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The all-in-one editor, compositor, and VFX powerhouse.
HitFilm Pro is the top choice worldwide for creatives who want everything they need in one place. Conquer post-production with 800+ effects, animation tools, motion tracking, and world-leading particle technology – without leaving your editor.
Editing tools you need. Post-production you want!
Let our powerful editing suite take you where you want to go faster. Have full control from start to finish. Create professional videos and fix your audio with ease in HitFilm Pro. With some of the industry’s leading creative features like unparalleled animation tools, coupled with super-fast performance, editors worldwide choose HitFilm Pro as their non-linear editor of choice to deliver incredible results.
Copy, trim, sync and slice at lightning speed using HitFilm’s multi-core and GPU accelerated system. With a new sequence and compositor prefetcher, our developers have found a way to improve your playback performance with no compromise on your workflow. With new threaded rendering, your interface will always be snappy and fast, no matter what is rendering underneath.
Boot up, import and edit with no soul-crushing lag time. HitFilm Pro’s high-performance system processes your footage in the background, so you can keep editing without interruptions.
No more gray areas. Keep your footage organized by labeling your clips with quick color selection. HitFilm offers over 16 different colors to help keep your workflow streamlined, so with unlimited tracks, you can keep your ideas big and your content contained.
Animate in the editor
Trim, ripple, roll and transform your footage with the dedicated animation panel in your editor. Animate and manipulate keyframes right from your timeline, or use our Hollywood-level compositor to tackle complex 3D model animations. Want ultra-smooth transitions and dynamic lower thirds? We got a graph editor for that.
Superior Audio tools
A video is nothing without good audio. HitFilm Pro’s professional audio editing functionality means that you can fix, normalize and improve your sound without any need for third-party software. Intensify haunting requiems or raise angelic voices with HitFilm Pro’s standard pitch, noise reduction, tone, and channel levels. Need loud characters to quiet down? Use the new Hard Limiter to balance and normalize audio levels. Finish off your sound design with super-smooth audio (and video) transitions done right in your editor!
Import & Export
From 8K video export with 32-bit color for high-end professional projects to quick and easy export to YouTube, HitFilm Pro has your every need covered. With intuitive presets and an export queue, you can step away from your desk and leave HitFilm to resume exporting everything you need without prompt.
Professional titles made simple
With the best titling tools in the industry, HitFilm gives unparalleled choice to any motion graphics artist. From simple captions to 3D embossed text and advanced raytracing, you can create impressive Hollywood-style graphics, professional lower thirds or develop your own unique titling style.
HitFilm Pro is the only editing product in the industry to also offer true 3D space in which to create your VFX masterpieces. Transform your title from 2D to 3D to make it pop, and add 3D geometry effects such as extrude, bevel and rotate to your text to create the exact look you want.
Lights and shadows
3D text is perfect for a bold film title, but you can also integrate text into a scene – the geometry effects in HitFilm supports lights, shadows and environment maps which make your text appear like real-world natural objects. Add glows, extrusion, emboss or any other of our 800+ visual effects directly to the text for customization to your heart’s content.
Give your titles some real-world feel using our Surfaced Studio effect. This powerful tool lets you generate smooth or roughly textured metallic and vitreous surfaces on any text (or layers) and have them interact with other objects in the scene. Reflect colors from your environment to turn your text into a reactive, cinematic object.
Captions in the editor
At its simplest, HitFilm Pro’s editor lets you add text to your videos quickly and easily. Use the text editor to fully customize your captions with multiple fonts, colors, alignments and sizes to choose from.
2D track them. Animate them.
Make your title follow a character out of shot. Bounce it into the frame. Wipeout Scott Pilgrim-style. With advanced 2D motion tracking within HitFilm, you’ve got endless possibilities for exciting text animation.
Includes industry’s other favorite tools
If all that wasn’t enough, you also get BorisFX Continuum 3D Objects included (worth $299) so that you can extrude, shatter and deform your text. 3D Objects includes 2D/3D plugins like BCC Title Studio which adds 100 new presets and render options to your toolkit. With partners like this, no title is impossible.
Visual effects for every scene
Make smoke rise and cities fall with the most extensive VFX toolkit on the market. Create life-like scenes with 2D characters, 3D models and custom animations —all in unified, 3D space.
Biggest VFX toolkit in the industry
With HitFilm Pro, you have incredible 820+ VFX & presets at your fingertips, ready to use on any layer. From Justice League Flash effects to Ghostbusters-style proton beams, our range of customizable effects is unmatched. Turn back time with an old Western-style shoot with muzzle flashes, add some class to a product shoot with lens flares or scale up your sci-fi short with energy distortions, electricity effects, and more.
Compositing & greenscreen
It ain’t easy fixing green – so we created the most powerful Chroma Key in the industry to give you full control over edge detail, color correction, and spill simulation. Effortlessly extract your actors and objects with no lingering green edges.
HitFilm Pro includes tools for visual waveforms, spectrums, and even audio-powered atomic particles. Generate trance-inducing waveforms that tremble to bass lines or old-school bar equalizer graphics that bring back those 90s rave days of yore.
Using 3D models
Import your custom 3D models or animate 3D objects within your composite element by element. Make that BMW promo sleek and sophisticated with real-time, mirrored reflections of your own 3D models.
Give your scenes more edge with simulated 3D cameras, dynamic lighting, and custom shadows. Import animation using a number of 3D formats and animate seamlessly using HitFilm’s built-in rigging and parenting tools.
You’ll find yet another industry-leading piece of technology in HitFilm Pro’s highly coveted particle simulator. It exists in fully unified 3D space so you can easily add effects like simulated fireworks to layers of green screen footage and animation. Fully integrate your objects with 3D cameras, lights, and shadows for a more realistic look.
Build your own galaxy using HitFilm Pro’s advanced rigging and parenting animation tools. Create striking planetary rings and dicey asteroids fields with the advanced particle simulator. Add some JJ-style lens flare and 3D titles for that extra sci-fi edge, or make sophisticated animations that rotate and orbit on cue using HitFilm Pro’s behavior effects.
Bring static characters to life with HitFilm Pro’s Puppet Tool. Using the simple pin and mesh function, you can create natural motion in still images, shapes or text. Easy, fast, fluid animation— no strings attached.
Academy-Award winning 2D tracking
Position and fix new elements to your live action footage with our expert tracking features. The fully-integrated, Academy-award-winning Mocha HitFilm 6.0.3 plugin makes complex camera solves simple with sophisticated planar tracking and corner pinning.
Foundry 3D camera tracker
New in v13. Bring Hollywood into your home. Foundry technology has been used to make blockbuster movies for decades by VFX studios including Pixar, ILM and Walt Disney. Now, you get to use this same technology, integrated fully within HitFilm Pro.
Make your workspace your own with your favorite plugins and features. Want to use NewBlue, GenArts, Red Giant or RE:Vision products inside HitFilm? Do it. HitFilm Pro supports OpenFX plugins to make any scene possible.
Film blah to film noir, instantly
Take your pick from hundreds of presets and customize them using HitFilm Pro’s color grading tools. Analyze and modify individual elements with industry standard color correction wheels to create that award-winning shot.
Classic cine style
Day for night
Shadows & highlights
Two Strip Color
Three Strip Color
Brightness & contrast
Color Correction Wheels
Crush blacks & whites
Hue, Saturation & Lightness
Pro Skin Retouch
YUV Color Correction
YUV Color Transform
Achieve the perfect cinematic look with a high quality finish. Pop on the simple or Classic Cine Style grade (with multiple film presets) to your footage and fine tune the appearance with built-in effects like Grain, Vignette, Letterbox, Color Adjustment, Shift, Hue and Exposure.
Lots and LUTs of options
Create your own custom grade inside the software, or import your favorite LUTs for the perfect look in no time at all. Save time in post-production, unify your images with certain looks and start yourself down the road to a perfect color grade.
FEATURES | EDITING
HitFilm Pro’s advanced animation tools are available within both editor timelines. Allowing you to create and edit audio and video transitions without the need to create composite shots.
AUDIO HARD LIMITER
Professional audio editing functionality allows you to normalise your audio without any need for external software.
Copy a group of attributes from one clip and apply them directly to another clip, or your whole project.
Take an ordinary 2D photo and convert it to a projected, photoreal 3D scene complete with camera movement.
HitFilm Pro’s dedicated editing trimmer has insert and overlay functionality, as well as customizable keyboard shortcuts to set the ‘in’ and ‘out’ points in the trimmer. You also have the power to re-trim your clips after adding them to the timeline.
HitFilm provides support for vertical videos, creating a blurred version of the original video to use as a background so the video can seamlessly fit alternative aspect ratios.
HitFilm Pro allows you to add unlimited video and audio tracks to your timeline.
COMPOSITING & LAYERING
You can bring together 3D layers, models and particle simulations in the same space. Create stunning user interfaces by layering 2D graphics directly inside a 3D model.
Easily modify, balance and mix tracks – or get precise control over individual elements with mute and solo features.
FEATURES | WORKFLOW
Switch from one tab to the next like you would on a browser depending on your needs. Edit in one, composite in the other and jump back to the editor without any need to load another piece of software.
Clip and track labelling gives you the freedom to color code your shots to more easily differentiate between takes, music & video.
You can customise your playback quality and paused quality. This allows you to experience really fast playback in the editor and trimmer, preventing lagging and making it much easier to make faster, snappier edits.
Threaded-rendering allows the interface and video to work independently allowing for a smooth and lightning-fast workflow.
HitFilm Pro’s export queue allows you to set up a list of edits and shots to export while you’re away from your desk. If you close down the software, the export will automatically resume when you load it back up.
Quickly locate what you need with HitFilm Pro’s keyword search and find feature for all your media, effects and composite timelines.
HitFilm Pro’s 8K support and RAM preview ensures the best possible quality for your projects. Work with all footage, from your vertical smartphone shots to high-end professional camera documentaries, HitFilm can handle it.
HitFilm Pro’s mask editing is faster than ever before enhancing and speeding up the rotoscoping process.
FEATURES | VISUAL EFFECTS
A COMPOSITOR’S TOOLKIT
HitFilm Pro houses over 800 unique effects and presets, each of which can be pulled apart, altered and put back together again to create something entirely new. Such as:
Fire & lightning
360° video specific effects have been added to the default effects list inside HitFilm Pro.
Use the Puppet tool to quickly add natural motion to raster images and vector graphics, including still images, shapes, and text characters.
Clean up your footage by easily hiding or duplicating objects with HitFilm Pro’s clone stamp and replacement tools.
Twist and distort your footage using HitFilm Pro’s vortex displacement, bezier warps, perspective, polar warps, or use Action Cam Lens Distort.
Temporal palette lets you speed up, slow down or reverse the action. Bring your scenes to life by having characters dodge bullets with motion blur, or bend time with echoes, motion trails and temporal displacement.
TEXT & TITLING
HitFilm Pro comes with professional text and titling options. Add 3D geometry effects such as extrude, bevel and rotate to your text to create the look you want. The geometry supports lights, shadows and environments maps. Text animations and effects for animated titles and 10+ pro titles included as default.
Behavior Effects have been added with a whole array of possibilities. Rotate By Layer allows one layer to rotate by a specified multiplier of another layer’s rotation.
FEATURES | MOTION GRAPHICS
Use the chroma key to get effortless high-quality removal from blue or green screen, control over edge detail, color correction and advanced spill replacement.
IMPORTING 3D CAMERA TRACKING DATA
HitFilm supports the .ma format for importing 3D camera data from other tracking products, such as Boujou and SynthEyes. Use the 3D camera tracking data option from the Import menu in the Media panel to select your .ma file.
3D MODEL IMPORT
HitFilm hosts a powerful set of 3D model compatible tools. Import, adjust, texture, animate, composite and render for outstanding integration into your scenes. Including:
3D animation cache
Imagineer system’s mocha HitFilm plugin is included with HitFilm Pro for long distance planar tracking and sophisticated camera solving for handheld and moving shots.
2D FEATURE TRACKING
HitFilm’s 2D tracker is designed for quickly tracking moving features in your videos. Once you’ve tracked the feature you want, the data can be used for a variety of things.
Key to the highest standard with HitFilm Pro’s matte cleaner tool. Get high-quality composites every time through smoothing, feathering and choking the edge of the key.
SPILL SIMULATION & LIGHT WRAPPING
HitFilm Pro’s unique spill simulation feature replaces unwanted light reflections from your green screen with realistic simulated light from your new background. You can add the light wrap effect for a more realistic light bloom around your foreground elements.
Create awe-inspiring particle clouds based on 2D shapes or 3D geometry, then warp them into organic forms with extensive fractal distortion. You can also mix in an audio clip to automate the animation.
HitFilm Pro is an expandable platform with OpenFX compatibility, so that you can use plugins from other developers like Red Giant.
UNIFIED 3D SPACE
Add new dimensions to your filmmaking by bringing together 3D layers, models and particle simulations in the same space. Create stunning user interfaces by layering 2D graphics directly inside a 3D model.
FEATURES | COLOR GRADING
Use layer-specific Vectorscopes, Waveforms and Histograms to take your color correction and grading to another level.
HitFilm Pro’s damage simulation feature gives your footage a rougher look with film damage, TV damage, Flicker, Jitter, Shake and Stutter tools.
Save your own color settings as a preset so you can quickly recreate it in your next project. HitFilm Pro includes hundreds of presets as standard, with many plugins for additional power and flexibility.
Each tool can be applied to the entire shot, or specific areas of the frame, to ensure precise color grading. You can even grade several layers at once.
Create dream-like sequences or somber moods with effects like oil painting, solarize, posterize and cartoon.
Work with the best using HitFilm Pro support for 8K projects and 32-bit floating color.
Remove unwanted digital grain from your videos, fix jello-vision caused by rolling shutter cameras, stabilize jittery handheld shots and remove distortion from fisheye lenses.
LOTS OF LUTS
Import your favorite LUTs for the perfect look in no time at all. Save time in post-production, unify your images with certain looks and start yourself down the road to a perfect color grade.
CURVES & COLOR WHEELS
HitFilm Pro’s professional color grading kit is packed with tools including curves and intuitive color wheels to give you extremely fine control over the final look of your shots.
HitFilm Pro is multi-core and GPU accelerated. It has seen some vast improvements under the hood providing superior performance and speed like you’ve never seen before.
Minimum system requirements
You may need to update your graphics drivers to run HitFilm Pro. Running the latest GPU drivers increases the performance and stability of your computer. Find out how.
Apple: macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra, OS X 10.12 Sierra Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit) Internet connection: Required for online activation Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended) Graphics card:
NVIDIA GeForce 600 (Kepler) series (2012)
AMD Radeon R5 240 (2013)
Intel HD Graphics 5000 (GT3) (2013)
Video memory: 1 GB minimum (2 GB or more recommended for 4K UHD.)
Added a warning message in the Media panel to notify the user if the audio fails to conform.
When multiple objects are selected, performing a CTRL+click on one will now deselect it.
Improved the results of Merge Audio/Video for certain files that previously had difficulty merging.
Improved loading performance, and feedback of loading progress, for projects with large amounts of imported media.
Improved the layout of the Text panel elements when the panel is resized.
Media panel previews are now generated consistently when importing or reloading media.
Improved sync accuracy of the Merge Audio/Video function.
Improved software decoding for certain MOV and MP4 video files.
Text layers involving geometry effects and motion blur now accept illumination from multiple lights. (Mac)
Improved loading of very large files on Mac systems.
The viewer now updates correctly when the editor timeline settings are matched to media.
When a thread crash occurs, the software now closes instead of continuing to run in an unstable state. (PC)
ALT+dragging a timeline object now moves the object without duplicating it.
In the Options screen, changing the Time Format setting in the Export tab now correctly updates the export screen.
Manually entering timecode now correctly takes you to the entered timecode.
The viewer now updates properly when the dimensions of a composite shot are changed.
Images from iPhone SE now import right side up.
Importing footage recorded with VLC no longer causes stability issues.
Using the B shortcut to add a clip to the timeline now works when the media panel is active.
Media panel previews are no longer generated if the Media panel is in list mode.
Cursor size no longer changes unexpectedly when drag-and-dropping media on a High DPI display. (PC)
Various compatibility issues when loading files with specific compression settings have been resolved.
Keyboard shortcuts for timeline color labels now work correctly when the Layout panel is open.
Implemented High DPI support for elements of the new Title and Template system where it was lacking.
The Next Frame button on the viewer is now disabled when the playhead is on the last frame of the timeline.
Screen recordings created using Mixer import correctly once again.
Matching timeline to media removes audio conformed to the previous sample rate so audio plays back correctly.
Removed the unnecessary ampersand from the tooltips for Open and Save buttons.
Enabling anti-aliasing no longer cause stability issues.
Videos recorded with mobile devices now load with the correct orientation.
Enabling motion blur on the editor no longer causes stability issues.
Importing multiple EXR files no longer causes stability issues. (PC)
Waveforms on the editor timeline will no longer render during playback.
Replaced the degree symbol in the Color Temperature property with a K, for Kelvin.
Opening projects containing Atomic particles on a system running MacOS Mojave no longer causes stability issues. (Mac)
Error messages originating from effects being rendered no longer cause stability issues.
Version 12 – Released 14 February 2019
The Project Screen has been replaced with a Project Settings dialog that can be accessed through the File menu.
Rendering of the Viewer and the interface have been separated, to dramatically improve performance.
Color Labels have been added to all timelines, to aid in organizing your media.
Added GPU-accelerated decoding of video files on NVIDIA hardware.
Added GPU-accelerated decoding of video files on integrated Intel graphics hardware.
Select properties of composite shot layers can be published, allowing them to be accessed and edited on the Editor timeline without opening the composite shot.
The contents of text layers can be published, allowing the text to be edited from the editor timeline without opening the composite shot that contains the text.
The Text tool can now be used natively on the Editor timeline.
A new class of effects, Animation effects, has been added, simplifying the process of adding basic animation to layers and objects.
Composite shot templates can now be exported and imported, for sharing between projects or users.
A collection of templates for lower thirds now installs with the software.
“Default render bit depth”, in the preferences panel, was renamed to “Render bit depth”.
Added the ability to add keyframes to the value graph using CTRL+click (CMD+click on Mac)
Added support for OpenType CFF fonts.
Improved performance of video playback in the Trimmer.
Performance of animated 3D Models is improved by caching animation data.
The software now allows watermarked exporting while in demo mode.
Viewer control gizmos are no longer visible during playback.
The “match settings” dialog is now displayed when multiple clips are dragged to an empty Editor timeline if all selected clips use the same settings.
The integrated Boris 3D Objects plugin has been upgraded to the latest version.
It is now possible to select multiple transitions on the Editor timeline.
Improved performance of single-frame steps of the playhead.
Adjusted the sensitivity of character spacing on text, to make minor adjustments easier.
Improved differentiation between the YUV Color Correction Wheels.
Improved performance of loading audio files on Import.
Improved compatibility with MP4 files containing AAC audio.
Improved support for GoPro CineForm AVI files.
Improved the styling of animation graphs on the Editor, so they are visible on any background color.
The Editor timeline now updates the cursor correctly when a new tool is selected.
Drag & Drop to the editor now disable correctly when the asset is dropped.
Updated the keyboard shortcuts for moving between screens in the software.
The integrated Boris effects now display correctly with all downsampling modes.
Alignment of the Trimmer no longer varies after play/pause is clicked repeatedly.
Contextual menus now correctly display all applicable options when multiple items are selected.
Masks now function consistently regardless of the Viewer downsample mode.
Keyframes no longer display outside the range of Editor timeline objects.
3D models can now be selected by clicking on them in the Viewer.
Importing MP4 files containing faulty H.264 stream data no longer causes a stability issue. (Windows)
Attempting to add a mask to an offline layer or an audio-only layer no longer causes stability issues. (Windows)
CineForm export presets no longer allow you to select unsupported options when editing their settings. (Windows)
Entering unsupported characters into the name of an Export preset no longer causes unwanted movement of the cursor.
Editing the default export location now works correctly.
Control points on the Opacity Envelope now display correctly when placed near the end of an asset.
The layer panel no longer displays menu options that are not applicable to the panel.
Selecting a non-active camera in a 3D composite with Depth Of Field enabled no longer causes stability issues.
Viewer gizmos now display immediately when media is added to the timeline.
Indenting text within a text box no longer overrides the constraints of the text box.
Video filmed with mobile phones now consistently imports with the correct orientation.
Playing the Trimmer while zoomed in no longer causes unexpected changes in the zoom level.
Opening a composite shot timeline that contains a layer no longer causes stability issues.
Right-click and drag on the Viewer during playback no longer causes the Viewer to go black.
Dragging an item to the Viewer now correctly selects it and displays its controls in the Controls panel.
Full Screen preview now works correctly with multiple HighDPI displays.
Containers and panels of the interface can now be repositioned correctly.
Resetting Quality Profiles to their defaults now works correctly. (Mac)
Creating a new project immediately after loading a project no longer causes stability issues.
Launching the activation app to deactivate the software no longer gives an error.
Improved compatibility with certain problematic MP4 files.
Antialiased rendering of a layer that is oriented toward the active camera, when using an orthographic view, no longer causes stability issues.
An issue where certain font weights would display incorrect characters has been resolved.
Playback of the Trimmer on Macs using Intel Iris graphics no longer causes stability issues. (Mac)
Repositioning a mask with its Scale set to 0% no longer causes stability issues.
Importing corrupted h.264 video files no longer causes stability issues.
Deleting an effect from an embedded composite shot no longer causes a stability issue.
Paragraph text layers no longer display the first character in the wrong font.
Deselecting media on the Editor timeline now works consistently.
Deselecting a layer while a mask is active now correctly deselects the mask.
Resetting the Scale property to its default values now properly relinks the values when necessary.
Creating a new Track on the Editor no longer auto-selects the track name for editing.
Wingdings and Webdings now work correctly.
Double-clicking on Text no longer causes stability issues.
The import dialog now defaults to the correct location, if the last import drive is not available.
Improved performance of scrubber widgets on systems with multiple displays using different resolutions.
Selecting multiple layers and disabling them all at once now works correctly.
Long layer names no longer cause layout issues.
Uncompressed AVI export no longer results in corrupted video files.
The Export progress bar on the Dock now updates when new export tasks are queued during export.
Eliminated an error message that would appear when the Mac installers were run. (Mac)
Spaces at the start or end when renaming an export preset no longer causes unidentified errors.
Clicking on a scroll bar now scrolls to the point clicked on, rather than performing a page step.
Long layer names are now elided in the Layer panel when necessary.
Long layer names are now elided in the parenting menu when necessary.
RAM Preview now works correctly with Boris effects.
Undoing a change in a comp while viewing the editor now renders correctly.
Editing the alignment of a camera layer no longer causes stability issues.
Loading a project containing multiple 3D models set to 3D Unrolled no longer causes stability issues.
Using the Angle Blur effect on a system with AMD R9 380 graphics no longer causes stability issues.
Neon Path effect now correctly factors in all transform data for masks when drawing the path.
Opening a Text layer in Mocha HitFilm now displays the text at the correct size.
Version 11.2 – Released January 16, 2019
Download HitFilm Pro Version 11.2 Requires Windows 8 64-bit (or above) or OS X 10.11 El Capitan (or above).
Running HitFilm under MacOS 10.14 Mojave no longer causes a system instability.
Version 11.1 – Released Dec. 12, 2018
The BorisFX 3D Objects plugin now correctly installs with HitFilm for Mac users.
Version 11 – Released Nov. 20, 2018
The all-new Exposure Pro effect brings enhanced exposure and color editing to HitFilm Pro, in a powerful but easy to use interface.
Dehaze improves clarity and detail in hazy shots, and allows you to add haze for style or atmosphere.
Inner glow creates a soft glow effect around the inside edge of your layer, and edit the glow’s size and color.
Outer glow creates a soft glow effect around the outside edge of your layer, and edit the glow’s size and color.
Distance Field generates a grayscale map where each pixel is colored based on its distance from the edge of the layer.
The all-new Surface Studio effect is a powerful tool for generating smooth or roughly textured metallic or vitreous surfaces on text or other layers.
The Neon path effect no longer has alignment issues when taking its shape from a text layer.
Version 10 – Released Nov. 1, 2018
Non-English characters now render correctly in text layers.
Text layers now auto-expand as you type.
New paragraph controls in the text panel provide additional controls for text layout.
Adjusting the duration of a transition now symmetrically resizes the transition in both directions by default.
Improved rendering of all fonts, so spacing and other properties are consistently respected.
Transitions are no longer limited to 5 second duration.
The font list now properly recognizes and lists all fonts installed on the system.
All font styles are now listed for non-English Windows localizations.
OpenType fonts now appear correctly in the font menu.
Improved drag and drop behavior when replacing transitions.
3D models no longer clip incorrectly when stored in an embedded comp set to 3D Unrolled.
3D models applied to particles can now be correctly illuminated by Environment Maps.
Creation of mask points is improved, to provide better control over their curved or linear status.
Selecting a comp as a material source layer no longer causes stability issues.
Improved editing of text layers in the Viewer panel.
Improved rendering of mask controls on layers which do not match the timeline resolution.
Improved editing of complex text characters, for example ‘ñ’ is now edited as a single character, rather than as two.
Trimmer no longer hangs when you try to open a plane or other non-media asset.
The Use Audio and Use Video options in the trimmer now update correctly.
Fonts containing multiple styles now display all styles correctly in the text panel.
Some fonts which would jumble characters when a specific style was selected now display all characters properly.
Accuracy of clicking to create a new text layer on High-DPi displays has been improved.
Indenting text no longer creates multiple entries in the History panel.
Editing the left indentation of a text layer now updates properly, without the cursor disappearing.
Corrected an issue with the maximum dimensions when creating export presets.
Adding mask points when Path animation is enabled no longer causes stability issues.
Viewer now updates to show results while editing transitions.
Click-drag to rubberband select multiple points in the Layer panel now works correctly.
Version 9.1 – Released 5 September 2018
The Trimmer now displays the playhead location while you preview an audio clip.
The Trimmer now displays the In and Out points on an audio clip, so you can easily select a specific portion for use.
Toggle buttons on the trimmer allow you to easily view the audio waveform of a video clip.
Buttons have been added to the Trimmer to add only audio or only video to the timeline.
Integration with Vegas 16 has been added.
The default project size has been changed to 1920×1080.
When opening a project that uses features not available in your current version, improved messages clarify what is missing.
Select All has been improved to only select visible layers.
Existing versions of .hfp and .hfcs files are now protected from overwriting if there is an error during the save process.
The swatch for the default Viewer Background Color now displays properly in the Viewer Options menu.
The time bar now consistently renders correctly on High DPI displays.
The Auto Scale button for the Value Graph is now only enabled when the value graph is visible.
The Options dialog now remembers its size and state when re-opened.
When the Trimmer is first shown, it now properly displays the current media.
The “70s Photo” preset is no longer missing from HitFilm Express.
Renaming a composite shot no longer causes unwanted change to the case of the text.
The search box in the Project panel of the Export screen is now properly cleared when the Project panel is reloaded.
The Project tab of the Export screen now properly remembers its layout when the software is closed and relaunched.
The Home screen will no longer flash white before its content loads.
Fixed several spelling errors in tooltips.
Right-clicking a layer containing a single point mask no longer causes stability issues.
Exporting individual clips from the timeline works correctly again.
What’s New in Version 9.0?
HitFilm can now export in the background, while users continue working on their project.
The End-User License Agreement has been updated to be GDPR compliant.
Timelines can now be added to the Export queue from the Export screen, an export preview has been added, and the difference between built-in export presets and user presets has been clarified.
The Export tab now shows the number of export tasks currently in the queue.
The Export queue may now optionally remove known media extensions from the names of composite shots that are added to the queue.
The Elapsed Time and Remaining Time columns may now optionally use standard timecode to display their values.
The proxy has been renamed to Pre-Render within the program, to clarify its purpose.
Interface tabs are now easier to read.
Improved the appearance of the Viewer Controls for the Bend Geometry effect on Windows systems. (PC)
Unselected items can now be right-clicked when the slice tool is active.
AVI export presets have been improved so they properly validate DV settings before exporting. (PC)
Trying to export an incompatible timeline using DV-AVI export presets now displays a warning rather than just causing the export to fail. (PC)
A rare error involving duplicate export tasks has been resolved.
Composite shot names can now display 4-byte Unicode characters correctly.
Tabbing between fields in the text panel now works as intended.
All video clips now appear correctly on the editor, regardless of the zoom level.
Keyboard shortcuts now work properly on the Export screen.
Improved clarity of the error message shown when you try to export to a nonexistent folder.
Selection and deselection of multiple items on the Editor now work correctly.
Values in the Layout Panel now display correctly when scrubbed.
Mask points added to a curve now correctly assume the curved style, rather than being linear.
Double-clicking expansion arrows in the effects tree will no longer open the import dialog.
Composite shot timelines now autoscroll if necessary when moving a layer vertically through the stack.
The Media Properties dialog now displays encoding information for Cineform clips correctly on Mac systems. (Mac)
CTRL-Clicking multiple assets on the Editor no longer causes stability issues.
HitFilm .hfp project files saved by HitFilm 8.0 and 8.1 can be saved again in HitFilm 9.0 so they open correctly in Vegas Pro 15. (PC)
Multiple preview requests for imported files no longer cause stability issues.
What’s new in version 8.0?
New layout panel added controls for precisely aligning & positioning layers.
Master reset buttons have been restored to each tab of the Options dialog.
Default preferences for the Viewer panel, such as the default background color, can now be set in the Options dialog.
Master reset buttons have been restored to each tab of the Options dialog.
Default preferences for the Editor timeline, such as track sizes and thumbnail style, can now be set in the Options dialog.
Added the ability to select multiple points on a mask by dragging a rubber band around them.
Added support for transparency in all Plane layers.
A preset for the alpha channel has been added to the properties dialog of plane layers, to define their default transparency.
New Mirror and Rotate buttons are available in the Layout panel.
Masks can now be scaled relative to the opposite corner, rather than the center point, by using the CTRL (CMD on Mac) modifier.
New Origin control selector for masks allows you to move the anchor point from which scale or rotation adjustments will be applied to the mask.
Improved Mask tools include a bounding box while creating mask points, to make it easier to manipulate multiple points at once.
Default preferences for the Media panel, such as how files are arranged, can now be set in the Options dialog.
The default size for video and audio tracks on the Editor has been changed to large.
The Options Dialog has been updated to use a vertical stack of tabs on the side, so the tabs fit better into the available space.
Improved Mask rotation so the original bounding box is retained regardless of whether the mask has been rotated or not.
A checkerboard now indicates planes with the transparency set below 100, in the Media panel.
A checkerboard now appears in the thumbnails of semi-transparent planes on the Editor timeline.
Changed the layout of the Options dialog so it fits all of the available options better.
Auto-scroll now works correctly in composite shot timelines.
Macs using Radeon Pro graphics now draw scopes correctly. (Mac)
Mask paths now correctly switch from closed to open when path points are deleted.
The contextual menu for path points now correctly identified their current linear or curved state.
Text-based effects no longer add unwanted line returns when a project is closed and reopened.
Editor tracks no longer lose sync when a project is loaded.
Adjusting the Preview size of the Editor timeline no longer scrolls to the top of the timeline.
Selecting multiple timeline objects across video and audio tracks using the CTRL (CMD on Mac) modifier now works correctly.
Fixed an export error when motion blur is enabled on the Editor.
Masks now consistently rotate correctly.
Adjusted the default compression settings for PNG export to improve export times.
Masks applied to text layers now update correctly when enabled or disabled.
When importing composite shots from another project, all available composite shots are now listed correctly.
The selected Workspace no longer remains highlighted after the layout of the software is reset.
Bezier handles on masks now work correctly after a mask has been rotated.
Adding new points to the curve of a rotated mask now works correctly.
Improved the styling of warning dialogs shown in the Options panel.
Points can now be removed from the puppet tool while in Edit mode.
Selecting a property in the property tree of one panel no longer auto-expands the tree in other panels.
Trying to export a frame containing an empty grade layer with motion blur enabled no longer causes stability issues. (Mac)
The rotation turns control now correctly moves in increments of 10 degrees when the shift modifier is used.
What’s new in version 7.1?
There is no longer an activation issue with the included Boris FX 3D Objects.
What’s new in version 7.0?
The default setting for using the full data range of 10-bit and 12-bit files were changed, and the option was renamed in the Options screen.
Added Viewer Control support for ofx plugins (e.g. Sapphire).
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Bulge.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Channel Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Glow.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Glow Darks.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Magnify.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Twirl.
Added Viewer Controls to 360 Unsharpen.
Added Viewer Controls to Acceleration.
Added Viewer Controls to Attract To.
Added Viewer Controls to Drag.
Added Viewer Controls to Follow.
Added Viewer Controls to Gravity.
Added Viewer Controls to Repel From.
Added Viewer Controls to Throw.
Added Viewer Controls to Angle Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to Bilateral Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to Diffuse.
Added Viewer Controls to Radial Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to Channel Blur.
Added Viewer Controls to Bulge.
Added Viewer Controls to Insect Vision.
Added Viewer Controls to Magnify.
Added Viewer Controls to Puppet.
Added Viewer Controls to Twirl.
Added Viewer Controls to Witness protection.
Added Viewer Controls to Grid.
Added Viewer Controls to Reflection.
Added Viewer Controls to Split Screen Masking.
Added Viewer Controls to Tile.
Added Viewer Controls to Radial Gradient.
Added Viewer Controls to Light Wrap.
Added Viewer Controls to Glow.
Added Viewer Controls to Light Flares.
Added Viewer Controls to Unsharpen.
Added Viewer Controls to Glow Darks.
Added Viewer Controls to Bezier Warp.
Added Viewer Controls to Polar Warp.
Added Viewer Controls to Vortex Displacement Warp.
Dragging on the Value Graph is now constrained to Horizontal movement when Auto Zoom is enabled.
Improved accuracy of the value graph curve when drawing keyframes which are very close together.
Improved updating of layers when their source assets are replaced with other media.
The Puppet tool now updates correctly when the number of points is changed.
Media titles in the Trimmer now extend properly when the trimmer is resized.
Changed the default tool selection when changing a timeline from 3D to 2D.
Improved the accuracy of the mouse positioning near control handles in the Viewer.
Keyframe controls points now display correctly in the Viewer when deselected.
Keyframe controls points now display correctly in the Viewer when a property containing multiple keyframes is selected.
Changing the timeline zoom level after playback no longer causes stability issues.
Effect presets are no longer automatically reloaded, to improve performance.
Setting the camera layer alignment using a 2D layer no longer causes stability issues.
Improved performance of the zoom level slider on the timeline.
What’s new in version 6.0?
All animation tools are now accessible in the Editor timeline making it almost as powerful as the compositor when are doing 2D work (does not do 3D).
A large number of animation tools and additional functions have now been added to the Composite Shot interface.
A new Audio Hard Limiter effect has been added to make more even audio.
Text can be created on the Editor timeline via the text effect.
The ability to re-trim a clip after adding it to the timeline has been implemented.
Geometry Effects (Extrude, Bevel & Rotate) have been added to text layers providing amazing titling options.
Behavior Effects have been added, allowing one layer to be attracted towards, repel away, accelerate, move down the screen as if falling under gravity, slow down, throw towards or follow another layer. They allow layers to move using simple physics equations.
Added an environment map to text layers allowing them to receive specular and diffuse reflections from an environment map.
A Quick PiP effect has been added to quickly position one clip inside another with different scales and position relative to the layer (e.g. top left, bottom right etc)
A vertical video adjustment plugin has been added, using the original blurred version of the video to fill the horizontal space not occupied by a portrait video.
It is now possible to import ProRes video and CineForm MOV on PC.
A custom MOV writer has been created for PC users to export Cineform video and PCM audio.
A feature has been added to allow users to remove, copy and paste attributes to/from a group of clips at the same time if needed.
A 360° video viewer panel has been added which allows users to view the 360° video in its original state as well as the adjusted version so that VFX can be added.
Over 10 new 360° video effects have now been added.
Text layers now support Asian characters allowing users to easily type and render in a number of additional languages.
Viewer Quality Options can now be adjusted to improve performance in the Viewer, allowing for customized playback and pause quality.
Viewer bit depth can now be changed, to improve performance in the Viewer without impacting export quality.
Mask editing and rendering performance have been improved making it significantly faster.
Media imported into a HitFilm project is now processed quicker allowing users to get straight to editing without waiting around.
Downsampling is now utilized to improve the performance of playback in the Trimmer, Viewer and thumbnail rendering in the Editor timeline.
Playback performance of MP4 files has been improved.
Holding down the Shift Key now locks bezier control movement to the time axis in the Value Graphs and sequence envelopes allowing for completely smooth audio and video transition in the editor.
Hovering over and editing graph curves and Keyframes now displays a tooltip.
Performance improvements have been made to the copying and pasting capabilities of HitFilm.
It is now possible to automatically audio sync the entire media bin by selecting multiple clips in the media panel. HitFilm will automatically sync the files.
Ambient Occlusion can now be applied to Text Layers adding realism alongside the new advanced Geometry Effects.
Change of parenting behavior when parenting a 3D parent to a 2D child.
Motion Blur capabilities have been added to the editor sequence allowing for smoother transitions.
Motion Blur has now been added to the Slide Transition.
HitFilm optionally composites in linear color space to more closely match real life.
3D models can now use mirror reflections per material instead of spherical reflections.
Mask points can now be moved using the cursor keys.
A transform menu for Composite Shot layers can now be accessed by right-clicking the layer. Quickly adjust layers to fit the comp in different ways without having to adjust the scale and translation.
Improved performance for importing MOVs (using H.264 codec) by removing the need to decode using QuickTime on PC.
HDR images can be imported with the primary use as environment maps.
Version 5.0.6424 Features:
Dynamic Reflections now enabled on the following 3D Layers; Planes, Images, Video & Text.
The Export Queue now persists when closing & reopening HitFilm, so you can add render items from multiple projects, and export them all at once.
Shortcuts for controlling the playhead (Previous frame, Next frame, Start playback.. etc) now work in every Panel.
Changed the Panel system to allow resizing of the Lifetime, Text & Track Panels. Scrollbars will now appear if the panel is too small to display the content.
A warning is now shown to inform users when saving a Project in a newer version of the software.
Support for variable frame rate video added. HitFilm now resamples VFR videos so that they behave as if they have a fixed, constant frame rate.
Fixed a bug with Audio Waveform previews for Proxied Media when opening some projects.
Fixed an issue where the reported size of Media Cache was incorrect.
Fixed a problem with deleting files from Media Cache after completing a proxy task.
Fixed an issue where Queued Export tasks were not named correctly.
Fixed an issue where turning Reflections On or Off in the Perspective View changes the render.
Fixed a problem where incomplete media is not deleted when the Queued Export is canceled or deleted.
Fixed a bug where you could not navigate to the Export screen without first creating a project.
Fixed an issue where the Control Panel was not showing the correct Object or Layer selection.
Fixed an issue where adding a Layer or Object as Queued Export did not display the Go to Export/Continue Editing prompt to the user.
Fixed an issue where you were able to navigate to the Edit screen when an Export is starting.
Fixed a problem where the position of the splitter between the layer names and the timeline was not saved properly in composite shots.
Fixed an issue where the Duplicate shortcut was not working in the Viewer.
Fixed an issue where the Media Panel shortcuts were not working if the panel was not visible.
Fixed a problem with the styling of 3D Model Import Window where some properties were being squashed.
Tweaked the wording of the error message displayed when running on a machine below the minimum requirements.
Fixed an issue where Layer Audio Waveforms were incorrect when scrolling.
Fixed a rare crash when canceling a Queued Export task.
Fixed an issue which caused a crash when proxying multiple media files at once.
Fixed an issue where the Trimmer was stuck in a paused state after completing Playback of any piece of media.
Fixed a crash with mocha HitFilm that would happen if Quicktime was not installed.
If you're planning on making an epic action film like Max Max: Fury Road or Rambo, you're going to need lots of fire power. Here is a rundown on how to add spectacular muzzle flash and gunshot effects to your films in your host of choice. I've also included info on 3D models of weapons and some sound effects.
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