In our last lesson, in our look at HitFilm Pro, we talked about importing media into your project. Well, once that media is in your project, you might need to make some some adjustments to the clips, before editing them into your timeline. That’s where the Media Properties comes into play.
Once you’ve imported your clips into your project, you’ll notice a little “Gear” icon to the right of the clip, towards the edge of the project window. Once you click on it, you’ll be brought to the Media Properties window.
The properties window in HitFilm Pro is designed to two purposes: First, to give you more information about your clip(s), and second, to make minor modifications to parameters like frame rate and, more importantly, Aspect Ratio.
Aspect ratio is an important one, especially when you start getting into aspect ratios like DVCPRO HD, where the clip might not have been tagged as being DVCPRO (960 x 720). So this window gives you the ability to make those minor adjustments here, without having to recompress the footage by throwing it back into an application like Media Encode to compress it to a more “user friendly” codec and aspect ratio.
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.