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Hitfilm is a video editor, with 2D and 3D composing abilities. It has a range of special effects included, which include shockwaves, clouds, rain, gunshots, color grading, chroma keying, 3D particle generator, 3D gunfire generator. HitFilm Express FREE is a free limited version. Pro version costs around $400.

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Express Free 12.0 / Pro 12.0 (February 14, 2019)


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Download HitFilm Express Free 12.0 Windows 64-bit  ca 380MB  Win64

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Download HitFilm Pro 12.0 Windows 64-bit  ca 380MB  Win64

Download HitFilm Pro 12.0 Mac  ca 380MB  Mac

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Software License

Freeware/Trialware (Free download but some features are limited to pro/premium version .)

Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS

Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Version 12.0 Pro

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.
Download HitFilm Pro Version 12.0
Requires Windows 8 64-bit (or above) or OS X 10.11 El Capitan (or above). View full requirements
"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.
Added the ability to add keyframes to the value graph using CTRL+click (CMD+click on Mac)
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.
Bug Fixes
The Editor timeline now updates the cursor correctly when a new tool is selected.
Drag & Drop to the editor now disables 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.

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All features

Amaze your friends with blockbuster visual effects
HitFilm Standard gives you Hollywood quality visual effects and 3D compositing at an incredible price. You can drag easy presets onto your videos or combine effects to create your own unique visuals.

Turn any prop into a convincing weapon with HitFilm's photorealistic, fully 3D muzzle flashes. Create any kind of gunfire from pistols to miniguns and futuristic plasma rifles.

Lens flares
HitFilm's wide range of highly customizable lens flares enhance your lighting and add authenticity to your visual effects.

Easily create sci-fi's most iconic weapon using HitFilm and show the fanfilm community what you can do. An elegant effect for a more civilized filmmaker.
Invisibility and cloning
Create Predator camouflage and wizard invisibility cloaks with the versatile displacement effect, or use split screen and masking to clone your actors.

3D pre-built effects
A range of drag-and-drop smoke, fire, explosion and shockwave effects are included with HitFilm. They're ready to go, so all you need to do is drop them into place.

Falling Debris
Fire & Explosions
Fire Explosions
Sci-Fi Shockwave
Missile Smoke
Fluffy Cloud
Storm Cloud

Do you want even more stunning special effects and a powerful particle system? Check out HitFilm Ultimate

Edit your movie in HitFilm
Import your videos, trim clips and add transitions with up to 10 video layers and 10 audio layers. At any point you can switch to creating visual effects without having to change applications.

Super fast workflow

Nobody likes having to transfer videos between different apps. If you edit with HitFilm you can switch effortlessly to 2D or 3D compositing and back again without having to wait for clips to render.


A selection of high quality video and audio transitions are included to enhance your editing, from fades and dissolves to animated wipes.

Create new worlds using 3D compositing
HitFilm Standard includes 2D and full 3D compositing, which is revolutionary at this kind of price. Sophisticated techniques including green screen removal, virtual sets and cloning are easy to master within HitFilm.

Green screen
Easily remove your green screen backgrounds and replace them with something new, like a virtual set or exotic location. HitFilm's effects and layering features will give you quality results every time.

Green screen compositing

Genuine 3D environment
Switch to three dimensions to open up even more creative possibilities. You can even move your video layers in and around HitFilm's 3D effects to create unique visuals.

3D compositing

Fine tuning
A range of keying tools, including spill removal, light wrap and color correction, help you make high quality composites.

Temporal effects
Exclusive time displacement and channel shift effects join the speed ramping, motion trails and other time-based effects.

HitFilm's masking tools are great for creating sophisticated interaction between layers, tidying up the edges of your green screen studio or removing unwanted parts of an image or video.

Depth of field & motion blur
HitFilm's 3D cameras work realistically, with optional depth of field automatically blurring layers based on their relative distance from the lens. Turn on automatic motion blur for more realistic movement of your 2D and 3D layers.
Light & shadow
HitFilm's 3D lighting lets you create entirely virtual scenes or match the lighting from a live action shot by mixing different lights together, just as you would on a real set.

Need professional level compositing? The ability to import 3D camera tracking data? More temporal effects?

Check out HitFilm Ultimate

Make your videos look like professional movies
Film looks
The 'film look' presets are a quick way to give your movies a professional appearance, whether you're going for an action blockbuster or a tense thriller.

Stunning filters
HitFilm Standard comes with over 65 effects for blurring, sharpening, distorting, warping, color correcting and stylizing to make your movies look better than ever before.

Channel Levels

Insect Vision
Pond Ripple
Quad Warp
Witness Protection

Motion Trails
Time Reverse
Blur & Sharpen

Angle Blur
Radial Blur
Zoom Blur

4-Point Color Gradient
Color Gradient
Drop Shadow
Fill Color
Light Flares

Channel Blur
Channel Mixer
Channel Swapper

Chroma UV Blur
Color Difference Key
Crush Blacks & White Alpha
Difference Key
Erode White
Hue & RGB Key
Invert Alpha
Light Wrap
Luminance Key
Spill Removal

Neon Glow
Oil Painting

Auto Color
Auto Contrast
Auto Levels
Brightness & Contrast
Color Balance
Color Temperature
Crush Blacks & Whites
Hue Colorize
Hue Shift
Hue, Saturation & Lightness
Noise & Grain

Do you want more 110 filters and more high-end options? Check out HitFilm Ultimate

Supporting your filmmaking
HitFilm is easy to use, especially if you're already familiar with video software. If you ever need to ask questions you'll find online assistance, video tutorials and a friendly community only a couple of clicks away.

Free video tutorials
A series of detailed video tutorials are available for free from and from within the application itself, so that you'll never be without nearby assistance.

Visit the tutorials section

Home screen hub
The Home screen keeps you in touch with the HitFilm community, delivering the latest news, software updates and video tutorials direct to your computer.

Stay up-to-date
HitFilm is always being improved with optimizations and new features. As soon as an update is available the software will let you know. All point updates (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc) are entirely free.

Join the community

When you purchase HitFilm Standard you join an international community of filmmakers where everybody works together to watch your movies, give useful feedback, collaborate and assist.

Comprehensive documentation
You can find out about every feature of HitFilm Standard using its in-built help system. Quickly search for the feature you want to use and discover everything you need to know.

Friendly support
If you need extra help there's a growing global community to talk to and rapid assistance available through the HitFilm support center.

Share with the world

Be a HitFilm creator
Submit your movie and you might be promoted through the HitFilm website and YouTube channel. All you need to do is tick a box and make a great movie and we'll help you get some more hits.

Integrated YouTube upload
Everybody is on YouTube and HitFilm makes it easier than ever, automatically converting your videos for optimum HD playback before uploading them to your channel.

Utilizes the latest hardware

GPU acceleration
HitFilm uses the power of your computer's graphics card for fast performance, even when working in full 3D with complex particle simulation. Use your graphics card for more than just games!

64-bit & 32-bit

If you have a 64-bit computer you can take advantage of your extra memory to create more complicated projects.

Multi-core aware

Whether you're using a regular dual core desktop or an ultra powerful six-core workstation, HitFilm Standard will make good use of all your system's resources.

Works with your files
Media organizer
The Project Media list takes care of all your videos, images and audio clips. You can organize them yourself or let HitFilm Standard do it for you, keeping everything neat, tidy and easy to find.

Format compatibility

You can use most common video, image and audio formats in HitFilm, including WMV, MP4, AVI, MOV and MXF. This means that whether you shoot on a camcorder, a DSLR or semi-pro cameras we've got you covered.

Multiple export formats
Export your videos using a standard template or by customizing your settings. With HitFilm you have full control over your exported videos.

What video formats does HitFilm support?

MP4 H.264 Import & Export
AVCHD Import (requires HitFilm Pro or Premium formats)
QuickTime Import (QuickTime install required on Windows)
AVI, M2T, M2TS, MTS, MXF (DVCPro HD), DV, HDV, WMV Video Import
HitFilm Pro also supports OpenEXR, Apple ProRes (Mac), GoPro CineForm (Win)

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Acronyms / Also Known As

HitFilm Pro, HitFilm Express, HitFilm Standard, HitFilm Ultimate, HitFilm Ultimate Studio

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Free Hitfilm Express is in version 9.0 too!

Review by Paulus on Jul 20, 2018 Version: 9.0 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 9/10

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Review by geerguy on Feb 5, 2018 Version: 6.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 10/10

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