Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Introduction to the interface, part of HitFilm 3 Pro Essential Training.
- HitFilm 3 Pro's interface is designed to make very efficient use of your monitor space, giving you easy access to its controls and settings, although I have to admit that it's optimized for a wide, high resolution monitor. I recommend using a monitor that's at least 1920x1080 or larger. I'm using a slightly lower resolution monitor to create this course, so you may notice that there are times when I'm gonna have to resize panels in order to access all of the settings for the program. You're gonna find in here a great library of pre-created effects.
And part of the fun in using HitFilm is combining these pre-created effects with your own custom-created effects. Now the HOME screen you see when you first launch the program, is a live link to HitFilm.com. Complete with, as you can see, along the bottom of the screen, some of its latest tutorials. On the right, you'll see a button that says View all. If you click on that, that will take you to the tutorial page at HitFilm.com, where they're constantly adding new, very high level tutorials quite often. And be sure to check out, over here on the left, underneath the Recent Projects, the Movie Wall.
Now the Movie Wall is created by users of the program from around the world. And you can see they post a lot of examples of work they've done with HitFilm. These can be very inspirational and very exciting to look at. You'll start your project in the PROJECT panel here, and it's fairly simple, fairly self-explanatory. It can even be based on the existing media that you're loading into the project. The EXPORT panel is also relatively simple. And we'll take a look at both these panels in greater detail later in the course.
The EDITING workspace is the real heart of the program. And the EDITING workspace is not really just one workspace, but several. If you have a Mac, you can go up here to the menu in the upper left of the screen. And if you go to the View menu, you'll find options here for various workspaces. On a PC, what you'll see is a little checkerboard, right next to the Redo and Undo buttons. Click on that, it accesses the same library of preset workspaces. And these workspaces can be set up for regular editing. And this looks a lot like a standard editing program.
It even has a little TRIMMER window on the left so that you can pre-trim your videos before you add them to the timeline. The emphasis in the EDITING workspace is on simply editing video and audio. Another one of the presets, is the Compositing workspace. And here the emphasis is on editing your composite video, or we can work with 3D objects, we can work with motion tracking, and we can work with a number of high-level effects. The workspace I usually work in and will be for most of this course, is the standard Classic workspace.
It gives me access to most of the panels that I regularly use when I create my video. In the center of the screen, is a list of effects. These are in various categories. You can see there's a number of preset effects, not only under the Presets menu, but also under Quick 3D. And I'll discuss in the course why they're in two different categories, and what you can do with them. You'll notice a number of effects, if you look really closely, to the lower-right of their icon, what looks like a little cube, that tells you these are three-dimensional effects.
So they could be used in the Composite editor, cannot be used in the Standard video editor. You'll also see a couple of might be indicated as being Layer only effects. And Layer only effects can only be used on a layer of media. I'll show you what that means a little later in the course too. And the real power house in this program, the Particle Simulator. This is at the heart of many of the high-level three-dimensional effects that are created. And here we can create effects from scratch.
And we're going to create a couple of effects from scratch here in the course. There are also tools in here for tracking your media, both in 2D and 3D. I'll explain what that means later in the course here too. There's also a tool in here for creating TEXT. Extruding text and creating three-dimensional text that we can rotate in three dimensions. In short, the HitFilm interface is relatively simple to navigate but surprisingly deep. With this program, we can do simple effects, or we can create entire 3D worlds, in creating computer-generated effects with real-world video footage.
You're gonna be amazed what you can do once you learn some of the basics of its effects and controls.
In this course Steve Grisetti shares the three ways HitFilm 3 Pro can be used: as a video editor, as a tool for adding 2D video effects to your movie, and as a compositing tool for creating amazing 3D and planar-tracking effects. Along the way, you'll look at how to draw from the program's exciting library of preset effects (including motion tracking and particle simulation), as well as how to build effects and animations from scratch. You'll use HitFilm to add muzzle blasts, rocket fire, phaser beams, and other explosive action effects to your movies. Steve also shows how to work with 3D models and incorporate them into videos—including simulating real-world depth and perspective with the free mocha HitFilm plugin.
- Adding and customizing 3D effects
- Keyframing animated effects
- Adding effects instantly with presets and Quick 3D
- Extruding and animating text
- Chroma keying
- Tracking and stabilizing video
- Animating 3D models
- Creating a space scene with advanced effects
- Planar tracking with mocha HitFilm
- Outputting and sharing your movie