May 13, 2015

How to Edit Video in Photoshop

In today’s special episode, we show you how to edit video in Photoshop! This is the first of a 4 part series on working with video in Photoshop, and covers all of the basics. You can also follow along with our video clips! Don’t forget to download them here.

Why would you use Photoshop to edit video?? Well, a professional video editor is most likely going to use a video centric program rather than Photoshop (Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut, etc.) However, it can be very useful to color grade your videos and apply filters to them- especially if Photoshop is the only program available to you. For someone familiar with Photoshop, this should come surprisingly easy. This is because you can think of editing video in exactly the same way as editing photos! It’s practically an identical process, which can be a huge advantage.

Part I: Importing Video into Photoshop

1. For the first method for importing footage, go to File – Scripts – Load Files into Stack. From there, select the clips you are planning on working with by clicking Browse. After clicking OK, they will load into the same document.

If you are currently thinking, “Hey! Where do I see my actual footage?!” we have an answer for you! Simply go to Window – Timeline, and you will see the full length of each clip stretch out across Photoshop. This Timeline is the base for all of your video editing, and is where you will cut and arrange your clips.

By default, each clip is stacked up on top of each other. But this is not what we want! We need the clips to sit one after another in one solid sequence. To fix this, select all of your clips in the layers panel. Then, click on the little film strip icon on the timeline and select ‘New Video Group from Clips.’ You will see them group into one folder in the layers panel, and they will also be laid out horizontally on the Timeline.

2. The second method for importing footage starts by clicking Ctrl/Cmd + O (Open). Then, select which clips you would like to use. If you would like to add any more later, click on the film icon on the timeline and select ‘Add Media.’ Then, the additional footage is placed after the other footage in a linear fashion.

Part II: Using the Timeline

One of the first things you will want to know is how to rearrange video clips! This can be done by moving the layers around in the layers panel, or just dragging them left and right in the Timeline. To navigate through the footage, click and drag the red slider to scrub back and forth.

Part III: Editing Video

Next up is cutting and moving footage around. To cut a clip in half, place the red slider in the middle of it and press the scissors icon. Voila! It will be cut right down the middle. To delete any unwanted sections, just select them and press delete.

One nice thing about this is that you can always get back footage after it’s gone! Hold your cursor over the beginning or end of the clip – wherever you cut it previously – and drag it out to include more video. This works the same for dragging the clip to be shorter as well.

Part IV: Using Keyframes

Keyframes are used to control certain changes over a period of time. A good example of this is making a clip slowly fade from transparent to opaque. Open the video group up on the Timeline by clicking the arrow. If you’d like to alter the opacity, pull your red slider to where the change should begin. Then, click the little timer icon to create a keyframe. A diamond will show up on the Timeline, which can be clicked on and adjusted manually. In this case, we leave the opacity at 0%. Then, drag the slider to where the change should end and create another keyframe. Click on it and adjust it again – in this case we change it to 100%. This causes the clip to slowly fade in, because we had a solid color fill layer underneath the clips. Keyframes can always be moved around and adjusted as well.


If you liked this episode, you’re sure to love Part 2 as well! Click here to learn how to color grade your videos!


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    Hey Aaron,

    The tut was great. I am into photoshop, illustrator almost for eight years now. I first learnt from Deke Mclelland.
    I am still following his weekly techniques which he call ‘Deke’s Techniques’. I learnt about you in google since i love doing photoshop and creative stuff.

    You guys are doing a great job. Keep it up. Your maiden class of video tutorial was really awesome. Thanks as I am following your classes on regular basis now. I infact have bookmarked your page and keeping a constant eye on your tutorials.

    learning wit you is really fun as you teach with a fun factor in your videos.
    My best wishes are with you dear.

    Rajib Paul
    Gurgaon, India
    Mob: +91 09868412810

    P.S. I also love photography. but since i am in a concrete jungle i seldom find any subject.

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    Atik Shaikh

    Hi there Phlearn Team.
    I am a newbie just started with PS.
    And to my surprise, the first channel I subscribed for PS on youtube was yours.
    Awesome videos keep it up.

    Just one thing, you said that this is a 4 video series, so are the remaining videos gonna come next in some time? Or have I missed the links?

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    Hi Aaron,

    again, a wonderful and great tutorial. There is one thing I want to address: when using the first importing method (photoshop cc 2014) inside the layers panel the order of the video files will change. the first video is on top inside layers panel and the time you create the new video group actually the last video will appear first inside the video timeline.
    if you rearrange the video, having the first one appears first inside the timeline, then following the steps using “opacity” it never works. the time you set the first opacity to 0% and the second one to 100% both of the markers changes to the last entry (100%). in the same time video 8 is always activated even though you have clicked on video 1 inside the timeline.

    importing the second way works just as in your tutorial. additionally if you import the first way photoshop does not create a Layer 1 for the first imported video, this only happens when importing it the second way.

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    Shimul Hossain

    if it possible to add text , filter or action in photoshop?

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    Mackenzie White

    Loved this tutorial!! I’m really looking forward to seeing the future episodes. Thanks Phlearn!!!!

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    Ram nanda

    Hello Phlearn team,
    It’s a gr8 thing to learn PS from ur tut’s.I frequently follow ur posts.Here comes the thing.
    I uploaded video files in ‘Load files into stack’ option.When I click ‘ok’ option the files aren’t getin loaded into layers.Donno where the problem comes.I took four mp4 format videos.Can u gimme some solution to this ?

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    Great video Tut !!!!!!!
    Crystal clear as usual and a good idea to do some video stuff.
    Love your new studio, hope it will inspire you all to do more cool things.
    Just want to say thanks for all the effort and time you stick in making these great and free tutorials.
    Learned a lot over the last few years although I am working with PS for more than 10 years now (and before that other programs).
    You guys rock !!!!
    Keep up the good work.

    Greetings from Amsterdam !!!!!!

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    Lawrence Keeney

    This is by far the best video I have seen on editing videos in Photoshop. I look forward to watching the whole series.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Ken Springer

    This kind of editing was something I have avoided until now. This is great! Keep them coming…

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    Great as usual. I knew that there was now something in PS to do with video, but hadn’t gone huntin’. A few weeks ago I had to edit some video and used an old version of Premier. Wish I’d known this was here. Always entertaining and am envious of what I can see of the new studio.

    All the best,

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    Tricia M

    Using your method it does not show the videos in PH and just trying to drop and drag it said it
    can not read that file. Please advis

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    Tricia M

    Sorry it says the dynamic link media is not supplied?? what does that mean>

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    Daniel Kimbro

    Is it possible to work with audio in similar ways to this? Does photoshop accept pure audio imports? Do the fades also affect the audio?

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    You always have the best tutorial on any subject matter. Question, does this video editing work for PScs6 extended only?

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    Great Tut as usual..
    But when I try to open the video this message show up ” Could not complete your request because it’s not the right kind of document.”
    pls Help 🙁

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    Taposy Rabeya

    This kind of editing was something I have loved so much. This is great! Keep them coming…

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    how to retouch a bodybuilding photography ? with more dark colors to show cuts better . thabkyou !!!!!!!!!

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    Hi, I am unable to open those video clip you provided in PSCS3, is it my PS version too old? Thanks anyway for your tutorials 🙂

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    Richard Dulkin

    No matter how many times I try to do exactly as you have shown the key frame to start at 0% and then fade in to 100% it does not work. One or the other gets changed. If I start at 0% and then go an put another key frame in beyond the first one, it stays 0%, then change it to 100%, it then changes the first one to 100% also. Now I notice that if I start on the video frame I want to use, it also changes off that frame and jumps to a higher clip in the stack. Could there be a problem with my Photoshop CS6?

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      I am having the same problem, did you happen to find the solution?

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    Unfortunately my photoshop takes too long to load the videos.. Which version are you running?

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    Samantha Martinho

    When i´m trying to load the video in photoshop it says “could not complete the your request because it is not the right kind of document”. What should i do to resolve this?

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    I have tried with different methods but I am not able to import the format. I am using Photoshop CS6 and it says “Could not complete your request because Photoshop does not recognize this type of file.”

    I noticed that you are using PhotoshopCC 2014 in this video importing, is this only done with PhotoshopCC

    How can I solve this problem?

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    Is it possible to save a video as a Photoshop document in order to keep working on it without losing the motion? I tried doing that, and yes, it saved all the layers, but when I tried to play it there was no motion.

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    Awesome! However, I am unable as some other people here to open the video files in ps. I have CS6 and it can not read any kind of format. Did anyone find a solution to this? Thank you!


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    As my passion for learning photography/graphic always is challenged and exciting while studying at YouTube University :). Aaron, I came across your channel and it has been a non stop joy to learn from you! I excited to become apart of the Phamily and look forward to a creative blast in my artistic journey!!. Thank you much !

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    Brian Steeves

    This is exactly what I have been looking for. They are really, really friendly. Thanks, B.

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    ron eccles

    I have just found this useful for cutting sections out of a video. Worked okay. On the next, and subsequent videos, when I click on the scissors icon, I get the Error message, ‘Cannot complete the action due to Program error’. I have cleared the cache in the ‘Edit’ menu, but I keep getting the same message. The Adobe community have failed to help with this matter, have you any ideas what may be causing the problem? All the videos are MP4 from my camera. Thanks.

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    Interesting. Didn’t know you could even edit video in photoshop. Is there a type of video file required to load into PS? AVCHD. Mpeg4, Quicktime?

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    awesome videi! My only issue is it’s SOOO slow and glitchy. I can see when i click the wheel thing it has playback set at 100% but it will not let me change it to 50 or 25?
    i am using photoshop CC?

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    hans pokorny

    Premier Grande Cru! An excellent tutorial that helped me considerably. Looking forward to more such videos from PHLEARN. Clear, well illustrated, great summary. A+!

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    Dennis Scalia

    This makes editing so simple. I may consider getting back into video after seeing these videos.

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    So will this allow me to place a cropped image from portfolio onto a video that is playing?

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    Paula Jessup

    Hello Aaron,
    Very new to photoshop, going to school for web design and development. Loved your tutorial! Where do I find the next videos you mentioned? I am a fan