In our first lesson, in learning HitFilm Pro, we talked about getting up and running, and what to expect when you first launch the application. Now let’s get in and create a new project.
Once you’re ready to create a new project, simply click on the “NEW” button in the upper left hand corner of the interface, and you will be brought to the Project Settings window.
If you look closely at the top of the HitFilm Pro interface, you’ll notice four tabs that you’ll be able to click through, once you get to the editing stage. You’re now ready to either enter all the relevant data about your project (Height, Width, Frame Rate, etc), or you can use a template from the top dropdown.
If you decide that you want to go ahead and create your own project in HitFilm Pro, keep in mind that once you have the settings set the way you like them, save them in the “Template” section at the top, so you have easy access to them at a later time.
Now, something very important for me to point out is that there is no way to capture footage into HitFilm Pro… Any footage you want to work with needs to be already on your system. In most cases this is not a big deal, as most footage is acquired digitally these day. You can ignore the Rendering settings for now, as we’ll deal with them in an upcoming lesson. You’ll notice at the bottom you can choose to either start editing or start compositing, so we’ll choose Start Editing, and we’ll start discussing editing in our next lesson.
Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.