The Editor sequence properties determine the setup of your Editor sequence, where you perform the main edit of your movie.
These properties don't apply to your composite shots, where you create your visual effects. Each composite shot you create has its own properties that are unaffected by the project settings.
For more information on the differences between Editor sequences and composite shots, check out the Edit & Effects section.
Choosing your Editor sequence properties
The Editor sequence properties panel is spilt into three sections.
You can either choose a project template or define each option yourself.
At the top the currently selected template is displayed and can be changed using the menu. This area can also be used to save new templates for future use.
Choosing a template
The template menu lists a range of common project types. Unless you are working on something particularly unusual you should be able to find something that matches your camera type or project requirements.
Once you have chosen a template you can either click Apply straight away or continue to customize the options.
Saving a new template
After altering some of the video and audio properties you might want to save the setup to a new template so that you can easily use it again in future.
Clicking the Save template button to the right of the template menu will display a dialog in which you can specify a name for the new template. If a template already exists with that name you will be asked if you want to replace it.
The default templates cannot be changed or replaced.
The new template will then be available from the template menu.
Removing a template
The Remove template button will permanently remove the currently selected template from the list.
The default templates cannot be removed.
These options affect how video is displayed on your editor sequence.
|•||Width & height - the resolution of the video frame in pixels. Make sure this matches your main video clips otherwise they might be displayed too big or too small.|
HitFilm Standard supports projects up to 1080p resolutions.
|•||Frame rate - the number of frames displayed sequentially in each second of playback. If this does not match your video clips they may playback too fast or too slow.|
|•||Aspect - the shape of the individual pixels, which in turn affects the shape of the video frame. Some formats use non-square pixels to create widescreen aspect ratios, so make sure you check your camera's specification if your video looks stretched or squashed.|
|•||Field type - all HitFilm projects work in a non-interlaced (progressive) format. Interlaced video will be automatically deinterlaced when used in HitFilm.|
The quality of your audio is affected by its sample rate. Higher sample rates will normally yield better quality but may require more storage space and processing time.
Your project's sample rate affects your sequence and all composite shots. Audio of a different sample rate will be converted automatically.
Try to source your audio at high quality to begin with, then match the sample rate in your audio properties.
Applying your properties
Once you have finished setting up your project, click Apply to confirm the choices and be taken automatically to the Edit & Effects screen.
You can return to the Project screen at any time using the navigation bar if you want to check or change your settings.
Understanding your Editor sequence properties
If you're new to digital filmmaking there can be some confusion regarding whether Editor properties should be based on your source media or the intended destination for the project.
For example, what if you shot all your video using an HD camera at 720P (a widescreen resolution of 1280x720 pixels) but the final destination for the project is a standard American NTSC DVD (a non-widescreen resolution of 720x480)? You could set up your editor sequence for either scenario and use the same media.
In this example, working at the maximum HD resolution is the best route to take. That way you will always have a high definition version of the project in case you need it at a later date. The DVD resolution version can then be created using HitFilm's Export features, at which point you can export as many different versions of the project as you wish.
Working the other way around, with a standard definition NTSC project, you would not be able to easily export a good quality HD version.
Your editor properties will have a major effect on your Editor timeline. Make sure you choose the correct options and consult your camera's documentation if you need to check any details.
RECAP Always work at the maximum quality possible and use the Export screen to create alternate versions if necessary.