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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Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Chroma keying Part 1 – Garbage Mattes

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe beings a multi part lesson on Chromakeying inside of Media Composer. Lesson One looks at a concept that’s very important when keying, and that is Garbage Matting. A Garbage Matting is essential to creating great keys, and Media Composer has a fantastic tool to create them – Animatte. If anyone knows me, they know that I always say one thing more than anything.  There are two things that editors hate more than anything.  Chroma keying and Motion Tracking/Roto work.  Why?  Because it’s some thing they didn’t have any control over, Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Chroma keying Part 1 – Garbage Mattes"

In Depth Look – HitFilm Pro 2018

I’m the first one to admit that I’m a fan of HitFilm.  For me, it’s like the Little Engine That Could.  The HitFilm team have put themselves in a very interesting place.  They are essentially taking on both Adobe and BlackMagic design, by attempting to give editors and compositors an alternative to doing their editing and graphics work in Premiere and After Effects and/or Resolve and Fusion.  With a team as small as they are (they mentioned in their livestream they are a team of about 20), this is a pretty monumental task but one that, if you’ve been following
New Text Features in HitFilm Pro 2018
Adobe After Effects Ignite 2018 Effects - HitFilm Pro 2018
Action Pro working outside of HitFilm Pro 2018
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In Depth Look – Red Giant Universe 2.2

Red Giant develop and distribute some of the best plug-ins out there.   Shine and Magic Bullet Looks are my “go to” effects from Red Giant.  Way back in March 2014, they announced a new venture, Red Giant Universe.  At the time, Sean Safreed, Red Giant co-founder and CTO said: “It’s rare we get to introduce technology that is entirely new!  Universe is an entirely new foundation for tools. It marries the simplicity of Javascript with the power of the GPU to deliver speedy renders and pixel-perfect results. Users are going to love how quickly we offer new
Red Giant Universe is now supported in Avid Media Composer
A still from Hewlogram, a new Red Giant film, featuring effects from Red Giant Universe 2.2
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In Depth – Sapphire 11 AVX from Boris FX

Never has it been a better time to be an effects and visual effects geek like me. Boris FX has cornered the market on the high end visual effects, with their flagship plug-in package, Boris Continuum Complete, they purchased both Imagineer Systems as well as GenArts, to lock up the best tracking and roto application on the market today, Mocha (Pro/AE/BCC/Sapphire), and they finished their acquisition a few months ago of GenArts, bringing the highest of the high end visual effects into the mix. Boris FX (we no longer say GenArts Sapphire, it’s now simply Boris FX Sapphire 11) has
Regular Sapphire 11 Glow Effect in Media Composer
Sapphire 11 Glow with Mocha Integration
Media Composer Effects Editor with Sapphire 11 S_Glow and Mocha integration
Sapphire 11 Units Breakdown
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Scripts are taking over a lot of my After Effects workflows

I use third party effects.  A lot, but what I’m starting to notice more and more is how much I’m using scripts in my day to day After Effects workflow.  They fill a lot of gaps that third party effects just can’t do, so I thought for this article I’d share a little insight into a few of the cool scripts that I’ve been using lately!  I should mention, before I get started, that all the scripts that I’m going to mention in this article came from AEScripts.com, which has just an absolutely staggering amount of scripts for you
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Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in 8.9.3

In this Let’s Edit with Media Composer lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about some of the great new features in the newest release of Avid Media Composer, v8.9.3! These updates are always a bit of a treat.  What I mean by that is that normally when a point point up date comes out, it’s normally bug fixes only.  Well, this point point version release of Media Composer actually has some pretty cool new features in it, so of which are simple workflow enhancements (moving clips up and down tracks), and some are essential workflow updates (Relinking Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – What’s New in 8.9.3"

Creative Cloud About Menu Easter Eggs

Okay, I’m going to sound like a complete Adobe nerd when I say this, but I look forward to every new release of the Creative Cloud apps for the obvious reason of the update to the apps, but I also look forward to it for a very different reason altogether.  The Easter Eggs.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this article will be a real treat for you! If you’ve been working with Adobe products for as long as I have, the Big Electric Cat might be familiar to you.  It was the codename of Photoshop 4, and
About Easter Eggs splash screen for Photoshop 4.0
About Easter Eggs splash screen for Photoshop 6.0
About Easter Eggs splash screen for Premiere Pro CC 2018
About Easter Eggs splash screen for Photoshop CC 2018
About Easter Eggs splash screen for After Effects CC 2018
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Let’s Edit with Media Composer – BCC 11’s Advanced Avid Workflow

In this Let’s Edit with Media Composer tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about BCC 11’s new Media Composer workflow. In the past, editors were limited to working with BCC effects in their composites. Now, with the release of version 11, the development team has updated the effects workflow for BCC to allow Sapphire 11 effects to be incorporated in your effects pipeline. Effects work is always a tricky thing for Media Composer editors.  If you’re just starting out, you’re going to find out very quickly that the core effects in Media Composer, unless you plan on working only with Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – BCC 11’s Advanced Avid Workflow"