Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 7 – Updates

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, started discussing Composite Shots, and how you’re going to start working with them in HitFilm.  In this lesson, I want to side step slightly, and talk about HitFilm Pro Updates, as it’s something very important to do, not so much from the standpoint of bug fixes, but there are always a ton of new features being added to HitFilm Pro that by not updating you’re missing out on a ton of great new features that can potentially speed up or make your overall workflow easier! HitFilm Pro Updates Now, right off the Continue reading "Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 7 – Updates"

Sorenson Squeeze reaches its End Of Life

Well, I’m a little shocked to say that if you’re a Sorenson Squeeze user, as of September 1st, its hit its end of life!  As of right now, you can no longer purchase any Squeeze product, and the Squeeze online services (Sorenson 360, which had been rebranded as Squeeze Stream) will be shut down as of September 1, 2018. Sorenson Squeeze Reaches its End of Life Final Cut Pro and Premiere users might not be as familiar with Sorenson Squeeze as Media Composer editors are but, at one time, Sorenson Squeeze was THE application for compressing files for the web, for approval, for our demo reels, Continue reading "Sorenson Squeeze reaches its End Of Life"

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in 2018.7

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe discusses the newest release of Media Composer, 2018.7, and with it comes one of the first big promised features of Media Composer, and that is the Live Timeline. This, plus some other great new additions, makes 2018.7 an update that you’ll seriously want to consider. New Features of Media Composer 2018.7 16K Project Presets
Activating AC3 Separately
Support for Full Frame Stereoscopic with Avid Artist DNxIQ
Thin Raster Support with Open I/O Hardware
Resizable Composer window
Working with BXF Files
Preview Growing Sequences and Clips while Exporting to DNxHR or DNxHD
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 6 – Introduction to Composite Shots

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we wrapped up our discussion of the toolbar by looking at the Rate Stretch Tool, and your exporting options.  In this lesson, we’re going to talk about Compositing and Composite Shots in particular, and the two main decisions you need to make, when you’re going to do compositing in HitFilm Pro. I think it’s important to talk about Composite shots and what, exactly, they do, as most people think they are like nests or pre-comps, like in After Effects.  Even though they seem to serve that purpose, that’s not
HitFilm Pro - Composite Shot Options
HitFilm Pro - Make Composite Shot
HitFilm Pro - Importing Composite Shots
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REVIEW – CAMTASIA STUDIO 2018 from TECHSMITH

I’m going to start out this review by saying that most of my screen recording (about 95%) is done on a Mac, so when I switch over to PC to do the 5% of recording that I do on Windows, I need my screen recording application to be excellent quality, simple to use, and give me a wide array of export options.  In the past, I’ve used Camtasia Studio but, again, I’ll be perfectly honest…..I wasn’t a big fan of it. You used to have to use two applications to work with it (one to record and one to
New Assets in Camtasia Studio 2018
Camtasia Studio 2018 - Techsmith Assets
Themes in Camtasia Studio 2018
Behaviors in Camtasia Studio 2018
Camtasia Studio 2018 Current Export Window
Camtasia Studio 2018 - YouTube Export window
Camtasia Studio 2018 - Recording Bug
Camtasia Studio 2018 - Old File Production Screen
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 5 – Working with the HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar Part 2

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about most of the tools in the toolbar, and how you’ll use them in your editing workflows in HitFilm Pro, and in this lesson, we’re going to keep the discussion of the toolbar going by talking about a few other tools including the Rate Stretch Tool, and the Export Tools. We left off at the end of the last article, getting ready to talk about the Rate Stretch Tool, so let’s take a look at how it works, exactly.  One problem you’ll encounter, when working with
Speed/Duration Command in HitFilm Pro
HitFilm Pro's Rate Stretch Tool
HitFilm Pro's Edit Speed/Duration Window
HitFilm Pro's Snapping Tool
HitFilm Pro's Export Tools
HitFilm Pro's Export Window
HItFilm Pro's New Export Preset Window
You're sadly limited to your export codecs in HitFilm Pro
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 4 – Working with the HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar Part 1

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked a little bit about basic editing, and setting your options.  In this lesson, we’re going to move ahead, and talk about HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar, and the tools you have quick access to, when editing in your timelines. HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar is located to the left of your actual timeline, and it has tools in it that will not only help you with editing, but there are a couple of commands tucked away at the bottom that will get your timelines to the Export Queue, to export
HitFilm Pro's Toolbar where you'll find the
HitFilmPro's Slip Tool in action
HitFilmPro's Slide Tool in action
HitFilm Pro's Ripple edit tool is a destructive process
The Rolling edit tool is the perfect job for finite adjustments to edits in your timelines
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 3 – Editing Basics and Setting your Options

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about setting up our projects, and we had discussed that you can both edit and do compositing work in HitFilm Pro (HFP).  In the next couple of lessons, I want to cover the editing basics so you can see the basic functionality, as I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this that you are already an editor, and might just use the editing abilities of HFP to throw together a few clips to start working with.  I also want to cover HFP’s Options in
HitFilm Pro Editing Interface
HitFilm Pro Options
HitFilm Pro Options Window
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 2 – Creating your first project

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about the different purchasing (as well as free) options, when it comes to HitFilm.  In this lesson, we’re going to launch the application, and get started using the application, so let’s get to it! When you launch the application, you are brought to the “Home” screen.  Here you can choose to create a New Project, open an Old Project, check out the HitFilm Pro (HFP) User Guide, and even see some of the more popular tutorials from the HFP YouTube channel.  I thought that these tutorials were
HitFilm Pro Project Selection WIndow
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Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 1 – Welcome

I’m a big fan of HitFilm.  And I thought that I would start a written tutorial series here on ProVideo Coalition that looks at HitFilm,and why it’s a great alternative compositing application for editors and graphics designers who are looking for different tools to add to their editing and compositing toolkits.  In the first article, I want to talk about the different versions of HitFilm for you to choose from, so you’re well informed when/if you decide to take the plunge. HitFilm Studio – $497 HitFilm Pro Studio This is “The Big One” for HitFilm.  It contains their main flagship application, HitFilm, as
HitFilm Pro
HitFilm Express
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Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Start right, Finish right!

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about Projects, and the most important thing to keep in mind when creating them. It occurred to me a little while ago, that it’s been four years since I stopped doing my Creative Cow tutorials and, believe it or not, that was way back on version 6 of Media Composer.  A lot has changed since then (a lot has stayed the same as well), and I think it’s important to go back, and take a look at many of the concepts that I talked about back then, with a Media Composer 2018. Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Start right, Finish right!"

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Start right, Finish right!

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about Projects, and the most important thing to keep in mind when creating them. It occurred to me a little while ago, that it’s been four years since I stopped doing my Creative Cow tutorials and, believe it or not, that was way back on version 6 of Media Composer.  A lot has changed since then (a lot has stayed the same as well), and I think it’s important to go back, and take a look at many of the concepts that I talked about back then, with a Media Composer 2018. Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Start right, Finish right!"

Let’s Edit with MC – Keying Part 4 – Mocha Masking Basics

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about utilizing the worlds most powerful tracking software, Mocha BCC, to create Inside/Outside masks, so you can isolate the areas of your footage that you need to, with pinpoint accuracy! This is always one of my favorite topics.  People get a little confused when they see Mocha and Keying in the same sentence, because Mocha is normally associated with Motion Tracking, and Keying is normally an effect-based process, so people don’t connect the two.  Well, here’s the connection.  When working with Chroma keys, ideally, you’ll want to do some inside/outside Continue reading "Let’s Edit with MC – Keying Part 4 – Mocha Masking Basics"

In Depth – Soundly 2 for Windows and OS X

Depending on the type of audio work you do, sound effects play a huge roll in the process.  If you’re an offline editor, or sound designer, sound effects are essential to making your work sound as realistic as possible.  In this article, I want to look at a relative newcomer to the sound effects game, and that is Soundly.  They offer a cloud based sound effects option at a reasonable cost.  Let’s check them out, and see if what they have to offer is worth your hard earned dollar. Now, I’ve been in the industry for a while, so when
Soundly 2 Online Store of Sound Effects for purchase
Soundly 2 Drag and Drop to the Desktop
Soundly 2 Speed Adjustment Drag Bar
Soundly 2 Interface docked at the bottom of Premiere Pro CC
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First Look – Rampant Style Kits

We’re all about value for our dollar(s) these days.  Whether it’s in the the plug-ins we buy, the storage arrays we need or, for the purposes of this article, the elements that we use in our edits.  One company that has always been big on great quality at an affordable value is Rampant Design Tools.  They’ve recently been releasing a new(er) product called Rampant Style Kits.  So what are they, and how are they a good value for you, the editor?  Let’s check them out. One “problem” with Rampant Design Tools elements is that when you decide to purchase one
Rampant Style Kits from Rampant Design Tools
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Let’s Edit with MC – Keying Part 3 – BCC Primatte Studio Basics

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about taking your Chroma Keying workflows to the next level, by using Boris Continuum Complete’s Primatte Studio. New to version BCC 11, this essential tool will take your keying work to new levels, and prove that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your NLE, to create stunning Chroma Keys, with only a few clicks of the mouse. Many editors are content using the built in tools in Media Composer to do their Chroma Keying.  To be honest, if you were doing some basic keys, of some perfectly lit elements with Continue reading "Let’s Edit with MC – Keying Part 3 – BCC Primatte Studio Basics"

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Chroma Keying Part 2 – SpectraMatte

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe continues the discussion on Chroma Keying by talking about the SpectraMatte effect. As I always say, there are two things that Editors hate doing more than anything.  Motion Tracking/Roto and Chroma Keying.  In this lesson, we’re expanding on the basic RGB Keyer that we showed in the lesson on Garbage Mattes, and we talk about SpectraMatte.  What’s important to keep in mind about both of these effects, is that they not only come standard with Media Composer, but they also haven’t been updated, since they were implemented in Media Composer ( Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Chroma Keying Part 2 – SpectraMatte"

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – FrameFlex and Larger than HD Image Sequences

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer question about working creating Pan & Zooms with image sequences that are larger than the current raster dimension he is editing with. In this lesson, we talk about linking to 4K Image Sequences, and how to manipulate them, by working with the FrameFlex Parameter! I get a lot of viewer questions, and I do my best to answer every one.  Certain ones, I find, are great questions for tutorials, and this e-mail was definitely one of those e-mails.  With 4K footage becoming more and more prevalent in editors workflows Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – FrameFlex and Larger than HD Image Sequences"

Combating Computer Vision Syndrome

More than anything, editors and motion graphic designers have one tool that more important than anything, and that is their eyes.  You eyes are probably the most important tool you have, and eye strain can be an absolutely debilitating problem if you’re not paying close enough attention to what your eyes are telling you.  In this article, I thought I would look at a few different issues when it comes to your eyes, and eye strain and more specifically Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), to try help you keep your eyes (and you) as healthy as possible.  
SYMPTOMS OF EYE
Blue LIght falls into the middle of the color spectrum
Stapes sells Glare Reduction screens for your desktop PC.
Gunnar Glasses for combating Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
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In Depth – Ignite Pro from HitFilm

I wanted to follow up my review of HitFilm Pro 2017 with a look at the two products that come as part of the Studio bundle.  In this article we’re going to look at Ignite Pro, which can be purchased as part of the Studio bundle or on its own for $199.  Alright, here we go!

WHAT YOU GET

Let’s ignore the fancy marketing speak on the HitFilm website, as they describe Ignite Pro as 550+ effects and presets for use in Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Avid Media
Rain on Glass Effect from Ignite Pro by HitFilm
3D Text Extrusion Effect from Ignite Pro by HitFilm
Lightsword Effect from Ignite Pro by HitFilm
Hyperdrive Effect from Ignite Pro by HitFilm
Neon Path Effect from Ignite Pro by HitFilm
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