Can you track with HitFilm 3 Express? (also masks & effects)

JasonBallou Website User Posts: 2
edited September 2015 in Post-production techniques

I was just taking my first stab at tracking in Hitfilm 3 Express. I was following the tutorial video, but when I need to click on the "plus" symbol next to the tracking option on the timeline it does not appear there as in the video. Also the little arrow to the left of the word "tracking" is grayed out as are the two options below of masks and effects. None will allow me to open them or select them. I am sure there is a simple explanation, but after fighting it a couple of hours I am  frustrated and ready for some help. Any help our there somewhere?


  • AxelWilkinson
    AxelWilkinson Staff Administrator, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 5,247 Staff

    What type of layer are you working with, is it video? Check to see if you are scrolled all the way to the right, in the Layer name section of the timeline. On smaller resolution screens, in certain interface configurations, the + sign could be scrolled out of view.

    As far as the Masks and Effects being greyed out, that sounds like you are dealing with a 3D Unrolled layer. In which case, you can either convert it to 2D or 3D Plane layer to add masks and effects, or you can embed it in a composite shot, and add the masks or effects to that.

  • JasonBallou
    JasonBallou Website User Posts: 2

    Well, first of all thank you for getting back to me and doing it so quickly. Secondly, I had a feeling that it would be something simple and I would feel like an idiot when I was told what it was. I don't really feel like an idiot, but it was a pretty simple solution. I didn't realize that the margin was adjustable on the right side and the little plus symbol was hiding just over the edge. Expanded my margins and there it was. All is fixed. Thanks again, and thanks for Hitfilm!

  • theresonating
    theresonating Website User Posts: 1

    Please help me, im using express 3 but the tutorial videos are outdated. Can you find the + sign on a macbook pro 15"? No matter how much I drag/extend the track/timeline, there is no + sign.  I wish there was an updated tutorial of stabilizing footage in hitfilm express 3.

  • Aladdin4d
    Aladdin4d Moderator Website User, Imerge Beta Tester Posts: 2,509 Enthusiast
    edited January 2016

    Your footage has to be in a composite shot first before you can track so if it's on the Edit timeline highlight it and click Make Composite Shot. In the composite shot expand the layer controls and that's where you'll find Track and the Plus sign. It's the same as HitFilm 3 and 4 Pro so if the tutorial you're watching talks about a Plus then it's still current.

    Older tutorials will talk about Push Pins. Push Pins were replaced by the Plus but other than that GUI change there isn't any other difference.

  • AxelWilkinson
    AxelWilkinson Staff Administrator, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 5,247 Staff

    @theresonating - This video covers tracking and stabilizing (around 2:30), and was created in HitFilm 3 Pro, which has the exact same interface as HitFilm 3 Express:

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