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HitFilm Express is free video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools and everything you need to make awesome content, films or gaming videos. Perfect for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.

All of this and more, for free.

Professional editing tools

Biggest free VFX toolkit on the market

4K exports, professional formats, no watermarks

Motion tracking and animation tools

Intuitive interface with a fast learning curve
Over 100 hours of free tutorials and masterclasses

What users are saying...

Mark Helenowski

Mark Helenowski

The software and community taught me how to be truly resourceful; empowering me to push beyond my capabilities.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

HitFilm is helping millions of creators bring their films to life. They’re an essential part of the filmmaking world.

Adam Kirley

Adam Kirley

Since the early days of AlamDV through to HitFilm, the software and community have been an invaluable asset to me and my career.

Features

Professional editing tools

HitFilm Express comes with all of the industry editing tools you know and love in an easy-to-use interface. Whether you’re creating snappy gaming montages or cinematic edits, GPU acceleration gets the best performance out of your hardware so you only spend time on the important stuff.

Largest free VFX toolkit available

HitFilm Express comes with the largest and most powerful free effects library available on the market. With HitFilm Express, you have access to industry-grade color adjustments, keying effects, lens flares, lightswords and so much more, as well as a library of ‘Quick 3D’ effects for adding realistic simulations to your productions.

Keyed green screen footage of girl in long dress
Keying Tools
Lens flares spaceship effect in HitFilm Express
Lighting Effects
Color Correction & Grading
Lightswords created for free in HitFilm Express
Lightswords
Displacement effect in HitFilm Express
Displacement & Distortion
3D Simulations

420+ total effects and presets*

* some effects require add-on purchase.

4K exports, no watermarks

We believe every creative should be able to show off their projects in professional formats. That’s why HitFilm Express includes free 4K export in industry file formats. No compromises, no watermarks – just great software.

Motion tracking and animation tools

Create professional-looking motion graphics, track them onto moving objects, and use HitFilm’s pre-built Behavior effects to create organic and visually-engaging animations in just a few clicks. HitFilm Express is built with creators in mind – all the bells and whistles, none of the fuss.

Motion Tracking
Unified 3D space in HitFilm
Unified 3D Space
Behavior Effects
Puppet tool
Puppet Tool
keyframes
Keyframing & Value Graphs
CamTrackAR for iOS
Flawless 3D Camera Tracking with CamTrackAR for iOS

Intuitive interface with a fast learning curve

Jacob Holiday

Jacob Holiday

Didn’t know FXhome/HitFilm was so Blender-friendly!

Leah Katelynne Ailey

Leah Katelynne Ailey

I love HitFilm Express! It has so many great tools and tutorials. I’ve recommended it to all of my friends with an interest in editing and filmmaking.

Tom Wittebrood

Tom Wittebrood

Great software, comprehensive, many great tutorials & a large community who will answer any question you post on the forums.

Free learning resources

You don’t have to go it alone. We’ve created over 100 hours of free videos on everything from VFX tutorials to motion graphics techniques to filmmaking tips – all available for free over on the FXhome YouTube channel. Mastering the art of visual content production has never been easier!

Want to get stuck into a project? Our free masterclass courses take you step-by-step through various projects like Star Wars fan films, gaming video creation, digital scene extensions and more. The best bit is, you can get started right now!

Start our latest masterclass for free:

Beginner
Javert Valbarr

CamTrackAR Guide

Use CamTrackAR to enhance your projects with 3D camera tracking, or work with immersive virtual production to transport yourself anywhere in the universe

Pay What You Want

(and help good causes)

We want creatives to have access to professional tools at every stage of their career. That’s why HitFilm Express is a FREE video editing software. Pay what you want (or nothing at all). The best bit is, up to 20% of what you do pay will go to good causes!

$325,000

raised so far for good causes including WWF, Make-a-Wish, Doctors without Borders, WaterAid, ActionAid, WeForest, Born Free and more!

Learn more on the Pay-What-You-Want page

FAQs

  • Apple: macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, or 10.13 High Sierra
  • Windows: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • Internet connection: Required for online activation
  • Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB (8 GB Recommended)
  • Graphics card:
    • NVIDIA GeForce 600 (Kepler) series (2012)
    • AMD Radeon R5 240 (2013)
    • Intel HD Graphics 5000 (GT3) (2013)
    • Video memory 1 GB minimum (2GB or more required for 4K UHD)
  • MP4 H.264 Import & Export
  • AVCHD Import
  • QuickTime Import (QuickTime install required on Windows)
  • AVI, M2T, M2TS, MTS, MXF (DVCPro HD), DV, HDV, WMV Video Import
  • HitFilm Pro also supports OpenEXR, Apple ProRes (Mac), GoPro CineForm (Win)

QuickTime (.mov) is supported by default on macOS. Windows QuickTime files are supported by HitFilm as long as QuickTime is installed.

Install the latest version of QuickTime from Apple. Don’t forget to restart after installing or updating QuickTime.

It is very important to have up-to-date drivers for your graphics card when using HitFilm. Grab the latest Windows drivers here: NVIDIA driversAMD drivers or Intel drivers.

We have hundreds of free tutorials on our YouTube channel which cover all kinds of subjects and effects.

Click here to start with our HitFilm Basics masterclass.

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