In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm 2017, we talked about our the Viewer Toolbar located to the left of the viewer. In this lesson, I want to talk about Clip-based Parameters, and how you’re going to adjust them inside of your timeline.
Now, the first and most obvious question is what is a clip-based parameter. Well, put simply, it’s a parameter “attached” to your clip, that is not added as an effect. Parameters that this includes are Position, Scale, Rotation, Opacity and Anchor Point. To get to these parameters, twirl down the menu located to the left of the layer visibility toggle (in the Compositing Module).
Once you’ve done that, you’ll notice that you have a few categories in here such as Tracks, Effects and Masks that only become populated when you add any of those elements to your clip. Below that you’ll notice a Transform option that can be expanded, and now you’ll see the clip based parameters for this particular clip. You can now make adjustments to any one of them, and see the results immediately.
You can also add keyframes to any one of the parameters in HitFilm Pro by clicking on the circle located to the left of the name of the parameter. By doing this, you’ll notice a keyframe now located in the timeline, and if you move to a new location, and add another keyframe by adjusting the element, you’ve just created your first animation.
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.