So I've been using 2017 for a while now, and I have some feedback for the developers.
- The new exporting is pretty annoying and pointless to me. First, it gives you the illusion that you can work on multiple things in parallel, but it really doesn't. My workflow usually is:
1. Open Project
2. Edit some stuff
3. Export it
What would be really worthwhile is the ability to go back and open another instance of Hitfilm, keep working while the previous instance is exporting. Right now, I have to wait on exports to finish before I can start working on my next project.
- Exporting presets should have the option to not have a default. I always bite myself constantly by exporting my timeline, but forgetting to switch away from my default preset. I liked how it was before, where I was prompted for details of how to export my timeline before clicking export. Seeing everything in my face (resolution, FPS, etc) always reminded me to make sure to change that stuff before I export. For example, I have a 720p set to my default preset. But occasionally I'll export something in 480p (because the source is also that resolution). But I keep forgetting to change my preset.
- I find it unintuitive to click buttons in my timeline to move it to be exported. When I'm done working on my timeline, like the old way, I prefer to click the Export tab and have it automatically assume I'm exporting the entire timeline.
I like that parallel exports can be done, but ultimately I liked the interface and behavior of the old export UI. I think too much changed, and there's no real benefit to the user workflow changes. Really when it comes down to it, you guys took existing, working functionality and just shifted buttons around and made it less productive and more confusing for me, especially after I had already gotten comfortable with the old way of doing things, which worked perfectly fine for me.
Really my only complaint is the export process. I'm not an advanced user, so the other stuff stayed mostly the same for me. I still enjoy 2017 but I hope the developers will take my feedback to heart and do a better UI design for the export flow.