Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video An intro to editing in HitFilm Express: Part 2, part of Making Video 2: Teach Something.
- [Instructor] Now that we have a basic understanding of the editing interface in HitFilm Express, let's learn more about the editing tools. Right now, I just have one clip in my timeline which I edited in the last movie, so if you're starting here go ahead and watch the previous movie and edit the clip in the timeline yourself. One thing that I did do was I sort of zoomed in on the shot to show you exactly how to do that within the viewer. I'm going to return this to the default values because that's where I want to start out in this sequence. It's very easy to do that, I'm just going to right-click on the shot in the editor, and then go to Transform, and Fit to Frame.
So now I have Jean-Michel out at the default values for this particular shot, and he is dipping the ganache balls in the chocolate and putting them on the tray. And what I would like to do is edit to another shot where he's doing the same action. Okay, so let's go ahead and find that shot. I'm going to go over to my media window, and give myself a little more room here, and I have a dipping chocolate long shot, and a dipping chocolate medium shot.
So let's cut to that medium shot. I'm going to just single click and it loads in the trimmer, and you can see here that he's doing the same action, but we don't see the tray. We're really more focused on him. Now, let's see what he is doing at the end of the shot. He's putting it down on the tray. If I want to make sure that my playhead is at the very end of this shot, I use my page down key. If you're on a laptop, that could be Function + Down Arrow. Okay, so now I'm at the very end of this shot and I'm ready to edit this shot right after it.
Page up, by the way, goes back in edit, and page down goes forward. Okay, so let's find a moment that we would like to edit in, let's see, he's reaching down like so, so I've identified the part where I want the shot to start. I'm going to mark an in, and I'll mark an out here. And if I drag and drop, you can see I'm able to edit right in after the first shot. By default, snapping is on, okay, so you can see that it sort of magnetizes to this edit, and if I let go, you can see that it goes from one shot to the next.
I'll go ahead and press space bar. Okay, so that looks fine. I'm going to undo that, Command + Z or Control + Z on a PC. This time, I'm going to do that same thing, but I'm going to disable snapping. Snapping is down here, keyboard shortcut Shift + S, so if I turn that off and then I drag this down to the timeline, you can see that it doesn't magnetize to the edit. All right, so if you want to turn off that snapping behavior, that's how you do that, okay? I'm going to undo that, because what I actually want to do is start using the keyboard shortcuts for editing.
I'm going to go to the end of this clip, so I'll press page down, and now I have my shot marked, and I'm going to start looking at these commands right here. We have Insert Clip, keyboard shortcut B, and I have Overlay Clip, keyboard shortcut N. So let's just start with the insert edit. I'm going to just select the shot and press B. You can see that it was edited right down here on the timeline at my playhead location. Okay, I'm going to undo that, Command + Z, and I want to show you what happens when you insert a shot and the playhead is not at an edit point, for example.
Go ahead and just put it right in the middle of the shot here, and I'll press B, and you can see that it sort of split this clip in two, and inserted the shot in the middle. And sometimes this is exactly what you want to do, but not what I want to do here, so I'll undo, and we'll page down and press B, and we've made our edit. All right, so let's go ahead and make another edit. I'm going to go to the closeup now, and I'll load this, and let's see.
I'm going to mark an in here, and an out here, and let's press Page Down, and I'll select the clip and press B. All right so, I'm going to just watch these three clips right in a row, just see if it looks okay. All right, so I might do a little bit of tweaking there, but in general I'm happy with it. I'm going to page down, I'll go back to my long shot, and let's just move downstream a little bit, I'll mark an in by pressing I, go forward with L, and I'll mark an out by pressing O.
And let's press B once again. All right, so you can continue to insert edit in this way all day long, but I do want to show you how to perform an overlay edit and why you would want to do that. So, let's see, I want to just Command + Minus a few times, to zoom out, and we have Jean-Michel in the long shot, and then we go to the medium shot, and go to the closeup, and then back to the long shot. So let's say that we actually want to start in the closeup but I don't want to change anything about these shots.
If I load the closeup and I mark an in and an out around this portion, and I go to the very beginning, and I performed an insert edit, I'll press B, you can see that it inserts itself and everything moves down. I'm going to undo, Command + Z. Instead what I want to do is do an overlay edit, corresponds to this onscreen key here or the N key, and watch how this is different. All right, so I'll select the shot and press N, and you can see that instead of all of these clips moving down to accommodate this edit, this was overlaid or overwritten right in this location and everything else stayed where it was.
All right, so if you use the keyboard like this, great. If you prefer to drag and drop, I just want to describe how insert and overlay work when you do that. I'm going to mark a larger section so this is easier to see and if I just simply drag and drop right on the timeline, this by default is an overlay edit. Okay, so you can see that it was overlaid, everything else stayed where it was. I'll undo, Command + Z. If instead, I Shift + Drag down to the timeline and then release, you can see that that is an insert edit.
All right, so if you want to perform an insert edit with dragging and dropping, just hold down that shift key. And I'll undo that. Okay, I'm going to start adding a few more things into the sequence, but before I do, I just want to talk a little bit about removing things from the sequence. There are a number of ways that you can either delete or trim away material, and I want to go through some of those now. First, if you just want to delete a clip and leave a gap, just simply select it and then press the Delete key. I'll undo that, Command + Z.
If you want to close the gap, which is called a ripple delete, then you press Option or Alt + Delete. And this is the forward delete key on a Mac. So if you're on a laptop, you'll just need to press Function + Option + Delete. So I'm going to press Option and then Forward Delete. And I performed a ripple delete, which means that I closed that gap. Let me undo that. Now if I would like to trim away some frames, all right, I'm going to just zoom in here, Command + Plus, and let's say that I want this shot to be shorter.
Well, if I select the edge of the shot and then drag in, you can see that I'm shortening the shot. However, it did leave a gap behind. Let me undo that, Command + Z. If you would like to shorten the shot and not leave a gap, then you'll perform a ripple edit, and it is this onscreen button right here, or the R key. Okay, so I just press R, and then drag the shot in, and you can see that there's no gap. And you can see here that I've switched tools, and I want to go back to just my general editing tool, which is up here called the Selection Tool.
So anytime I access one of these other tools and I'm done with it, I just press V to get my Selection Tool back, and now I have just my general Selection Tool behavior again. Now, if I want to move clips around, again with the Selection Tool, I just simply click on a clip and then drag. If you want to move multiple clips at once not a problem, you just select clips that you would like to move. I'll go ahead and select everything but the first shot there, and then move everything over like that.
If you ever have a gap on your timeline that you'd like to close up, you can right-click, and then ripple delete gap, and it's gone. All right, so those are various ways of removing material, either entire shots or trimming. Occasionally, you will need to remove just a portion of a shot that is not at the beginning or the end of a clip, and to do that you'll want to use the Slice tool. That's over here in this tool palette, or the C key. So when I press C, you can see that I cut clips up.
And if I wanted to remove this portion in the middle, then again I would switch back to my Selection tool, V, all right, and then we know numerous ways of getting rid of that. I can either delete, or I can ripple delete, that's Option or Alt + Forward Delete. I can move it around like so, all right, so lots of different options of editing in the timeline. Now, I've sort of cut this up and I didn't mean to, so I'm going to undo back to before I made those slices, and now let's move on.
All right, I'm going to go ahead and load my interview shot, so I'll go into Interview and single click here. And here I have Jean-Michel describing the process of making these avocado truffles. And all of the B roll that I have here goes with the entire process that he's talking about. Now, all we have right now is him rolling the truffles in chocolate, and I happen to know that the part where he talks about that is about 48 seconds.
So right now we're at nine seconds. I'm going to go to about 48 seconds, and let's just take a listen. - Roll them, so I take each truffle in my hand-- - [Instructor] All right, so I want to put an endpoint where he says, "So I take each truffle in my hand." - Roll them, so I take each truffle in my hand, and I roll them. Then I put them back on the tray. Then I let them dry in about 24 hours. - [Instructor] Okay, so just a small section that we're going to be working with here.
You can see that it's about 10 seconds long. And I'm going to put this on Video 1 and Audio 1, okay? So I'm just going to bring these B roll clips up. And to create a new track, you can either do that manually by right-clicking and choosing Insert Track, or you can just drag up and it will create a new track for you. Okay, so now we have the B roll on Video 2, and I'm just going to move it over a little bit, and I'm going to bring Jean-Michel's clip here on Video 1 and Audio 1.
So right now is the first time that we're working with audio. So I'm just going to drag and drop like so. All right, so when there's no B roll, I of course see what's on Video 1. But the moment that my playhead reaches the point where there is material on Video 2, that's what I'm going to see in the viewer. I'm going to play so you can hear this. - So I take each truffle in my hand, and I roll them. Then I put them back on the tray. Then I let them dry in about 24-- - [Instructor] All right, so easy enough.
Normally, you would lay the interview clip first and then add your B roll, but I wanted to start simple with just some video-only clips so I could show you some basic editing techniques. Now, if I want to come in and trim these up and make them a little bit shorter so that it doesn't go past when his interview ends, I could certainly do that. I could switch over to my ripple edit tool by pressing R, and then grab my edge here, and then ripple trim these in, like so, and you can ripple trim either side.
Okay, and then I can keep going using the techniques that we've learned. All right, so there are a few other editing tools in HitFilm Express, but I did cover the basics here in this training. Fortunately, each of these is available in some form within other major editing platforms, so again, the tools you're learning here can be translated to many other softwares as well. In the next and final movie on HitFilm Express, I'm going to cover some of the extras, things like audio, effects, color correction, and titles.
- Video workflow and techniques
- Teaching on camera
- Writing the script
- Shooting on location
- Editing video in HitFilm Express
- Adding music and graphics