FOR NEWBIES: The easiest way to dramatically improve Hitfilm
First, a gentle reminder, it might be good if the forum has a section specifically to welcome newbies to Hitfilm. As example, here's a tip which could be great for newbies (it has been for me!!) but is likely of little use to more experienced users.
The single best thing I've done for my Hitfilm experience is connect a second monitor. This has allowed me to put the video viewer panel by itself full screen on the second monitor, where I can now see what's going on SO MUCH better. There is also now more room on the main monitor for me to arrange the other Hitfilm panels in a manner more suitable to my taste. And then of course I can save this setup using the very useful Workspace feature.
A second monitor doesn't need to be anything expensive. A $40 used monitor from Craigslist will likely do the the job if one is on a budget. I find that my somewhat cheesy 2nd monitor works just great for everything but color adjustments. To do color adjustments I grab the video viewer window and drag it from the 2nd monitor over to the main monitor, the monitor I'll be using to watch the videos I've created.
It's hard to overstate how much more I'm enjoying Hitfilm now that I have more screen real estate to work in. I'm working on connecting a third monitor now. Someday I'll probably have a whole wall full of giant monitors like they use at NORAD and NASA. Every pixel should have it's own monitor, don't you think? :-)
Ok you VideoGods, now it's turn. Show off your monitor setups!