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Hollywood FX Tutorials

I created these pages to encourage you to try out and explore the various functions of the Pinnacle software, Hollywood FX V5.x/V6.x (also known under the acronym HFX or Easy FX Editor). HFX is much more powerful than it appears, it is useful not only to create spectacular 2D and 3D video transitions, but also for other effects such as: multi-screen (several movies simultaneously on the screen), creating a blur on the head of a moving character, to mask a portion of the video, modify a portion of the video without loss of resolution, morphing of video, modification of parameters with time, etc...

These pages should enable you to better comprehend the software, in order for you to accomplish multiple effects in your own movies. The only limitation with the software will be your own creativity.

The information below should be read, preferably, in the order presented.  Even though the first four lessons may seem difficult, they are an essential base for you to build upon in order to grow your knowledge of HFX.

To continue with these lessons, it is assumed that you have a good working knowledge of Studio.

I cannot be held responsible for any errors that may occur while following these instructions. Please, always backup your computer before any modification. Regulary save your work. And now, enjoy the HFX tutorials.

Latest HFX Tuto
See Declic-Video Transitions in Studio
published on 05/14/2016
by Le Papy
The Peel Plugin and Its Properties
published on 04/16/2016
by Le Papy
Transfer Personal Hollywood FX Transitions From Studio15 to Studio18
published on 01/16/2016
by Mick Bentley

Most viewed Tips & Tricks (HFX)
Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio 9-15
published on 02/13/2014
by Loosecannon (177854 views)
Tip-7 Installing Hollywood FX Pro V5.1 into Adobe Premiere Pro
published on 10/30/2007
by Le Papy (92722 views)
Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio
published on 02/13/2014
by Le Papy (69205 views)
Installation of Declic Video transitions: A to Z
published on 02/13/2014
by Le Papy (40724 views)
Customizing the 064-news Transition
published on 01/14/2009
by Le Papy (38560 views)
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Highest Rated Tips & Tricks (HFX)
Article Rating Tuto-1 Files with .HFZ extension
published on 12/15/2007
by Loosecannon
Article Rating Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio 9-15
published on 02/13/2014
by Loosecannon
Article Rating Tip-7 Installing Hollywood FX Pro V5.1 into Adobe Premiere Pro
published on 10/30/2007
by Le Papy
Article Rating Tuto-2 General tutorial / Easy FX Editor
published on 12/30/2007
by Jan Molenaar
Article Rating Learn Hollywood FX (HFX)
published on 01/29/2011
by Le Papy
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What is Hollywood FX ?

Hollywood FX - video editing softwarePinnacle Hollywood FX gives you the ability to create 3D transitions, titles and animation effects. More than 400 effects (3D) and transitions. Works with Pinnacle Studio as well as Adobe Première, Ulead, Avid, ... 


Features included:

  • Advanced keyframe editing (ability to edit flight paths and all space/time parameters). Includes advanced presets and allows the setup of all parameters.
  • Advanced settings: every transition has its own parameters, you can change flight direction, trails and antialiasing very easily. You have the ability to store and re-call your warp path (envelope). Advanced morphing, adapting shape to the object.
  • Full set of tools to create your own FX: modify one of the existing HFX or create a new one and use cloning (for objects or transitions), MultiWindow FX, and 3D composites. Ability to add 1 to 99 video timelines for multiscreen.
  • Instant visualisation of your effect in real time. Ability to move the "camera" within the environment, or around an object.
  • Media: in addition to transitions, Hollywood FX includes some 3D MultiWindow effects that can be mapped onto HFX objects.
  • Transitions are organized into categories with icons that let you find the transition you want. You can even reorganize your own effects into categories.
  • Plugin: Hollywood FX includes a set of image filters and 3D warp plugins; ripple, explode, peel or twist any 3D object. Use Chroma Key or Luma Key with any media.
  • Surfaces: surfaces of 3D objects can be mapped with video or simple colours. Easily modify your basic color, luminosity color, and shine. Ability to import 3D objects, in hfo format (Lightwave).

 HFX Pro (include in Ultimate / Ultimate Collection) contains 384 HFX effects in twelve categories.

What users do with HFX
The following movie has been created by "Mamounette" using Hollywood FX. It gives you an idea of what can be done using this special effect software.