How to create lower thirds | HitFilm Express

Hey everyone Zubair here for hitfilm today I’ll be showing you a couple of useful techniques for creating lower thirds these are the things that you need to know if you want to make your own all but one of these techniques work in both hitfilm Pro and Express so let’s get started the first thing I’ll show you has to do with animation lower thirds sometimes have a solid bar behind the name or title and they usually come in from one side left to right or top to bottom we’ll start with a regular plain with a fill color effect I recommend using fill instead of coloring the actual plain so that you can reuse the plane itself and keep your media bin clean now if you try to resize the layer it’ll scale from the center in this case that’s not what we want and you’ll have the same problem if you try to draw a mask and keyframe that so we’re going to adjust the anchor point which is currently in the center of the frame come into the controls panel and select the x-value and slide it until it’s on the left of the plane if you want it to be pixel perfect take the width of your layer and divide by 2 you can see that the plane now rotates and scales differently unlink the scale property so that you’re able to adjust the value separately and shrink the Y percent to your desired height if I adjust the x-value the plane will shrink in a manner similar to a loading bar I can keyframe this to start at zero and end at a length I choose I’ll set the keyframes to smooth for now but I highly recommend that you learn and get comfortable with the value graph the keyframes default to linear and that shouldn’t ever really be used if you’re looking for smooth motion click the card on screen to learn more about it if you wanted to change this so that it comes in from the top all you have to do is reset the anchor point and position move the anchor to the top and in this case it should be at keyframe the y-scale instead of the X and you’re done to add some more character to your animations you can create a bounce effect pretty easily once you have the movement and timing applied double-click on the last keyframe to move your playhead to it scoot it over a couple of frames maybe two or three copy and paste the keyframe then extend the one you’re currently sitting on to a little bit past wherever it is this will create the bounce effect and can be used on pretty much any attribute like position or rotation to add some more movement the next thing you might want to do in your lower thirds is have the text cut out of a plane or image I’ll use the example from earlier just with a background picture so that you can see through it let’s create a text layer select the text tool click inside the box and type the name all of the font and size controls can be found in the text panel the color doesn’t matter here I’m changing it for visibility once it’s positioned hide the layer from view add the set matte effect onto the plane later under source layer select the text and choose subtract for the blend the white plain layer is using the Alpha channel from the text to subtract a piece out of itself now the set mat effect has numerous uses this is just one of them let’s remove that from the plain layer and turn back on the text currently the text is visible even before the plane is animated add the set matte effect to the text set the source layer to the plain and the blend to subtract this time I have to checkmark invert for it to work properly the text is using the Alpha channel of the plane to decide when it will be shown on screen one more use for this effect and then we’ll move on delete the plain layer and the set map from the text hide the text and add set match of the picture background set the source layer to the text and it now should show through the set Matt effect is incredibly useful and well worth the effort to learn how it works you might want to include an image inside of your lower third the next thing I’ll show you is how to make it easily changeable in the future by using a composite shot if I wanted to add a picture of myself to this lower third here I could drag in the JPEG from the media panel and then animate the layer as needed but if at any point in the future I wanted to change this image I would have to either completely redo the animation or copy and paste each attribute and effect instead create a new composite shot that matches the dimensions of your image then I’ll drop my picture into that back in the main comp I’ll animate the composite shot instead which holds the picture inside of it it looks exactly the same but once I’m done animating I can easily swap out the image for something else the picture will be replaced and the animation will remain since it was done on the actual composite shot this technique of creating a placeholder is essential if you ever want to make a hit film animation template that takes in a user’s pictures or videos and the last thing I’ll show you today is how to create moving lines we’re going to be using the neon path effect so this is pro only and it does have to be version 5 or later here is the lower third we use for our videos we have two lines are going the outside I’ll delete them and start over create a new plane if you don’t have one already and grab one of the masking tools it doesn’t have to be a perfect shape it can be free hand or even left open and it will still work in this case I want a rectangle drop the neon path effect onto this layer and in the controls change the blend to none shut off the inner glow so that it’s just a white line in the path settings change the start width to match the end with now lower the extension to as short as you like to make it move I’ll keyframe the evolution and extension evolution determines the position of the line on the mask I’ll have it make a full circle or two you once that’s done I can copy and paste the whole layer and scale it up then I’ll change both the evolution and extension properties to be different from the first this just adds more detail to the lower third that’s it for today be sure to check out the January sale which is still going on for 15% off storewide this includes things like hip film pro and any express add-ons let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to subscribe you

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