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August '16

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2016 • 43 ated. In fact, in 2015, a feature length movie called "Tangerine" was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s and tweaked in Photoshop software (among others). So all you need is a cellphone, a computer and Adobe Photoshop CC and you too can be a movie producer/director/cin- ematographer/editor. Video Capture While frame animations can be directly saved as GIF files for display on the Web, they can't be directly exported as video files; they'll need to be con- verted first. Frame animation can be fun but what about the video that you shoot with your camera or cell phone? How can you manipulate these files and add special effects? The first step is transferring the video from your video recording device to your computer. Simply plug the device into the USB slot—and using an image capture program like iPhoto or Image Capture—import it to a folder on your computer just like you would with a still image. Video Formats Photoshop imports a number of video formats—the most common being MPEG1, MPEG4, AVI, MOV (Quicktime) and several others. It exports to DPX, MOV and MPEG4. It also supports sev- eral audio formats and has some limited sound-editing capabilities. The timeline displays options for Frame Animation or a Video Timeline. When working with a layered sequence choose the former. A video sequence is called a "clip." When you open a video clip directly in Photoshop it resides within a Video Group as a single layer. The Timeline panel displays both video and audio clips (see Figure 3). All of the video editing Figure 2: All of the frame, video and audio functions take place in the Timeline. Figure 3: The Timeline panel displays both video and audio clips. Figure 4: You can also add additional clips and audio files by dragging and dropping them into the timeline.

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