Saving & Loading Projects

Saving & Loading Projects

Saving a project file gives you the ability to work on a project over several sessions. All of your project decisions are saved into a HitFilm project file. The next time you load the project file you can continue from exactly where you left it.

Project media is not included in the project file. If you move the project file to a different computer you will need to copy or transfer the media files as well.

If you want to create a new video file which can be played outside of HitFilm, see the chapter on Exporting.

Saving Your Project

The quickest and easiest way to save your project is to click the Save button on the navigation bar. This will update your saved project file. If it is the first time you have saved the project you will need to specify a location for the file.

You can also use the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut to save your project.

The File menu also has Save and Save As options. Save As can be used to create a new copy of the project file on your computer, after which clicking the Save icon will save to the newer project.

If the Save icon is dark gray it means that you have not made any changes to your project since you last saved.

Hovering the mouse over the Save icon will display the location of the project file on your computer.

HitFilm also has an auto-save feature built in, which allows the software to save your project at regular intervals. This allows you to recover your work in the event of a power failure or similar situations. To learn more about setting up Auto Save, please see the page on the HitFilm Options screen.

Loading Projects

To load a project select Open from the Home screen or File menu, then locate the project file on your computer.

You can also select from a list of recent projects in the File menu and on the Home screen.

Importing Projects & Composite Shots

You can import composite shots from one project into another project. This is useful for transferring visual effects shots and templates between projects, or for importing data created in mocha HitFilm.

In the Media panel, click the menu button to the right of the Import... button and select Composite Shot. You can now select either a project file or a composite shot file to import into your current project.


When importing a project file HitFilm will analyze the file and display a list of available composite shots. You can select specific composite shots to import.


Imported composite shots will be listed in new folders in the Media panel. If any of the composite shots used embedded composite shots, these will also be imported. The editor timeline from one project can not be imported into another using this method. If you wish to move your editor timeline from one project to another, you must first export it, to create a new video file. The new file created can then be imported into a new HitFilm project.

For more information on composite shots see Introducing the two timelines.