One of the great changes I’ve seen in recent times with photography related companies, has been a renewed sense of effort that goes into actually listening to what we the customers are saying. Now, I’m not fooled into thinking this is some spiritual altruistic shift, but rather the way companies need to behave to hang on to clients. We see this in the cameras that companies are producing and including features that users have been aching for, and also in how they often handle mishaps.
Sony clearly has been listening to the broader consumer base as has Fuji, as the two companies are putting out products that are just satisfying such a tremendous market share. Then Nikon, recently with the amount of money they’ve poured into sorting the D600 problems, and now they are replacing them with the newer D610. It’s a customer climate. Adobe, has quite possibly been listening keenest for the longest. With the Creative Cloud program, while not favored by everyone, it has allowed the company to have more feedback, more quickly than ever. This, in turn, has led them to be able to issue updates specific to what’s wanted, and much faster.
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Doing a survey on social media, they realized there was a huge portion of people who want to understand how to use Photoshop for video, ranging from the high end to basic users. Among the requests was to learn how to take a still from a video, especially now that video is recorded at such high quality. They’ve answered with this great short video.
Note that this is not just like freezing a frame and taking a screen capture. As such the process is obviously more arduous, but nothing to be intimidated by, and the results are brilliant. Photoshop will allow you to use an image sequencing mode, which lets you pick a particular frame, assign a size, what format, and even how to align numerous frames as layers to end up with a more stabilized and sharper final image. Furthermore, you are able to use a short trick to remove dust and noise, and even people, with relative ease. You also have options on how to view each frame so you don’t have to open hundreds of layers. Using intuitive movements and a sensible workflow, this will allow you to get just the right still that you want.
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