In this video, learn how to bring your media files into HitFilm Express.
- [Instructor] When you start a new project in HitFilm, or indeed any video editor, you'll initially be faced with a completely empty timeline and media panel. That means that the first thing you'll be doing is bringing in your media, which includes all video, audio, and image files related to the project. There are multiple ways to import files into HitFilm. You can click the Import button to navigate around your computer's folder structure to find the files. You can choose the same option by right-clicking anywhere in the media list and choosing Import Media.
After selecting the files you want, you can simply click Open, and they'll be imported into the media panel. If you already have a folder open on your screen containing the files, sometimes a more convenient way to import them is to simply drag them from that folder window onto the media panel. There are other advanced import options that you can access by clicking the arrow next to the button, but you won't be needing to use those during this course. Once a file is in your media panel, you can use it as many times as you want in your project.
The same video, or even different parts of the same video, can be added to the timeline in different locations. A really important thing to understand is that whatever you do to your media inside HitFilm, you'll never change the source file on your computer. The changes all occur inside HitFilm, and will never change, edit, rename, or delete the original file. This is the key advantage to editing digitally on a computer. You have complete creative freedom to try all sorts of crazy things without ever risking any of your source material.
However, you do need to make sure you look after those source files. If you delete or move them, HitFilm won't be able to use them anymore in your projects. If you ever want to transfer your entire project to a different computer, or backup or archive the whole thing, do make sure you include all of the media files, as well as the project file. In this example, I've only imported a handful of clips. In the next chapter, we'll see what happens when you've got a very busy media panel.
- 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