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New Release: Imerge Pro 2021.3

The Imerge team has been hard at work to bring you the next Imerge Pro release just in time for the end of summer. We’ve added 8 new effects, a new-and-improved effects menu, and new ‘effect stack’ presets to speed up your workflow. Keep reading to learn what’s new in Imerge 2021.3.

How to create realistic lens blur and depth in HitFilm

Want to level up the quality of your composites? While not usually the focus of the scene, the type of blur you use in your VFX work can make a huge difference in the overall realism of the shot. In this tutorial, Zach introduces you to the Lens Blur effect and explains how it can be used

How to create a freeze time effect

Inspired by the most iconic scene from The Matrix, the bullet time effect is the best way to capture the most intense action scenes! Today we’re using HitFilm Pro and its built-in Foundry Camera Tracker effect along with footage taken with CamTrackAR to show you how it can be done easily and on a low budget.

Storm troopers in a line depth of field - Star Wars Fan Film

Presenting Rebellion: A HitFilm Story

Our Star Wars-style fan film. For a few months now, while developing HitFilm Pro 2017, we’ve also been working on a super secret project in the background. It involved amazing costumes, handmade props, some 3D models and some very happy Star Wars nerds.

For a few months now, while developing HitFilm Pro 2017, we’ve also been working on a super secret project in the background. It involved amazing costumes, handmade props, some 3D models and some very happy Star Wars nerds.

Why did we do it?

2016 has been our busiest year as of yet. We’ve had many projects in the works and a hardcore development schedule to bring as many new features to HitFilm Pro 2017 as possible – but we wanted to do something else to bring our entire community together.

A Star Wars-style fan film was a great excuse to revisit some VFX fundamentals. It also allowed us to dive into meatier 3D shots for our Pro users.

Rebellion cast on-set
Look behind you!

FXHOME (and the HitFilm software) was built on the belief that filmmakers should not be limited by their budget or their tools. We wanted to show just how cool a film you can make using HitFilm software. Even more than that, we wanted to teach our users just how to create some of the amazing effects we included in this short film! Take a look at the tutorials >>

A watch of the Rogue One trailer at work meant that our theme was decided from the start. We gathered up some of the best people we knew – funnily enough, it wasn’t too difficult finding actors and a production team who wanted to shoot a Star Wars-style fan film. Then, we set about shooting one of our favorite projects to date.

Who did we work with?

When we knew we would be making a Star Wars-style short film, we wanted to bring on board Emmy-award-winning production company Ember Films.

They’re a small team, based close to us who are doing amazing things. Check out the latest Planet Earth series for some examples of their work (yup, THAT Planet Earth).

We also managed to get our hands on an incredible, disused (and cold) bunker in Huntingdon, Cambridge UK, which was our set for the entire shoot (apart from the hangar shot which was filmed in the Norwich forum). With the exception of a few places where we embellished with the wall with plastic moulds and lights from the pound store – it was the perfect location for a Star Wars-style shoot. Take a peek inside with our behind the scenes video:

Stormtrooper on the set of Rebellion - FXhome Star Wars-inspired fan film
Added plastic moulds

What’s coming up?

Some of the keen eyed among you may have noticed some placeholders on our Rebellion page. We’re going to be working on some HitFilm Pro 2017 tutorials for the new year, including animating the AT-AT model (you might even get one of your own to download) and how to import other 3D models.

We’re going to be focusing our attention back on Pro and staying as iterative as possible with our updates. Is there something you want to talk to us about? Send us a suggestion on the forum!

Strap in, because 2017 is going to be even more exciting!

In the meantime, may the Force be with you…..

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Kirstie Tostevin

Kirstie Tostevin

I'm a writer, creator, and positive thinker! I've never felt more at home than in this community and heading up FXhome's Marketing team. Together, we're making the industry more accessible and the world a brighter place through fun content and incredible software! It's a great day to be a creator.
Kirstie Tostevin

Kirstie Tostevin

I'm a writer, creator, and positive thinker! I've never felt more at home than in this community and heading up FXhome's Marketing team. Together, we're making the industry more accessible and the world a brighter place through fun content and incredible software! It's a great day to be a creator.