In 2011 a small British company FX Home released an all-in-one graphic tool for aspiring filmmakers called HitFilm (for Windows only). A year later HitFilm 2 came, but it still didn't support Macs. This year, between May 8 and June 7, FX Home ran a Kickstarter campaign, which aimed at gathering funds for building HitFilm Mac version - they've received more than double of their goal. After a few months the latest version with Mac support called HitFilm 2 Ultimate is finally available
If you don't want to invest in one of the major league editing software, which of course have to be supplemented with dozens of plugins HitFilm 2 Ultimate is a viable option. The spectrum of features built into this piece of software is truly amazing: you can add effects from a rich built-in library, create composites, and edit like in any other NLE.
HitFilm 2 Ultimate is an all-in-one tool that allows you to complete your project from the very beginning to the last finishing touch. According to info from hitfilm.com, this is what the program is capable of:
- HitFilm 2 Ultimate's huge visual effects library ranges from cutting edge particle effects to procedural fire, 3D muzzle flashes and color grading.
- HitFilm 2 Ultimate has everything you need to create astounding composites, from layered green screen shots to full CG sequences featuring detailed 3D models.
- HitFilm is also a non-linear video editor. You can cut your movie using HitFilm at the same time as creating your visual effects, all within a single, unified project
Hitfilm.com (link here) and the Kickstarter product page (link here) contain detailed info with numerous videos on the features provided. A thing to remember is that the program is still developing, with more features to be added in the future. It makes you wonder how far its makers are going to push it.
It comes with a $399 price tag, but you can download a trial version that has no time limit. According to info at hitfilm.com the trial vesion ‘is limited to YouTube export, 30 seconds at SD quality’.