The best Hitfilm 4 Express Beginner's Tutorial

Triem23Triem23 Moderator

Surfaced Studio takes you around Hitfilm from installation to Import, Export, basic Editing, Composite Shots, basic Effects, Audio and Transitions in a bit over 20 minutes.

Tobias writes:

In this absolute beginner tutorial I will take you through all of the cool things you can do with this great software.

Go here to download your copy of HitFilm 4 Express for free:

0:33 HitFilm 4 Express Overview
2:10 How to download HitFilm 4 Express
3:56 How to set up your project
4:40 The HitFilm 4 Interface
5:42 How to import your media
7:23 How to use the Trimmer
10:02 How to add a muzzle flash
12:28 How to add music & sound
14:40 How to work with Composite Shots
19:05 How to apply transitions
19:56 How to export your video



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  • Isn't he a nice man.....

  • SimonKJonesSimonKJones Moderator

    It's a really great introduction to Express and editing/layering in general. In fact, I'm going to have to rethink a video I was planning out, because Tobias has done such a good job. :)

  • I took a full watch through and one thing that is happening on my playback is that when he says "Ok lets play it and see..." I don't see the mussal flash appear as expected. From the video it should appear and I am watching in HD, but odd how it's not showing. I have provided the you tube link here for the part that I think is not showing.

    It's odd.


  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @SimonKJones I don't call it "best" lightly. Nothing is in-depth, but Tobias just hit enough of everything around the board to give an absolute beginner a quick tour. 

    (I also posted this because any "installation problem" or other super-basic questions that come up every day are largely covered here. Save myself some typing. :)

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Andy001z I don't think you link kept the time marker. I actually downloaded this tutorial and in his full-screen playback at the end the muzzle flash is there. When he plays it on the timeline the Muzzle Flash is missing--but it's one frame long. I bet his screen recording software captured at 12-15 fps and just... Missed it 

  • edited May 2016

    @Triem23 that is most likely it, the only issue is when I get to the end when we exports the video it to on YouTube is without the muzzle (oh I need more sleep that last spelling was shocking). Its a shame becuase it makes it look like it is not working.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Andy001z odd, because I see the flash on the full-screen version at the end. Oh,  well. Minor glitch likely caused by a screencap or YouTube compression glitch. Still a damn useful tutorial. And, again, it covers a lot of the basic questions that come up daily. 

  • @Triem23 very true, a good one to reference for new users.

  • @Andy001z - Maybe you just need to buy youtube's new muzzle flash generator detector.   ;^)

  • Wow

    Somebody bribe him to do a tutorial on the Speed effect. 

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