Hitfilm Express 2017 Beginner’s Tutorial – Video, Text, Music, Effects, Exporting!

Hitfilm Express 2017 Beginner’s Tutorial – Video, Text, Music, Effects, Exporting!

hello everybody and welcome to another hitfilm express 2017 tutorial today we’re just going to be going through the basics of the program [Music] today’s tutorial is going to be rated one star out of 5 on the difficulty scale so we’re just going to start off in this splash screen here the splash screen is a handful of tutorials tweets and other things that you pump to use the program you’ll notice at the top that there are 4 tabs home project edit and export we are currently on the Home tab open recent projects and create new ones on the Left we’re going to create a new one so just hit the new button now we’ll be moving over into the project tab which is where you define your project settings here you can select a template resolution frame rate or select your own you can even choose up to 4k resolution once you’re done hit start editing to begin editing now going into the edit tab this is where you do all of your editing and where you’ll be spending almost all of your time and hit go there are a lot of panels here so we’re just going to be going through with them now one by one here’s the media panel you sort out your media here importing and organizing and then you put it into your timeline with the trimmer’ panel here then there’s the editing timeline which is where you assemble and rearrange your clips and media to form your film you have the viewer up here which is where you view the content in your editing timeline and your audio levels here you also have controls to adjust cut properties and effect properties an audio mixer an effects panel to apply effects a text panel for editing text and a track panel for motion tracking by the way all this is customizable by clicking on the grid button here the default workspace is editing so let’s start off in the media panel to import your clips very simple just hit the import button here I’ve got some video files images and a soundtrack next the trim op when you select a clip in the media panel you see it previewed in the trimmer you can play it back as well as set in and out points using this button and that button or you can hit I and O on your keyboard an end point sets where the clip starts and the add point sets where it ends this is just kind of a preliminary trimming before it goes into editing timeline you can hit this button right here to drop that trim version into your timeline so let’s have a look at this editing timeline first of all we can zoom in on it using the slider in the bottom left its track based so we can see one video track video one and one audio track audio one by the way the video track contains only visuals in the audio so if we add an image here we can see that it has a video section but no audio if we drag in an audio track there’s no visuals you can drag multiple files onto the same track one after another but if you want to have two playing at the same time you have to drag them onto another track for example I can drag this image above the other video and we’ll create a new video track for me clips on higher tracks will show above those below to create a new audio track simply right-click on the existing track and create a new audio track now let’s get into the editing tools the default selection tool here can do a lot of things you can select Clips move them around and shorten or lengthen them [Music] there’s also the drag tool which you can use to drag left and right in the timeline and the slice tool the slice tool splits your clips that you can edit them separately there are other tools too but we won’t go into them today let’s open the controls tab here you can adjust the properties of a clip and its effects in your videos layer properties you can adjust the blending mode and the transform you can adjust position scale rotation anchor point which is the place objects rotate and scale from and opacity which is pretty self-explanatory for audio clips you can adjust the level or loudness on the layer properties make sure if you want to adjust the loudness of a video with audio in it in well that you select the actual audio track while in the visual video track let’s open up the effects panel here are a ton of effects for you to use in your projects I’m going to get a simple brightness and contrast effect and just drag it onto my video in the controls tab I can adjust disaffected just the brightness and the contrast transitions are also an effect to show you a grabber transition here and drag it onto the end of my video [Music] now we’re going to talk about composite shots composite shots are places in which you can do more advanced visual effects there are two ways to initially create a composite shot you can create a blank one or create one out of an existing clip most of the time you’ll create one out of an existing clip to do this select your clip and hit make composite shot rename it and hit OK now you’ll notice that we’re in our own separate timeline so let’s take a look at this composite shot here the timeline is different in composite shots every clip has its own track you can’t put the next to each other on the same track this means that it’s easier to composite multiple assets one over another let’s take a look at how we can create text kiss can only be created in a composite shot to do this just hit new layer text you can set a custom text box size we can change this later anyway just hit OK now go to the text tool on the top left of the viewer look inside your text box and type you can expand the text box by dragging on the bottom right corner once you’re done select your text and go over to the text panel you can select the custom font size and color I’m going to leave mine white okay so that’s text let’s just quickly go back to the editor we can see that now we have text embedded into that clip nice it’s time to talk about something else key framing key framing is hit films method of animation and can only be done properly in composite shots one popular use of key framing is to animate the position of objects in the screen but we’re going to be doing something even cool go back to the composite shot you created and press new layer plane select black and rename it hit OK now search for the life flows effect and drag it on select a cool life layer my favorite is probably digital blocks [Music] now go into the layer properties for this plain layer and select a dealer screen which will make it bright in your layers below it position the life layer on the text by selecting the actual effect and then moving the light fare around now it’s time to do some key framing let’s open up the layer here by clicking on the arrow then open up your light flow controls let’s mess with the intensity go to the beginning of the timeline and hit the circle next to intensity you’ll notice that three things just happened firstly a diamond appeared the server went blue and there’s a blue circle within that blue circle the blue color of the circle indicates that keyframing is now enabled the diamond is the actual keyframe the blue circle within this circle indicates that on this frame there is a keyframe set the value to be zero so the light flag doesn’t show then go a couple of seconds in just change the value and a keyframe will automatically be created each keyframe saves that value at that position in time so now it will gradually change the intensity from nothing there’s something between these key frames you can keyframe almost anything in a composite shot so go wild [Music] I’ve now applied a lightning and electricity effect and keyframed a couple of values you’ll notice that as time goes by it becomes more and more laggy to fix this we’ll do one of two things we can lower the resolution by clicking on the full in the top right hand corner we can lower it to something like quarter to get lower resolution but hopefully more frames alternatively you can do a ram preview this is only for composite shots I’m going to set my resolution back to full just to do this Ram preview hit the circular play button right here and will start rendering out your video just let it run and when it’s done you’ll be able to see which bits are Ram previewed by looking at the blue sections of this little timeline here in these blue bits you can play it back at full resolution at proper frames without having even exported it but if you leave the composite shot or change in effect then you have to re-render it again and now you’ve got everything done what all your editing or your sounds or your music or your composites now it’s time to export you can hit one of these two buttons right here you can export the content in other words everything you have in your timeline or and in and out points which can be set using I and O in your keyboard I’m just going to export the contents of this composite shot a dialog box shows up telling us that we can go to the export queue or keep compositing let’s go to the export cube see what it’s all about now we’re in the export queue in the fourth tab called export you can see that we have one task on the left this one here is from before so I’ll delete it you can add multiple tasks to the export queue and you can export them one after another this shows what it is exporting as well as a preset on the right hand side of the screen you can see the presets these are predefined export settings for example YouTube 1080p is a preset to exports 1080p video in quality suitable for YouTube to upload you can create a custom preset by clicking here and change the output destination by clicking here to export just make sure you’ve got that task and choose a preset then just hit start exporting and will export everything in your queue and you’re done I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial if you do leave a like share this with your friends and stay subscribe for more content just like this I’ll see you in the next one – I bye [Music] [Music] and

100 thoughts on “Hitfilm Express 2017 Beginner’s Tutorial – Video, Text, Music, Effects, Exporting!

  1. Haven't got Hitfilm Express 2017 yet? https://youtu.be/MCKI3S3E3qo will show you how!

  2. Thanks so much! This helped me so much with the editor, as I'm just finishing editing right now!

  3. lit intro bro!

  4. This video helped alot

  5. Someone please help! When I export the video, no sound comes with it!

  6. Hello, I drag 5 different clips from the media folder to the timeline, and I want an unique clip in the end… But when I export the clips, I have the 5 different clips, not the unique one I want. What I do wrong ?

  7. can I upload to youtube from hitfilm

  8. thank you so much bro

  9. how do i export 4 min videos around 130mb? in other words make an already existing video smaller

  10. Thankyou soooo much for all this information. You really helped me <3

  11. Super helpful! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  12. plz pin this, I needed to look this up to find out how to export, but you showed me a lot of useful info, but I need to come back later

  13. You have helped me the best tutorial on YouTube about this program !!!




  17. Thank you <3

  18. Thank you

  19. Shiny do you know how to get the transform thingy in the control cus i dont have it dont know why but i need it to scale so now im stuck plz help lol

  20. your voiced changed like crazy

  21. I am the only one who finds HitFilm to be sometimes unnecessarily janky and complicated? This is coming from someone who isn't completely new to editing software, I've used stuff like Sony Vegas Pro in the past. Like having to make a composite shot simply to add text? I'm ripping my hairs out while trying to do very simple things. For example I have no clue how to make a text title on a black background (other than actually importing a black picture and then making that a composite shot). Maybe I'm just stupid.

  22. how do you add effects in all pictures without repeating it?

  23. What is the name of the intro and outro music you used?

  24. niiiiiice !

  25. Straight to the content – No BS – Good informative tutorial (A rarity on the tube) – Big Thank You

  26. how to select only a small sector off a clip?

  27. New subscriber here 🙂 Thanks for this. I needed this so much .

  28. Thanks! Very helpfull!

  29. when I export, my music doesnt come through with it. Any fixes?

  30. What screen recorder do you use, when i use bandicam to record a video then try opening the video file in hitfilm it doesnt show the video

  31. nice video

  32. Love your video easy to follow and great for learning thanks O(-_-)0

  33. Very nice tutorial, only part missing in my opinion is how to create and put in a different after recorded track. Like if what you say fails in the video and you want to edit the sound and remake what you said to correct it, how would i go around to do that? I would normally simply make a seperate sound recording, but what makes me wonder is, can i create this seperate recording directly in editing with Hitfilm Express 2017 or do i need another program for that and then insert that track into Hitfilm? 🙂

  34. omg! you saved me so much and many times. i think this is the 5th time watching this video. Ive made a lil video for a family memeber. I had a super simple but now outdated program. and when it came time to change i was dreading it. I had gone into this and had an EPIC fail moment. then searched youtube for a walk through guide. I found this video SUPER EASY and I was really able to understand your explanations easily also. THANKYOU SO MUCH. I look forward to creating more videos in the future and becoming more skilled through your video's. Keep em coming.

  35. how to save unfinished project, and i want to continue the project later

  36. What i did understand ? 0

  37. Can I make intros like yours in HItfilm Express?

  38. Thank you, im very new to editing video =]

  39. Great job

  40. Is there a way to make the screen shake like as an example when a base drops in a song you can line up the shaking with the music

  41. So, when I put in a video that's too long, it will make mine laggy and unstable and it cuts the music too

  42. How do I post it to my channel tho

  43. Wow

    Thx dude this is the best

  44. Hi very good video. Thank you so much. I am trying to slice a 25 minute video into 2 parts. When I am trying to save the second part, without making any changes, just slicing, do I need to export the second part? When I am trying to export the second part which is 15 minutes video, its taking 30 minutes (720 p). I think I am missing something here. Can you pls help me to fix this problem? When I used other tools, it would take about 5 seconds to save a sliced video. Thank you.

  45. Very nice. Only important things in short and quick. Less talk – more peace!

  46. I have never used an editor before. Shiny's walkthrough was excellent. Very beneficial​ for learning how to use the program effectively

  47. Very nice tut man! Can you please tell me! Can Hitfilm create shapes like text and manipulate with them…making them like animation??

  48. could you help me for a bit? for some reason the export logo isn't lid. i cant open the export page when i'm done with editing my vid.

  49. My videos turn into audio files idk whats happening someone help?

  50. If you want real info! This is the best video

  51. HII, can i edit rendered whiteboard animation (videoscribe) video and powerpoint slides on hitfilm express 2017 ?

  52. added a cross dissolve effect over 2 clips and then adjusted it's length by sliding the ends toward it's center to shorten it up. I need that same effect and length as adjusted added between 200 png files on the time line. How can I do this – I'd have thought I could select the effect above the clips and somehow copy it with it's length, then paste it on all the others. This is a slideshow where you want a really consistent look. Thanks

  53. this video is so helpful thank you!

  54. Dude thankyou!I was searching for that Export button! <3

  55. ok so how do i make my own animations and what do i do when my video is too long? 2 minute video, 3 hour length.

  56. THANK YOU!

  57. mä en saa mun videota youtubeen koska se sanaa et Videon käsittely epäonnistui. Varmista, että yrität ladata tuettua tiedostomuotoa.

  58. Why is my video playback playing slow and choppy in both the trimmer and viewer? How do I speed up video playback? I need the video to playback smoothly not in slow frames.

  59. good vid! love the intro

  60. whats the intro song??

  61. Hey shiny I love your videos! Do you use hitfilm your self? I'm getting the editor.

  62. When I export it will it go to my yt channel or to a file?

  63. what is composite video? do i need to use it?

  64. This is what a tutorial should look like,
    Good job

  65. How do you put your own music into your video

  66. WOW HitFilm is basically the free and worse version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  67. I love your intro 🙂


  69. Why can I not get my video to upload into Hitfilm Express?

  70. Why can I not get my video to upload into Hitfilm Express?

  71. My text doesn't show up in the editor .

  72. I really like your intro!

  73. i love your intro

  74. When I go to do it myself it just won't let me. I have the exact same version as this but when I click on audio – nothing happens – no highlight or options. Also I can't get options for credits, when I click on effects etc – nothing happens. Also, when I go to export it won't let me – either on youtube or vimeo, I wouldn't want to upload it for anything less than 1080p. Ihave my stuff on the timeline and can move them around, but anything else is a bit of a problem and I just can't understand what I am doing wrong. There are no options for me to click on anything, so therefore I can't work it. I am studying videos all the time, but nothing is telling actually HOW to get there!.

  75. uselsss

  76. are you from Bologna?

  77. amazing thank

  78. Good job

  79. When i hit the imoort button and import the video from my phone (i wanted to use a phone vid.
    And there it stands: File not supoortet

  80. Can i get an audio from youtube and add it as an audio after converting it to an mp4? Because i tried and it wouldn't work. Someone help me please

  81. This was excellent!

  82. Why when i play the video it turns all pixilized and blurry, but when i pause the resolution goes back to normal?

  83. "Beginners tutorial" – Shows how to make lightning effect and flares, but not how to fade to black, or move several video clips together on the timeline 😛 At least I know how to cut and export 🙂 And I can finally put pictures on top of my video!

  84. But is this Video edited in Hitfilm express?


  85. You filmed in Bologna? Italy?

  86. Hi. I have a problem… I cant add effects.. Idk why but i can only add audio. I wanna add the effect called heat distortion but idk how. I have tried pretty much anything to add the effect but i cant get it to work :/ If anyone else has the same problem please let me know! Or if you know how to fix it 😀 Thanks!

  87. You have teach me a lot. Thank You very much!

  88. I don’t have the buttons to export, please help.

  89. tried exporting video 4 times no volume.missing something

  90. when i use text option hitfilm crashes plz help

  91. i have a problem, when i put my video into my project and press play it goes all pixelated. please help

  92. This was soo good. Seriously its been a long time that I've watched a tutorial that is actually high quality. The music and animations were so good.

  93. I just got Hit Film Express (version 11) and this Beginner's tutorial is much better than theirs. I will be back to your channel to watch more!

  94. Ughhh…. this whole video editing is new for me like riding a bike for the first time. But with the help with your great tutorials I’m sure I’ll learn to edit. Thank you for your time and effort!

  95. When I export there’s a water mark and a piano noise help please

  96. Hello guys I have a problem with the exporting I play stretched fortnite and I record that when I finish the edit I go for export but it’s not full screen for someone reason, I changed the settings and it’s happening the same ..

  97. But was this for the free version? Because I am missing features such as the audiomixer, tracking, the top panel with home, tracking, and export, and also the controls panel

  98. THANK YOU‼️


  100. cannot import mkv files :l

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