Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video An intro to editing in HitFilm Express: Part 3, part of Making Video 1: Sell Something.
- [Instructor] All right, so we've covered the basics of the Hitfilm Express interface and editing tools. Now, I just want to finish by showing you a few extra things. I have just a very short sequence in my editor now, and we've put this together in the previous two movies. So if you followed along, you should have something fairly similar. And the first thing I want to talk about is making basic audio changes. And before we make those changes, I want to make sure that we're all looking at the same thing. You should have a meters window open, this is part of the editing workspace.
If you don't see that, you can go up to View and then Panels and then make sure that Meters is checked. All right, so our principal audio needs to peak right around -12 dB, between negative 12 and negative six. Let's take a listen at where our audio is now and we'll see if we need to raise or lower those audio levels. - So I take the extra four in my hand and I roll them. Then I put them back on the-- - All right, so things are a little low.
We're peaking between -24 and -18, so we'll need to raise those audio levels a bit. Probably the easiest way to do that is to just grab this white line here and drag up, all right? And once you do, it's going to raise those audio levels. I'm going to play again and see where we're at. - I take the extra four in my hand and I roll them. Then I put them-- - All right, I think that's pretty good, maybe a little bit more. - The extra four in my hand and I roll them.
Then I put them back on the tray. - All right, I think that's pretty good. Now, this was just one audio clip, and usually you have an entire sequence of audio, so you'll need to do that multiple times. Now what if you need to raise and lower your audio levels within the same clip? OK, so this was a uniform adjustment, but now I want to teach you how to add audio key frames so that you can raise and lower those levels within one clip. Let's add some music to this. So I'm going to go into Music, and then, so far, we've been loading it into Trimmer, setting our in and out points and bringing it to the editor.
But I do want to show you that you can drag things straight from the media window into the editor. If I drag over to audio one, that's where it will go, but it will automatically add audio tracks if I drag down, so I'll go down, and you can see that track two is added and here's audio two. Then I'll just bring this to the beginning here, and the audio is really long, but let's go ahead and cut this off and then we'll fade it out. So, again, I can use the Slice tool over here, keyboard shortcut "C", and I'll just cut right here and then I'll go back to my selection tool, "V", all right? And then we'll select this and then we can simply delete that.
All right, so let's go ahead and take a listen here. Usually audio is mixed very loud, so it's likely going to drown out our interview audio quite a bit. (music plays very loud) Which it is, so we'll bring this down. And the most important thing is that we hear the interview audio, and that this is accompanying it and not overshadowing it. Let's take another listen. - Extra four in my hand and I roll them. - All right, I think that's pretty good. But let's go ahead and add those audio key frames so that we can fade that out at the end.
You can command-click, or ctrl-click on a PC, right on this white line here, and you can see that the key frame was added, and I think I actually dragged it down accidentally while I did that, so let me bring that up just a bit. And then, I'm going to add another key frame here, so I'm command-clicking, or ctrl-clicking on a PC, and then you can raise this up or down like so. So if we want it to fade out, I'll go ahead and fade out like so. And let's take a listen. - Dry another 24 hours. (quiet music is heard) All right, and if we wanted to add another key frame so that it goes to completely silent, I could command-click here and then bring that down like so, OK? So this is making uniform audio adjustments, this is key framing audio adjustments.
Now, there are other ways of adjusting audio that we won't be able to cover in this movie; mainly, the audio mixer, OK? And if you can't see that, that's again, View, Panels and then Audio Mixer. You can see that it corresponds to the editor. I have audio one, audio two and master. And, by the way, master is just the combination of all of the audio tracks together. So if you need to raise or lower everything, that's what your master track is for. But you have these decibel sliders and you can use those as well, but for now, I'm just going to cover doing it right in the editor.
The next thing I want to show you is adding some basic effects, all right? And here is my Effects tab; if you don't see that, again, you can go to View, Panels and Effects. And there's actually a lot of effects in HitFilm. Here are all the categories of effects. And then inside each of those categories are your effects. And so, I want to cover how to apply two different types of effects here. Transition effects, and then just regular video effects.
Transition effects are found down here, all right? So if I wanted to add a dissolve, I would go into Video, and then here's another category, Dissolves. There's also audio transitions, by the way, so if you wanted to add an audio fade, that's in there. But to add a transition, you simply drag it on the edit point between two clips. So let's go ahead and put one right here. And I'm going to add the cross-dissolve right in-between these clips.
You can trim a dissolve, kind of like you can trim an actual clip. I'll play over this, and you can see that it dissolves from one image into the other. - Extra four in my hand, and-- - All right, so fairly basic stuff. And then, if you wanted to delete a transition, you just select it and press delete. Now I want to cover adding video effects. Let's go into Stylize, and I'm going to add something very obvious so that we can see that an effect has been applied.
I'll go ahead and just add Cartoon. When you add a video effect, you just drag and drop it right on top of the clip. And then it automatically activates the Controls panel. You can see that this is the default values of how the Cartoon effect has been applied, but you can change those values if you want. I'm going to twirl this down, and each effect has its own set of parameters that you can adjust to customize how the effect looks. I'll just make a few basic adjustments here so you can see, roughly, what I mean.
If you want to turn off the effect, you just uncheck this box. If you would like o apply this effect to other clips, you can just select it and then press command-C, or ctrl-C on a PC, and then paste it to however many clips you like. I'll go ahead and just paste it here, command-V or ctrl-V. You can add multiple effects to the same clip. So let's really make this look interesting. I'll do Glow Darks, and we'll add that on, OK? And now this gives me a different set of parameters that I can use to make my adjustments.
And then, probably most importantly at this point is deleting those effects, 'cause this is not the look I'm after. So I just select that and then press delete, and now it's gone. If I want to leave it on, but disable it, again, it's that checkmark, but I can fully delete that as well. I also want to mention that color correction is HitFilm Express is contained within Effects. There's a Color Correction category, here we go. And so, there are some audio effects and there's also some manual effects.
So if you are used to color correcting in another program, you can go ahead and add the effect right to the clip, and then it gives you some controls that you probably are familiar with, and you can make your color correction adjustments like so. And I'll go ahead and just delete that one for now. The last thing I want to touch on is titling. A title, in HitFilm Express, is one type of composite shot, which means that it is typically composited, or layered, on top of another piece of video.
In HitFilm Express, you have to create that composite shot first, and then you can design the text. To do that, I'm going to go back to my media window, and you can click on New and then Composite Shot, here. And I'm going to just name this Jean-Michel title. And you can set other characteristics for this title down here, but I'm going to leave those alone for now. And I'll say OK. And you see that we have a composite shot that was added to our media window. And you also see that I have the title in another tab within the editor window.
So there can only be one actual sequence per project within HitFilm Express, but you can also have these composites. So let's just add a very simple title. Here is the text tool, and I'm just going to click on that, and then begin typing here. Here is the size of my text box, and I'm just going to leave it at 400 for now, and I'll show you how to change that later. I'll say OK, and then I'm going to type Jean-Michel and Chocolatier, and then, if you wanted to move that around, you would do so with the selection tool.
We can move that around like so. If you wanted to change the size of the text box, you would do that with the text tool, and then you can grab onto these handles here. We can't actually see it over our shot until we put it there. So I'm going to put it there so that we have a reference, and you just simply drag and drop. And right now, both video and audio are coming in and we don't want audio to override our music.
So I'm going to hold down the Option key, or Alt on a PC, and it's just going to add video. So I'm holding down Option, and I'm bringing this up and I'm going to create a track three here. And I'm going to just slice this, I'll press "C" and we'll cut that up, and then I'll go back to my selection tool, "V", and I'm going to get rid of that. And we want this to appear right over his first part of the interview there. And so we need to move this around, and in order to do that, I need to go back to the composite here.
So, we'll bring that over, underneath him, right? If I want to change any characteristics about this title, there are a few tools over here that you can use. But mostly, you'll be going to the Text tab. And so, here you can change the font and the size and the color and all of that. So I'll just make a very basic change. If I want to activate the text tool without clicking up here, I just press "T", and I'm going to just highlight Chocolatier, and let's make that a little bit smaller.
So, we'll bring this down to maybe 40, OK? And then I'm going to go back to the editor, and you can see that the change has been applied. All right, so we would definitely want to change that a little bit more, make that a little bit more dynamic, but I'm already cramming a lot into this extras movie, so I'll leave that to you, because I, lastly, want to cover exporting. I'm going to go back to my media window here, and there are a couple of different ways to export. You have the Export tab here, and here is the queue for exporting.
And you can see various presets available. But if you want to export the entire sequence, that's this button right here. So Export Contents, I'll go ahead and click on that. You can see that it's been added to the Export Queue. I'll go ahead and continue editing here. Now, I'll set an In and an Out, right here. And I'll, instead, go to Export IN/OUT Area. OK, so instead of Export the Contents, we're exporting between my In and Out points. I'll go ahead and click on that.
And so that's been added to the queue. And I'll go to the export and you can see that, now, I have these two items; one is 13 seconds and 16 frames long. That's the entire sequence. And here's the In and Out Point one; it's five seconds and nine frames. Right now, it is the YouTube 1080 HD preset, that's where my check mark is over here, so wherever my check mark is, is going to be the default for whatever preset I choose. But you can change that by coming to this dropdown menu and choosing a different option, all right? And once you want to start the queue, you can go ahead and start exporting, and those will be deposited at wherever your output location is here.
So if you need to change that, you would just click on there, and right now, it's going to my desktop, which I'm happy with, and it's actually already created this folder called HitFilm Express Exports, and that's where they'll go. I go ahead and cancel that for now, though. All right, so that's just a bit of an overview on HitFilm Express, in case you'd like to use this software in following along with this course. But I, again, want to stress that this isn't a tools-based course where you're going to follow along, step-by-step. This is a concepts course, where you'll receive some important conceptual discussion on various editing decisions for this particular project.
But if you do want to edit along with us, you at least now have some basic foundation of how this particular software works, and really, you can apply the techniques to any other software you like.
- Video workflow and techniques
- Sales fundamentals
- Pre-production basics: planning, script writing, location scouting, and scheduling
- Production basics: interviewing, shooting b-roll, lighting, and sound
- Editing and post-production basics: organization, editing, and refinement