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HitFilm Pro 2017 steps it up

Adding mocha planar tracking, Boris FX titling, scopes, export queue, 8K and 32‐bit floating color, 150 plug-ins for other apps

FXHOME has released HitFilm Pro 2017,  the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. With no subscription fees and a large install base of users of its software, HitFilm is the only video product to combine an nonlinear editor, a compositor with motion graphics and 3D tools, and over 500 visual effects and presets. It includes 3D object rendering, powerful particle simulation, over 500 customizable visual effects and presets, color grading, BorisFX titling and 3D text, and over 150 plug-ins for use in other video so􀁛ware.



Here’s the intro video (preso starts after 35 seconds):


The ambitious HitFilm Pro 2017 upgrade includes requested features and more (see the compete rundown at FxHome):

  • upgraded 3D rendering, generally surpassing After Effects in features
  • more visual effects and hundreds of new presets (better lightsabers and new neon)
  • better control over color grading with Vectorscopes, Waveforms and Histograms
  • a new export queue for a faster workflow
  • new editing and audio tools including keyboard shortcuts and auto sync offer simple solutions,
  • an upgraded interface
  • 8K and 32‐bit floating color support with RAM preview for cinema‐level quality
  • next generation support given to 360° video, including titles and lens distort for action cam footage
  • new partnerships bring Imagineer’s mocha HitFilm planar tracking and sophisticated camera solving, and BorisFX 3D Objects & BorisFX Title Studio to all HitFilm Pro 2017 users
  • an upgraded Ignite Pro 2017 150+ plug-in collection adds support for Avid Media Composer
  • additional bundles with Red Giant Magic Bullet, iClone, and NewBlue FX Amplify and ActionVFX are available
  • single user license with 3 concurrent activations on Mac and Windows



HitFilm Pro 2017 is available on the HitFilm store for $349, with upgrades from $189; a variety of bundles are available. One license can be used simultaneously on 3 separate machines on Mac and Windows. Minimum requirements are:

  • Apple Mac ‐ OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Windows PC ‐ 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • 2GB or more recommended for 4K UHD
  • Earliest graphics cards HitFilm supports: NVIDIA GeForce 9 Series (2008),  AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series (2009), Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)



Available separately is Ignite Pro 2017 , the Adobe-format plug-in pack, for $199. Containing over 150 plug-ins, Ignite Pro 2017 provides a similar range of effects as the major After Effects collections, though at a lower cost. Like the main app, it also allows for 3 concurrent activations on Mac and Windows, supporting a wide variety of hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Catalyst, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, The Foundry NUKE, Grass Valley EDIUS, Avid Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14.

HitFilm Pro 2017 is still a young product, yet quite capable in every area — if a bit unpolished on the editing side. Designed for newer users, the product grows impressively with each release.  Older hands may miss features, niceties and shortcuts of 20-year old apps, but will be surprised at the breadth of features available, especially for motion graphics and VFX. The UI is familiar enough to industry standards, but perhaps FxHome could return to the innovative HUD stylings of its early plug-in development, to distinguish HitFilm with faster results and easier use.

  • edit and visual effects shots is as quick as changing tabs in your web browser
  • unified 3D space, otherwise available only at the very high end
  • integrated 3D particle engine
  • fast 3D model rendering
  • 3D camera projection
  • a full complement of additional effects
  • gunfire effect with muzzle flashed in full 3D
  • easy advanced 3D text, and pro end credits and lower thirds
  • heat, energy, fluid and smoke distortion effects for adding realism to shots
  • a Neon path effect for lifelike neon sign graphics
  • lighting effects like anamorphic streaks, light leaks, sparkles, volumetric 3D light rays, high quality glows
  • a variety of retro, damage, & glitch effects
  • advanced chroma key, matte cleaning, spill suppression and auto light wrap
  • footage repair tools to remove grain, fix rolling shutter jello, stabilize jittery shots, and remove lens distortion
  • auto sync and audio mixer tools
  • OpenFX plugins compliant
  • an active YouTube channel with tutorials



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Hitfilm has been out for couple years, not many as other software and this company is not that big. Still they get to deliver 3D inside their software, and many people get interested in their software and hope they become as big and complex as AE and Premiere. Only because you don’t understand how development works, it doesn’t mean they need to rush and give buggy releases. This is supposed to be a compositing and Editing package, doing both things out of the box. and while it is obviously missing some features, it is still good enough for many people.… Read more »


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