Has anyone had experience with FxHome’s Hit Film Pro?Posted by Matthew Woods on June 24, 2020 at 6:09 pm
I like the new forum name. It seems a good place to ask this question.
I’m a longtime After Effects/Premiere animator/editor. I’ve been increasingly disgusted with Adobe in recent years, and have been open to exploring alternatives. Nothing ever seemed to up to replacing that combo for me though.
I recently downloaded a demo of FxHome’s Hit Film Pro, and my first impressions were very positive. It feels very natural coming from an Adobe world. It seems easy to use, powerful and customizable (a feature I have found missing from a number of Adobe alternatives). I haven’t had a chance to try a real project with it yet though, and I haven’t seen any mention of it anywhere on the Cow. I wondered if anyone here has any experience with it, and can give their review.
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June 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm
I think Hitfilm gets little love here because the perception of it is that it’s consumer or pro-sumer-ware. That may or may not be fair. I know there are folks that swear by it.
June 26, 2020 at 11:27 pm
[Matthew Woods] “I like the new forum name. It seems a good place to ask this question.”
Thanks, Matthew! This is exactly the goal of the name change, to acknowledge the breadth of what we actually DO talk about here.
Coming soon: officially tying the forum into the rest of the COW as it is still currently tied into FCP and FCPX as a subforum.
[Mark Suszko] “I think Hitfilm gets little love here because the perception of it is that it’s consumer or pro-sumer-ware. That may or may not be fair. I know there are folks that swear by it.”
Still speaking in my administrative role, I hope that people who like Hitfilm or similar tools from, say, Affinity, DO speak up. There are a lot of tools, and a lot of reasons why we use them, and I think that tools like HitFilm, Affinity, Blender, et al are worth talking about as tools worth keeping in the bag, even if they’re not what the mainstream of the COW is building a career on in comparison to offering from Adobe, Avid, Apple, and Autodesk, just to stick with the letter A. ☺
Transitioning into my role as a nerd as well as an admin, I’m also thinking about how to open up other parts of the COW into things like our personal photography, the mobile apps we use, heck, even musical instruments and performance. As in, this isn’t the exact forum for it, but I spent half an hour yesterday talking about photo and video editing apps for my phone because I wasn’t as happy with Lightroom as I used to be, and I would think that the folks who pass through the COW have a better idea of what I need from such tools than at say, either a digital photography site or an app site.
I dunno. I’m still thinking about this. I have some more specific ideas that I’ll roll out in another conversation, but if anyone has any thoughts on it, maybe drop me an email. (You can use tim@ this here domain, or timothywilson at the gmail.)
Now in full nerd mode with no administrative shading at all as I turn back to Matt’s original question….
I’m curious, Matt — have you looked into Resolve? It costs less than HitFilm, which is crazy to contemplate. It’s FREE, and packs an absolutely BIZARRE amount of stuff into the package, including the formerly standalone applications Fairlight and Fusion. It’s only sub 4K in the free version, but the full version is a stupefying steal at $299.
I actually had to doublecheck that, certain that I was remembering it wrong. It wasn’t that long that it cost $1000-ish for far fewer features.
There’s no question that Fusion is a different beast than After Effects, but Simon Ubsdell’s tutorials here in the COW will take you a very long way toward the mograph goodness you need. There are plenty of folks here in this forum, as well as in the Resolve forum, who can also help you out with the editing, sound, and VFX aspects of Resolve.
My broader point being that for somebody doing this professionally for as long as you have, you may find more of what you’re looking for in Resolve for a price as low as ZERO, and no higher than $299 all-in.
And hey, mentioning again that if anyone is using HitFilm, Affinity, or any similar tools, I hope you feel free to chime in. Certainly on this thread, that’s as “on topic” as any other thread we’ve got.
Not that that’s saying much. ?
July 1, 2020 at 3:57 am
I’m using Affinity Photo to create simple graphic screens for video, such as corporate or government agency logos for end credits. I’m not anti Adobe, just can’t justify the subscription. Affinity Photo replaces PS CS6. One cool feature allows you to export a PSD file for FCP X, my NLE of choice.
Prior to its release, I downloaded the beta of Affinity Publisher – their desktop publishing app à la InDesign. Participating in the beta qualified me for a half price offer on launch. I couldn’t refuse. My desktop publishing experience is limited to a few brochures and flyers in Pages, and Pagemaker on the Amiga. I’ve created a trifold marketing brochure for myself in Publisher, which my graphics and designer friends gave me high marks on.
Affinity’s amazing StudioLink allows you to move between their three apps without having to export/save, import. Designer (Illustrator like) is the third app. As an example, you’re working on a layout in Publisher and want to alter a photo. Clicking on the StudioLink button transforms the interface to Photo.
With a move a 2019 iMac 27″ last fall, I had to find a replacement for Lightroom 6, which Adobe no longer supports. It’s not compatible with Catalina either. I found ON1 Photo Raw 2020, which allowed me to migrate my Lightroom catalogue and serves as a DAM. I was able to keep the folder structure that began with LR 1.
ON1 has just released a free photo app that gives you manual settings and RAW processing on your phone. It’s available for Apple and Android and allows you to tie in with ON1 360, their cloud based service for a fee. The app works as a standalone, so no purchase is necessary. I downloaded it to my original iPhone SE, but haven’t had time to play with it.
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July 2, 2020 at 3:35 am
[Gerry Fraiberg] “ON1 has just released a free photo app that gives you manual settings and RAW processing on your phone. It’s available for Apple and Android and allows you to tie in with ON1 360, their cloud based service for a fee. The app works as a standalone, so no purchase is necessary. I downloaded it to my original iPhone SE, but haven’t had time to play with it.
Whoa! This looks cool! Downloaded it for my Google Pixel, which natively shoots RAW, and am having some fun poking around with it.
Honestly, I’ve been thinking some more about how to have more conversations like this. I was talking with the COW’s co-founder Ron Lindeboom the other day about photo editing apps for our phones for maybe half an hour. We eventually got into video editing apps too, with the idea NOT being that we’d edit this stuff for anything professional. We have “real” cameras and apps for that….but we’re also not Instagram models (thank goodness), and there’s really not much of a place to talk about these tools in this specific context: we have professional tools for other purposes, so it’s a little more than just goofing around, but not THAT much more. LOL
I’m up for pretty much any ideas you folks have. Maybe it’s just a matter of starting more threads like this in this forum, which is fine by me. Or something else. If you’ve got ideas, lemme have ’em.
In the meantime, thanks again for this suggestion, Gerry!
July 3, 2020 at 7:55 am
Totally agree about both ON1 and Affinity, use both. Great value!
July 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm
I tend to consider a professional tool as “anything that gets the job done.” I like to try out new tools and see if they have a place in my workflow. I am also a big Affinity fan and have both Designer, and Photo. Affinity Photo’s FFT denoise tool is magic for removing halftone pattern from an image, a task that is very hard to do in Photoshop.
A big sticking point I have with Final Cut X, Resolve, and other editors that I have tried is the lack of a customizable layout, especially where multiple monitors are concerned. As has I have said, I like to try out new tools, learn new tricks, and optimize my workflow. Being able to tinker with the screen layout for my primary tools is a big part of that. After Effects/Premiere have always been good about this.
The latest Hit-Film also offers a lot of customization, and feels very Adobe like, so it was a tool I immediately felt comfortable with. I still would love to hear other people’s experience with it.
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