How to create a freeze frame effect | HitFilm Express
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How to create a freeze frame effect | HitFilm Express

October 12, 2019


In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how
to create a freeze frame effect in both HitFilm Pro and Express. Here we are in a new project, with the footage
already imported. Let’s right click the video file in the Media panel and select Make Composite
Shot. Drag the playhead to when Oli first leans up against the tree. Come up to the Viewer window and under Options,
select Export Frame. This will take a still image of the current scene. I’ll name it Freeze
1 and save it onto my computer. Now open your Windows Explorer or Finder and import the
image by dragging into the Media panel. Bring it down into the timeline. Switch over
to the Slice tool, and make a cut where your playhead currently is. Change back to the Select tool and delete
the layer from that point forward. This makes sure that the freeze will end when the actor catches up with it. Click the Freeze 1 layer and come up to the Freehand
Mask tool. Zoom in if you need to by scrolling the mouse wheel, and draw a shape around your
actor. If you click and drag on a point it’ll turn into a curve, which can result in a smoother
shape. The mask for this does have to be pretty exact, so take your time and save often. Once you come all the way back around, click
the first point you drew to close the mask. Drop down the Mask properties, Shape, and
adjust the Feathering and Expansion to fine-tune the mask. Playing it back, you’ll see that Oli has been
cut out but he doesn’t follow the motion of the camera. The next step is to motion track
your footage. For a full tutorial on this, see Axel’s tutorial through the card onscreen.
Start by creating a Point layer- this will hold the tracking data. I’ll name it Tree
Track. Select the footage layer and in the Controls panel, click the plus icon next to
Tracks to begin. I’ll place the first tracking point down here
on the tree, close enough to Oli that it should be accurate for his position, but it won’t be affected by the shadow that he makes. In the Track controls change the
Type to Double Points, so that the rotation of the camera can be tracked as well. Place
this one down on the ground near his feet. Now, track backwards. When it’s done, change
the Layer to the Tree Track point and checkmark Rotation. Hit Apply to attach the tracking
data to the tree point. Come back up to the Viewer window, and make
sure your playhead is where you took the screencapture. Parent the Freeze 1 layer to the Tree Track.
You now should have a cutout of Oli that is motion tracked to the shot, which disappears
when he steps into it. The process for the next two freeze frames is exactly the same,
I’ll go over it again real quick. First, find the frame you want to freeze.
Export the frame and bring it back into HitFilm. Cut off the end so that it doesn’t continue. Select
the layer and mask it out. Create a new Point, and motion track the footage near where that
freeze is happening. In the case of this footage, it’s important that you don’t use the same
tracking point for every freeze frame. Because Oli is at different distances from the camera throughout
the shot, the movement of a spot farther away will not match the movement of one closer
to the camera. Once you’ve tracked the motion and applied
it to the point, parent the freeze frame layer to it. I did this process once again for the
final freeze when Oli is standing next to the hare, but for now, I’ll just leave it
there. Leave any questions down below and check out
our Mocha tutorial for a similar, more advanced freeze frame tutorial.

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  1. I initially thought this was going to be a simple tutorial as to how to export a frame, but WOW, this effect was was amazing!

  2. In stead of motion tracking just edit everything in a still camera shot and then add a fake camera shake, it's gonna save your time.

  3. Will Hitfilm Express get support for Shadowplay Split audio tracks? Whenever I have that setting enabled, Hitfilm doesn’t have my microphone audio. But when I set Shadowplay to merge the tracks, I can’t control them separately.

  4. add the flash effect to that, change a few opacities and BAM! you look like you're going through space and time, like flashpoints.

  5. A lot to like in this tutorial: first, what a great location to shoot Oli in! That's a really fun statue. Next, like the framing of the intro. Kinda fun to see other people in the office doing their things all blurred.

    Third, just a well explained take on this effect. I appreciate the handheld/tracking rather than a tripod shot with a Camera Shake effect. A little parallax makes a lot of difference!

  6. I was looking to try this about a year ago when I saw it done on YouTube but everything I saw back then said it required a 3D tracker like Mocha so I gave up.

  7. How do you move the selected clip by a single frame or by 10 frames. Adobe premier all I have to do is alt+left or right. and or Shift+Alt+ left or right. in my hit films it's not working and or it's something I'm not understanding I tried everything? please I need help ;_;

  8. fine, love, it you're refering to other tutorial in this video, can you please provide the links ? thanks for the all

  9. Hello sir I just dawnload hitfilm4express but I can't activate because that ask me serial code buy I hadn't get a serial code …. please help me …………?

  10. Hello, when i Install Hitfilm theres has error. Its say Something missing from ur computer.
    Can you help me?

  11. I cant apply the tracker in the last image, I want to know where should I put the two double trackers in the last one

  12. In the newest update composite shot names are not written in all caps, but when I rename a comp, the name is in all caps even though I didn't put all caps. Is this a glitch?

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