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The HitFilm workflow

Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 4:11pm

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Wondering how HitFilm will work alongside your current video editor? Watch this video to find out!

If you've got any questions ask us here, or over on the blog, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 5:06pm

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Cool so that how the workflow. I'm now used Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum Production Suite so when HitFilm come out I can used it like you shown.

Oh ya will this work in a editor like Magix Movie Edit Pro 16 Plus?
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 5:45pm

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That was pretty great although I had already assumed it would work that way... But it's still awesome.
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 5:54pm

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I have already started using After Effects, so I'm not sure whether or not to get this. Having an editor is a great option since a lot of the time I wish I could edit straight in AE for more basic shots, so if the price is right (or I have money) I might get it.

You guys aren't really getting me too excited with these videos yet. When you start showing us the features and how it's so easy to make awesome effects I'll be glad! I remember the feeling I got when I first found this website and how amazed I was at everything. If you guys can make me feel that way again you'll have a buyer Lol
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 6:19pm

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Patience, RodyPolis, its coming.

The ability to edit and create effects in one application, without any transcoding or rendering required, is one of the aspects of the program I am most pleased with. Better quality, less hassle, faster and simpler. Its a win win win win. Especially for new video users, the need to only learn one program, instead of having to learn both an editor and an effects program (not to mention the compatibility hassle of getting your footage from one to the other) is a huge benefit.
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 9:20pm

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I use Visionlab pro now to edit presentation, wedding and funeral videos to color grading, removing drunk people and wannabe photographers, etc. I have to make the first raw cut in Ligthworks, then do the magic in Vlab, and cut again the whole thing to finish the process.

With Hitfilm this will be much quicker.

at least i hope wink
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 9:48pm

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Axeman wrote:

The ability to edit and create effects in one application, without any transcoding or rendering required, is one of the aspects of the program I am most pleased with. Better quality, less hassle, faster and simpler. Its a win win win win. Especially for new video users, the need to only learn one program, instead of having to learn both an editor and an effects program (not to mention the compatibility hassle of getting your footage from one to the other) is a huge benefit.
Yep. Even though we haven't really gotten to the "WOW" videos yet, just the concept of HitFilm is a very impressive one. It's going to save people a lot of time and trouble by not having to mess with rendering until the shot is totally done and edited.

The videos so far have been covering the basics and introducing us to the HitFilm environment so that when the very, very cool videos happen, you'll understand how that stuff incorporates into the interface, and how simply it works. When the time comes, I don't think anyone will be unimpressed. smile
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 10:23pm

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How soon can I expect a WOW video? I'm tired of waiting!!!
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 11:33pm

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Axeman wrote:

Its a win win win win.
Some one sure is winning. wink

Yeah, I agree Axeman, the ease of use and the time saved from not ahving to render back and forth is worth the cost.
Posted: Mon, 23rd May 2011, 11:47pm

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RodyPolis wrote:

How soon can I expect a WOW video? I'm tired of waiting!!!
Just watch the videos that are already out again. wink Maybe you'll see something you didn't notice before.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 12:38am

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In terms of the workflow and the 'rendering back and forth', let me just say that HitFilm removes those qualms, and then some. As someone who was never too keen on any particular video effects application as a daily use thing (including, but not limited to AfterEffects and the FXHome software) HitFilm's workflow is a 'game changer', as it were.

Where I would've been scared off, HitFilm is inviting and easy-to-use, and you get all the positives (from my own experience with the beta) of an 'all-in-one' app without any of the limitations or drawbacks such programs normally have. There's ease and integration, but not at the cost of power. Rather, the power is there - and it's amplified because of the integration.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 1:21am

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So I guess everyone is a beta tester except me... sad Too bad, guess I'll just keep doing awesome music videos without it Lol
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 2:00am

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I'm not really all that excited for HitFilm. But something tell's me I'm better off buying HitFilm.

The build in editor will make thing a whould lot faster. I can see editing the more complex scenes in HitFilm and editing the whould movie in you main editor like Sony Vegas.

All and all I can't wait to but this software even those I'm not excited for it but I know I'm going to have lots of fun with HitFilm.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 4:39am

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looking good guys, can't wait to get to use it.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 7:20am

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SaiTurtlesninjaNX wrote:

I can see editing the more complex scenes in HitFilm and editing the whould movie in you main editor like Sony Vegas.
I wouldn't even say it's down to complexity of scenes, it's that HitFilm is perfectly tailored for sequences. Because, if you really think about it, visual effects - no matter how large or small - are seldom confined to just one shot, they're normally bolstered by being in a visual effects sequence that runs across a number of shots. Or maybe you've got some actions intercut for a few seconds in between visual effects.

HitFilm works to develop the artistry of the visual effect you're adding, and helps contextualize it because you can actually see it in the sequence you're going to use it. Instead of adding effects to a raw take or just editing the shots together beforehand, the timeline is there, live, during the effects process. This makes the workflow faster, yes, but it also helps exceedingly in the very trial-and-error aspect of adding effects in different measures to see what is going to work the best. This, to me, is what's tremendous about HitFilm: it's a tool that removes the holdups of pre- and post-rendering (which expands ease-of-use, yes) so that the more 'technical' aspects of adding effects, etc is done for you.

They eliminate, as best as a program can, the technical hurdles (moving program to program, rendering, having difficulty in a less-than-stellar workflow) to leave you to the creative part; which is ultimately what breeds the best effects and visual sequences. It's something you'll have to see (or use!), I suppose, to believe.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 12:03pm

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I'm really interested to know if Hitfilm will let you edit small sequences seperately, then be able to add them to a "master sequence" as it were. Though from what I've seen it looks like you could do that with just the visual effects timeline, it would be fantastic if you could do that with the dedicated editor interface.
Posted: Tue, 24th May 2011, 12:41pm

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At launch HitFilm will have a single editor sequence, so you wouldn't be able to string together multiple sequences as you describe.

How we develop the software post-release will be influenced by feedback we get from users, so this kind of request is very useful as it helps us to know where to focus our efforts.