Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Media editing and composites, part of HitFilm 3 Pro Essential Training.
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- As you create and build out your hit film project, you're going to be working in two different timelines. The editor timeline is going to be very similar to what you'd find on a standard video editor. It's where you can assemble, cut and trim your video and audio. But the composite timeline in the composite workspace is where the programs real power lies. Let's take a look here at the video editor and the composite editor and just some of the differences between these two editing workspace. So here, in the editor workspace, and by the way, I'm using the overall interface preset for the editor and you can get to that by going to the View menu on a Mac, selecting workspace, editing.
If you're on a PC, you'll find the option to use one of these preset workspaces by going to the little checkerboard here that's next to the redo and undo buttons at the top of the interface. In the editor workspace configuration, you'll see that you have a little trimmer here in the upper left panel, just as you would in any video editing program. And we can add a number of media clips here to the timeline. So, we can use video here. We can use audio. We can do music. We can add images or graphics or photographs to our timeline, just as we could in a standard editing timeline.
We can also add a number of effects to our clips on the timeline. So, for instance, I can go to color correction and I can add a color, say just simply brightness and contrast, to our clip and then, here in the control panel, I can control the brightness and contrast for the clip. But, I want you to notice something here in the editor and this is very, very significant. To the left of these controllers, you'll notice we have a little dot. We can't do key framing here in the editor.
Key framing is limited to a composite video. I'll show you what that means in just a minute. But, these little dots, you'll notice when we get over to the composite, you're gonna see circles, rather than dots, to the left of the controllers and these are so that you can do key framing, which is pretty significant in a composite workspace. Here in the composite workspace, we have a lot more power. We can work with 3D objects here, like this little UFO we have flying through here. We can create layers and layers of effect. We can create masks. We can do tracking.
We can do a number of things, and add a number of effects and create a number of three dimensional effects we will not be able to do in the editor workspace. These two workspaces are gonna be sort of talking back and forth to each other. I want you to know something very significant here also, just gonna select this gray layer, and we'll open up the effects. You'll notice that when I look at effects, that I have added in the composite area, to the left of every effect setting, I have a little circle, rather than a dot. That circle tells me that I can create key framing with it and key framing will vary the level of an effect or vary the position of a graphic that we've added to our video, so that we can track it or move it around in space or vary the level of the setting throughout the video and that's pretty significant if we're going to be creating special effects.
Once we've created a composite, these composites become mini movies. Go over to the media panel here and you'll see that my composite that I've created of that flying saucer, can be used then, as two dimensional media, on my timeline. So, the two, like I say, composite and the editor workspace do talk back and forth to each other. Although a number of the effects in hit film can be added directly to a video on the editor timeline, most of our higher level special effects are going to be created in the composite timeline or in the composite workspace.
On the composite timeline, we'll combine video, effects and even 3D models to create a virtual world, in which virtually anything can happen.
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