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HitFilm Express

Version 2021.3

VFX software for the filmmaking revolution.

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HitFilm Express overview

HitFilm Express is a 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.

Fully loaded, forever free

You got talent and the drive, so we give you what you need, free video editing software. Why? Because you shouldn’t have to pay to play. And that way, we get to be a part of your origin story which is pretty awesome.

  • Professional-grade video editor
  • Full 2D and 3D compositing
  • 410+ effects and presets
  • Free video tutorials and projects
  • Unlimited tracks and transitions
  • Available for Windows and Mac
  • Join our international filmmaking community

What’s new in version 2021.3

Updated on Dec 09 2021

Version 2021.3:
  • New Grade Clips allow effects to be applied across multiple clips on the Editor timeline.
  • Improved the quality of timeline cache renders.
  • Users can now choose whether the timeline cache is encoded and decoded with software or GPU hardware.
  • The YouTube export presets have been updated to improve quality in exported files.
  • The prompt for automatic proxy creation no longer appears when creating a new project.
  • Clicking a motion path keyframe now selects the property containing the keyframe.
  • Multiple point layers can now be selected in the Viewer by dragging a rubber band selection.
  • When multiple points of a mask are selected, individual points can now be removed from the selection.
  • Improved support for models in the GLB format.
  • Improved font compatibility for text rendering.
  • Changing proxies now triggers the unsaved state for the project.
  • Exiting a project while proxies are being created now triggers a warning.
  • Plugins now load more quickly after initial installation of HitFilm on Mac systems.
  • Export times for projects using text and 2D effects have been improved on M1 Macs.
  • Added a user-friendly message when users attempt to render Quality proxies at incompatible resolutions.
  • Added a user-friendly message when users attempt to export to H.264 with incompatible resolutions.
  • Updated the text in the DPI Scaling checkbox.
  • Added support for macOS dark mode to the HitFilm installer.
  • Analytics data is now being gathered to aid our understanding of how people interact with HitFilm. You can opt-out at any time via File > Options > General (tab) > Allow analytics data to be gathered (checkbox)
Bug Fixes:
  • Project templates with a framerate of 59.94 are no longer marked as invalid.
  • Software decoding in HitFilm Express now supports a wider range of H.264 files.
  • Software decoding above 8-bit in HitFilm Express is supported again for H.264 files.
  • Performance proxies can now be created for a wider range of files in HitFilm Express.
  • Keyboard shortcuts now display correctly in dropdown menus on Mac systems.
  • Improved the accuracy of the frame which is shown when a clip is opened in the Trimmer.
  • In the Trimmer, the Scale to Fit option is now available for images.
  • Creating a light no longer blocks the creation of masks.
  • Text clips can no longer be added to locked video tracks.
  • Changing the duration of a comp containing a published text layer no longer blocks that text layer from being edited.
  • Transforming the X position of a layer from a tracked point no longer causes stability issues.
  • Applying tracking info for a single position axis no longer affects both axes.
  • Pre-renders that are no longer valid are now discarded, rather than showing an alert triangle.
  • Improved performance of loading the Cache options panel when the cache is large.
  • Keyboard shortcuts in the Viewer can now be used after creating a composite shot.
  • Motion paths now update more accurately in the Viewer when the view is panned and when paths are edited.
  • Motion paths now update more accurately in the Viewer when switching between timelines.
  • The Viewer selection tool icon now updates correctly when you press and release the right-click mouse button.
  • Pressing the middle mouse button while the Hand tool is active no longer switches to the selection tool.
  • Using the Viewer navigation tools no longer causes the selection to be lost.
  • Using the Viewer navigation tools with the Mask tool active no longer renders the mask in selection mode.
  • Masks can once again be edited non-uniformly by holding shift while editing.
  • The Viewer controls for Title clips now update correctly when their anchor point is edited.
  • When a plane is set to receive reflections, converting the plane to a comp no longer breaks the reflections.
  • Changing the AA settings for the Viewer now updates correctly on Macs with integrated graphics.
  • Changing the resolution of a timeline after caching no longer causes render issues on systems with Intel UHD 630 graphics.
  • Adding the Oil Painting effect no longer causes stability issues on Macs running Big Sur.
  • The Derez effect now renders correctly when preceded by the Set Matte effect.
  • The Bevel effect now renders correctly when applied after the Bend effect.
  • Improved the render accuracy of the Grading Transfer effect.
  • Improved alignment in the Half Tone effect to prevent unwanted rendering artifacts at the frame edges.
  • In the End Credits Crawl effect, the fonts for Roles and Names can now be edited independently.
  • The End Credits Crawl effect now consistently has a single element when added.
  • Presets which require effects that are not present in HitFilm Express can no longer be imported.
  • Canceling an existing export queue item when an Export Now task is rendering no longer freezes the queue.
  • HitFilm no longer experiences stability issues on exit, on systems using Intel Iris Xe graphics.
Features no longer available from the next update:
  • Integration between HitFilm and VEGAS Pro.





554.6 MB



App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14 or later
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Aug 9 2020
Aug 9 2020
Version: 15.0.1081
After install the app tried to connect to half a dozen servers, and I am not comfortable with apps who do that. Uninstalled without using it.
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