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Tuto-1 Files with .HFZ extension

Tuto-1 Files with .HFZ extension By Loosecannon - Last updated on Thursday, March 1, 2012
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Category: Hollywood FX Tutorials / Basis  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, December 15, 2007
Created on Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:18 PM

 Lesson 1- Files with .HFZ extension - What to do with these files ??


GOAL of this lesson: to understand what a .HFZ file is, and how to make use of it.

An HFZ file contains all the data necessary to reproduce an HFX effect on another computer, provided that the computer  has the required license level: HFX Plus, Pro or Mega (and obviously non linear editing software, like Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere, Ulead Video,…). In the majority of cases, these HFX effects are created by a user who wishes to share them with other users. You will find throughout these pages various HFZ files showing the desired final effect. By downloading the HFZ file, you will have the ability learn how the effect is done, or to just simply have the effect at your disposal without you needing to read the tutorial!

PLEASE NOTE, if you have the Hollywood FX Plus license, certain downloaded effects will be displayed with a watermark  (when the original effects are from HFX PRO/MEGA). 

Stage 1

Throughout these lessons, you will find HFZ files. Save the HFZ file in any folder on your hard disk (the hard disk can even be different from the hard disk where Easy FX Editor is installed).



Stage 2

Close Pinnacle Studio & Easy FX Editor.



Stage 3

Double-click on the icon of the .hfz file (which you will have downloaded during one of the lessons on this site or download 249-pip-simple.hfz for example). The installation wizard for HFZ opens and installs all the necessary files.



The window installation of transition

Installation  takes place (checking for an up to date HFX license, the various files are saved in the folder specified by the author of the HFZ); check that no error has been found (“Installation complete”). Click on OK to close the dialogue window once the installation is finished.


Stage 4

You can delete the HFZ file once the HFX effect is installed on your PC (*). The effect is installed in the folder specified by the author of the HFZ. If you read the instructions displayed in the installation window before closing it, you will notice that the complete path of the effect is displayed in the way the author decided to arrange it on your hard disk. Regarding the files which I place at your disposal on this site, the folder will always be: “Déclic Vidéo”, this is done in order to keep the effects localized (only one folder, instead of a multitude of folders).
(*)  It is not necessary to delete the file once the HFX is installed. You can save the HFZ files you downloaded to a separate folder on your computer in case something has to be re-installed. Then you don't have to look for the file again since you already have it.



Stage 5

Open Pinnacle Studio. Insert two clips on the timeline. Find the transition in the “Declic Video” category (immediately after “Alpha Magic” for Studio 9, all at the end for Studio 10, 11 and 12)
Apply the transition between the two scenes. View it (and if needed, apply background rendering, in AVI DV Encoder)…


That's all there is, it's done!

PLEASE NOTE, if you find the transition does not appear in the album, it will be necessary to carry out the small procedure described here: Tip-1 HFX effects do not appear in Studio.

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Linda By # Linda @ Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:29 PM
what if the effects I download from this site are in Pinnacle 9 but they are locked?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:15 AM
It means that you do not have the HFX Plus, Pro or Mega version. For each effect which are published-uploaded on this website, you have an indication whether you need HFX Version Basic, Plus or Pro/Mega.

If you need additionnal explanations, do not hesitate to contact us through our dedicated CONTACT page.

Déclic Vidéo FX

grig By # grig @ Sunday, October 14, 2007 6:49 PM
Thank you. Explained nice and simple. I wish all the tutorials were as simple...:-)

Chonin By # Chonin @ Friday, July 4, 2008 11:41 AM
How can I install the transitions in Studio 12? During the upgrade process it failled to carry my "Declic" collection over.... Thanks

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, July 9, 2008 9:34 AM
Chonin, there are some problems with S12 and HFX when S11 is already installed. Pinnacle is working on the topic and we will publish an announcement as soon as a solution is found. Stay tuned (subscribe to the newsletter if not already done),


Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:42 AM
You might be interested in Tip-1 which has been updated to take into account Studio 12 and HFX... Have fun,

Kim By # Kim @ Wednesday, July 30, 2008 10:30 AM
I love the idea of these but most that I downloaded don't work...at least not well. I have three issues
1) My Transition album doesnt' show the Transition but just has a black box.
2) Some even close Pinnacle(12) when I click on them.
3)I first downloaded Mickey Mouse as a test - then I download several other - now in my Transition Album what looks like Mickey Mouse is really a Heart.
I made the mistake of forgetting to close Pinnacle before I download the group. I would love just to delete them all and start over - is there an easy way to do that?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:54 PM
Hello Kim,
All your question have an answer in our tutorial... Please take time to read them carefully. For deleting HFX, close Studio and delete the associated HFX file. Then, use the batch file we provide in the download page to refresh your Studio. We are about to launch a FAQ concerning this topic. Have fun,

TINA By # TINA @ Sunday, November 30, 2008 10:38 AM

sheriffdude By # sheriffdude @ Thursday, December 4, 2008 12:31 PM
when i try to istall i get erorr unable to install c\program fiels\pinnacle\hollywood fx for studio\6.0\effects\oo-declic video\256-maison hous

i get this for all of this file

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, December 7, 2008 3:02 AM
@ TINA, @ sheriffdudre

You both have a problem of HFX installation. The program which decompress HFZ is probably missing or not associated with HFZ extension. Try first:
- to associate HFZ file with C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\HollywoodFX\InstallHFZ.exe
- download InstallHFZ from our Download page.
- otherwise, re-install Studio ??

Do not hesitate to contact us, through forums please. No technical questions answered by email, excepted if it concern a specific problem related to the website.

Declic Video

Yvonne By # Yvonne @ Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:32 AM
I have Studio12 Ulitimate, and have installed HFX Vol3. I have down loaded your files to my computer but when I follow your procedure they do not show in Pinnicle. Do I need to buy a different HFX Vol? I notice you mention Plus Pro and Mega, but cannot find these on Pinnacles web site. Please can you advise

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:53 AM
Hello Yvonne,

You have different "kind" of HFX. HFX Basic, Plus or Pro. Depending of your HFX version, you might not see some of them. In general, all [HFX Basic] are shown correctly. If you want to see additionnal HFX, you need to purchase an HFX Plus/Pro/Mega licence. You can also download the InstallHFZ.exe file which is in our Download page, section HFX Tools. It will unlock some additionnal HFX. You can also download the "unlock" HFX serie which will also unlock other transition. And finally, please take note of the following tutorial:
- Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio 9-15
- Tip-2 My HFX thumbnails in Studio are black


Samnang_Alex By # Samnang_Alex @ Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:46 PM
I have problems with the Hollywood FX v4.6. When I used with the Adobe Premiere CS3, show the massage: Unable to start the LicenseTool program.
Please help me, how to do with the Licensetool?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Monday, February 9, 2009 12:25 AM
Hello Alex,

I am sorry, I only have experience with HFX and Pinnacle Studio. For HFX and Adobe Premiere, please read our article: "Tip-7 / Installing HFX Pro 5.1 into Adobe Premiere". Thanks,


Grzegorz By # Grzegorz @ Tuesday, June 2, 2009 1:58 PM
Hi, I tried to install some of your hfx effects on my machine. It always ends with an error messages (similar to the one below):
Looking for installed Hollywood FX Products

Processing commands from F:\Download\168-page-tournee.hfz
*ERROR: Unable to install file: C\Program Files (0x86)\Pinnacle\Hollywood Fx For Studio\6.0\Effects\00 - Declic Video\168-page-tournee.hfx
*ERROR: Unable to install file: C\Program Files (0x86)\Pinnacle\Hollywood Fx For Studio\6.0\objects\00 - Common\Back 2.hfo
*ERROR: Unable to install file: C\Program Files (0x86)\Pinnacle\Hollywood Fx For Studio\6.0\objects\00 - Speciality Effects\High Mesh 1.hfo

Installation complete
I have Vista 64 with Pinnacle studio 12 Ultimate upgraded from 11 Ultimate. Hollywood FX came with them (I didn't buy it separately).
Can you please help me?
And thank you for the excellent site. So far my favorite, I came across.


Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1:53 PM
Hello Grzegorz,

Can you try to extract the HFX from your C:\ hard drive, and not F:\

Additionnal try: download the InstallHFZ.exe file and check our FAQ called "Error message: This application has failed to start because HfxClasses60.dll was not found...)."

Without success, it looks like you have a bad install of HFX. You might try to re-install it. We sometimes have this kind of error message for certain kind of HFX, but in such case, we put a note inside the HFX download page and the HFX is still working. In your case, I verified and 168-page-tournee does not have any warning message + I downloaded it and extracted it without any trouble. Please do not start a private discussion in this comment section, contact us through the usual page or through forum for additionnal details. Let us know if you succeed.

Grzegorz By # Grzegorz @ Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:46 PM
Hi, thanks for the prompt answer. I've managed to find a problem, albeit after spending a sleepless night. It was an UAC problem ("User Access Controll" feature in Vista). After turning it off, everything installs correctly. Now, beeing able to finish the Tuto-1, I'm more than excited to proceed with the next ones!

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, June 14, 2009 7:32 AM
Hello Grzegorz,

Happy that you solved your problem, and you informed us. Thanks.
We have discussed the UAC problem, please enter the word "UAC" in the top right corner (search engine) and you will find one article which might give you additionnal details.


Dara By # Dara @ Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:21 AM
Hi Déclic Vidéo FX

I read you answer carefully now , But try last night still not work yet will see
my next step. I will be post back here for the result .
form Canada.

Zyplin By # Zyplin @ Friday, January 29, 2010 6:04 PM
It install correctly but when I open studio ultimate 12 it doesnt have a Declic video file or album. Also what is this easy fx thing you are talking about

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, January 30, 2010 7:54 AM
Hello Zyplin,
Read our other tutorials. Like for example: Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio 9-15 and Tip-2 My HFX thumbnails in Studio are black
You should learn plenty of things in these two tutorials, otherwise let us know.


Josh By # Josh @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 6:12 PM
Hey DV, so i own the hollywood FX 5 version, but some of the folders such as "Bars" or "quads and peices" do not let me export them and thus create them into HFZ files. How would i go about making them HFZ files without exporting them (since i dont really have that option)? thanks for your time. Rock on

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, February 28, 2010 5:31 AM

I am not sure that I have understood your question, I will get in touch with you to solve it; then I will let you post here if the solution is okay.


Klaus Be By # Klaus Be @ Sunday, December 5, 2010 1:23 PM
First thank you for your free HFX

I have downloaded the 001-100_HFX-DVFX.zip, extracted
and have the HFZ files. Do I have to install file by file to install
as HFX file? Or is there a batchfile available to install these 100 files in one step.
Thanks Klaus

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, December 5, 2010 2:32 PM
Hello Klaus,

You need to select them all, and press enter (they will be installed one after the other), no other possibility...


raja By # raja @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:14 AM
im using pinnacle 14 (win7)
all this transitions does work on it?
i tried but its not showing on studio

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 2:43 PM
Yes it does, of course !!
You surely need to read: My HFX transitions create problems for me...


M.Hackmann By # M.Hackmann @ Monday, May 13, 2013 4:41 AM
I started downloading your transitions. At first it worked well.But suddenly I could not open them anymore. The program now aks with what program I want to open them. I do not know what to do. I am a beginner.

saby By # saby @ Monday, May 13, 2013 4:59 AM

Try to drag'n'drop the .hfz file onto InstallHFZ.exe which is located in C:\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\HollywoodFX

derp By # derp @ Sunday, January 4, 2015 9:47 AM
the TIP-1 article is nowhere to be found on the website, has it been removed?

using pinnacle 15

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:18 PM
Hello derp,

Very good question, it has been revamped and the title has changed.

I am quite sure that we cut it into two articles:
- Studio 9-15: Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio 9-15
- Studio > 15: Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio

I am checking with Le Papy to be sure that I did not say something wrong (he is our memory...)
{EDIT}: it is confirmed by Le Papy!...

DanieleR By # DanieleR @ Thursday, July 30, 2015 3:35 PM
I'm trying to install my first hfx but, when I double click the file, the system try to Configure Pinnacle 17 and wants the disk for msi file.
Then appear an error message that says somethink as: Impossible to install the request file because ...Studio\Data1.cab is damaged. But the disk is not damaged

BartlettDan By # BartlettDan @ Saturday, August 1, 2015 4:27 PM
My transition does not appear in the album. There is a note to use: "Tip-1 HFX effects do not appear in Studio."

There is no link connected with this tip. I need some instruction on what to do.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:21 PM
Hello DanieleR,
Look at this tutorial : My HFX transitions create problems for me... Step 1 , Point 10.
Best Regards,

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:27 PM
Hello BartlettDan,
Look at these tutorials :
Installation of Declic Video transitions: A to Z
Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio
Install our free HFX transitions in Pinnacle Studio 9-15
My HFX transitions create problems for me...
Best Regards,

Bill johnson By # Bill johnson @ Saturday, November 28, 2015 12:39 AM
UNABLE TO OPEN HFX FILES: Pinnacle 15 Ultimate

(Win 10 64 bit, 120 GB SSD, Intel i5 Quad Core, Clock Speed 3.ghz & 8gb DDr3 Dual Channel Memory)

I finally was able to import the files 001 to 100 into Studio 15. I had to do all sorts of things but I got the result in the end. They also are in HFX 6.0

On the 101 - 200
(1) On opening, 'could not find the msi file from Pinnacle 12'
(2) Did a repair for Studio 12.
(3) Open again - Finds the Hollywood FXPRO for 6.0 but is unable to install.
(4) Checked File Types for HFZ - Install HFZ - ok.
(5) Downloaded 'Install HFZ' from your website. Error message 'Hfx (classes60.dll) is missing.

I have Studios 10.6 Plus, 12.0.1 Ultimate and 15 Ultimate with all the patches installed in their default locations.

I am having problems with Win 10. It might be related.
On Start-up, it sometimes takes about 90 seconds for the mouse cursor to appear on the desktop.

Sorry for the length of this query. I have tried everything I know except
re-installing all the Studio software.

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Saturday, November 28, 2015 9:42 AM
All answers are available on our website

(1) On opening, 'could not find the msi file from Pinnacle 12'.
This is a bug that prevents decompression of HFZ files. To work around the problem, the solution is to change the registry only if you are thoroughly familiar with the process.
For all other users this method is strongly discouraged and you must drag the HFZ file onto the InstallHFZ.exe file (see My HFX transitions create problems for me... Step 1 Point 10) located :
- in C: \ Users \ Public \ Documents \ Pinnacle \ Content \ HollywoodFX for Studio 12.0. and Studio 15
- in C:\Program Files (x86)\Pinnacle\Hollywood FX for Studio\5.5

(5) Downloaded 'Install HFZ' from your website. Error message 'Hfx (classes60.dll) is missing. : Look at FAQ#3.

I am having problems with Win 10. It might be related.
Pinnacle Studio 9, 10 and 11 are not compatible with Windows 10.
Pinnacle Studio 12, 14, and 15 can be installed but function more or less well.

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