Creating text & titles

You can create text using HitFilm. Text can be in 2D or 3D.

Creating text layers

There are several ways to create a text layer.

Select Text from the New Layer menu on a composite shot timeline. This will display the text properties where you can set the resolution for your text layer.
Use the Viewer Text tool to click anywhere in the Viewer. Clicking once will display the text properties dialog where you can set a specific resolution for your text layer, or click and drag to draw a quick custom shape.

Once the text layer is created you can then type directly into the text box in the Viewer.

Editing text

You need to have the Text tool selected in the Viewer to edit text.

With the Text tool selected only text layers will be highlighted in the Viewer. Select the text layer you wish to edit, then begin typing.

You can select text and move the cursor as you would in an ordinary text application.

You can continue to edit text even if it is in 3D.

Text is displayed inside text boxes. Text will automatically wrap to the next line of a text box.

The shape and size of the selected text box can be adjusted by dragging the handle on its bottom-right corner when the Text tool is selected. The text will automatically update as the text box is changed.

Text properties such as size and font are controlled from the Text panel. The text panel affects the currently selected text and any text you'll create in the future. If you want to change the attributes of existing text, make sure you have it selected in the Viewer with the Text tool.


The character properties are as follows:

Font name - all the compatible fonts available on your computer.
Font weight - choose from different font weights available for your chosen font.
Size - font size.
Line spacing - spacing between each line of text.
Character spacing - spacing between each individual character.
Outline size - width of the text outline. At 0px no outline will be visible.
Color - font color.
Outline color - color of the outline, which will only be visible if the Outline size is greater than 0px.


The selected text can be set to left aligned, centered or right aligned.

Animating text

If you have the Viewer Select tool selected you can transform the text layer like any other layer in the viewer, with full rotation and position controls.

This can be used to create scrolling end credits or sci-fi-style opening crawls in 3D.

Note that you will not be able to transform text layers if you have the Text tool selected.