Installation & Activation

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System Requirements

In order for HitFilm Express 2017 to run properly, it is necessary that it be installed on a system which meets or exceeds the following requirements.

OS: Windows PC - 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10; Apple Mac - OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 El Capitan or MacOS 10.12 Sierra
Storage: 1.2 GB free hard disk space for installation
Internet: Internet connection required for online activation and web services. Offline activation is possible as well.
Processor: Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or AMD equivalent
RAM: 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Graphics Processor: Graphics processor with at least 512 MB video memory.
2GB or more video memory 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)
Graphics Card Drivers: It is very important to have up-to-date drivers for your graphics card when using HitFilm.
For Mac users, the drivers are built into the OS and do not need to be updated separately.
For Windows users, it is recommended that you regularly check the website of your graphics card manufacturer (NVIDIA, AMD or Intel) for their latest drivers each month. The update built into Windows does not always report all updates, so it is recommended that you visit the manufacturer's site rather than rely on the Windows update for your drivers.

Demo Mode

After installation HitFilm will start in demo mode. You can try out all the features and save projects, but you will not be able to export until you activate the software using your free serial code.


When you start the software choose Activate & unlock from the welcome screen.

Follow the on-screen instructions to login and activate your software. Make sure you use the same email address you used when downloading Express.

You can also activate by going to the File menu, choosing Options and using the Activation settings.

After activation, the next time you restart you will have access to HitFilm 4 Express, including any features you have enabled through the Store.

Installing on Another Computer

HitFilm Express 2017 license allows for a single activated computer at a time.

If you want to transfer your install to a different computer you will need to deactivate on the old computer first.

The installer and your serial code are permanently stored in your online account, so you can access them any time you need to reinstall or reactivate. You can also view your current activations there, and deactivate if necessary.