Can you add a background or reference image to record on top of?

Rotterjones Website User Posts: 14

I have a scene established in hitfilm and am trying to add an animated flying object.

I know where I want it to start and travel in my scene but am having a difficult time getting an ActionPro path to fit correctly.

If I could add a background image to ActionPro then I would know where to start and draw the path.

Any tips on how I might do that?

I also find it very challenging getting a path to be at the right scale.  I have to use trial and error in both the size of path I draw and the export scale.

Can the path be scaled inside Hitfilm?


  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 3,112 Ambassador
  • Deweak
    Deweak Website User Posts: 174 Enthusiast

    Agree with you, I downloaded the demo version of action pro and unfortunately I found this useless because of no image or video can be used as a reference background in the viewer. Moving objects with the mouse or other physical controllers could be great, but if you have to follow a scene's action you have to view your moves on a reference image...

    I had another issue with the mouse detection zone during recording. You should be able to record with a hotkey instead of a mouse click, and to have the mouse moves restricted to the simulation's viewport during recording, instead of having the mouse pointer going in the options menus or in Window's taskbar in case of large moves. Some softwares like Blender use an "infinite move" in current viewport to avoid this (when the cursor reaches the right edge of active viewport, it appears at the extreme left, and so on, so you can keep moving your mouse without losing the cursor outside of the active view...)

  • JMcAllister
    JMcAllister Website User Posts: 592 Enthusiast


    "...You should be able to record with a hotkey..."

    press r to record

  • MichaelJThompson
    MichaelJThompson Website User Posts: 6 Just Starting Out

    Press r to record is not enough - you should be able to place the cursor, register the position, go to the next position, record that and so on, without the time ticking by. The duration should then be entered afterwards. This would be a great alternative to trying to use a wobbly mouse against the recording time. Until this sort of thing is provided (and the ability to insert temporary backgrounds, editing features and so on), I don't see a great deal of use for Action Pro, or to put it another way, its current usefulness is a bit limited. No doubt, there are great things for planned for what should be an excellent program.

  • IamJoshuaDavies
    IamJoshuaDavies Staff Administrator Posts: 360 Staff

    I've added these to our feature list. Firstly, an image will be easier than a video so let's start there. How do you see this feature working?

  • Rotterjones
    Rotterjones Website User Posts: 14

    About a background reference image...

    I'm thinking about it like importing a background layer like you might use on a light table.

    Then I can record a  path on top of that background image and export just the path like you normally would, but while keeping the path at the correct size and scale that matches the background image.

    Perhaps also the ability to set the overall workspace size/scale to match the image, then record the path with the image as a background reference, then export the path to Hitfilm where it fits my timeline without having to make any further changes.

    In this case, I'm talking about using a single 2D still image for the background layer.