HitFilm Express 17.0

Free Creates high-quality videos and applies effects and frames
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Enhances the standard videos while adding effects, frames, and other cinematic enhancements. Customizes the colors, brightness, and other aspects to improve the way videos look. Once finished, the video is available for uploading on YouTube or any other social services.

HitFilm Express can help you create your own movies. Its interface is quite similar to those of other video editors, so, if you have worked with any of them before, you will probably find it quite easy to use this one. Besides, there is a lot of learning resources, including video tutorials, as well as the support of a very active community of users. What is more, there are templates you can start from and you even have the possibility of creating your own for future work.

The program´s interface comes with various tabs, which allows you to work on different tasks within the same project simultaneously. Besides, it has detachable panels that you can hide or move to wherever you find most convenient. One central element is the timeline, which is where you compose your movies by dragging elements to the various tracks. It is also a great advantage that you can save various workspaces to use for different types of tasks.

The first step is usually importing the source files, which may be not only footage but also audio and pictures. Luckily, the editor supports importing a wide array of formats. Next, you can start placing the elements on the timeline. Luckily, you can use as many layers as you need. Not only that, layers can hold tracks, cameras and planes. Several editing operations such as arranging and trimming clips are allowed. Then, you can start adding effects and transitions while you preview the results. It is also possible to add texts and captions.

Once you have finished your work, HitFilm Express lets you export your movies to various formats. It is also convenient that it allows uploading video directly to video-sharing sites. Fortunately, it supports high resolution.

All in all, the features coming with HitFilm Express right out of the box are basic and available from many other similar tools; yet, the editor has what it takes to create decent movies without much effort. Moreover, there is still the possibility to purchase add-ons to expand its functionalities. The product is free but there is a more powerful edition called HitFilm Pro available at approximately 387 US dollars. As for me, this is one of those programs I intend to keep, maybe you should give it a try to see if it is what you are looking for.

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  • Customizable workspace
  • A huge library of effects
  • Multiple tutorials and templates
  • No limits to the number of layers
  • Uploads video to the cloud


  • Only basic editing features are available in the free version
  • Only works on 64-bit OS

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Best editing I have ever used and I thought I would place this review to help support, it's an adventure through updates and support it. If you want it then I would HIGHLY recommend you get it as it is 99999999% worth it.

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Md Salim
Very good software for video editing.

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Pankaj Dharmani
Very good software for video editing.

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