Photoshop video = AE Lite

Posted by Jude Cotter 
Photoshop video = AE Lite
October 11, 2012 07:33PM
Ive only just had time to start looking at how Photoshop CS6 handles video. It was kind of fun in earlier versions but not really what I would call 'workable'. But wow, what a difference in CS6. Layers on the timeline, audio, transitions, adjustment layers, keyframes (limited in comparison to AE, but still), export via AME including DPX, nesting via smart objects, all smart filters useable, 3D obj support, and more.

Funny thing too - with the single canvas window and the rounded edge clips on the dark grey timeline, it could be mistaken for another well known NLE...

Re: Photoshop video = AE Lite
November 10, 2012 11:25AM
What advantages do you see in working with video in Photoshop? I have often been tempted to play with it, but with other mograph apps available like AE and Motion I can't see what would cause me to choose Photoshop.
Re: Photoshop video = AE Lite
November 11, 2012 12:14AM
I wouldn't choose it myself, because I have access to AE, but for those that didn't, or felt comfortable with image manipulation in PS and completely lost in AE, or wanted to add something that was easier to achieve in PS, it would be cool.

Like I said, it's a bit like the 'lite' version of AE.

Re: Photoshop video = AE Lite
November 11, 2012 07:43PM
I seem to recall Adobe saying it was aimed at photographers whose cameras now shoot video but don't know Premiere / AE and just want a simple way of cutting them and adding effects.

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Re: Photoshop video = AE Lite
February 14, 2013 03:59AM
Interesting! Much different than PS CS4 -- I spent 3 weeks inside that, using Photoshop tools to dust-bust a film transfer-- I was more comfortable working in the PS interface and I knew the Rubber Stamp clone tools, and when you load a video-- these work over TIME! So if you have a huge dustbunny on one frame, skip to the frame just before it, clone that and presto... bunny busted!

I employed the whole arsenal of PS tools for color work as the cheap transfer lamp was changing hue as the show went on.

This was my first such project, and I enjoyed it, and though it should have been an HD transfer, it was worth doing.

Good before-after material right here, done entirely in Photoshop Extended CS 4.

One caveat; PS CS4 really wasn't built for longform work-- I loaded the half-hour ProRes DV50 grain-enhanced show from an original AVI DV transfer. About halfway through, having dustbusted thousands of frames, Photoshop suddenly couldn't SAVE. It just wouldn't save; epic fail. My only way out was to export what I had and proceed with the second half in smaller chunks. That's how I completed PS work in a half hour production.

One hopes today's Extended carries the ball a little further. I still like PS's interface for this kind of work although AE has all the same tools and is better built for longform.


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Re: Photoshop video = AE Lite
March 22, 2013 08:49PM
This is really cool, Jude.

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Re: Photoshop video = AE Lite
May 10, 2013 03:48PM
Thanks, Kevin! Always appreciate feedback.

Best, as always,
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