Creating and editing video and animations is all well and good, but at some point, you may want to get your work out of Photoshop and onto a television screen or some other output device. This section covers previewing your video on a video monitor and exporting your final work as a QuickTime file. You'll also review how to preview and optimize frame-based animations for the Web.
Before exporting your video for final output, or for use in another software package, you'll want to make sure it looks right. Using the Video Preview plug-in that ships with Photoshop, you can preview video on a monitor that's connected to your computer over a FireWire connection (also known by the less human-friendly name of IEEE 1394). The preview plug-in supports RGB, Grayscale, and Indexed Color images, and automatically converts 16-bit files to 8 bits as they are being displayed.
If you've never previewed video and specified output options, choose FileExportVideo Preview. This opens the Video Preview dialog box shown in Figure 26.19, which allows you to configure the preview settings for your device.
Configure the following options in ...