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Since the beginning of time (well, May 2011), we’ve worked hard to make hundreds of helpful and inspiring video tutorials to accompany HitFilm. As well as covering as many features of the software as possible, we’ve also kept you all in the loop as we made our own short films and promotions.

YouTube has been our platform of choice to share what inspires us as a company, and offer up our own expertise to help our users develop incredible skill sets and produce their own mind-blowing pieces.

If you've been using HitFilm for a while chances are you've already seen the Project One tutorial, designed to get new users up to speed as quickly as possible. It introduces the interface, explains HitFilm's unique hybrid NLE-compositor workflow and touches upon its visual effects capabilities. If you're new and haven't seen it before, you can find it above.

After you've finished Project One, though, what next? Well, we have over 130 free video tutorials ready for you to watch but until now …

Ryan Connolly is a man possessing many talents. He writes. He directs. He acts. He knows DIY filmmaking inside-out and is equally comfortable jumping into VFX and sound editing. He knows how to maintain a perfectly trimmed-yet-relaxed beard. Every week he hosts Film Riot, a hugely entertaining and honest show about the ups and down of making movies (the latest ep of which you can find above). You may have seen us mention the show on a few occasions previously, not least when he put together a …

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It’s been a while since we last took a look at the state of computer hardware. The more powerful your computer is, the faster you’ll be able to render your visual effects. It’s not quite that simple, though - with graphics cards costing anything from $50 to $4000, how do you know where to start?

Whether you’re upgrading individual components or buying a pre-built rig, it’s good to know what kind of spec to aim for when running HitFilm. The good news is that there’s a huge range of …

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If you’ve been waiting a little longer than usual for a response to a support ticket it’s because we’ve had a few gremlins creep into the system. Fortunately this has only affected a small number of tickets and we are catching up on the backlog as fast as we can. Needless to say, the gremlins have been eliminated with extreme prejudice.

Apologies to anyone who is waiting for a response - you should hear from us very soon.
Thank you all for your

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This year we’ve been expanding the HitFilm landscape with the HitFilm 2 Express giveaway and the new HitFilm Plugins. It’s now time to focus on you, our users, and find out exactly what you all think of HitFilm, how you heard about us and what you’d like to see in the future.

By entering our short HitFilm survey, you’ll be helping us make all future HitFilm software the best it can be AND you get the opportunity to win a GoPro just by entering. Even if you don’t win, you’ll still …

Visual effects techniques are universal, meaning that they apply no matter which software you're using. We designed HitFilm to be adaptable and comparable to much more expensive software, opening up a whole world of tutorials beyond our own official videos.

A case in point is Videocopilot's fantastic collection of VFX tutorials. Andrew Kramer is a VFX and motion graphics professional and he's responsible for some of the best tutorials over the last few years. Although Andrew tends to focus on …

It happens when they change something.

The tweaks to the community that some of you have been noticing are all about laying the groundwork for future projects. By removing little-used features we can focus on what really matters: making sure the blog is a great reading experience; tweaking the forum to be an even better arena for detailed filmmaking discussion; enhancing the movie wall's curation process. It's about positioning the website to be ready for what's coming up.

2014 is a pivotal …

Jun 10 2014

May/June community roundup

Posted by KirstieT

Our semi-regular community roundup is back for May/June. We’ve had some really great submissions to the movie wall in the last month, and countless other inspiring and informative discussions in the forums.

To start us off, here is the short META, created by OrangePekoeMedia (winners of one of HitFilm’s very first competitions). Some incredible VFX, choreography and imagination makes this one of their best. Pay particular attention to the reflective drone chasing the main character, and …

Another week, another quick tip from Simon that applies to both HitFilm 2 Ultimate and HitFilm Plugins in After Effects.

We've seen a few reviewers and users miss this feature, where you can link any effect that generates 3D content to your 3D camera - so we thought we'd put together a short video to make sure it's all clear.

By linking your effects to a 3D camera you can the most out of HitFilm's effects. Try it out with atomic particles, gunfire, shatter or 3D extrusion

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