In this video, learn what to do if you have awkward or old video files.
- Most modern computers can handle video files pretty effectively, but occasionally you might run into some weird formats that don't perform very well, particularly if you're working with old archival footage. The good news is there's a free bit of software on both Mac and PC which can convert pretty much anything you throw at it into something more useful. It's called Handbrake, and you can download it from the website on the screen right now. Now, it has full documentation, but in terms of just the essentials of what you need to know, here's how you use it. After downloading and starting the software, drag the troublesome video file into the Handbrake interface.
This will set it as the source. You'll then want to check out the list of presets on the right and choose one that fits your needs. Aim for something which fits your intended resolution and frame rate. If you're in the US, for example, one of the 1080p 30 presets will be a good starting point. In the Destination field, you'll then need to specify what you want the newly converted video file to be called. After that, all you need to do is start the encode by hitting the Start button. Depending on the duration and format of the video file, you'll then need to let your computer do its thing for a while, so go grab a cup of tea, and by the time you get back, you should have a shiny new video ready to go.
- Getting started with HitFilm Express
- Setting up a camera and lighting
- Making a shooting checklist
- Shooting on a green screen
- Transferring from camera to computer
- Converting video formats
- Importing videos into HitFilm
- Using essential editing techniques
- Using multiple tracks
- Making color corrections
- Working with keyframes and composite shots
- Creating titles and lower-third captions
- Exporting and sharing video