HitFilm Express Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

HitFilm Express

Video editing software for content creators and filmmakers

3.33/5 (3 reviews)

HitFilm Express overview

What is HitFilm Express?

HitFilm Express is an on-premise video editing solution designed for the novice as well as professional video content creators such as directors, video editors, gamers, YouTubers, and filmmakers. The software includes modules such as VFX effects, audio hard limiter effects, composite shot enhancements, particle simulator, compositor’s toolkit, and more.

HitFilm Express provides a track locking functionality that allows users to work on multiple layers and track changes on the individual layers. Particle systems technique improves the quality of the content, films, or gaming videos by transforming geometrical shapes into fractal distortion such as mountains, clouds, fire, and more.

Using the footage repair feature with masking and retouch tools, users can hide specific objects while visually enhancing the outlook of the clip. Additionally, color correction and grading involve the vectorscope viewer to understand different color tones and adjust the color, saturation, and white balance in the clip.
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Pricing

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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HitFilm Express user reviews

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Mersen Govender

The BEST VIDEO COMPOSITING SOFTWARE that's totally FREE!

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-10-13
Review Source: Capterra

It has really given me the opportunity to understand vfx and compositing a lot better. A lot of the films I've made over the years would never have been possible without this software's amazing rotoscoping U.I and compositing features. With regards to just the editing side of things, it's not really for me. However, it has never crashed before. Even when I did a 10 minute video which used about 10 different composite shots it still rendered without a fault.

Pros
One word: Rotoscoping. Nothing, and I mean nothing (that's free), can beat the rotoscoping tools that Hitfilm Express offers. I love the entire U.I for rotoscoping- it's simple and easy to use. Other free softwares like Davinci Resolve offer the same feature but don't come close to how easy it is to composite a vfx shot in Hitfilm Express. Another pro is its FREE vfx library. They offer almost everything- from fires to explosions to lightning. All come with endless settings to adjust them to your liking. Want your explosion to be larger? No problem. Want more smoke? Sure. Want more BOOM? You can change that too. It's hard to come by a free software with such vfx functionality like Hitfilm Express. Another pro is the tracker U.I. I find it so easy to use it when I need text to stay in one place in the shot. Just to get that professional look, you know?

Cons
Features are a bit limited. They really want you to buy the full paid version (Hitfilm) so if you use too many vfx options or features as a whole, your video gets watermarked. The editing side of the software is also not the best out there. I find the U.I to be rather unappealing in design and functionality. Another con, and probably the biggest one for me, is the intrusive export error that I sometimes get after using it for a while. This means that I have to save, exit the software and re-enter it for it to work.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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David Gendron

Review of HitFilm Express

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-11-13
Review Source: Capterra

At the beginning of the pandemic, I had to do some editing and I found HitFilm Express to be very easy to do quality editing.

Pros
The free express version offers a lot of useful features and is quick to learn. The quality of the interface makes the software pleasant to use.

Cons
Compared to other editing software, I had to import VOB files that were not possible to do so. I have to convert the file to be able to work with it.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Chris Pitorri

save your work! constantly crashes

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-20
Review Source: Capterra

at first it seemed nice to get a free version of what seemed to be a sophisticated program. but it's really a nightmare and an attempt to get you to pay for upgrades. but why would I put money into something that performs so poorly at the most basic level? nice try.

Pros
it's free, so you get what you pay for. you get basic editing features so if you're keeping it simple this might work for you.

Cons
it seems the purpose of the free version is to get you to pay for the upgrade and/or purchase add-ons. this version is constantly crashing and freezing so SAVE YOUR WORK. TIP: you can set it to automatically save every 5 mins but I'd suggest manually saving every 2 mins! And you will find a ridiculous lack of safeguards like sliding new video over existing EDITED video will erase the edited video instead of pushing/sliding it over. I thought this was digital editing?!

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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HitFilm Express pricing

Pricing options
Free
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HitFilm Express is available for free of cost.

HitFilm Express features

Activity Dashboard
Data Import/Export

API (337 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (119 other apps)
Content Management (168 other apps)
Customizable Branding (190 other apps)
Customizable Templates (195 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (152 other apps)
Electronic Payments (123 other apps)
Inventory Management (113 other apps)
Order Management (130 other apps)
Product Catalog (120 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (166 other apps)
SEO Management (133 other apps)
Search Functionality (148 other apps)
Social Media Integration (109 other apps)
Template Management (111 other apps)
Third Party Integration (247 other apps)
Website Management (116 other apps)
eCommerce Management (124 other apps)

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Additional information for HitFilm Express

Key features of HitFilm Express

  • 3D Video Editing
  • Audio Tools
  • Speed Adjustment
  • Split / Merge
  • Text Overlay
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