HitFilm Express 2017 Tutorial – Complete Beginners Guide

Hey guys if you want to get into filmmaking start creating your own cool little effects and motion graphics and you don’t want to spend a cent then hit from Express is likely your best option almost two years ago I created an absolute beginner to trial for how to use hip film for Express I still get a ton of questions on this old video especially now that hitfilm express 2017 has been out for a couple of months and the versions are just a little bit different also I feel that I didn’t cover some topics well enough like how to work with audio and how to work with the text and read animated titles so it’s time for a do-over and in this tutorial I want to show you how to get and use hitfilm express 2017 for free first off if at any point in time you want to jump to a specific topic in this tutorial I’m going to put timestamps down into the video description so make sure to check that out and then you can simply jump to the part of the video that is most relevant to you now let’s first talk about how you can get hit from express 2017 for free to download the installer for Mac OS or for Windows simply pop open your favorite web browser and go to hit from calm forward slash Express then click on the button that says and I imagine this being set in our knee voice let’s do this at the bottom of the next page you should find a big blue link that says get his film Express free and since that’s exactly what we’re here to do let’s click on that you will be asked to create a new free account if you don’t already have fun so fill in your details and then at the bottom of the page simply click on the link that says sent me the download once you receive the email with the link and to allow for a little bit of time for this to happen this may not be instantaneous simply follow the link to download the relevant installer for your operating system and then install hitfilm express 2017 on your computer now I’m not going to go into the details of how to install software in your computer it’s just gonna lead us down a rabbit hole and I will assume that you know how to do that already if you do need technical assistance so to reach out to the hit film team they’re always happy to help you out also make sure that you install hitfilm express and don’t accidentally get yourself the demo version of hit roll it front roll is the paid version of hit film it’s not free it’s got a lot of advanced features and if you are interested I’ve got a full comparison video on my channel and again the link for that is going to be down below once you’ve got everything installed simply launch hit from Express 2017 and sign in with the free account that you created earlier and that’s it we’re now all set up and ready to go when you launch it from Express the first thing you will see is the home screen over on the right-hand side you will find recent announcement right now there’s a sale going on as well as a large number of different tutorials you can simply click on these their links they take you through to YouTube and you can check out their tutorials and follow along learn all about some of the really cool features in hitfilm over on the left hand side you will find a list of add-on packs because hit from Express is the free version of hitfilm you don’t get all of the cool advanced features that you will find in the pro version however you can purchase individual add-on packs to add certain types of effects like distraction or film looks or repair tools or tracking or 3d objects into hitfilm in the form of add-on packs these range from 15 to 50 dollars depending on what they add and if you’re interested go check them out and you can always add them to hit from Express at any point in time rather buff the other packs you’ll find a link that takes you through to the user guide and more importantly just above that buttons to either create a new project or open an existing one because we haven’t created anything yet let’s simply click on new this is going to bring up the project panel where you can configure your project settings at the very top you can simply select a premade template maybe pop this up there’s a whole lot of different options everything from Instagram which is square to 720p all the way through to 4k Ultra HD at hundred frames per second now we’re not going to go quite that crazy so I’m just going to come up and select 1080p full-hd maybe we’re gonna go with 24 frames per second and you will notice that selecting this template already filled out most of these fields so width and height is 1920 by 1080 pixels which is 1080p full-hd frame rate is 24 frames per second and my pixel aspect ratio has been set to square now pixel aspect ratio actually refers to the fact that depending on the camera you use to film your footage sometimes the pixel aren’t actually square they’re more long than they are tall but all footage I’m going to use a no has swear pixels which is usually the norm usually pixels are square then under audio settings you can change your sample rate which determine the quality of your audio I’m simply going to leave this at 48 kilohertz or 48,000 Hertz and down here in the rendering options there’s a few important settings that determine and influence the quality of the video once you export it for one there’s anti-aliasing anti-aliasing is a technique used for smoothing out jagged edges especially long diagonal lines the higher you set your multi sampling so msaa stands for multi sample anti-aliasing if you set this to thirty-two times your computer has a whole lot more calculations to go through when you’re rendering your video yes it’s going to further reduce jagged edges but it’s going to go a whole lot slower so usually I leave this on default by 4 times and then you can change the shadow map size which is used to determine the quality of shadows that you get new scene when you work with 3d and lights once you’re happy with the settings you have two options you can either start compositing or you can start editing now editing is usually what you want to start out with it essentially allows you to organize your media and create a consecutive sequence of clips that kind of makes sense video compositing there’s actually more for visual effects for layering different visual elements on top of each other we’re going to touch on both of these in this tutorial but for now we just want to start off with the basics so simply click on start editing this now is going to drop us into the main workspace off hit film and right now because we chose to start editing we are in the editor timeline but before we start touching anything let’s just go through the interface elements one by one over on the left hand side you will find the media panel the media panel is where you import all of your videos your images your music and sound effects into you can organize the middle range them and from here you can then pick pieces and drop them off onto your editor timeline to create your actual movie in this panel itself you will find a number of different tabs right now I’m literally on the media tab so you’ll find a tab for effects where you can select video and audio effects there’s also a tab for controls which will show options to change whatever element you have selected on your timeline there’s a history to undo and redo all of your changes you can jump back ten steps 20 steps if you accidentally change something that you didn’t want to and then there’s a text app where you can change any font that you’ve placed on your image let’s click back to the media panel and now let’s look at the trimmer the trimmer allows you to essentially pick small pieces out of a long clip and drop them directly into editor timeline we are going to do this in a minute just imagine you have a clip that’s 30 minutes long and you only want to use 10 seconds out of that clip you could drop that whole clip onto you editor timeline and try to find the bits and pieces that you want and then cut them out and delete all the bits that you don’t want and if that sounds messy it’s cause it is the easier way is to simply drop that long piece of footage into the trimmer select the in and out points to define which snippet of that long clip you actually want to use and then from the traumatic brain just that piece into editor timeline if that’s still a little bit confusing don’t worry we’ll get to that in a minute next on the bottom right you will find you editor timeline and this is where you actually arrange all if you Clips your music in the audio effects to actually build you edit your actual film project in this editor timeline obviously you have a timeline and you have a little play had a little timeline indicator that you actually can click on the head and drag through or you can actually press space to play this back but because there’s nothing in here now you won’t actually see anything you can press space again to stop playing back so this is essentially the timeline that we’re going to build up it contains of a number of video and audio tracks and we’re going to talk about how to add more of these in just a minute so just know that this is the actual container that contains all your visual elements to align and arrange your video project over on the left hand side of the editor timeline you’ll find a whole bunch of different tools for selecting editing cutting moving your Clips ripple deleting it and at the bottom there’s two icons which are right now grayed out to actually export your video and turn it into a video file let’s make sure we still have the selection tool selected and now let’s talk about your viewer or your preview panel in here you will always see exactly what is under your current timeline indicator and right now because we have nothing in our editor timeline this shows you a black and white or right now a black and gray image which just tells you there’s nothing here is essentially just transparent because you have nothing in our timeline so just know this is where we’re going to see the actual image at the very bottom right you will find your meters and this is just showing you the audio level so as you playing back your video you want to make sure that your audio doesn’t clip that it doesn’t you know turn distorted because it’s too loud or it’s too soft so the meters does give you an indicator it’s just like a volume bar that shows you exactly how loud your video is as you’re playing it back now with all of these panels the cool thing is you can undock all of these panels in any way that you want in order to do that for example if the meters you can simply right click onto the panel name and say float panel this is going to disconnect this paneling now floating you can place it anywhere on a different screen or anywhere else on your interface and if you select the actual name and drag that over the other panels you can see you can actually dock it into these other panels so for example I could say I want the meters for example on the left side of my trimmer and you can just let go and that now docked the meters on the left side of the trimmer into this panel on my top left now there are some additional windows and additional features available in hitfilm express that aren’t currently visible and in order to bring them up come up to the main menu bar to this little square here the nine squares click on that and in you you can see we’ve got the controls effects history meters and the trim enabled but there’s also an audio mixer so let’s click that and enable the audio mixer and that will bring up the audio mixer that actually allows you to change the volume of all of your audio tracks and kind of control the final mix of your audio in your video project let’s bring up the window options again disable the audio mixer and let’s enable the processor this one is usually going to look pretty empty the only time you see items in this processor tab is when you’re creating proxies or placeholders for very large video files but again this is probably not a topic for this tutorial let’s close the processor again and again just come to this little window tap disable the processor the last panel is the track panel and this allows you to motion track your footage which I’m really happy to see that this is actually available in here from Express and I have a separate tutorial on my channel that explains how this works in this one we’re not going to touch on it and finally once you’re done messing up your interface and everything is kind of rearranged and you don’t know what’s where anymore you can simply come up into the main menu click on this little workspace icon and down here at the bottom you can say reset my layout and I would simply reset everything to the default settings everything is back to nice and clean now that you know what is what let’s talk about how to actually import your media into hit’em Express ss mentioned we are going to import all of our files into the media panel in the bottom left corner let’s just grab the right side of this media panel and drag it over to the right a little bit to make this panel just a little bit bigger and you now have three different ways to import your media into your project first quite obviously at the top of the media panel you will find this little import button so you can click on that this is going to bring up a file dialog and then you simply navigate to wherever you have your media located on your hard drive these can either be videos or images or audio files and hit from Express does support a pretty large number of common file formats if you do want to know what file taps you can actually import internet from express in this import dialog at the bottom right you’ll see this all supported media pop up you just bring this up and check out so av eyes images impacts QuickTime WAV and Windows Media kind of out of the window here so it’s quite a large number of different files note that not all file types are supported and if your file is not supported because it doesn’t actually match any of these extensions you may have to convert it to a more common format by the way if you do want to follow along head over to surface studio comm /downloads I’m going to make most of the files that I use in this total available for you to download obviously I encourage you to just use your own video file and your own music clips and images so to speak it’s so much more fun but if you don’t have anything you just want to follow along this surface studio.com forward slash downloading you can just download them for free and use them and hopefully and make it nice and easy for you for now I’m simply going to select water garage 1 hold down control water garage 2 and three maybe explosion far and this grunge image here maybe also the horror loop and then simply hit open this is going to import all of my thousands of the project and drop them in the project panel interestingly enough you’ll see that my explosion fire wave actually shows me a file error and I’m not quite sure whether this is just because heat from doesn’t support this particular file format or maybe the file is corrupted I’m just going to select this file and press Delete to just delete it from a media panel but everything else seems to have gotten in here just fine now as he import more and more media into this media panel it’s going to get a bit messy unless you start organizing so at the bottom here you’ve got a little button for creating any folders let’s just create a new folder let’s call this one footage and I’m going to select my water garage one two and three clips let’s kind of drag them up and drop them into the footage fall down and I’ll just held down shift to select all of them let’s collapse this Grunch JPEG is an image file this is kind of a bit of a grunge image that we’re going to overlay onto our video let’s just create a new folder for that as well let’s call this one images and drop the grunge jpg into that and obviously horror loop dot mp3 that’s a sound effect so maybe I’ll call this one music because that’s actually a music clip and it shows me the duration here as well so this is 42 seconds long at 48 kilohertz so I’m gonna drag and drop this into my music folder and collapse that as well so everything is just nice and clean if you don’t want to click onto this import button you can also just double click into this media panel it’s going to pop open the file dialog and maybe that’s like water four and five and six you know lost looks like the cinematic guitar loop and I’m Reese electing the explosion fast let’s see whether it imports the second time around let’s hit open and all of those files are starting to get loaded into the project and there they are now I don’t think explosion fire wave is going to work there’s some file error I may have to convert this first I just wanted to show you some of the issues that you may encounter when you work with hit from Express because again it just depends so much on the files you’re using in their file type and whether there’s any other issues with those so again it’s going to select it and delete it cinematic guitar loop goes into music collapse that Walter Walter Walter select all of those against drop them into the footage and collapse that and we’ve imported a whole nother batch of media my favorite way of getting my media into hitman Express though is to simply bring up an explorer window or find out we know if I’m on the Mac and then simply select the elements I want to bring in like it’s a pump text overlay PNG I don’t think I have yet either let’s bring in this fire mov somebody drag and drop them directly into your media panel and let go and hit film will simply import them into your project let’s again drag the video files into the footage folder collapse that the image goes into the images folder and again collapse that now the last thing again I’ve got a file here called the wot VOP which really is just an envelope file if you try to drop some invalid Intuit from Express will simply tell you I can’t actually import this because it won’t know what this is and you won’t be able to open it up in the file browser anyways so just be aware hit phone doesn’t support everything and again you may just have to convert it you know hit from doesn’t like it so now that’s cool we’ve got a whole bunch of music images and footage in our media folder but we still don’t have anything at all somehow we’re seeing an image up here in the trimmer and I’m not quite sure what’s going on well the trimmer will actually just show you the last item that you had selected in your media panel if I select it’s a bond clip the trimmer will change to the it’s a bump clip if I select this Grunch image and now see the grunge image in my trimmer if I select one of the music clips well it hasn’t selected I can see the waveform but just know that the trimmer just shows you the last element that you had selected and I’m going to talk about how to use the trimmer in a minute the easiest way now to actually use the media that we’ve imported into our project simply to take one of these clips let’s take water garage or one dot mp4 and drag and drop it directly interview editor timeline it’s going to show you a little green bar which is the clip and it has actually two layers when you let go hit film will actually do a quick check to see whether you edit the timeline settings so all of the settings we configured in our project settings match the clip that we’ve dropped in if it does not hit from Express will pop open this message saying the editor sequence settings differ to the clip you are adding do you want to change them to match the clip you’re adding or are you happy with the current project settings and again this is just up to you whether you want to match the clip or you just want to stay with the project settings that you’ve configured I’m quite happy with my project settings and I think the only thing that doesn’t actually match is that my frames per second I can see on the other four sector 23.976 and we configured it to be 24 so maybe I’m just gonna go with yes to say yes match my editor timeline there you go and we still can’t see anything in our preview window and that is because the timeline indicator that we have here isn’t actually over a visual element in our editor timeline so the moment I drag this over my clip there’s my video and now I can scrub through or I can press space to play this back that’s it space again to stop this right now my clip is really small on the time line if I’m looking at the seconds here and move the cursor to the very end this is actually 30 seconds long but it’s really tiny on this timeline in order to scale up my timeline in the czechs panel and the very bottom here you’ll find this little scroll bar you can bring this up to the writer kind of scale up or down your time is going to scale is up just a little bit so I see a little bit more of the details and get a bit more control over my extra clip 30 seconds however is still pretty long and we really don’t want all of this clip because there’s a lot of outtakes in this shot and for exactly this situation the trimmer can come in really handy rather than dragging the entirety of our clip into our editor timeline let’s select this clip so you can either click and drag a marquee selection around it or to select the clip and press Delete to wipe it from your timeline and let’s use the trimmer to pick just a small section of that clip out of it before we drop it into the timeline remember that the trimmer will always show you the clip that you have selected in your media panel well technically the last clip you had selected so let’s select Walter garage or one dot mp4 and you can see it right here in the trimmer and at the bottom of the trimmer you’ll find a little timeline scroller as well it kinda looks like a progress bar but you can actually click and drag to preview this clip and try to find the section of this clip that you want to use so let’s start to move the trimmer to the point where we want to start so maybe right here where Walter is walking towards the left right this may be when I want to start I don’t care about anything that’s on the left side of this so I’m going to set an in point at this position for that over on the left hand side you’ll find a little arrow pointing to the right this is set in point or you can press I on your keyboard to set this in point and you can see that the left side has now been trimmed off it’s just going to be ignored let’s scrub forward a little bit to maybe about there I don’t wanna again don’t need all these second and third and fourth takes over on the right hand side so just about there and let’s set an out point here again over on the left hand side you’ll find a little arrow pointing to the right as in an out point so let’s click that and now we only have this little middle section highlighted here this is now our range that we’ve essentially trimmed this clip to in order to only drop this piece of this clip into edit timeline simply click and drag directly onto the preview in your trimmer and drag it and drop it directly into your timeline let’s zoom in a little bit and come over to the left hand side and let’s reset our timeline let’s just play this back and you will see that this is actually the trimmed out part of this original source clip so hopefully you can see how the trimmer is really really useful to pick only the best pieces of your media to drop directly to editor timeline this is really useful especially when you’re dealing with very very long video fastest kind of to pick out those really nice snippets that you actually want to keep and then you just discard the rest let’s quickly repeat the process with the next clip let’s select Walter garage Oh to dot mp4 again it’s going to show up in the trimmer let’s find some nice in an out points again it’s want a little bit of footage of Walters feet as he’s walking so let’s set an in point go forward a little bit maybe to right about there press o to set an out point and I highly encourage you learn all of the shortcuts it’s just going to make your life so much easier let’s simply click into the trimmer and drag the clip into the editor timeline and it’s going to snap right here to the end so I kind of want one clip to follow the other and because this is just a little bit too large now let’s just zoom out a little bit again so now it’s going to follow from this clip to that clip so obviously it doesn’t make sense right now but we’re just picking the pieces we want to keep and then we’re going to look at the editing in just a little bit let’s select Walter garage oh three and again just go to pick and nice in and out point for it and drag and drop that into the editor timeline and I’m not going for perfection here I really just want to show you the basics so I’m just going to pick a clip from water garage all five limbs kind of gonna grab a small snippet of this clip setting in and an out point and drag that into my editor timeline tsuki finishes off on this really wide shot of water looking around the garage all confused and now let’s talk about how you can actually use all of the editing capabilities of hit film to turn all of this into something that’s just a bit more engaging and fun now so far all I’ve shown you is that you can select a clip and press Delete to delete it obviously you can simply click on to any of these clips and drag them around your timeline and drop them to wherever you want it you can swap clips out just by dragging them and rearranging them around you can also click onto the sides of your clips drag them out to extend them or bring them in so you can trim the Clips further and again in the preview window it’s going to give you a little preview of what the exact point is you’re going to trim it to if you’ve created gaps between your videos rather than selecting everything behind it and pulling it to the left you can simply right click into these gaps and select ripple delete gap that’s going to delete the gap and just pull everything from the right side in and do this again onto this other one here and if you can’t click into the gap it’s just because there’s too little space so let’s assume in a little bit and now I can right click and ripple delete that gap as well and obviously over on the left hand side of the editor timeline you’ll find a whole bunch of editing tools so we’ve got the selection tool right now allows you to click and move things around or adjust the sides then you’ve got the drag tool which allows you to click and drag to move your timeline around and this is really useful if you’re a little bit zoomed in so you just want to kind of scooch over a little bit to see the clip on the right side so use it a lot for that and the most important tool in your editing toolbox is probably the slice tool this allows you to click and cut through your Clips so I can go to the beginning here let’s say I wanted to cut right here and insert a clip of defeat let’s just zoom in a little bit more so right here for example I can create a new cut can move forward a little bit to maybe about here create a new cut return to the selection tool select this little clip in the middle and press Delete to delete it let’s come over to the right hand side and find a small section of just the feet walking and I can actually press H to turn to the hand tool go over to the right and drag this just a little bit and let’s find a clip that I want maybe about here press C for the slice tool again you can just select it from the toolbox itself but I like to use the shortcut keys so C for the slice tool then let’s cut a small section out maybe just about that let’s delete the clip at the beginning let’s delete the clip at the end press H and let’s drag a little bit to the left press V for the selection tool it’s going to grab this little clip here this little section off the feed walking and drag them over right into the middle of these two clips and so now I’ve got this little clip here of water walking then you can see his feet and then it cuts back to water walking and yes I know this is actually pretty ugly edit it’s a little bit too short and it doesn’t really fit in I just wanted to show you the basics how to use these tools you can obviously do whatever you want with whatever footage you’re working with to cut this together in any way that makes you feel happy and of course you can also use some of the advanced editing tools that I’m not going to cover in this tutorial like the slip and the slide tool the ripple edit tool and the roll edit tool personally I do use these a lot myself just read up on them they’re really useful and they’re not too difficult to use either one of the more useful ones is probably the right stretch too because this allows you to slow down or speed up your Clips so let’s select that one and in order to rate stretch a clip you can now with the rate stretch tool selected simply click on the end of this clip and drag it out to extend the clip but rather than adding more content to it it’s actually just going to slow it down so now this clip actually plays in slow motion in order to speed it up you can simply bring in the right side and kind of crunch this clip and make it shorter so it plays back much much quicker so now if I rewind and play this back now there might be a little bit too quick that’s as extended just a little bit more can you see how this plays back much quicker because of rate stretched it’s I kind of scrunch stick time together so again you can have a lot of fun with this tool if you have accidentally sped up or slowed down once the clips on your timeline you like oh my god how do I get it back you can simply right click onto the clip come up into speed and duration and in here actually tell you the current speed of the clipping and simply reset this to a hundred percent duration will normalize as well if you hit okay this is just going to snap back to the original speed at this clip or death so you know that’s kind of how you can save them now one thing you may not have noticed let me just drag this up just a little bit is that both the video track as well as the audio track on each of my clips has a little horizontal line if I’m on the selection tool I can either come up into the menu go to the selection tool or press V for the selection tool you can actually click and drag this line down and on a video layer this line represents the opacity so as I drag this down the clip starts becoming more and more transparent so it’s kind of fading out and fading back in on the audio track this controls the volume so if an audio track for my video is just too loud and it simply drag this line down to make this audio softer so you can easily control the audio volume on all of these new video clips just by dragging this line down you can obviously control the opacity which right now doesn’t make much sense because there’s nothing under this layer to show through it just becomes transparent and if you render this this will just become black so let’s just leave the opacity at 100 but we can bring the audio volume down just a little bit now another useful thing is that by default your audio and your video track are linked so you can’t move one without moving the other you also can’t extend one without extending the other which means you can’t actually create L or J cuts which is where either the video hangs over the audio or the audio hangs over the video they create really natural cuts and again I have a video on my channel that explains why you would want to use them and how you would want to use them if you want to create them a hit film or you just want to have a little bit more control you can right click onto any of these clips and simply select and link to unlink the video and the audio now we can actually drag and modify both the audio and the video track independently this can also be useful if your audio doesn’t seem to quite sync up with the video you can have cut them up and align them again just kind of make it work as best as you can if you don’t want to do that you can select both clips again on top of each other right click and select link to relink those two clips and now again it’s just one video layer with an audio track underneath at the bottom in you editor Tanna you will also find a master channel and master audio track which is essentially a sum of all of the audio layers you have in your project and again it’s got this little horizontal bar you can click on that and drag it down to either make your entire movie a silent movie essentially or kind of half you know just adjust the volume so these meters shouldn’t be clipping if these meters on the right hand side are going into the red means your audio is too loud so you may want to tweak that down a little bit or tweak the clip so you don’t get this horrible distorted sound when you export your video now by default hitfilm express will give you one video track and one audio track but you in no way limited to that you can simply right-click onto the tracks windows let’s right click onto this video track here and simply select insert track this will insert another video track and you can then give this one a name let’s call this one crunch hit enter to confirm and you can insert as many tracks as you want or you can also delete tracks or select to rename tracks if you don’t want to and you can do the same with your audio tracks simply right-click onto an existing audio track select the insert track so now we have a second one let’s maybe call this one music and maybe we’ll right-click audio one and rename this one to sound effects so you can kind of give them useful name so you know exactly what is what you can create as many audio video tracks as you want to I think the limit is 64 or something it’s a pretty high number I thought you’d be using them all now because I’ve kind of mutilated my editor timeline and if i zoom out a little bit I can see there’s other Clips at the end let me just right-click these gaps and called ripple delete I’ll ripple delete this one as well just I’ve got at least a consecutive a continuous video even if it doesn’t make all that much sense just a little bit nicer now that we have another video track well what can we actually do with it we can actually now start layering videos on top of each other or visual elements on top of each other and this is kind of leading into video compositing which we’ll get to once we talk about composite shots but you can actually do quite a lot of really cool stuff directly in the editor timeline without using any of the advanced features what I’m going to do is in my media panel let’s locate the grunge JPAC let’s grab this and drag this into the editor timeline let’s just place it on top of all of the other videos I’m going to snap it to the very beginning I’m just going to extend it I’m just going to push it out to maybe the end of the clip maybe literally to the absolutely end of the project if you want to go back either you can produce the hand tool and drag or you can also just use the scroll bar at the bottom to return to the beginning and well right now all we see is the Grunch image because the grunge image sits on top of everything else but remember how we talked about this little horizontal line here which is the opacity for this layer so you can return to the selection tool simply drag this line down start revealing the image that sits underneath it so this is fully grunge image nothing underneath shows through you can kind of make this more transparent however you still have this ugly white and it doesn’t quite work now hitfilm express has something called blend modes and that controls how layers on top of each other and merge together in right now it’s just normal it just there’s nothing magical about this you can easily change the blend mode of your layer let’s select this grunge jpg image we’ve placed on the top right click and go to blend and in here you’ll find a whole bunch of different options for different blend modes you can for example say additive blend mode and that won’t make too much of a difference unless you maybe have a fireball or something that’s meant to be bright let’s right click go blend maybe we’ll go with color burn and this looks much nicer so now I’ve got this really grungy dark edge around the outside of my video maybe I’ll lower the opacity just a little bit so kind of adding a little bit of like a really ragged looking vignette to this image and that actually looks pretty cool obviously you can simply right-click on all of these layers and change all sorts of properties you can also select your layers in your timeline and over on the left hand side behind this media panel remember there’s effects and then as controls if you go to controls right now it shows you I’ve got this grunge jpg layer selected and that one has clip properties where I can change the blend mode right here so I could change this to hue or divide as it’s not too bad either or darken but I think I’ll actually did like the color burn better so I’m just going to leave that I can change other properties like the transform for example I can actually move this image right left up down I can rescale it and do all sorts of cool stuff in here so this controls panel really describes you access to all of the properties on whatever layer you’ve currently got selected if you’ve accidentally changed something and we reset it you can simply right click these properties and select reset let’s reset the position as well so kind of back to where we started now one of the things I have not yet mentioned is right now the opacity of this Grunch layer is constant because this horizontal line is constant however you can actually add animation directly in you edit timeline this also really useful for controlling the volume of your audio let’s just zoom in just a little bit more and rather than just dragging this line up or down you can actually hold down control or I believe it’ll be command on Mac and click onto this line to place a little point like a keyframe you can then go over to the right and let’s place another one hold down control and click onto this line and you can now bring this up so now we essentially creating a little bit of animation where it starts out with no opacity so right here the grunge is invisible and then it starts fading in and maybe up here towards the end again just placing two keyframes by holding down control and kind of fade this back out so now got control over the visibility of my layers I can make them come in and out I can also do the same for audio and this is really useful sometimes when you want you know like a really dramatic piece of music or sound effect it’s kind of slowly coming in a fade away simply control click onto these volume control bars and it’s kind of adjust them so now this sound here will slowly fade in maybe I’ll move this over to the right a little bit again this place if you fade this back out so now I’ve created the effect of the grunge coming in as well as the audio and they both fade away at the same time let’s zoom back out and let’s make use of the fact that we’ve actually added another audio track we have one for sound effects and one for music so let’s come back to the media panel let’s come down into our music folder let’s grab this horror loop here let’s simply drag and drop this into our music track and again because this is an audio file obviously can’t drop it onto any of the video tracks and has to be in all your track this has dropped this right here and you can see the waveform there it’s obviously quite a bit too long so press C or select the slice tool from the tool bar C to get to the slice tool just kind of click and cut this at the end V to return to the selection tool I’m just kind of select that last tail and press delete and again because I don’t want this audio to just kind of be cut out there I’m going to hold down control and click control and click in this kind of have this slowly fade out towards the end and maybe I’ll actually lower some of these sound effects on my Walter Garage tips just because they’re modest ambient noise I’d really be replacing most of these because the you record it on set actually pretty bad to be honest so let’s rewind and this is playback a small section by pressing space very dramatic one shortcoming however is that right now all of our edits are just straight cuts on the time and it’ll just simply cut from one clip over to the next and the audio will simply flick from one clip to the next so in order to make these cuts a little bit more seamless and kind of make them melt and blend together a little bit better we’re now going to look at how to use audio and video transitions you can find all of the transitions both for video and for audio over on the left hand side behind the media panel you’ll find the effects tab in this tab you will obviously find a huge amount of really cool effects and we’re going to be talking about a little bit later but the two folders that I want to concentrate on now is transitions audio and transitions video let’s pop open the video transitions folder first and in here you’ll find quite a few different options for different types of dissolves and splits and wipes and zooming effects and other ways to blend between two consecutive clips on our editor timeline let’s just zoom in on one of these edits or one of these cuts so simply zoom in just a little bit right here so you’ve got this little cut between these two clips which right now is pretty much this instantaneous and in order to apply a transition simply select it from the effects panel simply click on it and to drag it across from scone to go with the cross dissolve drag it across and drop it right onto the cut between these two Clips you can see the little green bar telling you where this transition will sit let’s let go and there’s a little cross dissolve and now if you scrub through you can see it cross dissolve sit faiths from one to the other you can select the corners or the edges of this crossfade or any other transition and go pull them out or push them into to determine how long this transition will begin take so that looks very dramatic obviously it’s really not the right transition for you know like a horror movie this is more a really slow kind of transition but that’s essentially how you apply them let’s delete this cross dissolve again return to the effects panel and maybe I’m going to drag this time let’s take the fade to color let drag and drop that transition right on this edit or on this cut I want to make this a little bit shorter zip this in a little bit and now we’re just going to kind of it’s a little fade to black and then it comes back and with this transition selected it will already have selected the control panel over on the left hand side and in here you’ll find all sorts of settings for these transitions and they vary depending on what transition you have selected fade to color obviously has a color to fade to so maybe I’m going to pop open this little color select and change this to red because why not let’s hit OK and now this fade to color will fade to red audio transitions work exactly the same way let me zoom out just a little bit because I’m fading out this previous clip here let me just select these keyframes and make you on the selection tool you can either move them around or hold down control and click on an existing keyframe will actually delete them again it’s going to leave the last two so we have some volume for these two Clips and return to the effects panel let’s come up collapse the video transitions and let’s expand the audio transitions and in hit from Express by default you just get the fade transition which will fade out one and then fade the other one in so again simply grab this and drag and drop this on a cut line between two audio clips and this will now fade across from one audio clip to the next now let’s have some fun and look at how we can apply video and audio effects to the clips in our timeline let’s return to the effects panel and besides the audio transitions and the video transitions in hitfilm express in the effects panel you will find a large number of different effects there’s categories for audio 360 video distortions Generations keying lifeless particles sharpening a whole bunch of different effects and all of these are available for free with hitfilm express if you do want more effects you can either purchase those additional add-on packs to add more effects into this list or you can upgrade to the pro version but if it’s just starting out there’s a whole ton of cool effects in here so let’s start playing with some of them let’s first pop open the color grading folder and maybe we’re going to use this hue color eyes effect first in order to apply any effect from this panel to a clip in your time man it’s just like with video transitions simply click and drag them across and you can now drop these funds because color grading affects our video effect so I can drop them on any video layer I want now I don’t want to drop this on the top layer here because that’s just my grunge image which right now isn’t even visible so instead I’m going to drag this onto this wall to clip and notice that my timeline indicators actually over this clip so this is exactly what we’re seeing in the preview window so let’s drop this effect onto this water garage clip and immediately in your preview window you will see this effect applied and everything’s kind of turned a little bit reddish over on the left hand side you will notice that your panels switched over to the controls panel where you can edit the properties and effects of your currently selected clip in the timeline and because we have this clip selected that we’ve applied the hue and colorize effect to under the effects tab in the controls panel you can now tweak all of these effects let’s expand this one here maybe we’ll lower the hue strength a little bit and again you can see this update immediately in your preview window I will push the saturation up a little bit I’m just going to change the hue angle just a little bit maybe we’re just going to tint this just a little bit greenish maybe a little bit less strength and again just feel free to tweak this in any way that you want if you have a clip selected that doesn’t have any effects so let’s select either the image above or the one on the left you’ll notice that there are no effects on this clip because again this will show you the controls for the currently selected clip or well the last selected one really so on this clip there’s nothing but if we re select this clip that we applied the hue colorize effect to again in your controls panel you can then see this effect and you can tweak its settings let’s apply another effect so let’s return to the effects panel its collapse this color grading let’s come down a little bit maybe let’s pop open the stylize folder and in here you can either cartoon eyes it embossing effect finding edges all sorts of cool stuff made what I’m going to do I’m going to go with the oil painting so again click and drag this effect onto the clip in your Tanner that you want apply it to again I’m going to apply to the same clip let go well it’s a little bit hard to see and if you do want to zoom in on your preview window simply scroll up on the mouse wheel and you can also simply right click and drag around to reposition this preview and you can see how everything kind of turned a little bit patchy like a bit of vector well like no oil painting let’s come into the controls panel which should already be selected expand the oil painting effect properties and in here you can adjust the radius so you can make it softer or more detailed just want a little bit maybe and again I can change the level so that’s the number of iterations over this oil painting the more you add the more detail this effect will be I’m just gonna go with roundabout ten but again I’m really just playing with these to show you how this works you can also disable these effects simply by ticking this little checkbox here or unchecking it so let’s disable the oil painting effect so that’s what the oil painting effect does and then the huge colorize just adds that little bit of greenish blue to it now in order to zoom out on improving you either scroll down on the mouse wheel or down here on the bottom right you can also use the zoom box here let’s just change this back to scale to fit so we can see our entire clip and now let’s quickly look at the audio effects and they work exactly the same way let’s return to the effects panel come up and let’s expand this folder for audio effects in here you will have a whole number of different effects for pitch shifting adding echoes reverbs balancing or reversing your audio all sorts of cool little effects that you can apply now obviously you can’t actually drag an audio effect onto a video track or a video clip in your timeline because they apply to the audio but you can drop these audio effects on any audio clip in your time language obviously does make sense let’s just drop it on this one here on the left hand side and again in the controls panel with this audio clip selected you can then expand the effect this one here doesn’t actually have any settings because it’s just reversing that particular audio clip but if under the effects for example we grab this echo effect and drop it onto our Walter Garage audio clip this one now has some effect settings that can change to delay the fall out number of echoes you can just play with these days a huge number of really cool effects available for free in hitfilm express that you can use to tweak both your video and your audio just to show you what that audio effect actually did let’s rewind till before the clip that we applied all of these audio effects to I’m actually going to mute my music track down here and you can do that simply by clicking on this little speaker icon so I’m going to mute my music track I’m just hearing my sound effects track because I’ve really this one here this particular clip with the effects let’s simply come to where they start and play back and that sounds pretty cool it’s really weird because it’s reversed and then we’ve got an echo and a delay on it so it’s a bit of a weird effect but just play and have some fun there’s a ton of cool stuff that you can do next the most likely thing that you want to do once you at this stage of the editing process is probably add some titles like text to appear at the beginning of the video to introduce the characters or at the end for credits so let’s look at how we can create and work with text in hitfilm express let’s zoom all the way back out and unselect all of our clips and you may notice that in the tool box for this editor timeline there aren’t actually any tools to create any text now to add text overlays into your project you have two options of course we can simply use an image for example right here we use this little grunge image to overlay onto our video let’s come back to the media panel open up this images folder and I have imported this text-overlay PNG which is a piece of text on a transparent backdrop obviously I can drag and drop that into my timeline so let’s select it and drag it into our timeline and I don’t think you want to drop it on an existing video track I’m going to pull it up and this is going to drag it and drop it in a new track so hit from Express will automatic trade a new video track for us let’s let go there’s video track number three and we now have this text element placed on top of our image with this layer selected you can click in the preview window and reposition this text elements maybe we’ll drag it down here to the bottom left let’s rewind a little bit and select all our layers and play this back and we now have this text element overlaid on to our video now there’s two issues with this approach for one this is just an image the text is baked in I can’t actually change it in hitfilm I’d have to go into Photoshop and modify the image and then update my image file to change this text secondly the only thing that I can animate in the editor timeline with in hitfilm express for a video layer is the opacity via this little line here I can come into the controls panel expand the clip properties I can change the blend mode or I can expand the transform and I can change the position property for example but I can’t animate these properties in here so I can’t have my text swipe in or move around or zoom in or do some of those more funky and cool motion graphic effects in order to create and work with text elements and animate them and create who motion graphics and more advanced visual effects hitfilm has the concept of a composite shot think of the composite shot as a container for visual elements that are stacked on top of each other kind of like what we did in this editor timeline but the editor time that is quite limited in how far you can push in you can’t actually animate in here so in order to create an actual text element and animate it we first need to create a composite shot for now let’s simply select this text overlay PNG layer press Delete on your keyboard to delete that let’s return to the media panel let me collapse all of my folders and now let’s create a new composite shot into which we can then add an animated text element in order to create a composite shot you can either come up to the top here and press new and then select composit shot or you can just right click into your media panels like new composite shot this is going to bring up the composite shot properties and first let’s give this a useful name I’m just going to call it title text then you can define the template every composite shot just like your main video has a resolution and a frame rate and a duration so I’m going to change my template over to 1080p at 24 frames per second duration let’s just leave this at 30 seconds and there’s a few other things you can tweak in here there’s a few advanced settings as well I’m not going to go into those they’re really well advanced and this is an absolute beginner to trial so don’t worry too much about those ones simply make sure you’ve given this a useful name and then hit OK this has created a new element in our media panel and this is our composite shot over on the right hand side you will also notice that your timeline changed and if you look at the top here you can see there’s now two tabs right now we in this title text composite shot and in here you have a new dedicated timeline for all of the elements that you add into this composite shot you can simply click back into your editor timeline at any point in time so this is our editor timeline and then you can click back into the title text composite shot if you’re in the main editor and you accidentally close your title text let’s close this by pressing on this little X here the way to get back into this is simply double-click on to the composite shot in your media panels let’s double click onto the title text and again let’s just going to pop it up again on the right hand side right now in this company’s chart we have absolutely nothing so all we have is a transparent background the great thing about composite shots are set in here you can create a large number of different layers and blend them all together apply all sorts of effects and animate everything in a pretty advanced way and again we’re not going to go all of that advanced I really just want to create an animated text element but just so you know that it is available up on the top in the title text composite shot you will find this button to create a new layer if you click this you have the option to create a plane which is a solid colored layer you can create text elements grading layers which apply any effect that you apply to that great layer to all of the layers it’s below it you can also create cameras lights and points which are placeholder objects so there’s a huge amount of things you can do in here we’re not going to touch on to too many even though we want to create some text so let’s not do any of that instead let’s look at the preview panel in the composite shot and over on the left hand side you will find a number of tools that we didn’t have available in our editor timeline there’s a selection tool a translate tool there’s now also a text tool and some tools for masking which again it’s a little bit more of an advanced topic not going to touch on that let’s simply click on to this text tool click into the preview window this is going to pop open the text properties and these ones aren’t that important we can tweak them on the fly simply hit OK and you want to make sure that this little text box that we’ve created is blue right now some selection didn’t quite work so let’s double click into this text box to make sure it’s nice and blue and then you can simply start typing some text now because we left this text layer at the default properties of 400 by 400 pixels the text is now getting wrapped and if you don’t want that you can simply click onto the bottom right corner of this text box and just drag that to rescale your text box you can also return to the selection tool and then you can drag and reposition your text and now we can finally make use of that little text panel in the bottom left hand side remember up here on the right hand side you’ll find this little text tap if you now select this text tab with this text layer selected and you come visit short you can actually make changes to this and this will affect your text however let’s click on this bar here and drag to the right and even though we’re changing our text size the text isn’t actually changing and that is because in order to change the actual properties of the text the text itself needs to be selected not just the text layer in order to do that let’s return to the text tool and let’s click and drag to highlight the text inside of our text box and now if we increase the size and maybe let’s change the color to red now we’re actually changing this text and because it’s wrapping again it’s going to click on to the bottom right corner just make this just a little bit bigger return to the selection tool and this position is down here and you can now strap through comes a shot and well nothing will animate because we haven’t added any animation to this text just yet now this step is important with the text layer selected let’s select the controls tab on the left hand side let’s expand the transform and this does look slightly different than what it did on the editor timeline for one you have to your ordering is a little bit different which I don’t understand why that is but each of these properties now has a big round hollow circle on the left hand side and this indicates that you can actually animate these properties in your composite shot make sure you at the very beginning and what we’re going to do is we’re going to have this text start out on the left hand side here off screen and slide into the screen and then vanish back off to the left in order to do that make sure you at the very beginning of you come to the shot come into the controls tab and in the transform properties for this text layer click on this hollow icon next to the position this is going to turn blue and a dot in the middle indicating that we now have keyframes enabled and at our current cursor position there is an actual keyframe on this property you can also see this in the layers for the composit shot you can expand the text layer expand the transform and in here you have this position property which again has this filled blood circle on the left hand side indicating it is animated and it has a keyframe and on the timeline itself you’ll find this little gray diamond which indicates there’s a keyframe on this property now at this point in time I don’t want my text to be visible I want to be off to the left hand side you can either drag this here in the preview window but because he may accidentally move it up or down let’s undo that with control Z I’m actually just going to change the x position and just drag this to the left to move the text all the way off the screen now let’s move forward to maybe about a second in and the time up here indicates I’m now at 1 second and 3 frames in on this comes a shot and note that while the hollow circle on the position is blue it doesn’t have a dot on the middle because right now at this position there is no keyframe but if we now click and drag on the x position and drag this to the right to bring our text back into the stream this will create a new keyframe at the current cursor position let me zoom in just a little bit so this becomes a little bit easier to see and now if you scrub back through you comes a shot you can see the text animate from off screen to on stream due to these keyframes let’s zoom back out just a little bit maybe we will go to about 5 seconds and then you can either copy and paste this keyframe to the current cursor location or at the top between these two arrows here you’ll find this little dotted circle and this is essentially toggling keyframes on/off so you can add or remove a keyframe at the current position I want to add one let’s move forward about a second and let’s again move this text off-screen to the left so now at the end the text moves off to the left again let’s rewind and simply press space to playback this composite shot cool that looks pretty good finally to make this look just a little bit nicer let’s enable motion blur on this moving element so just as a liberal of blur as the element comes in and out and it’ll just look a little bit more natural for that let’s collapse the layer because we’re done animating the position property and over on the right hand side you’ll find this little blurred ball kind of icon let’s take that to enable motion blur on this layer so now as the layer moves it gets this really nice motion blur let’s rewind and play this back by pressing space cool I’d say that looks pretty good so now how do we actually get this composite shot into our editor timeline so it actually sits on top of our video well let’s return to the media panel and it comes to chatas essentially just it’s just video right and like any other video that you have any project you can simply drag and drop it into your editor timeline so it’s simply click and drag this layer over into our editor timeline you can see it’s going to add a new video but you can also see at the bottom it actually has an audio track as well because when we created this composition we set to also have an audio track now you can disable that if you don’t want to but for now I’m not going to worry too much so simply going to drop this right in there so here’s my comms a shot what I might actually do because I know it doesn’t actually have anything in this audio track and this is kind of cluttering up my editor timeline with this clip selected simply right click select unlink and select everything and select only the audio track press delete to just delete that and I’m actually also going to right click on to this new audio 3 track and select to delete the track so it keeps my timeline just a little bit neater also once the text vanishes off the screen I know there’s nothing else at the end of this composite shot so let’s press C to select the slice tool click press V for the selection tool and select this end tale and to delete that again we just don’t need it I want to keep my channel nice and neat and let’s rewind and play back our water in the garage effect with a nice animated title coming in cool now it’s not quite ready for the Cannes Film Festival but hopefully this gives you a good idea of how to put together your video at transitions and effects and then add some animated titles to really spice up your final project the last thing we need to talk about is how to now export this project into an actual video file for that the first thing we need to look at is your in/out area let me zoom out some more and I have already adjusted this a little bit in your editor timeline you will see this highlighted gray area this defines your in/out area and you can actually click and drag these start and end points of this highlighted area to define the in and out points of your project when you export your video this is usually the area that you would export and if you were to export this now you’d essentially just export black video because there’s nothing here so you sense you want to make sure that this area starts right where your video starts and ends right where your video ends now because this doesn’t snap to the end let me just pull this over to the right hand side the easiest way to make sure that this in our area matches your contents is simply to right click and select set to contents this is going to snap the area to encompass just the content of your editor timeline thank you ready for export on the left hand side in your editor timeline and the very bottom we touched on this very briefly are two buttons the top one says to export contents which will actually automatically only export the areas of your timeline that contain video or audio material and below that you’ll find export in our area because we have set the in our area to be our contents both of these will do exactly the same right now let’s just press the top one and say export contents and hit film will add the editor timeline to your export queue you can now go to the export queue or you can continue editing because you can actually add multiple elements to the export queue just export them all at once however you really just have one thing to export so let’s simply click go to export to jump to the export cue the export queue is divided into two panels on the left hand side you have the actual queue this is a list of all of the items that you’re going to export from your project you can scroll over to the right-hand side you can find a progress indicator as well right now we haven’t started exporting this element just yet over on the right hand side you’ll find a list of presets that you can apply to the elements in your cube let’s come back to the left hand side of the cube in order to apply any of these presets to the elements in your export queue simply click and drag that preset and drop it onto the element in your export queue and this has now been changed to the Vimeo 1080p HD preset it shows you the duration of the clip that you go in to export so this is just good for sanity checking make sure you’re actually exporting the parts of your video that you do want to export over on the right-hand side you will find the output so you can simply click on that and select a place and a name for your file – export – let’s just call this tutorial mp4 safe and then at the bottom of the export queue you’ll find a little play icon saying start exporting press this button to start exporting all of the elements in your queue you can now see the progress going on and once this is 100% you will have exported your first project from hit from Express once that’s done simply navigate to the Explorer or finder window where you’ve exported your file to and you can now play this file back upload it to the internet or share it with friends and family coming back to the export queue you may think that the list of presets seems rather limited however you can simply right-click any of these presets and edit them you can also create new presets that you can customize in any way that you want for that either just right click into the preset or at the bottom you’ve got this new presets button then simply go create preset and you create a preset for an mp4 and the image sequence or an avi be careful with the a/v eyes they’re usually uncompressed and turned into huge files personally I prefer using mp4 mov s because I can use the h.264 compression so let’s create a new preset for an mp4 format in the export preset settings that gift is a useful name like I love hit film and then you can change anything about this preset like the resolution your aspect ratio of frame rates and most importantly probably the target and the max bitrate the higher you pump these values up the higher the output quality of your video will be but this will also make your file bigger so you may have to play with this to find nice balance between quality and size personally I usually leave these on roundabout 20 megabits per second and then you can also define how your audio is encoded it okay this will create a new preset in your presets list and you can then simply drag and drop that onto the element in your queue right now I can’t actually drop this on to this element because I have already exported my editor timeline but what I can do let’s let go come over to the left hand side right-click this element in the queue and say duplicate the task so this is going to create a new task to export the exact same editors Arnon be exported before but this one hasn’t actually been finished yet so it’s been renamed to tutorial 2 and you can call this whatever you want I’m actually fine with this it’s safe let’s drag the iLife hit from preset on to that let go and now if you hit start exporting this editor timeline is going to be exported with our custom I’ll of hitfilm preset now I do apologize for this horrendous ly long tutorial and do let me know down below whether you actually made it this far really curious to know who actually watches my videos all the way through also I am planning to make a follow-up video for this one to answer any questions that you may have anything you feel I didn’t cover properly or problems you’re having leave them down in the comment section down below I really wanted to create it to charl that explains all of the basics for hit from expresso you watch that one video and you know as much as you need to to get started and start create your own cool film projects but now my boss is starting to get pretty tired so let’s get to the outro and that’s all there is to it if you enjoyed this video please hit that like button if you new here please hit that subscribe button and as always if you do have any comments questions or suggestions just leave them down in the section below thank you very much for watching and until next time I will see you later

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