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P: Convert to Video Timeline option missing - Apple M1 devices

New Here ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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I am not able to select anything but "Create Frame Animation" in the Timeline. I am trying to create a Video Timeline, but not using Frame animation. This option isn't in the bottom left or top right of the Timeline menu.

 

I have tried resetting my preferences, uninstalling and re-installing, creating a new document, and converting all layers to smart objects, and none of those have worked. I have a macbook pro with macOS Big Sur version 11.2.3 with an Apple M1 chip.

 

Thank you for the help!

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021
I think it's because of the M1 chip. Photoshop recently become M1 native but not all features are working yet, and this I think is one of them.  Refer to this for more info Photoshop for Apple Silicon I think for this to work you must force Photoshop to open with Rosetta. Later you can switch it back once you're done working with video.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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I think it's because of the M1 chip. Photoshop recently become M1 native but not all features are working yet, and this I think is one of them.  Refer to this for more info Photoshop for Apple Silicon

 

I think for this to work you must force Photoshop to open with Rosetta. Later you can switch it back once you're done working with video.


— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

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Shameful ! After the hassles with Adobe Muse, and Adobe Dimension not even being available on M1 chip anymore ... now this ?!! Adobe is shooting itself in the foot !!!

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New Here ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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It doesn't work with Rosetta 2. This sucks. 

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New Here ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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Came here looking for the same thing, also running latest PS on a new M1 mac. Hopefully an update soon

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New Here ,
Apr 19, 2021 Apr 19, 2021

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Same here.

I've tried everything, uninstalling, re-installing, searching help websites... until I found this chat.
This sucks so much...

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Explorer ,
Jul 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

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I agree, I was shocked to find it missing. I couldn't believe such a useful feature was gone. Will have to use the timeline on the pc instead but I have been enjoying all the other features on the M1 Photoshop. I would love to see even more options included on the timeline such as smart filters, now that would make it 10,000 times more useful (I know, I could use After Effects but there are some things in Photoshop not in AE) 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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This is very frustrating. Same exact problem on M1 Mini with latest PS 22.3.1. Apparently the fix is to downgrade to an earlier Rosetta (non-M1 native) version of PS, but I'm not sure which one? Also this is NOT listed on the "known issues" for M1 Adobe page. Please fix the issue Adobe! 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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Import, Export, and playback of embedded video layers is listed as the first issue. While it does not spell out video timeline, it's related.

 

I completely understand it's frustrating when software doesn't work as we hope, but this is what happens when you buy transitional hardware without waiting for software to be natively supported. The same goes for new versions of an operating system which can have problems until apps are updating. We went through this before with the transition to Intel. Transitions periods take time, and to be honest this has been a pretty fast one. 

 

I don't have an Apple Silicon Mac to test things and help, but getting info on the Photoshop app and checking "Open with Rosetta" is the only potential fix I know of, but someone above said it doesn't work with Rosetta so I'm not sure if it actually works. Apple's Rosetta is good, but not perfect and does not work with all software.


— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Thanks for your response. On the main issue, I can confirm that, on my setup (M1 Mini / Big Sur 11.2.3 and PS 22.3.1), launching PS through Rosetta DOES re-enable video timeline, so thanks for providing this work-around. 

On the other issue,  Adobe has labeled this version of PS "native" for the M1, and there is no other version available. I understand transitions take time, so I waited for the "beta" M1 version to transition to an official release. If M1 integration was not complete, I would rather Adobe held off on making it "official," and then finding out after the fact that crucial (for me) elements of the software are not even available yet. If it was freeware I would have more patience, but for professional software at $53/month, it's not too much to expect all tools to function before moving out of "beta" stage.

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Actually, I retract my previous statement. After working in the prescribed method (running PS manually through Rosetta), I've suffered 3 program crashes in the last 90 minutes, even with relatively uncomplicated files (with timeline animation and without), so I would say this is a completely unstable way to run PS. (The first crash cost me a ton of work.) As of now in my own experience there's no stable way to get timeline animations on PS for M1 macs.

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New Here ,
Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2021

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Hey!! do you continue to have issues with the constant crashing using Rosetta 2 version?

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Explorer ,
Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2021

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No, just not using the timeline. I prefer to work with the M1 version and not via Rosetta. I can always work with the timeline on my PC instead. 

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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Opening in rosseta on an M1 macbook air, it does technically re-enable the feature in photoshop. However, when trying to save out a video to gif, it tells me there is not enough memory(on a 16g/512g configuration). So the re-enabling of the feature is kinda pointless, in that it just ads it back to the menu, but is of little practical use. I tried installing an earlier intel version, but the effect is the same(although the error message is not specific, instead saying unknown). I'm not sure of the technicallities, but there's obviously some kind of issue in that the export can't access the available RAM from m1 chip.  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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Greg, what it the size of the video, both in resolution and lenght?

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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Hi - 72dpi 1080x1920.
For instagram stories.
Same will be required for video posts at 1080x1080
This doesn't seem onerous to me?
I probably won't need the gif versions in the end and the video exports
from AE will be fine, but it is useful to have this option for other
digital assets based off same campaign.

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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Sorry forgot to ad - length is 10 seconds

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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With how many frames per second? SFW was made long time ago, when the screens had lower resolutions, and one did not try to convert videos to Gifs... 

 

Does it work at lower resolution/lenght?

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Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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I have not tried this out. When working on the intel versions or the rosseta enabled version, they are also very slow and lag quite a bit( previewing is prety much impossible). So fiddle with settings (reducing colours, spec etc) feels tedious. But I'm not sure what the point woukd be to output something at a lower than desired resolution, and in this case I can't reduce the length of the sequence - it takes 10 seconds to tell the story. Hopefully adobe will have an update that can work on silocon chips soon - in meantime outputting video straight from after effects will work fine for this project. I gotta move on to the next! 

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Community Beginner ,
May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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Timeline video is still not working on May 20 with latest releases, very frustrating for me too, was hoping for productivity and speed improvements from the new computer, instead can't work on my timeline projects at all. They should have publicised this major missing component in the software. Also cannot output previous timeline video files.

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Explorer ,
May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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Frame animation ... argh, never use it - M1 definitely needs the video timeline feature. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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Ugh, just got a new work computer with the M1 chip and am having this exact issue. Can no longer use the timeline feature to create .mp4 files as the button is greyed out and there is no way to toggle to the "video timeline" from the Timeline window, which means there is no way to export as a video file. Huge bummer. After Effects is too convoluted for the kind of simple GIF videos I need to make... Adobe, please fix ASAP! 😞

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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Just in case it helps anyone else, you can actually disable the current version and download the oldest available version of PS from CC and that has re-enabled this feature for me. Hopefully they fix it before I am forced to update to a newer version.

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Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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At least with M1 Macs, in my experience this is not a viable option. I downgraded to the pre-M1 PS and it was completely unstable. Had 4 crashes in the course of a day. Moved back to newer the non-timeline M1-native version and crashes stopped. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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Yeah, I changed it back to the updated version after I finished that project. The new PS is super glitchy on my new computer too.. :'( The whole screen glitches constantly and oftentimes I can't even see what i'm working on.

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