microscopic bracket the direction that that bracket is facing and it looks just like the brackets on your keyboard next year peaky the bracket the direction the bracket is facing in the case the clip that's going to be affected should you click and drag to that play head the beauty of positioning that play head where you want the tram to start is that you get a snap when you're dragging so it just allows you to be very precise with that trimming and that's all there is to trimming now your next question will be of course well what if I trim too much and I want to get that part back no big deal point your cursor at that same clip again, make sure that bracket is facing toward the clip that you want to effect and then just drag it back out to the left and then photo shop is going toe screwed everything around in your timeline panel tio so that you can see that original footage bad, so the finish doesn't go away because these clips are embedded, so you're really not really trimming them or splitting them or anything because it's linking so you can always get back to your original because it's a link to that original footage, so we'll just come back over here again and trim that clip again this position that play head where you want the clip to be trimmed, too. Make sure the clip is active. Point your cursor at the dividing line between the clips in with the bracket facing the one you want to affect. Click and drag and you get this nice handy preview window, which also gives you an idea of exactly the point at which you're trimming tio to trim the end of the clip works exactly with the same way if I wanted to trim the clip. Let's say right here when my guys go out of frame that I would just position my play head there my clip is still active point my cursor to the dividing line between the two clips now since I'm at the end of the clip my bracket needs to be facing to the left to indicate the clip that's going to be affected and then I just click hold on my mouse button and because it's so close to the plate headed to snaps right to it and my dollars to that stills can be expanded or trimmed to control the duration that there on your screen ok so let's face say for example if this were like my best of the best my hero shot let's say I might want that to stay on screen quite a while how do I do that? You just drag the length of the clip that's how you do that so we've got our timeline are our panel or our play head oh my gosh and let's go ahead and click the clip to activate it and then pointing my cursor at the right side of the clip making sure visually that the bracket that my cursor turned into is facing the clip I want to effect which is to the left then you can just click and drag to the right so now all I've done is increase the duration that that image is displayed on my screen so I can kind of script through and see that oh yeah hero shot because we're going to add a a pan on that so that it actually looks like he's cruising across the screen there and when we get back to this one I know that since this is my last image that's going to be displayed before we fade to black I'm goingto tuck our branding right in here so I want that one to stay on screen a little while longer so we're just going to click and drag to extend the duration of that clip that seeming pretty intuitive so far it's really not too bad that the biggest thing is to remember where is the play head and what's active and that if you can't see the little controls change resume level appear that really is the biggest things to remember you have a question jessica I do what I feel like you might be going over this leader but when you cut those pieces out can you make another a copy of that and use those pieces somewhere else I feel like I've tried to do that and it changes that the clip over there again okay let's just say that you talk about splitting yes well using like the pieces you cut out somewhere else but it's still a copy of the same set of videos and I feel like I've tried to make it a different um like on ly show the pieces that I cut from the earlier version, but it seems like when I change those that changes both how long's it changes it on both is up because I need, like, a whole separate layer or I can't yeah see splitting the clip and then, you know, moving them apart, you should be able tio control those two pieces individually, so we have to take a look at that so let's, just go ahead and split a clip, because that would be about the next thing you would do, so we resize repositioned, trimmed its analysis, split so let's, scrub through, see what we need to split this one right here gets kind of gets kind of boring, let's say, right? Oh, here, so let's just split it right there, so you want to make sure to position your play head at the thing you want to split? We're going to click that clip to activate it, and we're going to come over here and just click the scissor icon and now it's two pieces, ok, so if I wanted to, I could click one of those pieces to activate it, and I could click and drag to reposition it right here in the timeline panel, and as soon as I let go of my mouse button photo shop is going to put that clip right there and it scoots everything apart and then scoots it back together tio accommodate your repositioning so now only scrubbed through well back it up a little bit so here's that first piece and then we go to a still and then we come upon that second piece so that's how easy it is to split a cliff and then reposition them in your timeline panel it's really, really simple now let's start adding some motion tio are still images so let's, come back here on our timeline panel and click to position our play head at the first clip now we're goingto click to activate the clip, but I need to get to that little triangle or controller we talked about earlier, so now I'm gonna have to trot down to the bottom with my timeline panel and increase the zoom level so that I can see that little triangle so don't let that throw you now we're going to give it a click and right now there's no motion on that image it all so to apply emotions will be the easiest animating you'll ever do in your entire life. Go ahead and click that drop down menu and pick someone that you want please for the love of stored all that is holy and the babylon five star track and asgard universes don't ever, ever, ever, ever, ever rotate stuff oh, my gosh, awful, really? For the purposes of the types of things we're creating today, I would not do it so more often than not I choose a pan and zoom, but you can choose just japan or just a zem, and depending upon which ones of those that you choose, you get different customization options kind of like when you choose a tool in the tool is panel, you get different settings and the options bar same kind of thing here, so let's, just take a look, look at what we get if we choose pan and zoom so with pan ism active from this menu, we can control the angle of the pan either by double clicking to enter a degree in that field or by using that little circular controller, and you would just click and drag in a circular motion to set the pan to be custom, and if you want to set it back to the default, just double click within that field and type. Zero now, most times I leave this resize to fill canvas on because what's that saying is if you're adding a zoom effect and the picture isn't it as large as the canvas? Do you want photoshopped to enlarge it so that it does feel the canvas? Yes, and I know it's a bit taboo to be enlarging pixels, but honestly especially in photo shot c c it is so good at creating pixels that were originally there that if you're just enlarging I would say even up to thirty percent you're probably not gonna be able to see inequality loss at all so I wouldn't worry about it your image is smaller than the campus used to be that was a big deal not quite as big of a deal anymore but if you're a purist in your really trying to show off your work at the best best, best, best, best best quality then you would probably want to make sure that you had that your pictures were a little bit bigger than this screen area so that when you added a zoom effect photo shop actually has those real pixels to work with a set of just enlarging and on the fly but honestly it's not a big deal in I'd say photo shop cia six and higher so from this poppet menu right here you can control what kind of zoom you're getting you know are we zooming out of the image so that it looks like the image is going away from us or do you want to be zooming into the image that was that the images coming towards you I would alternate that kind of thing it's not going to be and unsettling kind of motion when you watch them all together so when I'm adding the pans and seems I'll set want to zoom in? And then a couple of clips down the road I'll set the other one does email. That way, you get a little bit of, um, alternating motion their soul. Just leave that one set to zoom in. And now let's, click away from that panel to close it, and we'll just scrub through our video and see what happens to our still that nice and that's. How did you let me it's so easy, so easy, easy, easy. I think so. This one is a clip, so we're not gonna mess with that one. Our next still is right here. So let's, go ahead and click to activate the still open our total control panel there by clicking that little triangle. And for this one, we can do let's. Try just a zoom. So what kind of controls would get here when you choose just a plane zoom, you get to use this little rubik's cube looking interface to tell photo shop from what point of the image you want to zoom from by default is gonna seem from the center outward. But if you wanted to zoom from the left corner out or the right corner route or the bottom corners, then all you have to do is click toe activate another one of these microscopic points on this microscopic controller so we'll just leave it how it is for right now and again you can't control whether it's zooming out going away from yours ending in coming toward you and let's just look at see what that looks like so we're going to click and dry described through our image so we've got a zoom in so the pictures coming toward us from the center so if we were to change that clip the little uh controller triangle again and now let's click the top left corner in that little room it's keep looking interface and now if we click to position our play head prior to the clip and we drag see how that zoom is changing its now originating from the left corner outward but I'm pretty okay with the center so we're gonna change that back all right so let's keep scrubbing through our video that was good we've already split it and moved it around this one let's put just a pan on so it looks like he's moving from left to right and where you have to scroll over in our timeline with our scroll bar at the bottom of the timeline panel now we're gonna clip to activate the clip and click its little controller for the motion we're going to choose pan and for this particular one you just control the angle at which you want the pan to occur I'm fine with it where it is so now let's back it up a little bit and scrubbed through and we can see what kind of motion we're going to get and once I applied this motion I can see that I need to reposition that clip so it's already active I can press veto activate the move toll on its already active snam is going toe slip this guy down a little bit and if you want to you could resize him right now so all of this is time consuming so just be aware that but it's fun at least for me it is and I think it will be for two for you two when you re sizing to make sure to hold down the shift key unless you want your finished to get all sloppy job press return when you're finished there we go so now if we look at that pan it put it put a pan in say, mother we only want pan dear photo shop oh boy all right going to ski down all right? Well I did that obviously to show you that you can also use the move tool toe control where that motion is coming from so seriously photo shot we're going to say no motion and we're going to resize you so that what I'm doing right now is not being captured somehow all right now I clicked the overlaps now when we add just a pan all right well, maybe he wants to bounce around like that. That's fine. So, obviously, experimentation in patients is key any time when creating videos and photos shop. All right, so we're gonna keep cruz and over this one's ok, so we can add if we want a little bit emotion to this one, but honestly, if this is going to be your branding image, maybe you just want to have it sit still, so people focus on the branding. We haven't added that yet, but we will. So we're not going to an emotion, tio this one. Now, as I've been scrubbing through here and looking all these clips, I noticed that there's uh, one or two that need a bit of color correction. Ok, so my my static shots are all nice and vibrant, but when we get into this clip right here, the colors kind of crappy or the linings little bit crappy, so let's color corrected, just like we would if it were static image, so let's, click to activate the clip that you want to effect, and just like you normally would, we could create a curves or levels adjustment layer. The reason I'm activating the clip first is because when you do create on adjustment layer, it appears in your layer stack above the currently active layer in clicking to activate that clip before I added just keeps me from having to drag that adjustment layer around in my layers panel so let's go ahead and click the half black half white circle and let's choose anything you want you know well let's choose curves by default here in this video group photo shop is automatically clipping that adjustment later so that effects on lee the clip underneath it because it expects that's what you might want in a video situation if you want that adjustment layer to affect all layers underneath it then in the resulting properties panel then you're going to turn off that little button right there so when I do that see how I lost that little downward pointing arrow in the layers panel so that is means it affects everything underneath it clicking that button mean it effects on lee what's underneath it one layer down that's it so I don't know if you guys know but back in cia six all way back and see a six the auto button in both a curves and levels adjustment layer got new math behind it and they both work a lot better so just for this class because we're not teaching curves that's what that's why god gave us bin will more to teach us curves so we're just going to click auto in literal like that so now you can see that the color in that clip has indeed changed and how easy was that using the controls that you already I know how to use? Now, remember, this is the same clip that we split a little while ago. So, in order to color corrects the other clip, which I can see is right here in my layers panel I'm going to do is duplicate this adjustment layer by pressing commander control jay, and then I'm going to click and drag it above that other clip, and then I'm gonna double click it slayer thumbnail and click that little clipping button. So the now effects on lee that clip underneath. So now I've got both of my my split clips to that came from one. They've they're both been color corrected.

Class Description

Are you ready to add a video component to your photography or design business? Join author of the best-selling Adobe® Photoshop®: Missing Manual book series, Lesa Snider, for a deep dive into the video editing capabilities of Adobe® Photoshop®—a whole new way to use and maximize your favorite image-editing software.

In this intensive, full-day class you'll learn how to edit video easily and efficiently in Adobe® Photoshop®. You'll learn how to import, trim, and split video clips as well as how to apply adjustment layers for color correction or creative color effects. Get the scoop on animating still images and adding transitions, as well as displaying multiple elements at once including text, images, and even other videos! Lesa will help you master using Solid Color Fill layers to fade intros and outros into your piece, as well how to animate the size and location of text, masks, and graphics to create incredibly compelling motion. You'll also learn how to import and control multiple audio tracks, in addition to creating surprisingly useful animated GIFs for web ads.

By the end of this deep dive, you'll be able to grow and diversify your business and online presence by through video portfolios, promotional pieces, and more!

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.1