By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)
In our previous lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro 2017, we talked about the concept of “JKL” editing, and how you can use it to quickly find in and out points in your footage and edit it into your timeline. I also mentioned that I wasn’t a big fan of the current keyboard shortcut layout, and that you can change it. Well, in this lesson, we’re going to start looking at the Preferences by checking out the Shortcuts option.
To access the Preferences, you’ll need to head up to the “HitFilm Pro 2017” dropdown menu (on Mac), and choose “Preferences.” Since we’re going to talk specifically about the Keyboard shortcuts in this lesson, we’ll skip over the other preferences for now. When you’re at the Keyboard section in HitFilm Pro, you can now start swapping out keyboard shortcuts for ones that work better for you.
For example, I’m accustomed to working with “B” as my overwrite (overlay) edit and “V” as my insert edit key. So once I’ve swapped out those shortcuts, and I head back to the main user interface, I will now see that the tool tips have now been updated to reflect the new shortcuts, and I’m all set to edit the way I’m accustomed to, coming from Media Composer.
Keep in mind, that at any time I can go back to HitFilm Pro’s keyboard shortcuts, and reset them back to their original keys, if I want to.
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.