Camera Tracking a Moving Object in HitFilm Express

Learn how to make your camera follow a moving object in your video! This technique is quick and easy and combines 2D motion tracking and parenting in HitFilm Express.

This technique is perfect for creating cool sniper zoom or sci-fi tracking effects.

I am going to assume that you already know the fundamentals of HitFilm Express before attempting this effect. If you are new to the world of VFX check out my HitFilm Express Beginner Tutorial.

Also be sure to watch my basic 2D motion tracking tutorial for HitFilm Express.

How to Add 3D Objects to Your Videos with Blender & After Effects

In this 2 part series we will look at how to add realistic looking 3D objects to your videos using Blender and Adobe After Effects.

In the first part we will work in Blender. You will learn how to set up your 3D scene and set up your lights and environment maps. We will cover how to use Shadow Catchers to create transparent surface areas that capture the shadow of our 3D objects.

We will then add some physics to our scene to make it feel a little bit more interactive. Finally, I will cover the render settings you need to render out the final image sequence.

In part 2 we will cover how to composite these rendered elements back onto your video using Adobe After Effects. Stay tuned, I hope to release the second part within a week or two :)

Advanced Materials in Blender 2.8 – The Shader Editor

Learn how to create advanced materials for your 3D models using the Shader Editor in Blender 2.8! The Shader Editor offers a procedural approach to generating complex shaders for anything from lava to organic looking dragon scales.

For this tutorial we are going to start out with a free 3D model of the Stanford Dragon.

We will import an environment map and then create a basic material for our dragon. Next, you will learn about how to access and use the Shader Editor in Blender.

This editor works by connecting different nodes together to define how your model will be shaded. You can plug together different functional nodes for math operations, ambient occlusion and much more!

At the end of this tutorial you will have created a complex half-glass, half-marble material shader with some highlighted edges and green ambient occlusion. It might not be the most ‘functional’ shader, but hopefully the tutorial will show you what is possible with the Shader Editor in Blender!

All comments, questions and suggestions are welcome :)

BorisFX Black Friday Sale 40-65% OFF

BorisFX are having a HUGE Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale. Get up to 65% OFF Mocha Pro, Sapphire, Continuum and SilhouetteFX. The sale runs from the 25th November to the 2nd December 2019.

All products are 25% off and all bundles are 50% off during this period. On top of that you can use my custom coupon code ‘SURFACEDSTUDIO’ to get an additional 15% off! The coupon code will also work once the sale has ended.

And, for full transparency, if you use my discount code, I will also get a little bit of a kickback which I always really appreciate :D

Mocha Pro

Mocha Pro is an academy award winning planar tracker. It has been used in countless Hollywood movies and TV shows all over the world. You can use Mocha Pro for screen replacements, object and people removal, lens correction, 2D and 3D motion tracking and much more.

Check out some of the Mocha Pro tutorials on my YouTube channel to get you started!


BorisFX Sapphire is a popular effects and plugin collection that gives you access to thousands of effects & presets within your favourite editing software. Anything from lens flares, glows, lighting, loooks and generated motion graphics to professional looking transitions.

What’s cool about Sapphire is that it allows you to create your own custom transitions and effects from scratch using the powerful node-based S_Transition and S_Effect builders. Here is a tutorial on how to create custom transitions using Sapphire inside Premiere Pro.


Continuum Complete is another industry leading effects and plugin collection from BorisFX. It includes very different effects from Sapphire and contains some powerful tools for working with 3D objects, creating professional titles and generating (and tracking) cool looking particle effects into your shots using Particle Illusion

Here is a tutorial on how to use Particle Illusion within Premiere Pro to add some exciting particle effects to your shot.


BorisFX recently purchased SilhouetteFX which gives you access to paint, roto and compositing tools. It has been used in popular movies such as Avengers, Black Panther and Avengers: End Game.

I have to admit I am not particularly familiar with this product yet so best check out the BorisFX Silhouette website to see whether it is the right product for you!

Licenses & Compatibility

BorisFX Mocha Pro, Sapphire and Continuum are compatible with Adobe, Avid, Apple and other OFX hosts. This means, these plugins will work with Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Apple Motion, Nuke, Blackmagic Fusion, HitFilm, Sony Vegas and many other popular video editing and compositing tools.

The discounts apply to all new licenses, upgrades and subscriptions. Be sure to check out the BorisFX store for more details!

If you’ve been holding out to snatch yourself up a deal with BorisFX, now might be a good time to pull the trigger!

Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED 4K Review

The Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED is a lightweight laptop aimed at content creators. It features a 4K AMOLED display, fast SSDs, 9th Generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. Let’s see how it performs in the real world for video editing, VFX & 3D!

Time Stamps

  • 02:01 NVIDIA RTX Studio
  • 03:25 Raytracing & Tensor Cores
  • 05:19 Technical Specifications
  • 08:01 Real World Performance
  • 08:28 4K OLED Display
  • 09:08 Form Factor & Weight
  • 09:34 Performance (Video Editing/VFX/3D)
  • 10:02 Working with 4K
  • 11:15 RTX in the Real World (Blender)
  • 13:01 Noise
  • 13:58 Keyboard & Touchpad
  • 14:35 Inputs & Outputs
  • 15:06 Webcam
  • 15:23 Speakers
  • 15:45 Battery Life
  • 16:37 Price & Configuration
  • 17:14 Verdict & Final Thoughts


  • The i9-9980HK is an 8 Core Processor
  • The screen is rated at 400nits. Some online tests place it at 283nits though :)

AERO 15 OLED Technical Specifications

  • 4.4lbs (2kg) weight
  • 15.6” Thin Bezel 4K AMOLED Display
  • 9th Generation Intel CPU (i7-9750H – i9-9980HK)
  • 2 SODIMM slots for up to 64GB DDR4RAM at 2666Mhz
  • Support for 2 NVMe SSD drives
  • 3 USB 3.0, 1 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), UHS-II SD Card Reader
  • HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Microphone/Headphone Combo Jack, Ethernet
  • 94Wh Battery


The NVIDIA RTX Studio initiative is focused on providing laptops that are aimed at creators rather than gamers. They usually come with 60Hz 4K screens. They come with more RAM, stronger CPUs and larger SSDs. And they come with the new NVIDIA RTX graphics cards.

What’s so special about RTX cards? Besides CUDA cores, which are great for general GPU acceleration, they also contain Raytracing Cores and Tensor Cores.
Raytracing Cores can be utilised in 3D applications and rendering to offload path tracing processing onto your graphics card.
Tensor Cores are great for executing Machine Learning models. As such they can be leverage for AI based tasks such as smart sharpening and other image processing.

RTX technology is still in it’s early stages, but it is increasingly being integrated into professional software such as 3dsMax, Maya, Blender, Da Vinci Resolve, Lightroom and many other creative tools.

NVIDIA is working together with a lot of companies to create ‘RTX Studio’ laptops. These laptops are certified by NVIDIA to meet a set of minimum requirements to be considered a part of the RTX Studio laptop series.

You can visit the official NVIDIA website to learn more about NVIDIA RTX Studio.

Recommendation for Gamers

If you’re after a gaming laptop and are considering the AERO 15 I recommend going with a 1080p IPS panel instead that runs at 144Hz or even at 240Hz. You will enjoy your gaming experience a whole lot more :)

If this laptop looks like something you are considering, be sure to check out the GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED SALE

Mocha Pro Edge Snapping & Magnetic Layer Tool – Rotoscoping Tutorial

Mocha Pro from BorisFX is an academy award winning planar tracker. You can use it to track and insert new images or videos into your footage. You can use it to remove people from moving shots. And you can use it for rotoscoping work.

With version 2019.5, Mocha Pro has added some exciting new features that I want to show you in this tutorial.

  • Magnetic Layer Tool: create a new spline quickly using the magnetic layer tool to easily trace the outline of your subject.
  • Freehand Tool: switch to the Freehand tool to draw any shape you want. Mocha Pro will convert the path to a spline for you automatically.
  • Edge Snapping: automatically snap the points of your spline to the nearest identifiable edge.

You can purchase Mocha Pro for $295 USD on an annual subscription from the Boris FX store. If you use coupon code SURFACEDSTUDIO at checkout you will get 15% OFF your purchase price – and support me in the process :)

Mivitar Boling P1 RGB Video Light Review

The Mivitar Boling P1 is a pocket sized RGB video light. It is a sturdy aluminium construction, plenty of light output and lots of different modes to easily control the colour. In this quick video review I want to talk about this nifty little light.


  • 1:06 Introduction
  • 1:39 Specs & Features
  • 5:04 Thoughts & Verdict

The Mivitar Boling P1 has a sturdy, full aluminum body and a solid weight of 260g. It has 3 different modes to control the color, intensity and behaviour of the light. You can set the colour temperature to anything between 2500K – 8500K or set the colour directly via HSI.

There are additional effect settings for blinking, cycling and flashing modes. The LED light charges via USB-C and lasts over 2 hours at full brightness. And yes, you can use the light while it’s plugged in and charging :)

If you are looking for a great small RGB video light to carry around with you at all times, check out the Mivitar Boling P1.

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Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB DSLR Gimbal Review

The Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB is a professional grade camera stabilizer. It has a load capacity of up to 10 lbs (4.5kg) and can carry a mirrorles, DSLR or small cinema camera.

In this review I take the Crane 3 LAB for a spin, talk about the technical specifications and show you what sorts of shots you can create with it.

Time Stamps

  • 02:28 Technical Specification
  • 04:32 Field Test & Sample Footage
  • 06:53 Verdict
  • 14:55 Recommendations

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