Hitfilm Express 2019 FULL Tutorial For Beginners | Importing, Audio, Titles, Green Screen

Alright guys so this is gonna be an update to my previous his film Express tutorial which was for hit film for express accept this is gonna be for hitfilm express 2017 which is currently the latest version and I’m gonna show you guys all the basics that you need to know in order to start editing videos on hit film and I’m also gonna show you some stuff that I didn’t add in the previous hit film tutorial so there’s gonna be some new stuff in here so with that said let’s get started to get started with hit film you want to create a new project and to do that you want to go up here to the upper left where there’s a button that says a new just go ahead and click on the new button and that creates a new project so here you can adjust the project settings so for example the video resolution frame rate aspect ratio and then we have the audio sample rate and some rendering options to make things easier on yourself just go ahead and use some of these preset templates here they have a lot of options ready to go so for example if you’re making Instagram videos those are gonna have a completely different resolution and aspect ratio than HD or Full HD videos and then there’s options for everything in between you know 720p – up to 4k footage so there’s a lot to choose from here but I’m gonna go ahead and choose 1080p full-hd at 30 frames per second and I don’t really need to adjust anything else so I’m just going to click on start anything now that we’ve created our project we want to actually make some folders to help us organize the content that we’re going to be importing into the project so to do that just go down here to the lower left where it says new folder just click on that button and then just enter a label so for example audio that’s just like a basic set up usually add a couple more folders but this is a good basic setup to start off with next up we’re gonna import the files that we want to bring into the project so there’s two ways you can do this you can do it either by pressing the import button here and then browsing over to the folder where your files are and bring them in that way but you can also use your file browser and open up the folder where the files are and then you can just drag them over into the into the project and into the folders so we’re gonna go ahead with the video clips here first and just highlight them and then drag them over into the video folder and if you don’t want to see these previews here then you can press this little button here which turns it into the list mode so that way they only have like the icons for the basic you know file type alright so heat film is basically a nonlinear video editor which means that it has a timeline here which is the editor here and the timeline can have multiple video and audio tracks so you can kind of layer footage on top of each other and then kind of create this masterpiece at the end of it and the way you create new tracks here is simply by right-clicking here somewhere and then click on insert track and there we go and you can also remove the tracks by clicking the track and select delete track or then you can also rename it if you want but we’re just gonna add one more video track here and then just a couple audio tracks it’s fairly straightforward so one more thing I forgot to mention about the timeline when I first recorded this part of the tutorial is that you can mute and hide the parts of the timeline so let me just show you so I’m gonna drag this intro clip in here and if I now you know scroll through the clip using the the timeline ruler thing here then it’s gonna actually playback the video or parts of the video and parts of the audio so let me just show you and that can get pretty annoying if it’s like music or something like that when you’re scrolling through and you don’t want to hear the audio all the time so what you can do is you can you can see these blue icons next to the audio and video tracks the for video it’s like it looks like an eye and here it looks like a loudspeaker so you just click on those and then that’ll disable you know the audio or the video so let’s just scroll here as you can hear it’s not playing back the audio and one more thing I forgot to mention about the timeline is the zooming so as you can see I’m pretty zoomed out right now and if I want to zoom in on the timeline then I’m gonna go here down to the lower left of the timeline and here’s this little ruler thing and there’s this little block white block here on the left so you just go ahead and click left click on that hold and then drag to the right to zoom in and drag to the left to zoom out so to get started we’re gonna add some stuff into the timeline and we’re gonna start off with this intro clip here and it’s gonna click left click hold and drag it into the timeline and there we go and then I’m going to add this test image as well and next up we’re gonna add the test footage there we go so as you can see it’s pretty simple to add stuff to the timeline you just left click hold and drag it to the track that you want to have it on and that’s pretty much it now we’re gonna take a look at some of the timeline tools that you can use to edit your footage so to start off the default tool is the Select tool you can see all the timeline tools here on the left side of the timeline is in this little bar thing here so the default tool is the selection tool which you can also access through the hotkey V and basically with the selection tool you can select stuff in the timeline and then you can also right-click it and can use some of these options that are here and then you can also left click hold and drag to move them around in the timeline and yeah that’s pretty much it that’s pretty much what you use the selection tool for then another important tool is the slice tool which looks kind of like a razor blade here you can click that from the menu here or you can press C to access it as well and what basically what the that what the slice tool does is that it just slices or cuts parts of the video and audio clips or images in the timeline so let’s for example just cut here however if you want to cut if you want to edit the video and audio separately as you can see these are now when you when you import a video clip usually the video and audio are like linked together so they don’t move independently unless you tell them to so and it’s gonna press ctrl Z to go back here to the sort of the video is not cut anywhere there we go so now I’m going to go back to the selection tool press V and then select the clip here and right click and then click on unlink and now as you can see the video and audio clips move independently of each other and you can kind of edit them edit them separately and then there’s a third tool which is also an important tool and that’s the the trimming tool and you can you can use it by just going to the Select tool so I’m pressing V and then go to the edge of either like a video clip or an image or an audio clip or whatever and then you just want to when it the cursor turns kind of into this bracket looking thing that’s when you left click hold and drag so that means you can then like adjust the size of the clip and obviously with audio and video clips this is limited by how much footage there actually is however with image files you can just extend them as much as you want because it just basically copies the image to a new frame each time so it’s pretty pretty useful that way let’s cut this clip a little bit and remove some stuff and kind of trim it a little bit and see what we end up with so first off we want to disable the audio because I don’t want to have that playing when I’m scrolling through it so I have a spot here that I want to start off at roughly there so I’m just gonna select the slice tool clicking see and then I’m gonna select the Select tool again by clicking our pressing V and then there’s select that clip and press Delete and now as you can see I have this little gap here between the the video of the test footage here and the intro and that image file so what you can do to delete that is just right click here and then select ripple delete gap and that basically deletes the empty space there and joins the clips and I want to just make this kind of a short clip so I’m gonna select another spot here to cut at about one minute so let’s cut that and let’s delete that next up we’re going to look at resizing cropping and doing that kind of stuff to your images and video clips in the timeline and to start off we have the test image here which as you can see is a bit smaller than the project settings so the background here is at the moment transparent or checkered or transparent whatever you want to call it and if I were to export right now then it would become black so I want to basically expand this image across the entire viewer here and there’s a couple ways I can do that so the first way would be to just select the image and then you can see these little corners here they have kind of this white circle so you can just click on that left click left click hold and drag but right now the aspect ratio is not preserved I may want to preserve it so if I want to do that then just I just want to hold shift click and expand and then another way to do this is by just right-clicking the image here and go to transform and then fit to frame and that way it’ll expand it to the cover the entire frame and then the third way to do this is just select the the image or a video clip and go to the controls menu here the tab menu and select transform or expand transform and here you can see a number of options like position you can adjust the position and you can adjust the height or whatever and you know the rotation and also the opacity but then there’s also scale so here it’s right now it’s so that the aspect ratio is preserved but if you want to disable that then you can click on this little infinity kind of symbol here or I don’t exactly know what it is but it’s blue right now so that means it’s enabled so you just disable it by clicking it and now you can independently you know resize the height and the width and yeah so for this one I’m just going to fit it to frame and then we have our video clip here you can see that it has these black black blocks here on the side which look pretty ugly so I want to remove those and I’m just gonna go here to transform and then I’m going to disable this aspect ratio thing and then I’m just going to expand the sides like so now we’re going to look at cropping which can be pretty useful if you want to pull out some specific parts of some footage or if you want to censor something or whatever so let’s just take a quick look at it and to start off we’re gonna select this image here or this video clip and then we’re just gonna right click and select copy and then we’re gonna move the cursor a bit here and so it’s paste here and just drag it back a bit and next up for this new clip we’re gonna right-click it and select make composite shot and here we’re gonna just type in a new name for its sensor test and click on OK alright so what if I want to for example sensor like this little map area here let’s just select the clip here from the sensor test composite this is kind of a layer in the composite now so what I want to do right now is select this rectangular mask from the menu here and then I’m just gonna highlight this little area here like so and then I can add some effects I’m gonna go to the effects menu here for example blurs let’s add a blur this was regular blur as you can see now you can see anything clearly there on the map or the team list or squad list so let’s just go back to the editor alright so now we’re going to pull this clip on top of the original one here and I’m just gonna first unlink the audio because we don’t need two audio clips here there we go and as you can see now this little area here is blurred out for the entire clip so yeah that can be pretty useful all right so now we’re going to take a look at transition effects and also opacity and how you can reduce opacity gradually to kind of mimic a transition effect so first off let’s go to the effects menu here and let’s scroll down you have may have to scroll down a little bit until you see transitions of video now here we have a number of transition effects like for example push let’s just check out push here there we go and then we have a my favorite and the one I probably use most is fade to color which is basically just a basic fade fade effect but for this little image here where you can actually gradually fade it out using the opacity effect so what you want to do is just select the image and then go to the controls tab here and select transform now when you go down here the opacity you can see that opacity has like the circle here and these don’t have circles so you can’t adjust them in here you can’t like animate anything in here with them but with opacity you can so what you want to do is where the point where you want to start to fade out you want to click on the ring here and that will create a keyframe so now it’s at a hundred percent at this point but then I’m gonna move the ruler here to towards the end there and then I’m gonna just scroll this down to zero so as you can see now it kind of slopes down here and gradually dims out but then this start cut starts kind of suddenly so I also want to add a fade to color here but I want to kind of tilt it towards the this towards the right so let’s just check this out there we go that looks pretty good and now we’re gonna take a bit of a closer look at audio clips audio tracks and how you can kind of adjust the volume and make them fade in and fade out and do that kind of stuff so to start off with let’s just drag in this mute test music mp3 file and I know roughly where to cut it so I’m just going to mute the audio here and let’s just cut it at about fifty fifty seconds yeah that’s a good spot and let’s delete this this portion and let’s didn’t drag it to about there and let’s zoom in here a bit cos and know roughly where I want to want to delete it or want to cut it and it’s up there so let’s zoom out a bit all right so let’s quickly listen to the beginning of this song here and it’s on your audio it’s a bit too loud there it’s not not very easy on the ears so let’s just select the clip and then go to the controls tab and then go to properties just expand properties and you can see one option here which is called level which is basically the volume so if you want to increase the volume then you drag to the right if you want to decrease then you drag to the left pretty simple so I want to put it at about 10 or 11 decibels let’s just listen to it yeah that’s a bit more tolerable of a volume a bit easier on the ears and next thing that we want to do is kind of make it fade in so there’s two ways to do this you can do it like we did with the opacity one or the opposite of that actually so we’re gonna I’m gonna mute the audio here for a bit and we’re gonna put in a keyframe by just pressing on the circle here on the level circle and now we have a keyframe where it says that it’s gonna be at minus ten decibels and then we just scroll over to the beginning and we insert another keyframe just by dragging this and adjusting the volume down at about thirty five and now we have another keyframe you can see that it kind of slopes up here and we’re just gonna unmute the audio there and let’s just listen quickly and there you can see it now it starts to fade in but let’s let’s just delete the keyframes all together here and there’s another way you can do this and that’s by using the fade effect so let’s go to effects effects tab here and you may have to scroll down to transition audio and an expert expand that folder and here’s the fade effect so it’s just dragging that in here and we already have the volume lowered here for the entire clip but now in the beginning we have a fade effect so let’s just see how that works as you can see now that’s a bit of a shorter fade in so if you want to expand that you can just go to the edge of this transition effect and you can see the arrow turning into a bracket like it does with the you know video app video and audio clips and whatever so you just left-click there and drag until where you want it to be at full volume so for example there and there that’s much better and let’s still add one fade effect here at the end as well next up we’re going to take a look at titles and text and that kind of stuff and with hitfilm you always have to add this into a composite shot so let’s create a composite shot to start off alright so just click on new here on the left and then select composite shot and then just enter a title for it for example main title and let’s just adjust the duration to ten seconds and the size is okay let’s click on OK alright and now we’re in the composite editor so we have the this one here and then here we have the editor for the main title composite so here you just want to right-click and select a new layer and select text and you can kind of adjust the size of this to whatever you want but I’m just gonna put it at one thousand two three hundred that should be okay that’s about that size so let’s just add some text in here now so you can either click the text tool here on the composite viewer toolbar thingy or you can press the T while you have this area selected so then you just click in here and let’s just type something like for example but battlefield 3 test video all right and then we can highlight all of this by for example pressing ctrl a and we can go down here to the tab menu here and go all the way to the right and then there’s a tab called text and here you can adjust the font I’m going to put Arial black and you can adjust the color if you need to and a bunch of other stuff here and I’m just gonna adjust the size a bit bigger and let’s just put these on different rows and then we’re also going to adjust the paragraph to Center them then we can adjust the size even bigger there we go so now let’s go back to the editor and let’s go back to the media tab and right here we have the main title composite so let’s just move it in here and as you can see composites also have this audio track which is pretty useless if there’s no audio but yeah you have to unlink unlink it and delete it there’s no audio there so okay alright so we’re gonna now take a quick look at how you can animate an image slightly so basically I want to make this image here kind of zoom in a little bit as it’s kind of fading out or whatever so we’re just gonna click on it in the timeline and then right click and select make composite shot and then I’m just gonna rename it to main image composite click on OK and here we have the image so basically I’m going to expand it from here and expand transform as well and as you can see now everything has a circle here so you can create keyframes for everything so I want to create some keyframes for a scale and yep so let’s see let’s uh let’s actually make it reduce in size and let’s have it right there and then towards the end it’s gonna be at 100 and this is gonna be at zero so now you can kind of see it reduce in size there so let’s just take a look at it in the editor there you can see now it’s kind of reducing and the principle is the same you can also you can also make it you know move around and rotate or whatever and use keyframes to kind of make make a simple animation so now we’re going to look at how you can use green screens in hitfilm and it’s pretty simple I’ve downloaded this green screen effect from from YouTube and let’s just add it into the project and as you can see now it has the green background here and let’s just quickly play this now and it’s that meme that’s meme of that guy I don’t remember his name but anyway it’s quite funny so I’m just gonna disable audio here for a bit and yeah to remove the green background what you can do is go to effects and here there’s a folder called keying and you want to select one of these keying effects I’m gonna select hue and RGB key and then just drag it over to the clip and then hearing controls you can see under effects the hue and RGB key effect which you want to then expand so first off we’re gonna go ahead and select the color here so you want to use the color picker I just left click that hold and drag and select the color here there we go and as you can see and now it’s removing some stuff that we don’t want to remove and it’s creating these like small holes and gaps and whatever so we want to play around with the settings a bit we want to instead of having match colors by hue we want to have matched colours by RGB but now you can see this little border area here which we don’t want either so we want to increase the tolerance a bit and you can see the border kind of fading fading away but if we do too much then you know it starts starts to chip away at the actual image so we’re gonna have it just right which is about here about 43% or something like that for this particular green screen and then we want to maybe change the edge softness to about 37 at tolerance 37 and edge softness at 8 that’s pretty good so let’s go ahead and play the clip again there we go that seems pretty good to me you can still play around with it the bit but that’s basically how you do it that’s basically how you make a green screen work in hitfilm all right now we’ve done a fair amount of editing so it’s probably time to save the project so that we don’t lose all of our progress so that’s pretty easy to do you can just click on here where it says untitled project if you if you’ve just made it then just click on that and just select a spot where you want to save it so I’m just going to type in test here test project and that’s it so I went ahead and finished up this little project by adding an outro and on YouTube basically all that you need is kind of an outro template or you may not even need nap just like a blank image even is good but then I also added an outro some outro music some background music so let’s just listen to it and that’s pretty much it now this project is ready to be exported so basically what you want to do is you want to go down here on the lower left of the timeline there’s a slow button here on the corner that says export content so you just want to click on that and then this loop thing will pop up just click on go to export and here you can adjust the exporting settings for example here on the on the right you can find a number of preset options so for example for this one I would want to have YouTube 1080p HD but yeah basically this one has a 720p preset right now but I’m gonna just switch it so I’m gonna click here and I’m gonna select YouTube 1080p and the next thing is the output so you can click here and then you can browse to wherever you want to save your project and it’s gonna change the name here battlefield 3 test video and just click on save and once you’re done with all the settings and add output location and so on and so forth just go down here to where it says start exporting and obviously you just click that and as you can see now it’s starting you can see the progress here and here you can see the remaining time and how much has elapsed and that’s pretty much it I mean there’s not much more to add here all right so if you have any questions leave them in the comments below and please remember to like this video and subscribe for more and if you have any videos video requests you can add them there as well and yeah that’s it for that’s it for this one I’ll see you guys again in the next video

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