Interested in creating your own HitFilm tutorials and sharing your knowledge with the world?
I’ve been making tutorials for about 5.5 years, and my process for doing so has changed drastically over time. In my most recent batch of videos, starting from the Neon Path FX in December to now, I’ve found a formula that I think works well and gives me quality results. If you’re a visual person, watch the tutorial above to learn about my process. If you’d prefer to read, see below.
1. Understand the Effect
If you were to start from a blank project, would you be able to recreate your VFX shot? Do you understand how you got there, and how all of the effects and layers work together to make the finished product? To be able to communicate your process to others requires that you have a solid grasp of the material yourself.
Try turning off all of the layers and then turning them on one-by-one. Observe what changes and why, and incorporate that into your transcript.
2. Write the Script
A full-on script is optional; you may be skilled at ad-libbing and feel more natural doing the voiceover at the same time you record the screen capture. For this step, the safest route is to assume that your viewer is relatively unfamiliar with HitFilm. Yes, it’s kind of a pain to repeatedly write, “create a new plane” for every tutorial you make, but your audience will thank you for being so thorough.
Writing a script also allows you to add captions to your video- all you have to do is upload the plain text file to YouTube and it will auto-sync it with your audio.
3. Record and Edit the Voiceover
My biggest piece of advice while doing this is to slow down. Remember that whoever is watching your video is hearing the instructions for the first time. Plus, if you speak quickly, you’re also cheating yourself: the next step involves recording the screen capture while listening to the voiceover. If it’s too fast, you won’t be able to complete the steps in time, and your whole tutorial will suffer.
A warm glass of water by your side won’t hurt either.
4. Record the Screen Capture
I have a Mac, so I use the built-in Quicktime screen recorder. Begin recording your screen and press play on your voiceover. Follow along as best you can; if you fall behind, rewind the VO and try again.
5. Sync the Screen Capture and Voiceover
This process is pretty straightforward: open up your favorite editing software and import your screen capture and edited voiceover. Then sync the two together. I used to add music into my tutorials, but it became a chore to have to find a unique song for every video. In addition to this, some people just find it annoying. If you do decide to add a track underneath the voiceover, choose something light and make sure to lower the volume.
Thanks for watching and reading! Let me know if you have any questions below. If you come across a good HitFilm tutorial or you make one yourself, feel free to share a link.