In this video, learn how to create a new video file from your HitFilm project.
- Thus far we've covered how to save your projects, but that means that it only exists inside HitFilm. It's not much use if you want to show it to other people. So this chapter is all about how to export your project to a new video file that anybody can watch on any computer. Here I have a sample project to use as an example. Hopefully you've got some projects of your own by this point to test out the export features of HitFilm. On the timeline, you'll find a couple of small film reel icons down at the bottom left.
Most of the time we'll use the top one, which is called Export Content. This will simply export everything that is on your timeline. The other button is for exporting a specific section of the timeline, which can be useful if you want to just do a small test. To define the section, you can move the play head to the start of the area you want, then press the Set In Point button on the viewer. Move the play head to the end of the area and click the Set Out Point button. This then defines the section to be exported. It's just like using the trimmer, which we covered earlier in the course.
This time around, I'm going to export the entire timeline, so I'll click the Export Content button. You'll see a message pop up that your timeline has been added to the export list. Because we want to export right away, click the Go to Export option. You'll be taken to HitFilm's export screen. Note that at the top of the HitFilm interface, there are several buttons which you can use to switch back and forth between the home, project, edit, and export screens whenever you want. The export screen is split into two columns.
On the left, you can see your list of timelines to export. If this is the first time you've exported anything, there'll just be the one item on the list. The thing to realize is that this hasn't exported yet. It's waiting for you to kick it off. On the right you can see a list of presets. You can use these to export your timeline to a variety of common formats. You can create your own presets, as well, but the default ones will probably do the job in most cases. To assign a present to an item in the export list, all you do is drag the preset from the right column over to the item in the list.
So if I want to export a video that is perfect for uploading to Vimeo, I'll just drag the Vimeo preset from here over to here. You can also select a preset by clicking on the preset menu in the item's information. I'll switch back to the YouTube 1080p HD preset. For most cases, the YouTube or Vimeo presets will work just fine even if that's not actually your final destination. Exporting to these formats won't actually upload your video to those platforms, so don't worry about accidentally broadcasting your video to the entire world.
The output column shows where your exported video file is going to be stored. If you want to change this, simply click it and select a new location and/or file name. When you're ready, hit the Start Exporting button down at the bottom of the screen. HitFilm will start processing the export list from the top, displaying its progress and making the best guess about how long it's going to take. Note that you can't go back to the edit screen during an export. If you want to carry on working, you can pause the export and then go back to the edit screen.
Bear in mind that any changes you make to the project won't be included in the export, as the exported video is representative of the timeline at the time you added it to the export list. Something which is really useful about the export system is that it's persistent across multiple projects. This means that you can open up several projects one by one and add them all to the export list. When you hit Start Exporting, HitFilm will go through all the projects and create new video files for each one. If you have lots of projects to export, you can queue them all up and begin the export at the end of your work day, or maybe at the start of your lunch hour, knowing that when you come back to the office, they'll all be done.
This is particularly useful if your work computer is perhaps not the fastest, most high-tech computer in the world. It means you don't have to clog up your system while you're trying to get on with other things. Remember that exporting a video is not the same as saving a project file. You should always save your project regularly, as well, as an exported video file doesn't include all of your timeline decisions and settings, so you can't go back and change stuff just based upon the exported video.
- 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