Visual Effects

Visual Effects

HitFilm includes a huge library of built-in effects. You can also install compatible OpenFX plugins from other developers. All of the available effects are listed in the Effects panel.

Effects Panel Pro

The effects in HitFilm are organized topically into folders. The Effects panel also lists your created presets. See the Presets chapter for more information.

Effects marked with the [Layer only] tag can only be used in composite shots. All other effects can be used in the editor.

You cannot animate effects on the editor timeline. For keyframe animation see Compositing.

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If you are looking for a specific effect and know its name, you can type it into the Search bar. As you type the list will be instantly updated to display relevant results.

You can also filter the list to show specific types of effect using the Show All menu.

Controlling Effects

Effects are added to clips and layers by dragging them from the Effects panel onto the chosen clip.

You can then customize the effect in the Controls panel, or directly on the timeline when working in a composite shot.

To make changes to an effect, first select the relevant clip or layer on the timeline. Its properties will be displayed in the Controls panel, with all applied effects listed in the effects section.

You can expand the effects section and individual effects to reveal more controls and details.

Clicking once on a property lets you type in a new value. Dragging on a value increases or decreases it.


HitFilm contains two types of presets.

Plugin Presets

Plugin presets are built into individual effects, and can be accessed through the Preset menu in the controls for most effects. They only impact the effect they are contained in.


Not all effects have a preset menu, and the number of presets available will vary from one effect to the next. Select any preset from the menu to apply it to the effect. You can quickly try different presets to find the one best suited to your project.



Standard Presets can be created for 3D effects and combinations of 2D effects.

Presets store your chosen settings so that you can quickly recreate them elsewhere in your project or even in completely different projects. To learn more about creating and using presets, see the Presets page.


The Effects library also contains the editor transitions. These can only be used when Editing.

Transitions provide interesting ways to blend from one clip into the next and can only be used on the editor timeline.

You can drag transitions from the Effects panel onto the timeline. Transitions need to be applied to the start or end of a clip, or between two adjacent clips. A green indicator will show where the transition will be placed.

Once you have applied a transition it can then be selected on the timeline. The transition's properties can be adjusted in the Controls panel.

Click here for detailed information on the different transitions.