How to create a freeze frame effect | HitFilm Express

In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a freeze-frame effect in both hitfilm Pro and Express here we are in a new project with the footage already imported let’s right-click the video file in the media panel and select make composite shot drag the playhead to when Ali first leans up against the tree come up to the viewer window and under options select export frame this will take a still image of the current scene I’ll name it freeze one and save it onto my computer now open your Windows Explorer or finder and import the image by dragging it into the media panel bring it down into the timeline switch over to the slice tool and make a cut where your playhead currently is change back to the select tool and delete the layer from that point forward this makes sure that the freeze will end when your actor catches up with it click the freeze one layer and come up to the freehand mask tool zoom in if you need to by scrolling the mouse wheel and draw a shape around your actor if you click and drag on a point it’ll turn into a curve which can result in a smooth of shape the mask for this does have to be pretty exact so take your time and save often once you’ve come back all the way around click the first point you drew to close the mask drop down the mask properties shape and adjust the feathering and expansion to fine-tune the mask playing it back you’ll see that oli has been cut out but he doesn’t follow the motion of the camera the next step is to motion track your footage for a full tutorial on this si axles video through the card on screen let’s start by creating a point layer this will hold the tracking data I’ll name it tree track select the footage layer and in the controls panel click the plus icon next to tracks to begin I’ll place the first tracking point down here on the tree close enough to ollie that it should be accurate for his position but it won’t be affected by the shadow that he makes in the track controls change the type to double points so that the rotation of the camera can be tracked as well place this one down on the ground near his feet now track backwards when it’s done change the layer to the tree track point and checkmark rotation hit apply to attach the tracking data to the tree point come back up to the viewer window and make sure your playhead is where you took the screen capture parent the freeze one layer to the tree track you now should have a cutout of Olli that is motion track to the shot which disappears when he steps into it the process for the next two freeze frames is exactly the same I’ll go over it again real quick first find the frame you want to freeze export the frame and bring it back into hit film cut off the end so that it doesn’t continue select the layer and mask it out create a new point and motion track the footage near where the freeze is happening in the case of this footage it’s important that you don’t use the same tracking point for every freeze frame because Olli is at different distances from the camera throughout the shot the movement of a spot farther away won’t match the movement of one closer to the camera once you’ve tracked the motion and applied it to the point parent the freeze frame layer to it I did this process once again for the final freeze when oli is standing next to the hare but for now I’ll just leave it there leave any questions down below and check out our mocha tutorial for a similar more advanced freeze frame tutorial

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