This video helps with finding your way around the HitFilm Express interface.
- [Lecturer] So by now you've got HitFilm installed and you've started your first project. This is great news, let's dig into the interface so that you can start to figure your way around. If you have any experience with other professional editing software, a lot of this will be quite familiar. If you're coming from something more basic then there will be some adjusting to do. And if you're completely new to this thing, don't worry, we're going to be going one step at a time. HitFilm's interface is split into numerous panels. Each panel contains something useful which will help you with your video editing.
So that I can demonstrate what everything does, I'm going to import a couple of videos that I shot earlier. I'll go into exactly how to do this in more detail later on but for now I'm just going to drag two video files from this folder and drop them into this panel down in the bottom left corner. This is called the media panel and it's where where all image, video, and audio files will be found. When you start a new project the panel of course will be empty. But by dropping the video files in you can see that they're now available for me to use in my project.
When I have a video selected it shows up in the trimmer panel here at the top. This is where you can pick out the good bits of a source video file before actually using them in your project. So I could decide to just use this middle portion. Again I'll go into detail on how and why to do this in the chapter Essential Editing Techniques. The big wide panel at the bottom here is called the editor timeline. Think of this like a map which shows where all of your different videos, images and bits and pieces will actually show up in your final video project.
Right now it's completely empty, so I'll drag one of the videos from the media panel and drop it into a blank area on the timeline. Note how we now have the video showing up in the viewer panel at the top right. Although this panel looks superficially similar to the trimmer, it actually performs a very different role. Whereas the trimmer on every previews a single clip from the media panel, the view shows your actual project. The entire contents of your timeline. To demonstrate I'm going to drag the other video onto the timeline as well and place it after the end of the first one.
If I press the Play button in the viewer, note how the vertical white bar in the timeline starts moving along from left to right. At the same time these numbers start moving in both the timeline and up on the view panel. This is because the timeline represents the edited project with time running from left to right. The while bar is call the play head and this identifies the frame that you're currently seeing in the viewer. Those are the essential panels you need to know for any kind of editing.
There are additional panels as you can see down here, next to the media panel. You can click on their names to view them and we'll take a close look at some of them later in this course. Note also that you can tweak and customize the interface to suit your preferences and screen layout. Panels can be re-sized by dragging on their edges, or you can even more entire panels to new locations. I'd recommended leaving them in their default positions until you've completed this course and feel comfortable with using HitFilm, as it will make it easier to follow along with what I'm doing in the videos.
In the next chapter we'll take a close look at how to import files into HitFilm.
- 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