How to Edit Video in Photoshop CS6


This is a quick demonstration of the new video editor found in Adobe Photoshop CS6. This impressive video editor can handle full HD video, and most of the adjustments and filters that you’re used to using for photos can now be applied to videos.

Photoshop CS6 is the first version of the program to offer timeline based video editing rather than just frame-based animation. However, animation is still available, and the combination of still images, animation, and video makes a very powerful video editor.

If your timeline doesn’t look like mine, you might be using the “frame animation” timeline instead of the video. If you want to convert from the frame animation timeline to the video editing timeline, click the icon that the arrow is pointing to in this image:

If you have the Video timeline up but still don’t see the “Add Media” icon in your timeline, then you are probably using a bad install of Photoshop. Re-installing usually solves the problem, but sometimes it’s necessary to remove older versions of Photoshop. If that doesn’t work, it’s a software problem; contact Adobe support.


Generally this error can be solved by closing down any other Adobe media programs that might be open and using this resource. A reboot will probably solve it, but not always. If shutting down other programs and a reboot don’t fix the issue, try this thread at the Adobe Forums:


When you’re finished with your video project (or even if you’re not) and you want to save it as a photoshop project that you can keep working on later, you simply use the “Save” or “Save As” option in the file menu. However…

When you’re ready to create the actual video for viewing or uploading to YouTube, etc, look under the File menu choose “Export”, and under Export, choose “Render Video”. Depending on what version of photoshop you have and what video codecs you have on your computer, you may see some different options here, but any of them will produce a video of some kind 🙂

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  1. I am trying to create a Ken Burns-style movie from a collection of stills (scanned 35mm slides) and a prerecorded audio narration. I can load in the photos and audio, but cannot crop individual photos without causing all the photos to be cropped the same way which is not good as I have photos in both portrait and landscape orientation. Is there a fix?

  2. Matthew, I enjoyed the video…very informative. What changes or different steps would I need if I wanted to create a video from a collection of still images?

  3. Mine keeps say "Dynamiclink is not available" whenever I try to add any video clip to my timeline. Does anyone know what that means?

  4. loved this video! Can't wait to try some editing of some I have already taken. Big question! Can I crop a video so it shows as a square or vertical video versus the rectangular format it was shot in?

  5. Sir i need your help. I'm new here in cs6 photo shop. I just want to learn to how to save the video after editing thank you😊

  6. I think this function as for now has been taken care of by Adobe Premiere, 'cause I can't import and edit movie files like these in my photoshop. There's just no command buttons like yours. Dang, I wish I could have your photoshop version, it looks easy.

  7. is there a way to use the brush tool to draw something on the clip that will stay on throughout the negotiations were short duration of the video? thanks.

  8. Hello Matt, none of my video files (mov) would load through "Video Frames from Files" or "New Video Layer From Files". I am on a Mac with Mojave and PS CC version 20.0.4 and could only get PS to accept my movie file (.Mov) when dragged on top of the PS icon in the menu bar. Now that I have the clip open and the Painting filter applied I need more info on how to covert to smart objects because I only get one frame when rendered. Can you direct me to your next video that explains smart objects with relation to movie clips? Thanks


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