Color correction for entire timeline


I'm new with Hitfilm Pro and editing my first project.

My project is about 12 minutes and contains around 200 clips. Now I was searching for a method to place a color correction above the entire project.

In Premiere Pro and FinalCut this is solved by adjustment layers but I couldn't find it in HitFilm.

There are only adjustment layers in compositing mode but I can't make a composition of my hole project or is this possible?

Sorry if there is already a thread for this topic. Didn't found anything.


  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Hitfilm unfortunately still lacks adjustment layers in the Editor. 

    For effects where the same thing is applied to all clips in the Editor, the current fastest way is to adjust the effect on one clip, copy the clip, select all the other clips, right click and select "Paste Attributes." This will paste the effect to all clips at once. For now it's the best workaround.

    It's not possible to convert an entire edit timeline to a comp shot for technical reasons. For one thing, an editor TRACK can have multiple media clips, while a Comp LAYER can have one. Average shot length today is under three seconds. So, for a 12 film with 20 cuts a minute (3 seconds, right?) you end up with 240 layers. Since each clip is its own layer, you totally destroy the audio mix--because the audio mixer works on TRACKS.

    Would be nice to have Grade Layers in the Editor Timeline. Hopefully in a not-too-future version? 

  • edited December 2019

     Thank you for the quick answer.

    I thought about the copy and paste method too, but if want to change something after pasting it really gets complicated.

    I'll try  rendering the project without grading and re-importing it to HitFilm.

    Yeah, would be great if HitFilm will integrate adjustment layers in the editor soon. Especially because they claim to be an all-in-one solution for video making.

  • edited December 2019

    I agree Hitfilm needs this added very much so. After purchasing some additional color grading tools for Express I realized it was not possible to make a color grade adjustment layer for the whole timeline. 

  • I agree that this would be a wonderful addition.  For right now creating a preset might be the best course of action.

  •  We agree that this would be a very useful feature, and it is something that we want to implement in the future.

  • If you just need a basic grade (nothing too fancy), simply make a new Plane in a color of your choosing and add it above all the other tracks on the timeline. After that, play with the blending modes and opacity until you find something you like. Pro tip: using the Hue, Saturation and Lightness effect can help adjust the color to your liking.

  • @triforcefx That is the trick you showed me after our live stream. It is surprisingly effective!

  • @FilmSensei Indeed! While it does work surprisingly well for a quick and dirty "hack", unfortunately, it's no substitute for a proper grade layer. Though I do believe that they used this method (or something similar) in the early days of color grading, so it's not entirely unorthodox.

  • More appealing would be a way to make groups of clips that share an effects stack. That would be great for color grading; you make one color grade, add effects like glows and such to that grade, and go to the clip level for secondaries and such.

    That's probably a pretty big task though 

  • Is this still the case, no grading layer in the editor?

  • @Andy001z you cannot do this in HitFilm yet. It has been raised a fair few times on the wishlist and we are aware of the demand. Hopefully it can be added in the future.

  • @thebennorris yep thought as much. 

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