Hitfilm 3 Express - Cannot import converted Youtube videos

I wanted to use some historical WW2 clips I found on YouTube, so I converted the footage to an MP4, AVI, and MOV through one of those links that converts YouTube clips easily.

When I tried to upload the files though, it says "File Error".

Could this be a problem with QuickTime?Or is it because of the conversion of the YouTube link to a different file type?


  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator
    edited February 8

    Item 1: Consider upgrading from Hitfilm 3 Express to Hitfilm Express 2017. Express 2017 is free, and is a new download from this site. Use the same email you used to download 3 Express and any add-ons you have will migrate to Express 2017.

    Item 2: You should no longer attempt you use direct Youtube Upload. This option has actually been discontinued in later versions of Hitfilm. Everytime YouTube changed it's code (or file type) this feature broke. It will NOT be patched (especially for v3 of software now on v6). It was never that great an idea anyway since any errors in export or upload meant one had to re-render  from the beginning. It's always been better to render to local disc then upload.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    On second read, I may have answered the wrong question.

    If your converted files are in MOV format, then, yes, you must have Quicktime installed. If in an mp4 file type, you SHOULD be ok.

    Then again, I've loaded downloaded Youtube videos directly into Hitfilm without problems.

    You should download MediaInfo (it's free), generate a "Tree" report for both one of your Youtube downloads and your Transcoded versions, then paste the reports in here so we can see details of the files.

    Also, please list your system specs: CPU, GPU, OS, RAM and STORAGE. Are you running Antivirus? Are your GPU drivers current? Is it a Dell or Alienware?

  • Oh yes! I have completely forgot about the new 2017 version. I am still confused about what you say in "Item 2", however.

    This is the link I use to convert the YouTube videos: https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/video-converter

    The problem is when I import the (converted then downloaded) files into HitFilm. Are you saying it doesn't work because the YouTube files change? I don't see how the videos I download would be affected by that, since they are their own separate files.


  • edited February 8

    This is the general report for the Trans-coded version, and this is the original video I converted:


    Complete name : C:\Users\Emma\Videos\Sad\Atomic Bomb Blast at Hiroshima August 6 and 9 1945.mp4
    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
    Codec ID : mp42 (isom/mp42)
    File size : 29.5 MiB
    Duration : 7 min 13 s
    Overall bit rate mode : Variable
    Overall bit rate : 572 kb/s
    Encoded date : UTC 2017-08-25 04:43:52
    Tagged date : UTC 2017-08-25 04:43:52

    I have a DELL, and I'm only running on Windows Defender.

    CPU: Intel (R) Core (TM) i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz

    GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500

    RAM: 8 GB

    I believe my GPU Drivers are current, but I may need a Dxdiag.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Ignore the item 2, above--since you said "Uploaded," I thought you were having issues with the direct Youtube upload. That's feature that's probably now broken, and isn't going to be fixed (as stated above). That's why I said I probably answered the wrong question.

    I might try to convert that file using that tool later and see what happens on my system, but it's possible that's anot a good converter. It's reporting a video bitrate of 572kbps which indicates that converter is really cramming those files probably too much. I'm not certain if that's a full "Tree report" since I'd expect a lot more detain as I'll show a little later in this post.

    That said--you're running a DELL and there's a know issue with DELL machines that has it's own FAQ page: https://hitfilm.com/faqs/view/78

    So follow that first and see if it fixes the issue.

    OK, Back to the "Tree Report." In Media Info's View Menu you'd select "Tree." That will be a far more detailed report, like this one:

    Complete name                            : C:\Users\User\Desktop\Eagle Transport Flyby Test.mp4
    Format                                   : MPEG-4
    Format profile                           : Base Media / Version 2
    Codec ID                                 : mp42 (isom/mp42)
    File size                                : 43.2 MiB
    Duration                                 : 10 s 27 ms
    Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
    Overall bit rate                         : 36.1 Mb/s
    Encoded date                             : UTC 2018-01-31 15:30:08
    Tagged date                              : UTC 2018-01-31 15:30:08

    ID                                       : 2
    Format                                   : AVC
    Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile                           : High@L5.1
    Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
    Format settings, RefFrames               : 3 frames
    Codec ID                                 : avc1
    Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration                                 : 10 s 10 ms
    Bit rate mode                            : Variable
    Bit rate                                 : 35.9 Mb/s
    Maximum bit rate                         : 53.0 Mb/s
    Width                                    : 1 920 pixels
    Height                                   : 1 080 pixels
    Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
    Frame rate mode                          : Constant
    Frame rate                               : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
    Standard                                 : NTSC
    Color space                              : YUV
    Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
    Bit depth                                : 8 bits
    Scan type                                : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.722
    Stream size                              : 42.8 MiB (99%)
    Language                                 : English
    Encoded date                             : UTC 2018-01-31 15:30:08
    Tagged date                              : UTC 2018-01-31 15:30:08
    Color range                              : Limited
    Color primaries                          : BT.709
    Transfer characteristics                 : BT.709
    Matrix coefficients                      : BT.709

    ID                                       : 1
    Format                                   : AAC
    Format/Info                              : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format profile                           : LC
    Codec ID                                 : 40
    Duration                                 : 10 s 27 ms
    Bit rate mode                            : Variable
    Bit rate                                 : 317 kb/s
    Maximum bit rate                         : 349 kb/s
    Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
    Channel positions                        : Front: L R
    Sampling rate                            : 48.0 kHz
    Frame rate                               : 46.875 FPS (1024 SPF)
    Compression mode                         : Lossy
    Stream size                              : 388 KiB (1%)
    Language                                 : English
    Encoded date                             : UTC 2018-01-31 15:30:08
    Tagged date                              : UTC 2018-01-31 15:30:08

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