I am editing a short avi clip converted from a 1959 8mm film in the timeline. The telecine conversion results in as sharp an image as I have manged to get using PPro 5.5 unsharp mask. I tried mocha planar tracking to automatically remove a fixed spider web on the top edge of each frame in the clip. Because the web is not distinct and the background does not progress at a steady fixed pace, the mocha procedure was not successful. Previous feedback recommended methods to mask the edge. Using various masking attempts to automate the procedure was also unsuccessful for the same reasons as mocha.
I have the time and decided to replace the spider web on each frame edge using photoshop tools e.g. clone stamp etc. - although other tools such as healing brush do not appear to work in the timeline as I expect. My saves so far have resulted in a whole clip being saved with all following frames being modified similar to the first edited frame. Perhaps I am not using the editing procedures in photoshop from the timeline correctly.
How do I save frame by frame in the timeline?
Thank you. The result was a timeline showing individual numbered frames as I needed.
64 bit Photoshop did not support Video Frames to Layers so I used the 32 bit version. The number of frames was noted to be limited to 500 because of the size. I have 12GB RAM and 4 1TB HDs. I presume up to frame 500 will be saved as edited with the remaining frames untouched, then I need to cut the remaining clip into 500 frame sizes to complete the job. Is this correct?
I don’t have a lot of experience with video editing, but your workaround seems feasible.
Still, you may be able to get the Layers all into one file even if you can import only 500 at a time.
Maybe it would be easier to export numbered tiffs from a proper video editing program and use File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack to get them into one layered psd-file.
To get video out of Photoshop you could use Make Frames From Layers from the Timeline’s fly-out menu in Frame Animation.
I am now at layer 50 from the frame conversion to layers with many more to go. The results of the Polygonal Lasso Tool with copy, paste, and merge down plus the Spot Healing Brush Tool are impressive. Most of the layers so far have had sky with clouds on top. Because the original 8mm film converted to digital was kept in high humidity for some time, the resulting sky is blotchy and changes from layer to layer. I started editing layer by layer but now I have experience with this, I have decided to concentrate on editing one good sky rendition then copying it to the rest of the frames. The only glitch in the swing of things has been to remember to merge down after each paste. Having loaned the video to someone with a dirty film gate has left some dark lines down each layer. The Spot Healing Brush tool at 12px is incredible at removing the lines while maintaining the detail of the background. This is tedious work but a family 8mm film from 1950s in the South Pacific is worth the effort.
The spider web that was on the camera film gate on the top left remains fixed. Several lines are also mostly fixed.
I have some programming experience. Is there a way of developing an automated maco to replace imperfections that are the same from layer to layer using Photoshop tools?