May 21, 2015

How to Add Transitions and Audio to Video in Photoshop

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Learn How to Add Transitions and Audio to Video in Photoshop in today’s episode! This is Part 3 of our Photoshop Video Series. If you haven’t seen the previous episodes, be sure to check them out!

Part 1: How to Edit Video in Photoshop

Part 2: How to Color Grade Video in Photoshop

And keep your eyes peeled for Part 4!

Let’s get in to today’s episode!

Section 1: Adding Transitions

Transitions are commonly used by video editors everywhere! They allow flexibility when moving from one clip to another, and can completely change the feel of a video. Harsh cuts between scenes can be great, but they are not always the right fit. Examples of transitions include a cross fade between two clips, and a fade to black.

Transitions can be found in Photoshop by clicking on the square icon to the right of the Timeline Control Panel. You can change the duration immediately, or wait for later. Simply drag the transition you would like down onto the Timeline between two clips. From there, you can pull the transition to be longer or shorter if you’d like.

Again, you don’t always need transitions! They are just creative tools for you to utilize in whatever ways you choose.

Section 1: Adding Audio

You can turn the audio off or on by pressing the speaker icon on the control panel. However, this is only temporary and will affect the entire Timeline. If you’d like to mute the clips, right click on them and then tab over to the Audio Section (music note icon). Check ‘Mute Audio.’ This will need to be done for each clip. After that is finished, you will notice that the video will be silent even if you turn on the speaker icon. This is helpful because you won’t have to worry about the audio that was captured in camera anymore- especially if you will be adding music.

To add additional audio to your video, go to the Audio Track at the bottom of the Timeline and click on the music note icon. Select ‘Add Audio.’ From there, you can locate the files you would like to use. After previewing the file to be sure it is the correct one, press Open. You can shorten the audio if you need to by clicking and dragging; this is the same technique we used for editing the video.

To fade the audio in or out, right click on the track and adjust the Fade In/Fade Out sliders.


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    Eve Aebi

    Loved your hair, Aaron!

    Somebody had to say it, right? Hehehe

    Great tutorial, as always!

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    This is some great stuff easier than some other editors I’ve used. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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    Mattias Petersson

    Greeeaat tutorial ????Finally I’ve learned to edit movies in Photoshop! Thanks. But I would like to learn how to save it, in the best way ????Thanks

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    Brahim Rashi

    with this I needn’t after effects i will all time use photoshop cc

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    Dude this Video serie is super, thanks again.

    In answer to you question about new stuff how about this:

    I just saw this new amazing film called “Ex Machina”
    There is this AI (robot) girl called AVA with a partial see through body with a mesh around het waste
    How about a tut to make something alike.

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    Love your tutorials. I had no idea there was video editing in Photoshop until you posted the first video, and it’s freakin awesome to have the power of Photoshop on video. One thing that’s really bugging me is that you can’t mute audio on an entire track. What’s up with that?

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    I enjoyed the lessons-thank!
    Can you do a tutorial comic and how to paint the drawings.

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    Hi Aaron and gang !

    Just a thought, since I don’t have video editing capabilities in my current PhS, so I can’t check.
    How do you go about making an “Audio Duck”, like when a soundtrack quickly goes down in volume to make room for another with – say – a narrator? Is it maybe possible to key frame an audio track to do that, which assumes it’s possble to have more than one audio track? Or do you have to put that together in another app (Audition)?

    Thanks for all what you’re doing for the PhS community !

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    Dave Pruett

    Who is the lovely redheaded model in the clips? Is she a professional model? Chicago area?

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    You’re looking a bit like Dave Grohl at the moment Aaron, and that’s a good thing!

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    Once again, a wonderful set of videos Aaron!! So helpful and informative while keeping it fun! I would really appreciate seeing if there is a way to slow down or speed up video footage in Photoshop, perhaps in episode four. Thanks so much for providing these videos!

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    Taposy Rabeya

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial. It’s full of information and very helpful for us. Again thanks.

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    Is there any other option to edit the audio to at least to fade in or face out the audio at the end?

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    Thanks so much for your time in sharing this series with us. However, at the end of this tutorial ie. the third in the series, my final fade-out doesn’t, ie. my final image doesn’t fade to white, what did I do wrong?