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Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:33pm

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HitFilm is an application that takes advantage of the latest computer technologies, which is how it can deliver fast, interactive 3D effects and compositing. The more powerful your computer, the faster HitFilm will run. At the same time we’ve designed the product to work on a wide variety of setups, so even if your machine is a few years old you should be good to go.

So that you can make sure your rig us up to the job, here are the official system requirements for HitFilm:

  • Operating system: 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP with SP3
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Opteron/Athlon 64 or above
  • Multicore or multiprocessor recommended for HD projects and media
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or ATI/AMD Radeon X1900 or above with 512 MB video memory
  • 1024 MB or more recommended for HD projects and 16-bit color rendering
  • 1024 x 768 resolution, 32-bit color display
  • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB or more recommended for HD projects
  • Storage: 300 MB hard drive space for program installation
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation (boxed version only)
  • Internet connection for online activation and HitFilm.com web services
  • Apple QuickTime 7.6 or above for importing QuickTime media files
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:37pm

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Biblmac wrote:

So there is a new video up, and I didn't see you guys post it anywhere on here, so I'll ask my question here. The lights that you see on the walls in the new vid, is that done manually, or does it hit the walls automatically when "3D boundaries" are put in place?
This is what I posted on another topic before this was posted.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:39pm

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It's a bit of both. I created a couple of lights (one blue, one green) and attached them to the same point as the particle effects, slightly offset from each other. So the green light stays inside the green particles as they move around and the blue light stays inside the blue particles.

Planes were added in the positions of the walls, floor and ceiling. As the lights move around they light up the planes, which gives the illusion of lighting up the room (which is just a still image in the background).

Once it was all rigged up, I only had to animate a single point, and the particle effects and lighting all did their thing automatically.

Edit: It's fun once it's rigged, because you can grab the point and drag it around in the 3D space in real time, and see it lighting it all up naturally. I might be biased, but I think it's pretty damn cool. razz
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:42pm

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You're biased Tarn!
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:51pm

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Tarn, that's awesome. I'm very excited about this! biggrin
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:53pm

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You're biased Tarn!
But it IS pretty damn cool.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 2:54pm

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OK, well my pc is;

intel core2duo 6300 1.86ghz
3.25 gig memory, (i put four gig in but, that's what comes up in system.)
NVIDEA GEFORCE 7300GS

Will this be ok for hitfilm ultimate, will I be able to edit and work on composites in hd? Let me know what I need to update to make it all more streamline.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 4:57pm

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The video card is weak, but other than that, the system seems okay. If you are going to upgrade anything, get a nice new nVidia 460 or Radeon graphics card. The processor too is slightly sub-par, but it appears it should work with these specs Tarn posted, but it might be slighly laggy.

P.S. The reason that the full 4 gigabytes of memory doesn't show up is because you are running a 32-bit operating system which can only utlize up to 3.5 or 4GB.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 5:20pm

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Cheers for the info mate, if... ahem, when I get hitfilm I'll definitly look into upgrading. What kind of prices would I be looking at for said GC and more updated CP.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 6:06pm

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Beautiful....Just beautiful.

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Ok so you have proxy walls, ceiling & floor set up in 3D space with the particle effect(s) plus their lights infront of these objects.

Big question coming up......

If you were to take a greenscreen shot of your guy from the previous video, key him out and place him 'in front' of the proxy 'back wall', making sure his feet touch the floor proxy but make sure he is placed 'Behind' the particle effect.....

Would he cast shadow(s) from the 2 light sources on the back wall & floor too ?????

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Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 6:27pm

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pscamm wrote:

Big question coming up......

If you were to take a greenscreen shot of your guy from the previous video, key him out and place him 'in front' of the proxy 'back wall', making sure his feet touch the floor proxy but make sure he is placed 'Behind' the particle effect.....

Would he cast shadow(s) from the 2 light sources on the back wall & floor too ?????

eek
That's a good question! I want to know the answer too! Haha
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 6:54pm

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Had to do a double-take to realize that was Hendo's old office!
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 7:30pm

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pscamm wrote:

Beautiful....Just beautiful.
Thanks. smile

One thing to bear in mind with all the videos we're putting out at the moment...these are not even scratching the surface. I'm still wrapping my head around all the possibilities of what can be done with HitFilm, and I've been involved with the design process for the last 3 years.

There's going to be stuff you guys think to do with HitFilm that none of us had even considered.

Big question coming up......

If you were to take a greenscreen shot of your guy from the previous video, key him out and place him 'in front' of the proxy 'back wall', making sure his feet touch the floor proxy but make sure he is placed 'Behind' the particle effect.....

Would he cast shadow(s) from the 2 light sources on the back wall & floor too ?????
Short answer...yes. smile We'll hopefully have a video looking at lights and shadows in more detail soon.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 7:35pm

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biggrin biggrin biggrin biggrin

Cant Wait

One more thing.....

The Indirect light video is based on a still background

So what happens when theres panning or hand held movements in the background plate ?????

Thats where your matchmoving linkup comes in.

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<---- So loves 3D Compositing

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Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 8:22pm

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Hey Tarn you say that "we're not scratching the surface" stuff almost everytime there's a new update. My question is, will you let us know when you do start scratching the surface? I don't want you to just be saying that to get us excited Lol
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 10:15pm

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How good are laptops at editing, compared with towers, obviously specs come into it so here goes.

AMD Turion x2 dual-coremobile rm70 2.00ghz
3gig ram
ATI Radeon 3100
vista
Cheers

I wrote:

intel core2duo 6300 1.86ghz
3.25 gig memory, (i put four gig in but, that's what comes up in system.)
NVIDEA GEFORCE 7300GS

how does my laptop compare with my tower, which would be more suited to run hitfilm? until I can upgrade obviously.
Posted: Wed, 8th Jun 2011, 11:54pm

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Okay... as someone who doesn't know much about computer specs, I'll jump on the bandwagon here.

It's a 2009 Dell Studio Desktop.

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2.67 GHz.
RAM: 8 GB, DDR2 memory.
Hard Drive: 580 GB
Video Card: ATI Radeon 4850
Display: Full HD, 1920x1080
Optical Drive: Blu-ray

As far as I can tell, the ATI Radeon 4850 has 512 GB video memory. The requirements "recommend" 1024 for HD projects, though. Will this work?
Posted: Thu, 9th Jun 2011, 5:19am

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The main problem with laptops is insufficient cooling due to everything being so tightly packed together. Most laptop CPU's & Graphics cards are 'Revved Down' to keep heat under control.

Towers dont suffer from this problem so you can go full throttle, or, like some do, overclock.

Loose the Laptop people LOL

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Seriously, laptops aren't the best editing solution when you are using really high res HD video. I bought a laptop for editing (i7, 6GB, etc) and it's good, but my desktop is unbelievably better. Ditch the laptops for editing. Doesn’t matter what brand it is, a similarly priced desktop (or a bit lower) will almost certainly be better.

Especially in the case of HitFilm, which seems to do a lot of grpahics processing, quality graphics cards will be crucial. Mobile graphics (as in laptops) are complete crap compared with their desktop counterparts. Graphics cards in laptops cannot be upgraded and you're stuck with what your computer already has. Plus, the memory is slower, cooling is worse, and motherboards are generally sub-par. wink

JawaJohnny- yeah, that should be okay. The rest of your system is fairly powerful, and that card is decent. An upgrade can't hurt, but perhaps you should wait and see how it runs before deciding?

Mike Q- the desktop will probably be a bit better, the specs are similar though. The AMD mobile processors totally suck- slow, underpowered, etc. But give it a try on both, and see which you like better/which performs better.
Posted: Thu, 9th Jun 2011, 7:19pm

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Cheers again for the info, I'll just save up and upgrade the lappy then.

Will any monitor be suficient for viewing the high def files, mine is only a couple of years old now, we shouldn't need to upgrade that as well.. right?
Posted: Thu, 9th Jun 2011, 9:19pm

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No problem. wink

You won't have to upgrade the monitor unless you want to be able to watch the videos in high definition on that screen. You can still edit and render them in 720p or 1080p resolution, but it won't look HD to you.

Hopefully that makes sense? It's not the end of the world using a non-HD screen to edit. I use 2 slightly older 22" flat panel monitors to edit because the colors are better, but I watch and view the videos on an HDTV screen.
Posted: Thu, 9th Jun 2011, 9:26pm

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Please tell me this will work with a Mac
Posted: Thu, 9th Jun 2011, 9:34pm

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EvansCinemas wrote:

Please tell me this will work with a Mac
Nope, it's Windows only. wink
Posted: Thu, 9th Jun 2011, 9:35pm

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I just tried to install a 8600 gt 512 graphics card, as an upgrade to the one I was using, the pc started to load up fine, my monitor came on showing the progress, the windows logo came up with the progress bar, it chimed as it started to load up then the screen went blank, the pc continued to buzz and whirr as they do but I was getting no image through, I tried it in safe mode and the monitor worked?? Anyone have any ideas about what I could do to get the graphics card to work.
It had the correct driver when I checked in safe mode as well??
Posted: Fri, 17th Jun 2011, 1:18pm

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What were you upgrading from? Sounds like there might have been some driver weirdness. What version of Windows?
Posted: Fri, 17th Jun 2011, 1:53pm

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vista
geforce 7300GS
Newer card: 8600GT

I'm sure I've had the card in before, the pc developed a fault which I put down to swapping cards, I changed cards back but the problem persisted, I only just remembered I had the card so thought it would be better than the top one. Like I say, in safe mode it recognised the card and said driver was updated???
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Will there be a new video today? There has to be. Make it 10 minutes this time because time is running out. You gotta tell us about all the features.
Posted: Fri, 17th Jun 2011, 4:15pm

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We're working on it. wink
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Please make it on LIGHTNING? biggrin
Posted: Fri, 10th Feb 2012, 5:17pm

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I have a Radeon Hd4350 512mb graphics card, will this be compatible with Hitfilm Ultimate???

Please Reply Soon!!!
Posted: Fri, 10th Feb 2012, 5:41pm

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The Radeon HD 4300 cards are below minimum spec but its worth testing the demo to see how they work out for you.

http://hitfilm.com/ultimate/demo
Posted: Sat, 11th Feb 2012, 4:36pm

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Ok, I'm gonna upgrade to a better card and saw a video on the minimum thingys for Hitfilm Ultimate. It said that anything in the Radeon 4600 series is recommended, but I was wondering if I could buy anything above that to make it even more awesome, such as Radeon 5450, as it's a higher number and that generally means better and all that baloney. =3

Also, You're British (Talking To FXHome people. Shessh.) and I'm British and I'm working on a feature-length film with Hitfilm Ultimate that I know you guys will love.
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Higher numbers in graphics cards don't always mean better performance. The manufacturers make it much, much more confusing than that. If you want to look at cards that offer the best performance, then look at the bold cards in the Recommended list on this page. Non the Minimum list, but scroll down to the Recommended requirements.