Adding text with out composite shots

Is there anyway to add text with out many layers in a composite shot?

Any way to import a subtitle file?

I just find that when adding text which I feel should be a simple process is made very time consuming with the composite shots and layers. Especially when all you want is something as simple as subtitles.

Any suggestions?


  • Hope that they add text to the Editor Timeline in a future revision. 

    Subtitle files can't load in. For subtitles probably using the Sci-fi crawl or Title Crawl (both in add-ons, I think) are your best bet to input a lot of text. Then you have to keyframe a plane layer as a set matte source to choke the crawl to the lines you want. You'd use Constant keyframes on the crawls.

    Sorry, I'm in an airport and about to board an international flight. I'll tag @inScapeDigital and @Palacono. I think one of those two first came up with Set Matte and a Crawl for subtitles, so they should be able to go into more detail. If not their idea, they should be able to figure out what I'm talking about and go into more detail. 

  • edited November 2017

    Wasn't me, but I'll give it a go. But it is using a Composite shot. ;) :

    1) Put multiple lines of text on  a single text layer.
    2) Create a Plane Layer with a Mask on where you'd want the text to show though it and put it on a layer below the text and turn off visibility.
    3) Put a Grade Layer above that, so you have Text, Grade, Plane (with Mask)
    4) Add Set Matte to the Text layer and point it at the Grade Layer. Set it to Alpha and Subtract.
    5)Keyframe the Text to slide down past the mask 'window' in the Plane layer.
    6) Change all the keyframes to Constant (the square shape)

  • I'm new to hitfilm but had the same Problem (only a few subtitles) and did it this way: Adding the text effect to the track in the editor timeline and Setting position and size. Then I added the text whick can be keyframed. Thats it. No comp, no multiple layers.

    I know it sounds too easy but for me it works fine.

  • @Juda1 the release of Hitfilm Pro. V6 makes this thread obsolete. You're using a new filter that didn't exist when this thread started. 

    In Hitfilm 1,2,3,4 and 2017 Express Ultimate and/or Pro you cannot add text in the Editor Timeline. With Hitfilm Pro v6 there is a new Text effect which works in the Editor Timeline as well as Composite Shots. I assume this will be added to the eventual Express v6. 

    I tag @DanielGWood to close this thread. :)

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