Hitfilm University (Merry VFX-MAS! Dec 24, 2018)



  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator
    edited March 2017

    @Andy001z I know, sir.

    @HitfilmSensei yeah, I think it did!

    What the hell did I do differently this week! Vegas is reporting a 6 hour render!... Probably because so much of this one is in fast or slow motion... All the time remapping.... Chances are for Youtube a 2-pass VBR is overkill anyway (on a 35 mbps master Youtube will chop down to 8? yeah!) and I can cut render times in half by doing single pass....

    So I'll just abort the current render and do that!

  • @Triem23 I had a handful of comments on the video say things like, "I am going to subscribe to all of them now." Also, I had one person say, " Didn't know about Hitfilm Uni so thanks for that." Hopefully, it helps!

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator
    edited March 2017

    Essential Hitfilm 05-Composite Shot Overview

     Get out your notebooks, because today we have an overview of damn near everything you can do in a Composite Shot.

    Recorded in Hitfilm Pro 2017, this overview is accurate for all previous version of Hitfilm.



    01:00 - Differences between Editor Timeline and Composite Shots

    05:40 - Creating Composite Shots

    08:30 - Composite Shot Interface: Media Panel

    09:00 - Composite Shot Interface: Timeline Panel

    11:30 - Composite Shot Interface: Trimmer Panel

    11:55 - Composite Shot Interface: Controls Panel

    13:25 - Composite Shot Interface: Text Panel

    13:45 - Composite Shot Interface: Lifetime Panel

    14:00 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Active Camera menu

    14:20 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Select Tool

    14:30 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Hand Tool

    14:40 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Text Tool

    14:50 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Masking Tools

    14:55 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Orbit Tool

    15:00 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Floor Plane/Motion Path Toggle

    15:05 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Render Options Menu

    15:20 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Views Menu

    15:30 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Orientation Menu

    15:50 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Channel View

    16:00 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - View Resolution Menu

    16:15 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Options Menu

    16:35 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - Camera Controls

    17:15 - Composite Shot Interface: Viewer Panel - RAM Preview

    17:35 - Adding Media to Composite Shots

    18:10 - Generated Media: Planes

    19:00 - Generated Media: Text

    19:30 - Generated Media: Grade Layers

    20:20 - Creating Cameras

    21:15 - Creating Lights

    22:10 - Point Layers

    23:15 - How Hitfilm Thinks: 2D Render Order

    24:40 - How Hitfilm Thinks: 3D Render Order

    25:35 - How Hitfilm Thinks: Layer Render Order

    26:25 - How Hitfilm Thinks: Raw vs. Baked Layers (Embedded Comps)

    28:40 - Setting 2D Blend Modes

    29:19 - Compositing Mode: 2D

    30:17 - Compositing Mode: 3D

    31:05 - Compositing Mode: 3D Unrolled

    32:59 - Editing Media in Composite Shots

    33:39 - Adding Effects in Composite Shots

    34:18 - Adding Text in Composite Shots

    35:58 - Parenting Layers

    37:24 - Keyframe Animation

    39:36 - Masking Layers

    40:19 - 2D Point Tracking

    41:37 - Motion Blur Settings

    44:06 - Depth Fog Settings

    45:32 - RAM Preview

    46:37 - Proxies


    FxHome Tutorial - How to Green Screen: Put Actors Inside Helicopters!:


     FxHome Tutorial - How to Make Iron Man HUD Effects for Free! (Part 3):



  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @HitfilmSensei Totally helped. Thanks again!

  • @Triem23 Something weird with the link??  When I click it it opened up the video manager of my posts?  Is the link busted in some way? I mean I can find the video through my subscription but I have never seen it do this before.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @tddavis try again. I fixed it. Posted the link to my video manager, not the actual video the first time...

    I'm pretty sure next week's will be shorter...

  • Wow washing up the dishes never been so much fun... some neat little tricks here that I just did not know or just did not use. E.g. moving media to the layer stack I always find myself having to move it back to the start because I drag it onto the layer, not anymore, Ill drag it to the left and hopefully it will now always be at the start - thanks. I also liked the way you explained grade layers, that is so much clearer now. Oh and the way hitfilm does things in an order dependant on where you are, that clears up a couple of mysteries that I had. Thanks for creating and sharing.

    One little note, you seem to have some back ground music or sound track playing and it kind of sounds to me a bit like a scfi engine noise, sometimes it's distracting.

  • Wow! Seriously... Wow! Awesome. :)

  • Reminds me of some sort of sonar device from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but that may just be because of the talk about that show lately.  Yes, is it distracting. Take @Aiden 's advice and ....use a better song. :)

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Palacono @Andy001z yeah, I rushed this week at the end and had the BG music 8dB higher than I normally mix it. It's actually the same music in every episode. Because I'm a bit anal*, that particular piece of music stays for the rest of the series (Essential Hitfilm is slated for 13 episodes). But next week I'll put it back at -40dB from this week's -32dB.

    Then I'll find a different song for "Mastering Hitfilm**" - - series 2.

    Andy, I didn't know dragging to the layer stack defaulted the media to frame 0 either. I'm pleased that I too am learning new things every week. 

    *Also lazy. Each episode has taken between 12-20+*** hours to produce, so, I can spend my time doing the tutorial, or I can browse stock music. 

    **Mastering will be where we get into Models, Particles and other Pro-Only features. 

    ***This Composite Shots episode took forever! I tried a different workflow method and it was a total failure! Although, oddly enough, it IS the proper workflow for this week's episode. Only this week's. Blending Modes doesn't require watching the interface a lot. Bunch of stills and a lot of talking.... 

  • Actually the 'sonar beeps' have been distracting from the first episode at any volume, just didn't mention it before because lots of things bother me. ;)

    Loving the retro vibe on the intro though, reminds me of something from the 70s/80s; just can't put my finger on it.

  • @Triem23 well loving it sound or no sound, I had noticed them before but figured it was just personal taste. Actually come to think of it I don't recall the music it's not all on the right channel is it,  being deaf in my right I only have one ear bud in.

    Glad your learning to.

    20+hrs that's why I stick to putting up vids when I can, I just can't commit that kind of time each week. Mind you if I cut the youtube tutorial watching down I might get more done (wink).

    Had you considered at the start of the video doing a bunch of click here boxes to reference key parts of the video. I know first time I watch them all but repeat I will jump to the sections and yey I know you have nicely listed them all out in the comment but just an idea.


  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Andy001z I did, but max four boxes at once, 30-50 segments, 10 seconds a screen for 8-12 screens and we waste a lot of time each episode (and it would take forever to set up), but, I've learned that the timecodes in the description are timecode links! That's why they're blue! So you can actually click the list to navigate, and I think that's good enough! Music is in both channels. 

    Only Ep5 was over 20 hours. Median is about 12. Dove in on the deep end with long-form right away with only the guest tutorials for FXHOME as a warm up... Still refining things. :-) 

    @Palacono yeah, it's kinda supposed to feel like a training video from 1989! Good catch! 

  • @Triem23  Wow!  Finished the latest and the Motion Blur section was absolute GOLD.  I have never messed around there with the setting because I had no clue what they all meant, but your coverage helped a lot.  I know Ill have to refer back to some of it though especially 26 min to 32 the compositing and 2D, 3D and Unrolled.  I didn't quite catch all of that the first go not because of your explanation but my 'denseness.'   Thanks again for taking on this enormous task.

  • @Triem23 ; I have to second @tddavis.  You are doing such a good job with these tutorials!  They are extremely comprehensive.   The time spent is turning dividends.  I've notice that you can now respond to questions with the tutorial and timecode location that answers the question.

    A lot of work upfront, but once you've got a library of details built, it's a lot easier to answer the same question over and over . . . .


  • Why have a live band when you can play records instead?

    Why go to the theatre when you can watch a DVD instead?

    Why type lengthy explanations when you can just type "go watch this tutorial by HitFilm University/Mike Miller/Triem23/Lord Of All Knowledge" instead?


  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Stargazer54 @JMcAllister always a key goal for this series... 

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Essential Hitfilm 06 - Understanding Blend Modes

    Get out your notebooks, because today we have an overview of All the Blend Modes!

    Accurate for every version of Hitfilm.


    00:00 - Intro
    00:59 - Understanding Color Space: HSL
    02:42 - Understanding Color Space: RGB
    04:08 - Understanding Color Space: YUV
    05:18 - Setting Blend Modes
    05:31 - What are Blend Modes?
    06:00 - The Test Images
    07:18 - ADD Blend Mode
    07:50 - COLOR Blend Mode
    08:33 - COLOR BURN Blend Mode
    09:18 - COLOR DODGE Blend Mode
    10:03 - DARKEN Blend Mode
    10:48 - DIFFERENCE Blend Mode
    11:35 - DISSOLVE Blend Mode
    12:20 - DIVIDE Blend Mode
    13:05 - EXCLUSION Blend Mode
    13:50 - HARD LIGHT Blend Mode
    14:35 - HUE Blend Mode
    15:20 - LIGHTEN Blend Mode
    16:05 - LUMINOSITY Blend Mode
    16:50 - MULTIPLY Blend Mode
    17:35 - OVERLAY Blend Mode
    18:20 - SATURATION Blend Mode
    19:05 - SCREEN Blend Mode
    19:50 - SOFT LIGHT Blend Mode
    20:35 - SUBTRACT Blend Mode
    21:20 - Summary

    One of these weeks, I'll remember *WHILE RECORDING* that "Get out your notebooks" is supposed to be a catchphrase for the series...

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    That moment when you realize you've been rendering all your tutorials recorded and edited at 24fps at 25fps...

    Well... Not doing THAT should speed up render times!

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    And a quickie, just covering the new audio display features in HFP 2017 Update #3.


  • @Triem23  Very useful tutorial, as usual.  I have cycled through the different blend modes looking for just that right look as I was searching for before with no idea what was going on at all, but this helped me grasp a few of the concepts (my fault, not the information's.) I found the comment about the divide mode and removing an overcolored clip very helpful indeed.  I've done something similar to  that with PS and one of the effects I can't recall at the moment that averages a layer with the inverse color, or something like that.  Never knew it could be applied this way to video, so thanks tremendously for that bit of wisdom!

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Well, 200 subscribers! I wanted to do a special animation for 100, but that milestone got smashed fast! I blame thank @HitfilmSensei (Gave me a huge boost, Jay!)


    edited March 2017

    Grats buddy =)

    I definitely see where you got inspiration from. That was so legit.

  • Awesome work man! :)


  • Good stuff!  Congrats!

  • Congratulations indeed! It couldn't happened to a better guy!

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

     (Ok, so I was really late this week...)

    Essential Hitfilm 07 - Optimizing Video

     Today, we discuss what a digital video file is, then cover transcoding footage to deinterlace, fix variable frame rate problems, and improve performance. Covers Mp4, DNxHD, ProRes and Cineform, using, VLC, Vegas Pro, Handbrake, MPEG StreamClip and GoPro Studio.

     And using Audacity to extract audio from multi-channel files.



    00:00 -  Intro

    00:43 - Understanding Digital Video: Capturing

    01:19 - Understanding Digital Video: Color Depth

    03:43 - Understanding Digital Video: Video vs File Size

    05:43 - Understanding Digital Video: Chroma Subsampling

    08:34 - Understanding Digital Video: Compression

    12:37 - Understanding Digital Video: Containers vs Codecs

    14:14 - Understanding Digital Video: ”Delivery” vs “Editing” Codecs

    16:09 - Meet the Tools

    17:01 - Checking your System Specs

    19:33 - Using Mediainfo to Inspect your Media

    23:43 - Transcoding with Handbrake

    27:13 - Transcoding with MPEG Streamclip

    31:56 -Transcoding with VLC Media Player

    34:10 - Transcoding with GoPro Studio

    37:03 - Transcoding with Vegas Pro

    38:56 - Extracting Audio with Audacity

     Special Thanks to Javert Valbarr, Aladdin4d, NormanPCN and Stargazer54.

     For more information on transcoding, including other tools like VirtualDub and FFMPEG, visit these forum threads.




     Download Links

    Quicktime: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US

    DNxHD: http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/download/Avid-QuickTime-Codecs-LE

    MediaInfo: https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download

    Handbrake: https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

    MPEG STREAMCLIP: http://www.squared5.com/

    AUDACITY: http://www.audacityteam.org/download/

    VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    GoPro Studio: https://shop.gopro.com/softwareandapp/quik-|-desktop/Quik-Desktop.html

    FFMpeg for Audacity: http://lame.buanzo.org/


  • edited March 2017

     You don't need to export from GoPro Studio if all you're doing is exporting Cineform .Avi files, as that's what it's already done when you transcoded it for the editor in stage one. It's also a waste of time first transcoding to Medium then exporting to High; you can't add data already lost. You can do colour correction in the editor and just exit the program without exporting. The LUT will be associated with the original .Avi file.  You can then open that in Hitfilm etc. Keep the file open in GoPro Studio as well and colour corrections affect the LUT which is reflected in your other editors. Hitfilm sometimes needs you to wiggle things about a bit to recognise this, but it does work. 

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Palacono I'll trust you on this. However, GoPro studio wasn't having my step one file appear in my file browser. The only way I was able to get GoPro studio to give me a file was to do the steps as presented. 

    Doesn't mean I didn't do something wrong. :-) 

    To be honest, other than Handbrake (and Vegas, of course), I'd never usee any of this other software to transcode before this week. Why would I? Vegas will cheerfully export h.264, Cineform, DNxHD and ProRes, and extract multiple audio clips, singly, or in batches. :-) I get to delete the rest of these superfluous programs now and reclaim some disc space! ;-) 

  • edited March 2017

    Are you on a PC or Mac? The AVI files are in the first folder you told it to put them in during stage one. They're not (supposed to be) hidden.

    @Triem23 Edit: OK, I watched that bit of the video again and see where it went awry. You added the file to the list before you changed the destination directory. So it's transcoding the files to C:/Users/User/Desktop, not the one you then selected. Had you dragged another copy over after you did that, then it would have gone where you wanted.

    Depending on how many times you attempted this, it usually remembers the destination folder, so next time, it would have got it right the first time.

    Or, if you'd selected the clip in the Conversion List first and then changed the path, it would have updated it and said "Updating Clip in Conversion List" in the blue box next to the filename/path. Basically go into the Advanced Settings etc. before you add it to the list. You can Right Click it there afterwards too, then select 'Reveal in Explorer' to see where it went if in doubt.

    So the quick version is: Advanced Settings, Path, Add file(s) to List, Convert....and you're done. Exit program. It pretty much works like the Hitfilm Render queue.

    People making tutorials about products they don't know how to use....what's all that about? ;) :D

    I hear you anyway. As I don't have HFP2017, if I want something transcoded to Cineform 4:4:4 etc. from Hitfilm 4 Express or Hitfilm 3 Pro, I used to use the integration with Sony Movie Studio 12/13 - now switched over to Magix Vegas Studio 14 - drag the Hitfilm File Project file directly into MVS14 and export from that. It's nice the integration still works with Magix; it's pretty much the perfect combination at the right price. :)

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