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MrBlueVan Posts: 8 Just Starting Out*

Hi everyone, my name is Stephen and I'm aiming to learn to use HFE to prepare some simple blogging videos.

There's a 'biggy' that I have been thinking about for a year which is about the pandemic but I won't open a discussion here about that here. And there are others relating to car repair and athletics.

I've tried the a typical way of learning to use software which is to use just dive in ... but that isn't working for me with HFE which is a bit unusual. I'm used to figuring these things out. I've got so far but there is so much to know if you don't have a background in films and video that trying to work almost blind is a sure fire way of making slow progress. So it looks like I will have to start at the beginning with the tutorials.

Mind you, I made the mistake of 'diving in' with a video recorder back in the early 90s. I had to admit defeat. I opened the manual - they were paper booklets in those days! - and the first think I read was "Hi there! So you've tried it your way; now we invite you to try it ours." I had to roar with laughter. This comedian had got me to a 'T'... :-)


  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Posts: 3,757 Ambassador

    @MrBlueVan All good questions. I will drop some links below, but first keep in mind that HF started out as mostly a visual effects piece of software able to composite 3D elements including 3D models. The editor was not as robust at the time, but has come a long way to make HF a more complete package for editing and compositing. That said, there is a somewhat steep learning curve on the compositing side, but the editor is pretty straight forward. And the editor continues to improve as newer versions of the software are released.

    I would suggest starting out with Javert's HitFilm Basics Masterclass https://fxhome.com/masterclasses/basics


    The Masterclass is a good place to start. Here are a couple of more links:

    Here's another one: https://youtu.be/4gGhgOWWrjA

    Once you get a handle on the HF workflow here is a link to multiple FXHome tutorials on HF that cover a variety of subjects from Beginner to Advanced https://fxhome.com/video-tutorials#/

    Beyond that, Google is your friend. There are lots of 3rd party tutorials out there, so if you get stuck on a feature chances are someone has made a tutorial about.

    And when you have further questions, feel free to post them here. This is a pretty helpful forum with a huge knowledge base. Good luck with your project!

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Posts: 3,113 Expert

    @MrBlueVan Stephen, welcome to the forums! Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. Even if it seems like it might be a stupid question, ask anyway! You could never ask any question that was more stupid than the ones that I have asked!!! 🤣

    What @Stargazer54 has suggested is great advice. Take a look at the HitFilm Master Class linked above. That is a great place to start.

    I took the time to go and look at your other post (Message: do you want to change editor sequence settings to match the clip?)

    I will go over and provide more feedback for you on that thread in a moment.

  • MrBlueVan
    MrBlueVan Posts: 8 Just Starting Out*

    Hi Guys

    Thank you for your replies and links. Much appreciated. I'm trying to assemble my first video and beginning to realise that it's one thing stitching together the various media, it's another standing in front of the camera and producing the shots in the first place...

  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Posts: 3,757 Ambassador

    @MrBlueVan Yep. A lot of process workflows in video production. Good luck with your project. Tutorials are just a jumping off point and will spark new ideas, so give yourself some time to experiment.