how to edit (for eg. move or crop) a whole video layer rather than just one frame

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Aug 12, 2022 Aug 12, 2022

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Hello,

 

I was trying to put two videos next to eachother on photoshop, but everytime i try to crop and move a video next to the other, I just apply the change to one frame of that video layer rather than the whole layer. Anyone knows how I could apply the change to the whole video layer?

 

My whole layer is selected and my timeline looks like this:

Laura25624202za2m_0-1660294508671.png

 

Thanks a lot in advance!

Laura

 

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Aug 12, 2022 Aug 12, 2022

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Convert the video layers to smart objects then you can transform them as required (you can also keyframe the transform so the layers move, should you require that)

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Hello, thanks a lot for your answer.

 

It says the smart object isn't directly editable and that I have to rasterize it before. If I ratserize the layer though it becomes an image rather than a video. Do you know how I might solve this ?

 

Thanks in advance,

Laura

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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You don't need to rasterize the smart object to transform it in the video timeline.

So take the video/video group layer - right click it and convert to smart object. Then, in the timeline, you should see the keyframe controls for transform.

 

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Should you need to get back to the video layer, just double click the smart object (in the layers panel) and it will open in a separate window.

 

Dave

 

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Aug 19, 2022 Aug 19, 2022

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Hi Dave, even after having converted it to a smart object layer and openning it in a new video, the changes i apply are only applied to one frame.

 

For example, here I was trying to remove the background behind this house. It still only applied the change to a single frame.

 

Laura25624202za2m_0-1660924151531.png

 

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Aug 19, 2022 Aug 19, 2022

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Your screenshot shows a video layer not a smart object

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Aug 19, 2022 Aug 19, 2022

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Photoshop's NLE abilities are pretty basic compared to, say, Premiere or After Effects. There isn't any keying (that I know of), for example.

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You are right @War Unicorn. Laura could use a mask but would have to move it frame by frame. After Effects is a much better tool for such work.

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