Editor sequence

Editor sequence

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The Editor sequence is where you assemble your media into an edited video, whether it be a short film, a documentary, a video blog, a music video or anything else. The Editor sequence consists of multiple video and audio tracks which can contain multiple media clips.

When you create a new project the Editor sequence is created automatically using your Editor properties.

The Editor sequence timeline is always visible in the Edit & Effects screen and cannot be closed, unlike composite shot timelines.

Timeline layout

The Editor timeline consists of several distinct areas. From left to right:

Editing tools - you'll switch between the select, hand and slice tools frequently while editing and the snap toggle helps if you need to move clips with precision. For more information, take a look at the Editing tools chapters.
Current Time Display - the display at the top-left shows the current position in time of your playhead. You can choose whether to display this as a timecode (in the format Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames) or as a framecount by right clicking it.
Track listing - the column on the left shows your video and audio tracks.
Zoom controls - at the bottom-left are the zoom controls, which change the scale of the timeline. If you want to see more of your project on the timeline, or see a particular area in more detail, use these controls.
Quick links - along the top of the edit area are quick links to convert a clip into a composite shot and to export the sequence.
Track view - the largest area of the panel is where you edit your clips. The following chapters explain in detail how to use HitFilm for editing.

Basic video editing

There isn't enough room to explore editing theory in this manual (many, many books have been written on that subject!) but if you are completely new to video editing you will still need to know the basic concepts involved in editing on a computer.

The process of editing in HitFilm is as follows:

1.Shoot your video.
2.Transfer your video from your camera to your computer using the software provided with your camera.
3.Import your video and other media assets such as images and music into HitFilm.
4.Preview your media in the Previewer and select which parts you want to use in your project by trimming.
5.Drag your clips onto the Editor sequence. Because computer editing is non-linear you can do this in any order you want, although if you're just starting out it is probably easiest to go from the beginning!
6.Move and trim your clips on the timeline to assemble your movie.

As you become familiar with the editing process and working with HitFilm you will develop your own preferred workflow.

Working with composite shots

HitFilm is a unique video product in that it provides you with editing tools as well as powerful compositing and visual effects features.

Although composite shots are explained in full detail in another section, it is important to understand how they can be used on the Editor sequence.

Once a composite shot has been created, it can be found in the Media panel like any other media asset and can be dragged onto the Editor sequence and adjusted in exactly the same ways as a video clip. At any point you can open the composite shot on a separate timeline to further adjust its layers and properties.

Creating composite shots

Any clip on your Editor sequence can be converted to a composite shot, which is a quick way to add visual effects to a specific shot without disrupting your editing flow. Check out the Converting clips to composite shots chapter for more information.

RECAP The Editor sequence is for editing your video projects. It consists of multiple tracks, each able to contain multiple clips.