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HitFilm Express: New Features & Updates

6 updates in the last 12 months.

Get the latest version of HitFilm Express:

Version 2021.1 (PATCH)

Details

Bug Fixes

  • This patch updates the Boris FX plugins included with HitFilm, improving stability and eliminating a ‘Continuum 2021 Error’ on Windows systems. (PC)

HitFilm Express requires Windows 8 64-bit (or above) or macOS 10.14 Mojave (or above).

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Version 2021.1

Highlights

New in HitFilm Express Version 2021.1

  • Boris 3D Objects plugins have been updated to the latest version (2021/14.0.2).

Details

Bug Fixes

  • The stability and consistency of floating and docking containers has been improved. (Mac)
  • The positioning accuracy of keyframed cameras has been improved.
  • Opening the options of the Custom Light Flares effect no longer causes stability issues.
  • Improved the handling of importing GLTF 3D model animation.
  • Improved OpenCL compatibility for some low-end Windows machines. (PC)
  • The illumination property of the sphere effect no longer shows as invalid in the Controls panel.
  • Deleting the Custom Light Flares effect no longer causes stability issues.
  • GLTF models with the metallic and roughness channels combined in a single image now interpret those channels correctly.
  • Environment maps now work correctly on timelines containing multiple 3D models with different illumination models.
  • The 360 Viewer panel now updates correctly after being repositioned.
  • Improved the handling of cast shadows on Macs with Intel graphics. (Mac)
  • Videos exported from Macs with Intel graphics no longer contain unwanted flickering. (Mac)
  • Improved the rendering of lighting on GLTF models.
  • Improved the styling of the Home Screen when loading projects.
  • 3D Models containing multiple groups using different illumination models now render correctly.
  • Recently used effects no longer get added to the Recents category more than once.
  • Deleting an effect no longer adds it to the Recents category.
  • Improved handling of hardware decoding to prevent stability issues with certain ProRes files. (PC)
  • Applying multiple effects from an effects panel search no longer clears the current search.
  • Compositing clips with motion tracking no longer causes frame corruption on Macs with AMD graphics. (Mac)
  • The built-in particle system textures no longer show as invalid in the Controls panel.

Version 16.0

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Highlights

  • Commands for importing media and recording voiceover have been added to the File menu.
  • Added an option to sync video and audio tracks when scrolling vertically through the editor timeline.
  • Boris FX BCC 3D Objects plugins have been updated to version 2020.5.
  • The keyboard shortcuts for adjusting the scale of the timeline can now also be used on the timeline in the Controls panel.
  • Mocha HitFilm has been upgraded to version 7.0.5.
  • Added a command to remove all empty tracks on the editor timeline at once.
  • Added support for decoding of HEVC/H.265 video files in the software, and on hardware for systems with supported GPUs.
  • Export Frame functionality has been extensively reworked, with more options and greater control.
  • Voiceover audio can now be recorded directly in HitFilm, through the Media panel or the File menu.
  • The glTF format is now supported for importing 3D models and animation.
  • 3D models now support physically-based rendering, using both Metallic-Roughness and Specular-Glossiness materials.
  • Added support for hardware decoding on Macs with supported graphics hardware. (Mac)

Details

Enhancements

  • 3D model formats which support animation no longer generate animation files on import, unless the model includes animation data.
  • Editor tracks can now be renamed by double-clicking on the track name.
  • The GoPro FX Reframe effect has been renamed, and is now GoPro Lens Reframe.
  • The names of imported 3D animation assets are now displayed in the Media panel.
  • The motion blur settings now use a default shutter phase of -90.
  • The default radius for Highpass Sharpen was adjusted, and the blend modes have been reordered based on intensity.
  • The new Export menu provides access to all export functions in a single location.
  • All spinbox values in the interface can now be edited by click-dragging with the mouse.
  • The Export Frame feature now names the image based on the timecode of the frame being exported.
  • The new Remove Unused command deletes all unused assets from the Media panel with a single command.

Bug Fixes

  • Adding curves to a layer which contains a mask no longer causes stability issues.
  • Selecting a point layer in the controls for Video Copilot’s Optical Flares no longer causes stability issues.
  • Trying to add a preset to a layer which does not support certain types of effects no longer causes stability issues.
  • Opening a new project after creating a text object on the editor no longer causes stability issues.
  • If a timeline is shortened to a timecode which precedes the Out point, the Out point is clamped to fit the new duration.
  • Behavior effects are now added at the bottom of the effects list, when applied to editor sequence objects.
  • Clicking the Reset Master button in Trapcode Particular no longer causes stability issues.
  • Searching for “4 point” in the Effects panel now returns the 4-point gradient in the results.
  • Parenting a camera to a 2D layer which is parented to a 3D layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Saving a project no longer prevents the font in the Text effect from being changed.
  • Scopes are now only calculated when the Scopes panel is visible.
  • Exporting a project no longer stops the Text effect from updating in the viewer.
  • The Controls panel now updates properly for pasted objects.
  • Making a composite shot from a clip with curves applied no longer causes stability issues.
  • The GoPro Lens Reframe interface is now resized to fit the selected Projection preset.
  • Dragging to reposition the view in GoPro Lens Reframe now moves the view in the expected direction.
  • Eliminated an artifact at the center of the GoPro Lens Reframe effect when running on Intel 600-series graphics.
  • Clarified the wording of some error messages.
  • MPEG-1 .ts video files now import correctly.
  • The export preview now properly renders when the Export panel is re-opened during an ongoing export task.
  • Improved the handling of audio files containing floating-point PCM values.
  • 360° effects can now be searched for in the Effects panel without including the degrees symbol.
  • Media files containing pre-multiplied alpha channels now render correctly in the Trimmer, the Media panel, and the editor thumbnails.
  • Playback in the trimmer now includes the last frame of the video.
  • Editing the border color for a mask is now processed on the viewer immediately.
  • Reduced the bitrates for Instagram export presets.
  • Merging audio from two recordings of the same event with noticeable variations has been improved.
  • The Export Now > Contents command now creates a folder at the chosen location, if the folder doesn’t already exist.
  • 3D models using the Override Texture option now properly respect the viewer’s downsample mode.
  • The export button is now correctly disabled when there is nothing to export.
  • Repositioning masks now registers correctly, so the mask does not move again when the mouse is clicked.
  • Clicking the Favorite button with multiple effects selected now favorites all selected effects.
  • The large curves interface in the Controls panel now displays correctly when enabled.
  • Selection of a folder in the Export panel presets list is now clearly indicated.
  • Rounded rectangle mask controls now update properly based on the size of the mask.
  • Selecting a foreground layer in Video Copilot’s Optical Flares no longer causes stability issues.
  • Double-clicking a mask shape now finalizes the mask after adding it.
  • Resetting an orthographic view now updates to display all objects correctly.
  • Copy-paste now behaves more consistently on the Editor and composite shot timelines.
  • Adding an effect which does not include any controls no longer switches focus to the Controls panel.
  • Added the option to Convert to Point Text/Paragraph Text to the contextual menu on the editor.
  • Switching projects while an export task is ongoing now stops the export.
  • The Apply Matte option in Mocha HitFilm now functions correctly on Mac systems. (Mac)
  • Clicking the Master System button in Trapcode Particular no longer causes stability issues.
  • The editor timeline will now offer to match the resolution of non-media assets, such as a planes, when they are the first object added to the timeline.
  • Improved the styling of properties containing non-editable text, to make it more apparent which properties are read-only.
  • Adding an effect now consistently opens the effect controls in the Controls panel, and selects the object on the timeline.
  • Creating a null in Video Copilot’s Element 3D no longer causes stability issues.
  • Creating a composite shot from an audio-only asset now uses the project resolution, rather than a resolution of 1×1.The controls for the Atomic Particles now update correctly when the effect is applied to a 3D model.
  • The controls for the Atomic Particles now update correctly when the effect is applied to a 3D model.
  • Deleting a layer after cut/pasting the layer and source asset no longer causes stability issues.
  • The histogram for the Levels Histogram effect is no longer calculated unless the histogram is visible.
  • Improved the styling for the names of video files, which were being elided unnecessarily on Mac systems. (Mac)
  • The interface now renders correctly when interface tabs are repositioned. (Mac)
  • Zooming the viewer with the mouse wheel is now disabled while creating a mask.

Version 15.2

Highlights

  • HitFilm 15 now integrates with VEGAS Pro 18.

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Importing faulty preset files no longer causes stability issues.
  • The export preset dialog now only commits changes once the changes are confirmed.
  • The last created point in a mask can now be repositioned correctly.
  • Export using constant bitrates now correctly uses the chosen bitrate value.
  • Transitions applied to composite shot objects on the editor timeline are now rendered correctly.
  • Layers whose visibility is disabled are no longer ignored by the Set Matte effect.
  • Video files using the ProRes 422 (LT) codec once again load and display correctly on Mac systems. (Mac)
  • Select All on an editor timeline which includes a text template no longer causes stability issues.
  • Layer pickers now update properly when the effect containing the layer picker is moved to a new layer.
  • Layer pickers no longer allow selection of layers which would lead to cyclic rendering, thus improving stability.
  • Switching timelines while a tracker is active no longer causes stability issues.
  • Particle systems referencing a composite shot as an animated texture now render the correct texture frames.
  • Drag-and-dropping an effect to a location that doesn’t allow dropping no longer causes unwanted timeline scrolling.
  • Layer pickers now update correctly when the layer stack or layer order is changed.
  • Layer pickers now update correctly when the referenced media asset is deleted from the media panel.
  • Uninstalling one version of HitFilm from a system where two versions are installed no longer removes the interface font needed for the remaining version. (PC)
  • The Favorite star no longer renders in the wrong place within the Effects panel.
  • Improved the visual styling of the drag-and-drop process for effects.
  • Improved OpenGL implementation to prevent systems which exceed the minimum requirements from displaying an error which says they do not meet minimum requirements. (PC)
  • MP4 export now correctly uses the bitrate specified in the chosen export preset.
  • Transitions applied to sliced composite shots that contain grade layers now render as expected.

Version 15.1

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Double-clicking a Transition in the Effects panel no longer causes stability issues.
  • Playback, Exporting, and scrubbing footage no longer cause stability issues with Nvidia hardware decoding enabled. (PC)
  • HE-AAC v2 audio now plays back correctly.

Version 15.0

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Highlights

  • New mask shapes allow you to create and customize Rounded Rectangle, Polygon, and Star shaped masks.
  • Added the ability to export audio using the WAV format.
  • Additional plugin presets have been added to the Grid and Lightning & Electricity effects.
  • Four new templates for lower thirds have been added: Banners, Flashy Double, Peeking with Line, and Smooth Blocks.
  • The Crop / Pan & Zoom effect allows you to crop the contents of a clip, and animate the crop to control which area is shown.
  • Added the GoPro FX Reframe effect, for fully customizing the framing of your 360º footage.
  • The zoom options in the Viewer panel now allow a wider range of zoom levels.
  • Added a Track Select tool, to select everything to the left or right of the playhead.
  • All ADD-ON effects on the timeline can now be easily found by searching for “addon”.
  • A new Preference option allows the root folders of a new layer to be open by default, in the controls panel.

Details

Enhancements

  • Image sequences can now be imported by dragging one or more images from the sequence into the Media panel.
  • Image Sequences can now be imported using the Import button, by selecting a single image from the sequence.
  • Import image sequences by selecting a file or a range of files in a folder.
  • The layout of the menus in the top menu bar has been improved.
  • Paste Attributes now asks before duplicating the attributes on the source.
  • The Text tool now allows multiple customizable outlines.
  • Upgraded the X-audio component of the installer, to eliminate an error some users were seeing on install.
  • CTRL+W now closes the current composite shot, and CTRL+Shift+W closes all open composite shots.
  • The zoom controls for scaling the timeline have been refactored and improved.
  • Improved performance of embedded composite shots and grade layers through caching.
  • The graphic interface for the Curves control is now available in two sizes, small and large.

Bug Fixes

  • The error messages shown when an export folder is not available are now more accurate.
  • PCM audio in DV-AVI files now conforms more reliably. (PC)
  • Right-clicking item in the top menus no longer displays menu contents incorrectly.
  • Improved rendering accuracy when using Intel Iris graphics for hardware decoding. (PC)
  • The scopes effect no longer causes stability issues.
  • Using the arrow keys while editing a text layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Eliminated an uncommon stability issue with the audio meters during Trimmer playback.
  • The frame rate of MXF files is more accurately detected on import.
  • Exclude. Duplicate of 13854 above.
  • Locked audio tracks can no longer be edited using the audio mixer panel.
  • The Float option in the panel burger menu is now correctly disabled after the panel has been floated.
  • Restoring the Audio Mixer panel in the interface layout no longer causes stability issues.
  • Animated textures applied to 3D models now respect the start frame of the texture layer.
  • Playback of the Denoise effect no longer causes stability issues.
  • Adding a mask point no longer causes multiple items to be added to the History.
  • User created Export Presets can now be selected as the default export preset through the export menu without requiring a restart.
  • Applying an animation file to a 3D model no longer affects the responsiveness of the software interface.
  • Fixed the text styling in error messages which may appear when opening a project whose name contains a degrees symbol.
  • Adjusting the Roundness of a mask containing bezier handles no longer causes unexpected distortion.
  • Export of AAC audio no longer fails when an incompatible bitrate is selected, instead the closest supported bitrate is used.
  • Unsupported audio sample rates were removed from the Export options.
  • Updated the pre-render icon in the Media Panel for high-DPI displays.
  • Improved performance of 3D models using the FBX format.
  • Projects containing composite shots with large numbers of layers now open more quickly.
  • The trimmer now properly retains focus when the cursor is moved over the timeline. (Mac)
  • Improved the layout of the Background Color swatch, in the Options panel.
  • The home page can no longer be used to browse the internet.
  • Exporting using a different sample rate than your timeline will no longer result in truncated audio.
  • New mask points can now be created correctly, regardless of which view you are using.
  • Improved the layout of the color Labels tab of the Options panel.
  • Animation behaviors have been moved into the behaviors folder, where you would expect them.
  • The preview shown for text layers, while they are being trimmed on the editor, is now the correct size.
  • The Pin button now pins the Controls panel from one timeline open, when another timeline is selected.
  • Dragging vertically or horizontally now resizes a mask along a fixed axis.
  • The software can no longer be closed while the Options dialog, or any other modal dialog, is open. (Mac)
  • The option to paste effects via the right-click contextual menu is no longer enabled when it should not be.
  • You can now paste text into a template using the CTRL+V shortcut.
  • Objects on the editor timeline no longer show a Behaviors group in their controls.
  • The Effects menu in HitFilm Express now shows an Add-on label next to all add-on effects.
  • The project templates and export presets for Instagram have been updated to their current specifications.
  • The drop zone highlight is now displayed accurately when moving a panel of the interface.
  • Favorited effects are now retained more reliably in the Favorites panel.
  • Users are now warned when trying to set keyboard shortcuts which would conflict with existing shortcuts.
  • Adding an effect from the Effects menu to an editor object now correctly opens the effect controls in the controls panel.
  • You can now use the tab key to move between options in the autosave recovery dialog.
  • Recovered projects now use the same name shown in the Recovery dialog.
  • It is no longer possible to create timelines which exceed the maximum supported frame rate of the software.
  • Added a ‘Paste’ option into the right-click contextual menu for the Effects property group.
  • The ESC key now correctly closes the Effects pop-up. (Mac)
  • Right-click options now work correctly in the Effects pop-up window.
  • Opening a project which contains an unlicensed panel (such as scopes) no longer causes stability issues.
  • Updated the icons used in the effects pop-up, for High DPI displays.
  • Corrected the styling of the tooltip displayed for the Color bit depth controls in the Options panel.
  • The export queue now correctly aligns presets for completed tasks and pending tasks.
  • The overlay used when moving panels is now properly centered in the panel, for optimum visibility.
  • The search bar in the Effects pop-up window now supports input from IMEs.
  • Pausing an export at 100% progress no longer causes it to become permanently unresponsive.
  • All export errors are now correctly indicated on the program’s taskbar icon. (PC)
  • The Orbit tool is now correctly displayed for all Viewer angles which support it, when multiple views are enabled.
  • Text-only Behaviors can no longer be pasted onto non-text objects.
  • Using an image with an embedded alpha channel as a bump map for a 3D model no longer corrupts the lighting of the model.
  • Improved the layout and styling of the Text panel.
  • Selecting multiple keyframes using the CTRL modifier now works correctly.
  • The Fade to Color transition no longer overexposes the footage to which it is applied.
  • The Export panel now supports export times exceeding 24 hours.
  • Creating a text layer using the New Layer Menu now correctly selects the Text tool so you can type immediately.
  • Creating a composite shot from an image which exceeds the software’s maximum supported resolution now respects the aspect ratio of the image.
  • The “match editor timeline to media” prompt is no longer shown after “do not show again” is selected.
  • Mask outlines are now displayed correctly when multiple masks are selected.
  • Showing or hiding the Scopes panel no longer impacts RAM Previews.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for all viewer tools now work correctly.
  • ALT+arrow keys no longer unexpectedly moves focus in the controls panel property trees.
  • Resetting an effect no longer affects the Transform settings for the layer containing the effect.
  • Tooltips are no longer displayed while rubber band selections are being made.
  • Hovering the cursor over keyframes or bezier handles on the timeline no longer changes the cursor icon when the Selection tool is not active.
  • Updated the styling of the drop indicators shown when adding objects to the timeline.
  • The shortcut to convert a media file to a composite shot (CTRL+M) has been enabled in the Media panel.
  • Deleting media from the Media Panel using the keyboard shortcut now works correctly after resetting the interface layout. (Mac)
  • Rubber-band selecting multiple mask points no longer creates visual errors on systems using AMD graphics.
  • Improved performance of creating the Effects panel.

Version 14.3

Details

Enhancements

  • The File > Export option now defaults to exporting the entire contents of the timeline, rather than exporting the In/Out area.

Bug Fixes

  • Performance and stability of FBX models in the software has been improved.
  • Composite shots deleted in the Media panel no longer appear in the Viewer, or cause stability issues.
  • Motion blur now works correctly with FBX models.
  • Editing the timeline location of keyframes on a parented layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • The Gamma handle on the Levels Histogram effect now displays correctly.
  • Cancelling the render of a composite shot containing ambient occlusion no longer causes stability issues.
  • Exported files will no longer be removed from your hard drive without warning when HitFilm is closed.
  • Changing the configuration of multiple displays no longer causes dialogs to open offscreen and be inaccessible. (PC)
  • The YouTube 1080p export preset now uses a Level of 5.1, for improved compatibility with older video players.
  • Composite shots containing the Speed/Duration tool now render correctly.
  • Improved a rare stability issue involving deleting media from the media panel.
  • When a user switches timelines, the scopes now update correctly to represent the contents of the current timeline.
  • Pre-rendering a composite shot now accurately includes all frames, without duplicates.
  • Using the mouse wheel to zoom the Viewer when the frame contains reflections no longer causes stability issues.
  • The font used in Parade Scopes now supports High DPI / Retina displays.

Version 14.2

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Improved compatibility with AAC media, so it imports correctly.
  • Improved compatibility with ProRes files, so the ProRes 4444 codec now imports correctly.
  • Improved stability of AMD hardware decoding. (PC)
  • Uploading crash reports will no longer fail and give network errors. (PC)
  • Improved performance of hardware decoding when the timeline contains duplicated clips. (PC)
  • Using NVIDIA hardware decoding will no longer cause some clips to be displayed upside down in the viewer. (PC)
  • Using NVIDIA hardware decoding during export no longer causes stability issues. (PC)
  • NVIDIA Hardware decoding renders certain files more accurately, which were previously corrupted on the Viewer. (PC)

Version 14.1

Highlights

  • Styling of the interface has been updated with a new default light theme.
  • Access to the Home and Edit screens is moved to the Window menu.
  • Imerge project files in the HitFilm media panel can be right-clicked and opened in Imerge for editing.
  • GPU accelerated hardware decoding for video files is now supported for exporting on Intel, Nvidia, and AMD GPUs. (PC)
  • The font ‘Inter’, which is used in the interface, is now installed with the software.
  • The View menu has been replaced with the Window menu.
  • A menu has been added to the tab of each Panel, to aid in interface customization.
  • Export has been integrated into the main Edit interface, through additional export options on the timeline, and a new Export panel.
  • Imerge project files are now compatible with HitFilm, and can be imported and used as media.
  • Clicking the green plus icon next to Effects in the controls panel now opens an Insert menu, which can be used to add effects.
  • Composite Shots can now be created instantly from the Media panel, using the new Composite Shot button.
  • The color of masks can now be changed per mask, making it easier to keep track of multiple masks.
  • A new Effects menu in the top toolbar provides access to all effects, and stores the 5 most recently used effects for reuse.
  • The Text panel now includes options for All Caps, Small Caps, Superscript and Subscript.
  • HitFilm will now open files saved in VEGAS Effects.
  • VEGAS Image files can now be opened in HitFilm.
  • A Templates button has been added to the media panel, for easier access to templates.
  • A button for deleting the OFX Cache has been added to the Cache tab of the Options window.
  • A mini audio meter has been added to the Viewer, so audio levels can be checked at any time.
  • A visible notification has been added to the viewer, when effects are disabled by the currently selected quality profile.
  • When effects including a color picker are dragged onto the viewer, the color on which you drop the effect will be auto-selected.
  • Improved support for multithreaded rendering during pre-rendering and export.
  • A shortcut (U) has been added to reveal keyframed or modified properties. Press U once to show keyframed properties, twice to show edited properties, and three times to revert to showing all properties.
  • You can now use drag and drop to add 2D Effects to layers in the viewer.
  • Right-clicking a VEGAS Image file in the HitFilm media panel now allows you to open the file directly into VEGAS Image for editing.
  • Added support for 10-bit H.264 video files from the Panasonic GH5.
  • Hardware accelerated video decoding is now available for Windows systems running AMD graphics cards. (PC)

Details

Enhancements

  • Behavior effects can now be used on the Editor timeline.
  • Improved user access to the Activation app, through the Options dialog.
  • Improved export performance by decoupling encoding from rendering and readback during the export process.
  • The Auto Save recovery dialog has been adjusted, to improve clarity and functionality.
  • When a nested composite shot is opened, the position of the playhead is now retained from the parent timeline.
  • The Panels in the View > Panels menu are now listed alphabetically.
  • Multiple layers can now be toggled in a single movement, by click-dragging across the toggle buttons.
  • Double-clicking a Mask shape now adds a perfectly centered mask the exact size of the frame.
  • Double-clicking an effect in the effects panel will now apply the effect to the currently selected layer.
  • The decoding process for AAC audio files has been updated.
  • The icon indicating Offline Media has been updated.
  • Additional zoom levels have been added to the zoom menus in the Viewer and the Trimmer panels.
  • The Trimmer will now resize to fit when the panel size is adjusted.
  • Improved handling of auto save and project recovery.

Bug Fixes

  • Improved accuracy of rendering of layers which have a camera tracker applied.
  • The bit depth for 16-bit images is now displayed correctly.
  • Support for 64-bit PNG files has been added.
  • Clarified the wording of the error message displayed when an export runs out of disk space.
  • Duplicated export tasks are now numbered sequentially.
  • Pasting a cube shaped force onto a particle simulator layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Adding a deflector to a particle simulator layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • The minimum size of the interface on High-DPI displays has been adjusted.
  • Lightened the default timeline color applied to assets which are added to the timeline.
  • Image sequences using 16-bit per channel color now render accurately.
  • A : B searching can now be used to narrow the search results on the timeline and in the insert menu.
  • Using an IME for non-latin characters no longer causes stability issues.
  • The Export queue, when opened, now auto-scrolls to the most recently added task.
  • A typographical error in the installation process has been corrected.
  • Improved selection and resizing of very small objects on the editor timeline.
  • Improved the sorting of items in the export preset list whose names include numerals.
  • Improved the sorting of items in the effects panel whose names include numerals.
  • Improved the sorting of items in the media panel whose names include numerals.
  • The transform property group in the controls for Editor timeline objects has been placed after the effects property group, to accurately reflect the render order.
  • Improved rendering of the interface during the process of moving panels.
  • Improved the Mac handling of projects saved on Windows using absolute file paths. (Mac)
  • Changed the default export location which is used when the specified export location is not available.
  • AAC Audio files now load correctly.
  • Moving objects on the timeline no longer causes them to become deselected.
  • The shortcut for advancing 10 frames is now working again.
  • The zoom controls in the layer panel now give more expected results.
  • OpenGL errors no longer show multiple error dialogs.
  • Pre-rendered footage will now correctly display audio conform errors, when necessary.
  • Improved performance of hardware decoded video playback.
  • Using CTRL+C in the import dialog after opening the Edit menu no longer causes stability issues.
  • Dragging a marquee to select multiple layers now works when the bottom layer is locked.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for Locking and Unlocking layers have been moved to the Timeline category.
  • Typing Japanese text containing a first word longer than the line wrap width no longer causes stability issues.
  • Improved the search function in the Effects panel, to provide more logical results.
  • Dragging the menu bar at the top of the Mac interface now moves the window.
  • The control panel no longer displays contents if nothing is selected.
  • The selected property for each timeline is now remembered when switching between timelines.
  • The viewer panel now updates correctly after the color depth is changed and the panel is floated. (PC)
  • Improved the accuracy of the RAM preview indicator.
  • HitFilm no longer allows you to move the playhead past the final frame of the timeline.
  • Corrected an issue which caused the framerate of certain MP4 files to load incorrectly.
  • The styling on the Delete Workspace dialog has been improved.
  • The zoom menus in the Trimmer and Viewer no longer display unselectable zoom levels.
  • Performance of the Unlock All keyboard shortcut has been improved.
  • Improved performance of using the mouse scroll wheel to adjust the timeline zoom on Mac systems. (Mac)
  • Editing text properties no longer alters unselected text.
  • The size of the text cursor is now based on the currently selected text size.
  • The open tab in non-focused interface panels is no longer marked as active.
  • Constrained shape masks can now be dragged in any direction from the origin point.
  • The Delete button in the media panel is now disabled when nothing in the panel is selected.
  • Double-clicking on offline media in the media panel no longer moves focus to the trimmer.
  • The contents of the Lifetime panel are now restored, when switching from the Editor to a composite shot with a particle effect selected.
  • Improved handling of MOV files on Windows, to correct some import issues. (PC)
  • The LUT effect is now properly limited by layer masks. Areas outside of the masks are no longer affected.
  • Styling has been improved when renaming export presets.
  • List mode in the media panel now uses the correct icons for audio files.
  • Improved support for FBX files to alleviate material conflicts.
  • The Text panel now displays the correct font for text layers, when a project is moved between a PC and a Mac.
  • Improved the handling of textures on 3D models to increase consistency of results and eliminate some flickering issues.
  • RAM previews are now correctly synced with the timeline contents.
  • Text spacing is now consistent on the editor and composite shot timelines.
  • Search results in the Effects panel now include folders.
  • Converting a mask point from locked curved to unlocked curved no longer moves the handles of the point.
  • Improved the styling of the origin point matrix in the layout panel.
  • Improved the consistency of text character spacing.
  • Text layers with the text size set to 0 are no longer selected every time you click in the viewer.
  • The Color Correction Wheels effect no longer swaps blue and green when using the wheels to make adjustments.
  • Disabling the auto-save feature in the Options dialog now correctly disables the other autosave options as well.
  • Export presets whose names have been edited now update correctly in the export queue when a project is re-opened.
  • The Export preview now displays at the correct resolution on High DPI displays.
  • Export tasks will now provide a warning for any offline media in the timeline being exported.
  • Export errors are no longer clipped, so the entire message can be read.
  • Paste Attributes no longer allows you to paste in cases where no properties will be changed.
  • Timeline objects copied by dragging are now selected after the duplication is complete.
  • When using IME for languages with non-Latin characters, entering numeric values no longer offers autocomplete suggestions.
  • Suspending an export no longer causes stability issues.
  • Improved stability during the export process.
  • Adjusted the styling of the current frame number, when the timecode is set to frames.
  • Keyframes being edited on the timeline will no longer be hidden behind unselected keyframes.
  • Changing the sort order in the media panel now updates the sorted list correctly.
  • Keyframe handles no longer disappear when the project bit depth is changed.
  • Improved support for importing image sequences containing file names of different lengths.
  • Creating a composite shot by adding a particle system to the editor now creates a single history event.
  • Scaling a plane on a single axis no longer creates unwanted transparency.
  • Opening a project containing OFX plugins no longer causes stability issues.
  • Composite shot timelines can now be floated out of the main interface.
  • Motion blur now updates correctly when the framerate of the timeline is increased.
  • Click+dragging the visibility of multiple layers no longer affects layers on other timelines.
  • The Recent Effects menu now lists the most recently used effects chronologically from top to bottom.
  • Selecting an effect in the Favorites folder no longer causes unwanted scrolling in the effects panel.
  • Creating a new project with the timeline container floated no longer causes stability issues.
  • Adding an effect to multiple items at once no longer creates multiple items in the history panel.
  • Launching the software with a Favorited OFX effect not loaded no longer causes stability issues.
  • The favorites menu for effects is no longer permanently disabled.
  • Closing HitFilm after using a Video Copilot effect in a previous session no longer causes stability issues. (Mac)
  • Estimated time to complete exports updates more accurately at the end of export.
  • Improved rendering of masks on systems with AMD graphics.
  • Favorited transitions no longer appear in the effects menu.
  • The effects menu now works for adding effects to the controls panel, as well as to timeline objects.
  • The export command dialog now auto-populates to the default export directory.
  • The auto-save dialog no longer appears if the auto-save option is disabled.
  • Media using a different resolution than the project now renders correctly using downsampled viewer resolutions.
  • Effects icons are no longer displayed when the native Mac menu bar is used. (Mac)
  • Improved the rendering of mask curves while the mask is being drawn.
  • Improved the styling of the background color swatch, in the viewer options menu.
  • Viewer now correctly recalculates zoom when the project dimensions are changed.
  • Improved the styling of the effects search popup.
  • Remove Stock Background now removes white backgrounds more accurately.
  • Improved support for video files created by OBS.
  • Large media previews are downsampled correctly in the viewer, as they are adjusted on the editor timeline.
  • Resizing the viewer no longer causes an infinite render loop in the zoom menu.
  • Recent plugins are now remembered when HitFilm is closed and reopened.
  • MP4 files using a level of 6.1 will now load correctly.
  • Improved rendering of high resolution files when viewer resolution is set to low quality/resolution profiles.
  • Reduced the contrast of the checkerboard in the viewer, to reduce distractions from the content.
  • Adjusted the color of the asset duration bars, which indicate the unused portions of a layer on the timeline.
  • Improved rendering of the blue box surrounding the viewer when it is the active panel.

Version 13.1

Highlights

  • Implemented integration between HitFilm 13 and VEGAS Pro 17. (PC)
  • New Color options for media files allow you to switch between Studio levels and computer levels, to ensure accurate color. (PC)

Details

Bug Fixes

  • VEGAS Pro integration now supports audio. (PC)
  • Using VEGAS Pro integration with drop-frame source files no longer causes invalid frame rates. (PC)
  • Home page web links no longer cause stability issues.
  • Restored the contextual menu for motion paths on the Viewer.
  • Adding masks to layers whose visibility is toggled off once again works correctly.
  • Using the mouse wheel to navigate the value graph no longer causes stability issues.
  • Drag and drop of an .OBJ asset onto the timeline no longer causes stability issues.
  • All three position values now display correctly for 3D text layers.
  • Clip position now updates correctly while dragging a clip beyond the visible area of the timeline.
  • Dragging an audio clip below the master track no longer causes stability issues.
  • Deleting failed export tasks from the Export Queue no longer causes stability issues.
  • The Spatial Interpolation options are restored to the right-click menu for timeline objects.
  • Closing the application immediately after creating a mask no longer causes stability issues.
  • Dragging a layer from one composite shot to another no longer causes stability issues.

Version 13.0

Highlights

  • Added the ability to lock tracks on the editor timeline, and to lock layers in composite shot timelines.
  • Added a Strength slider to the LUT effect, to control the intensity of the LUT.
  • The ribbon bar now provides information on what updates are available.
  • Selecting “Delete media cache” when no project is opened no longer requires HitFilm to be relaunched.
  • Upgraded Mocha HitFilm to version 6.0.3
  • Added support for multiple audio streams in video files.
  • Restyled the Options dialog for improved legibility.
  • The Fill Color effect now uses a default value of 100% for the Blend Amount.
  • The name of the “Import as Comp” option for templates is changed to “Edit”.
  • Masks can now be created and edited on the Editor timeline, without a composite shot being required.
  • Increased maximum supported resolution to 4096 x 2160 (DCI 4K).

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Loading MP3 files with multiple ID3 tags no longer causes an error.
  • HitFilm now confirms that all changes to the project are saved before exiting.
  • Improved audio sync for files captured by screen recording software.
  • Commands which open File Explorer or Finder windows no longer open multiple windows.
  • MP4 video files now decode properly on Xeon processors.
  • Effects containing layer pickers with unselected layers now display correctly in opened projects.
  • The Puppet effect no longer displays layer-only properties when used on the Editor timeline.
  • Cineform .mov files exported on the Mac now properly display alpha channel transparency data. (Mac)
  • Improved compatibility with .cube LUT files from Sony.
  • Full screen mode now maximizes use of available screen space. (PC)
  • Showing an exported file in the Finder no longer causes an error. (Mac)
  • Rain on Glass no longer shows layer picker for the Environment Map when used on the Editor timeline.
  • Publishing controls that don’t contain keyframes now properly displays the Publish icon.
  • Layer names remain legible regardless of what label color is selected.
  • Published properties are low correctly labeled when a project is loaded.
  • Property names used in templates now display correctly when the property name is edited.
  • Text layers now display the correct colors when motion blur is applied.
  • Mocha HitFilm now launches correctly from saved projects.
  • Improved video playback performance when GPU acceleration is not in use. (PC)
  • The order of default color labels is now more logically arranged.
  • Footage created using NVIDIA Shadowplay containing audio at 312kbs now loads correctly.
  • Right-clicking a text layer with the Slice tool selected no longer causes a crash.
  • Holding CTRL when the slice tool is active now correctly allows you to create keyframes on the audio envelope.
  • The distribute tools now factor in layer order when positioning multiple layers.
  • Improved compatibility of .m4a files.
  • Rendering a particle effect using another layer as a texture source no longer causes stability issues.
  • Changed the alignment of the Close button.
  • Deleting templates from the media panel which have been edited on the timeline no longer causes stability issues.
  • Added shortcut key options for the Publish and Unpublish features. No default shortcut is assigned.
  • The value graph now defaults to inactive, in the control panel.
  • Editing the quality profiles in the options dialog no longer causes stability issues.
  • Click-dragging on the editor timeline to select multiple objects or keyframes now works correctly.
  • Deleting an object from the editor sequence when both the object and its keyframes are selected no longer causes stability issues.
  • Adjusted the background color of the YUV Color Wheels to be consistent with other effects.
  • When dragging multiple layers through the layer stack, the original order of the layers is now properly retained.
  • J and L cuts on the editor timeline now work correctly.
  • Improved decoding of .mp4 files, to eliminate codec corruption that would sometimes be displayed.
  • Particle layers now update properly when a parent layer or dependent layer is modified.
  • Sorting the Export Queue by duration now works correctly.
  • MOV files using the Cineform codec now load correctly. (PC)
  • Importing numerous media files no longer causes audio conforming errors.
  • Pasting a comp containing an asset that was removed after the comp was copied no longer causes stability issues.
  • The right-click contextual menu for templates no longer includes unavailable commands (cut/copy/duplicate).
  • Maximize now updates correctly on Windows 8.1 when the taskbar is moved. (PC)
  • HitFilm now correctly supports the Auto-hide Taskbar function of Windows. (PC)
  • The right-click contextual menu of an object created by linking two separate media objects no longer shows the Properties option.
  • When new assets are imported, they are now automatically selected in the media panel.
  • Importing a template from another project using the “Import composite shot” now retains the published template status.
  • Undoing the deletion of an asset from the media panel no longer causes stability issues.
  • Mask controls are no longer duplicated unnecessarily.
  • Pasting a template that has been deleted from the media panel no longer causes stability issues.
  • Creating a Light layer when a mask tool is selected no longer switches to the Selection tool.
  • Templates present on the Editor timeline which are no longer in the Media panel can no longer be pre-rendered.
  • Updated the appearance of the MPEG-2 Warning icon in the media panel, for HighDPI displays.
  • Click-drag to adjust values in the text panel once again works correctly.
  • Masks now display the same controls on the timeline and in the control panel.
  • Editing the text contained in a template no longer causes stability issues.
  • The playhead and timeline now display correctly when new media is added to the end of the editor timeline.
  • Improved the styling of the breadcrumb trail for the Lifetime property.
  • Adding mask points after relinking media no longer causes stability issues.
  • The Delete button in the media panel is now disabled if nothing is selected.
  • Deleting an asset from the media panel when a timeline instance of the asset is parented to another layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • The viewer no longer displays controls for offline assets.
  • Installing a template created with a newer version of the software no longer causes stability issues.
  • Resizing the Options dialog now renders correctly.

Version 12.3

Highlights

  • Added a warning message in the Media panel to notify the user if audio fails to conform.

Details

Enhancements

  • When multiple objects are selected, performing a CTRL+click on one will now deselect it.
  • Improved the results of Merge Audio/Video for certain files that previously had difficulty merging.
  • Improved loading performance, and feedback of loading progress, for projects with large amounts of imported media.
  • Improved the layout of the Text panel elements when the panel is resized.
  • Media panel previews are now generated consistently when importing or reloading media.
  • Improved sync accuracy of the Merge Audio/Video function.
  • Improved software decoding for certain MOV and MP4 video files.
  • Text layers involving geometry effects and motion blur now accept illumination from multiple lights. (Mac)
  • Improved loading of very large files on Mac systems.

Bug Fixes

  • The viewer now updates correctly when the editor timeline settings are matched to media.
  • When a thread crash occurs, the software now closes instead of continuing to run in an unstable state. (PC)
  • ALT+dragging a timeline object now moves the object without duplicating it.
  • In the Options screen, changing the Time Format setting in the Export tab now correctly updates the export screen.
  • Manually entering timecode now correctly takes you to the entered timecode.
  • The viewer now updates properly when the dimensions of a composite shot are changed.
  • Images from iPhone SE now import right side up.
  • Importing footage recorded with VLC no longer causes stability issues.
  • Using the B shortcut to add a clip to the timeline now works when the media panel is active.
  • Media panel previews are no longer generated if the Media panel is in list mode.
  • Cursor size no longer changes unexpectedly when drag-and-dropping media on a High DPI display. (PC)
  • Various compatibility issues when loading files with specific compression settings have been resolved.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for timeline color labels now work correctly when the Layout panel is open.
  • Implemented High DPI support for elements of the new Title and Template system where it was lacking.
  • The Next Frame button on the viewer is now disabled when the playhead is on the last frame of the timeline.
  • Screen recordings created using Mixer import correctly once again.
  • Matching timeline to media removes audio conformed to the previous sample rate so audio plays back correctly.
  • Removed the unnecessary ampersand from the tooltips for Open and Save buttons.
  • Enabling anti-aliasing no longer cause stability issues.
  • Videos recorded with mobile devices now load with the correct orientation.
  • Enabling motion blur on the editor no longer causes stability issues.
  • Importing multiple EXR files no longer causes stability issues. (PC)
  • Waveforms on the editor timeline will no longer render during playback.
  • Replaced the degree symbol in the Color Temperature property with a K, for Kelvin.
  • Opening projects containing Atomic particles on a system running MacOS Mojave no longer causes stability issues. (Mac)
  • Error messages originating from effects being rendered no longer cause stability issues.

Version 12.2

Details

Enhancements

  • The Undo/Redo and Save buttons have been restored to the menu bar.
  • The menu containing options for the appearance of Editor tracks has been reconfigured.
  • Improved the alignment of keyframes in the value graph while scrolling.
  • Improved the way in which text is displayed on the export progress bar.
  • Visibility of mask curve handles has been improved.
  • Improved playback performance on the Editor timeline.
  • Added a default color label option for Grade layers.
  • Improved the alignment and positioning of controls in the Track panel.
  • Improved render accuracy in the viewer for footage that does not match the timeline resolution.
  • Changed the Export Progress bar color when export is completed, to more easily identify finished exports in the queue.
  • Fixed the layout of the transport controls so that the Previous Frame and Next Frame buttons are side by side.
  • Improved the rendering and functionality of the dialog that warns of a system below the minimum requirements.

Bug Fixes

  • H.264 media no longer displays upside down during playback.
  • The interface now displays correctly on older Intel graphics processors.
  • The styling of tooltips is now consistent in the viewer and graphs.
  • 3D models using environment maps now export correctly.
  • The dialog warning of missing features in a project is now styled correctly.
  • All media cache files are now properly deleted when HitFilm is closed.
  • The freehand Mask tool is now properly disabled for 3D unrolled layers.
  • Using the mouse wheel in the value graph while holding CTRL+ Shift no longer causes the interface to freeze.
  • Applying Levels Histogram to a layer in a nested composite shot no longer causes an unending render request.
  • Clicking in the viewer no longer creates an unnecessary render request.
  • Corrected the color of the ADD-ON button in HitFilm Express.
  • Copying, publishing, and resetting multiple animated properties now works correctly.
  • HitFilm no longer launches on unsupported virtual machines or remote desktops where it cannot run correctly.
  • Properties option is restored to the contextual menu for objects on the Editor timeline.
  • Pre-render options are restored to the contextual menu for objects on the Editor timeline.
  • Maximizing the interface now properly fills the screen on certain Intel HD hardware that previously displayed incorrectly.

Version 12.1

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Improved performance of looped playback in the viewer.
  • Deleting the queue’s export tasks no longer causes stability issues.
  • The interface now displays correctly on Intel Generation 3 graphics processors. (PC)
  • The playhead no longer jumps to the start of a layer when you playback a composite shot.

Version 12.0

Highlights

  • The Project Screen has been replaced with a Project Settings dialog that can be accessed through the File menu.
  • Rendering of the Viewer and the interface have been separated, to dramatically improve performance.
  • Color Labels have been added to all timelines, to aid in organizing your media.
  • Added GPU-accelerated decoding of video files on NVIDIA hardware.
  • Added GPU-accelerated decoding of video files on integrated Intel graphics hardware.
  • Select properties of composite shot layers can be published, allowing them to be accessed and edited on the Editor timeline without opening the composite shot.
  • The contents of text layers can be published, allowing the text to be edited from the editor timeline without opening the composite shot that contains the text.
  • The Text tool can now be used natively on the Editor timeline.
  • Composite shot templates can now be exported and imported, for sharing between projects or users.
  • A collection of templates for lower thirds now installs with the software.
  • Dolby AC3 audio is now enabled in HitFilm Express without any add-ons required.

Details

Enhancements

  • “Default render bit depth”, in the preferences panel, was renamed to “Render bit depth”.
  • Added the ability to add keyframes to the value graph using CTRL+click (CMD+click on Mac)
  • Added support for OpenType CFF fonts.
  • Improved performance of video playback in the Trimmer.
  • Performance of animated 3D Models is improved by caching animation data.
  • The software now allows watermarked exporting while in demo mode.
  • Viewer control gizmos are no longer visible during playback.
  • The “match settings” dialog is now displayed when multiple clips are dragged to an empty Editor timeline, if all selected clips use the same settings.
  • The integrated Boris 3D Objects plugin has been upgraded to the latest version.
  • It is now possible to select multiple transitions on the Editor timeline.
  • Improved performance of single-frame steps of the playhead.
  • Adjusted the sensitivity of character spacing on text, to make minor adjustments easier.
  • Improved differentiation between the YUV Color Correction Wheels.
  • Improved performance of loading audio files on Import.
  • Improved compatibility with MP4 files containing AAC audio.
  • Improved support for GoPro CineForm AVI files.
  • Improved the styling of animation graphs on the Editor, so they are visible on any background color.

Bug Fixes

  • The Editor timeline now updates the cursor correctly when a new tool is selected.
  • Drag & Drop to the editor now disables correctly when the asset is dropped.
  • Updated the keyboard shortcuts for moving between screens in the software.
  • The integrated Boris effects now display correctly with all downsampling modes.
  • Alignment of the Trimmer no longer varies after play/pause is clicked repeatedly.
  • Contextual menus now correctly display all applicable options when multiple items are selected.
  • Masks now function consistently regardless of the Viewer downsample mode.
  • Keyframes no longer display outside the range of Editor timeline objects.
  • 3D models can now be selected by clicking on them in the Viewer.
  • Importing MP4 files containing faulty H.264 stream data no longer causes a stability issue. (Windows)
  • Attempting to add a mask to an offline layer or an audio only layer no longer causes stability issues. (Windows)
  • CineForm export presets no longer allow you to select unsupported options when editing their settings. (Windows)
  • Entering unsupported characters into the name of an Export preset no longer causes unwanted movement of the cursor.
  • Editing the default export location now works correctly.
  • Control points on the Opacity Envelope now display correctly when placed near the end of an asset.
  • The layer panel no longer displays menu options that are not applicable to the panel.
  • Selecting a non-active camera in a 3D composite with Depth Of Field enabled no longer causes stability issues.
  • Viewer gizmos now display immediately when media is added to the timeline.
  • Indenting text within a text box no longer overrides the constraints of the text box.
  • Video filmed with mobile phones now consistently imports with the correct orientation.
  • Playing the Trimmer while zoomed in no longer causes unexpected changes in the zoom level.
  • Opening a composite shot timeline that contains a layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Right-click and drag on the Viewer during playback no longer causes the Viewer to go black.
  • Dragging an item to the Viewer now correctly selects it and displays its controls in the Controls panel.
  • Full Screen preview now works correctly with multiple HighDPI displays.
  • Containers and panels of the interface can now be repositioned correctly.
  • Resetting Quality Profiles to their defaults now works correctly. (Mac)
  • Creating a new project immediately after loading a project no longer causes stability issues.
  • Launching the activation app to deactivate the software no longer gives an error.
  • Improved compatibility with certain problematic MP4 files.
  • Antialiased rendering of a layer that is oriented toward the active camera, when using an orthographic view, no longer causes stability issues.
  • An issue where certain font weights would display incorrect characters has been resolved.
  • Playback of the Trimmer on Macs using Intel Iris graphics no longer causes stability issues. (Mac)
  • Repositioning a mask with its Scale set to 0% no longer causes stability issues.
  • Importing corrupted h.264 video files no longer causes stability issues.
  • Deleting an effect from an embedded composite shot no longer causes a stability issue.
  • Paragraph text layers no longer display the first character in the wrong font.
  • Deselecting media on the Editor timeline now works consistently.
  • Deselecting a layer while a mask is active now correctly deselects the mask.
  • Resetting the Scale property to its default values now properly relinks the values when necessary.
  • Creating a new Track on the Editor no longer auto-selects the track name for editing.
  • Wingdings and Webdings now work correctly.
  • Double-clicking on Text no longer causes stability issues.
  • The import dialog now defaults to the correct location, if the last import drive is not available.
  • Improved performance of scrubber widgets on systems with multiple displays using different resolutions.
  • Selecting multiple layers and disabling them all at once now works correctly.
  • Long layer names no longer cause layout issues.
  • Uncompressed AVI export no longer results in corrupted video files.
  • The Export progress bar on the Dock now updates when new export tasks are queued during export.
  • Eliminated an error message that would appear when the Mac installers were run. (Mac)
  • Spaces at the start or end when renaming an export preset no longer causes unidentified errors.
  • Clicking on a scroll bar now scrolls to the point clicked on, rather than performing a page step.
  • Long layer names are now elided in the Layer panel when necessary.
  • Long layer names are now elided in the parenting menu when necessary.
  • RAM Preview now works correctly with Boris effects.
  • Undoing a change in a comp while viewing the editor now renders correctly.
  • Editing the alignment of a camera layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Loading a project containing multiple 3D models set to 3D Unrolled no longer causes stability issues.
  • Using the Angle Blur effect on a system with AMD R9 380 graphics no longer causes stability issues.
  • Neon Path effect now correctly factors in all transform data for masks when drawing the path.
  • Opening a Text layer in Mocha HitFilm now displays the text at the correct size.

Version 11.2

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Running HitFilm under MacOS 10.14 Mojave no longer causes a system instability.

Version 11.1

Details

Bug Fixes

  • The Boris FX 3D Objects plugin now correctly installs with HitFilm for Mac users.

Version 11.0

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Details

Bug Fixes

  • The Neon path effect no longer has alignment issues when taking its shape from a text layer.

Version 10.1

Details

Bug Fixes

  • Running HitFilm with bespoke fonts installed no longer causes HitFilm to fail to launch.

Version 10.0

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Highlights

  • Non-English characters now render correctly in text layers.
  • Text layers now auto-expand as you type.
  • New paragraph controls in the text panel provide additional controls for text layout.
  • Adjusting the duration of a transition now symmetrically resizes the transition in both directions by default.

Details

Enhancements

  • Improved rendering of all fonts, so spacing and other properties are consistently respected.
  • Transitions are no longer limited to 5 second duration.

Bug Fixes

  • The font list now properly recognizes and lists all fonts installed on the system.
  • All font styles are now listed for non-English Windows localizations.
  • OpenType fonts now appear correctly in the font menu.
  • Improved drag and drop behavior when replacing transitions.
  • 3D models no longer clip incorrectly when stored in an embedded comp set to 3D Unrolled.
  • 3D models applied to particles can now be correctly illuminated by Environment Maps.
  • Creation of mask points is improved, to provide better control over their curved or linear status.
  • Selecting a comp as a material source layer no longer causes stability issues.
  • Improved editing of text layers in the Viewer panel.
  • Improved rendering of mask controls on layers which do not match the timeline resolution.
  • Improved editing of complex text characters, for example ‘ñ’ is now edited as a single character, rather than as two.
  • Trimmer no longer hangs when you try to open a plane or other non-media asset.
  • The Use Audio and Use Video options in the trimmer now update correctly.
  • Fonts containing multiple styles now display all styles correctly in the text panel.
  • Some fonts which would jumble characters when a specific style was selected now display all characters properly.
  • Accuracy of clicking to create a new text layer on High-DPi displays has been improved.
  • Indenting text no longer creates multiple entries in the History panel.
  • Editing the left indentation of a text layer now updates properly, without the cursor disappearing.
  • Corrected an issue with the maximum dimensions when creating export presets.
  • Adding mask points when Path animation is enabled no longer causes stability issues.
  • Viewer now updates to show results while editing transitions.
  • Click-drag to rubberband select multiple points in the Layer panel now works correctly.

Version 9.1

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Highlights

  • All effects included in add-on packs now display in HitFilm Express and render with a watermark.
  • The Trimmer now displays the playhead location while you preview an audio clip.
  • The Trimmer now displays the In and Out points on an audio clip, so you can easily select a specific portion for use.
  • Toggle buttons on the trimmer allow you to easily view the audio waveform of a video clip.
  • Buttons have been added to the Trimmer to add only audio or only video to the timeline.
  • Integration with Vegas 16 has been added.

Details

Enhancements

  • The default project size has been changed to 1920×1080.
  • When opening a project that uses features not available in your current version, improved messages clarify what is missing.
  • Select All has been improved to only select visible layers.
  • Existing versions of .hfp and .hfcs files are now protected from overwrite if there is an error during the save process.

Bug Fixes

  • The swatch for the default Viewer Background Color now displays properly in the Viewer Options menu.
  • The timebar now consistently renders correctly on High DPI displays.
  • The Auto Scale button for the Value Graph is now only enabled when the value graph is visible.
  • The Options dialog now remembers its size and state when re-opened.
  • When the Trimmer is first shown, it now properly displays the current media.
  • The “70s Photo” preset is no longer missing from HitFilm Express.
  • Renaming a composite shot no longer causes unwanted change to the case of the text.
  • The search box in the Project panel of the Export screen is now properly cleared when the Project panel is reloaded.
  • The Project tab of the Export screen now properly remembers its layout when the software is closed and relaunched.
  • The Home screen will no longer flash white before its content loads.
  • Fixed several spelling errors in tooltips.
  • Right-clicking a layer containing a single point mask no longer causes stability issues.
  • Exporting individual clips from the timeline works correctly again.

Version 9.0

Highlights

  • HitFilm can now export in the background, while users continue working on their project.
  • Timelines can now be added to the Export queue from the Export screen, an export preview has been added, and the difference between built-in export presets and user presets has been clarified.

Details

Enhancements

  • The Export tab now shows the number of export tasks currently in the queue.
  • The Export queue may now optionally remove known media extensions from the names of composite shots that are added to the queue.
  • The Elapsed Time and Remaining Time columns may now optionally use standard timecode to display their values.
  • Proxy has been renamed to Pre-Render within the program, to clarify its purpose.
  • Interface tabs are now easier to read.
  • Improved the appearance of the Viewer Controls for the Bend Geometry effect on Windows systems. (PC)
  • Unselected items can now be right-clicked when the slice tool is active.
  • AVI export presets have been improved so they properly validate DV settings before exporting. (PC)
  • Trying to export an incompatible timeline using DV-AVI export presets now displays a warning rather than just causing the export to fail. (PC)

Bug Fixes

  • A rare error involving duplicate export tasks has been resolved.
  • Composite shot names can now display 4-byte Unicode characters correctly.
  • Tabbing between fields in the text panel now works as intended.
  • All video clips now appear correctly on the editor, regardless of the zoom level.
  • Keyboard shortcuts now work properly on the Export screen.
  • Improved clarity of the error message shown when you try to export to a nonexistent folder.
  • Selection and deselection of multiple items on the Editor now works correctly.
  • Values in the Layout Panel now display correctly when scrubbed.
  • Mask points added to a curve now correctly assume the curved style, rather than being linear.
  • Double-clicking expansion arrows in the effects tree will no longer open the import dialog.
  • Composite shot timelines now autoscroll if necessary, when moving a layer vertically through the stack.
  • The Media Properties dialog now displays encoding information for Cineform clips correctly on Mac systems. (Mac)
  • CTRL-Clicking multiple assets on the Editor no longer causes stability issues.
  • HitFilm .hfp project files saved by HitFilm 8.0 and 8.1 can be saved again in HitFilm 9.0 so they open correctly in Vegas Pro 15. (PC)
  • Multiple preview requests for imported files no longer cause stability issues.

Version 8.1

Highlights

  • The Activation App has been updated to be GDPR compliant.
  • The End-User License Agreement has been updated to be GDPR compliant.

Details

Enhancements

  • Added option to disable Viewer Controls when they aren’t needed, so you can better see the Viewer contents.

Bug Fixes

  • Audio using outdated Quicktime specifications in uncompressed ProRes files now decodes correctly. (PC)
  • Contents of the View > Panels menu now displays correctly even when no project is open. (Mac)
  • Tasks removed from the Export Queue now consistently stay deleted.
  • QuickTime files with audio stream headers that don’t match the QuickTime specification no longer cause stability issues.
  • The Trimmer slider position now updates correctly when loading shorter media files into the Trimmer.
  • Deleting an export task set to an Image Sequence format no longer removes the destination directory.
  • Update the logo used on the Home page in HitFilm Express.
  • Improved text rendering so changes to opacity no longer cause issues.
  • Improved text rendering so masks no longer cause unwanted changes to positioning.

Version 8.0

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Highlights

  • Workspaces have been updated and expanded with new options.
  • Many 2D effects now have interactive graphical widgets, so they can be adjusted directly in the viewer.
  • Viewer Quality Options can now be adjusted to improve performance in the Viewer, allowing for customized playback and pause quality.
  • All animation tools are now accessible in the Editor timeline making it almost as powerful as the compositor when you are doing 2D work (does not do 3D).
  • A new Audio Hard Limiter effect has been added to make more even audio.
  • Text can be created on the Editor timeline via the text effect.
  • The ability to re-trim a clip after adding it to the timeline has been implemented.
  • Added an environment map to text layers allowing them to receive specular and diffuse reflections from an environment map.
  • Motion Blur capabilities have been added to the editor sequence allowing for smoother transitions.
  • A Quick PiP effect has been added to quickly position one clip inside another with different scales and position relative to the layer (e.g. top left, bottom right etc)
  • A vertical video adjustment plugin has been added, using the original blurred version of the video to fill the horizontal space not occupied by a portrait video.
  • It is now possible to import ProRes video and CineForm MOV on PC. (PC)
  • A custom MOV writer has been created for PC users to export Cineform video and PCM audio. (PC)
  • A feature has been added to allow users to remove, copy and paste attributes to/from a group of clips at the same time if needed.
  • Full screen preview available in Express.
  • Boris FX 3D Objects is updated in Express.
  • New layout panel added with controls for precisely aligning & positioning layers.
  • Master reset buttons have been restored to each tab of the Options dialog.
  • New Rendering tab has been added to the Options dialog.
  • Default preferences for the Viewer panel, such as the default background color, can now be set in the Options dialog.
  • Default preferences for the Editor timeline, such as track sizes and thumbnail style, can now be set in the Options dialog.
  • Added the ability to select multiple points on a mask by dragging a rubber band around them.
  • Added support for transparency in all Plane layers.
  • A preset for the alpha channel has been added to the properties dialog of plane layers, to define their default transparency.
  • New Mirror and Rotate buttons are available in the Layout panel.
  • Masks can now be scaled relative to the opposite corner, rather than the center point, by using the CTRL (CMD on Mac) modifier.
  • New Origin control selector for masks allows you to move the anchor point from which scale or rotation adjustments will be applied to the mask.
  • Improved Mask tools include a bounding box while creating mask points, to make it easier to manipulate multiple points at once.
  • Text layers now support Asian characters allowing users to easily type and render in a number of additional languages.
  • Add-on: Many new effects are available as add-ons, including PiP, Vertical video, Chroma Key, Dot Matrix, Pixel Sort, Block Displacement, Histogram, Parade, Vectorscope, Waveform, Doppler shift, Compressor, Puppet, nearly 20 360 video effects, and 6 Behavior effects.
  • Add-on: The Puppet tool can now be purchased as an add-on for HitFilm Express.
  • Add-on: Support for importing 3D models is now available as an add-on for HitFilm Express.
  • Add-on: The physics-based particle simulator is now available as an add-on for HitFilm Express.
  • Add-on: Behavior Effects have been added, allowing one layer to be attracted towards, repel away, accelerate, move down the screen as if falling under gravity, slow down, throw towards or follow another layer. They allow layers to move using simple physics equations.
  • Add-on: Geometry Effects (Extrude, Bend, Bevel & Rotate) have been added to text layers providing amazing titling options in the Generate pack.
  • Add-on: HDR images can be imported with the primary use as environment maps when the 3D Model Render add-on pack is activated.
  • Add-on: A 360 video viewer panel has been added which allows users to view the 360 video in its original state as well as the adjusted version so that VFX can be added.
  • Add-on: Nearly 20 new 360 video effects have now been added, in three new Add-on packs.
  • Add-on: 3D models can now use mirror reflections per material instead of spherical reflections when the 3D Model Render add-on pack is activated.

Details

Enhancements

  • Mask editing and rendering performance has been improved making it significantly faster.
  • Media imported into a HitFilm project is now processed quicker allowing users to get straight to editing without waiting around.
  • Downsampling is now utilized to improve the performance of playback in the Trimmer, Viewer and thumbnail rendering in the Editor timeline.
  • Playback performance of MP4 files has been improved.
  • Holding down the Shift Key now locks bezier control movement to the time axis in the Value Graphs and sequence envelopes allowing for completely smooth audio and video transition in the editor.
  • Hovering over and editing graph curves and Keyframes now displays a tooltip.
  • Performance improvements have been made to the copying and pasting capabilities of HitFilm.
  • It is now possible to automatically audio sync the entire media bin by selecting multiple clips in the media panel. HitFilm will automatically sync the files.
  • Ambient Occlusion can now be applied to Text Layers for more realistic lighting.
  • Change of parenting behavior when parenting a 3D parent to a 2D child.
  • Motion Blur has now been added to the Slide transition.
  • Mask points can now be moved using the cursor keys.
  • A transform menu for Composite Shot layers can now be accessed by right clicking the layer. Quickly adjust layers to fit the comp in different ways without having to adjust the scale and translation.
  • Improved performance for importing MP4s (using H.264 codec) by removing the need to decode using QuickTime. (PC)
  • Text layers now support Asian characters allowing users to easily type and render in a number of additional languages.
  • Add-on: Viewer bit depth can now be changed, providing more realistic compositing. This option is enabled in all of the Color add-on packs.
  • Add-on: HitFilm optionally composites in linear color space to more closely match real life.
  • The Options Dialog has been updated to use a vertical stack of tabs on the side, so the tabs fit better into the available space.
  • The default size for video and audio tracks on the Editor has been changed to large.
  • Improved Mask rotation so the original bounding box is retained regardless of whether the mask has been rotated or not.
  • A checkerboard now indicates planes with the transparency set below 100, in the Media panel.
  • A checkerboard now appears in the thumbnails of semi-transparent planes on the Editor timeline.
  • Improved performance of rubber band selections.