Comparing Hitfilm Express 2017 to HFE 4 and Pro 2017 - THE DEFINITIVE LIST!

Triem23Triem23 Moderator

For those of you that want to know what's new in Hitfilm Express 2017, or what the difference are between Hitfilm Express 2017 and Hitfilm Pro 2017, this is the thread to read.

Import/Export and Professional Pipeline

NEW: Support for UHD Projects (3840 * 2160 Maximum with 2GB of GPU RAM).

NEW: Native import and export GoPro CineForm 10-bit/12-bit (Windows only).

UPDATED: Import and export Apple Pro Res 10-bit/12-bit (Mac only).

NEW: Internal support for Variable Frame Rate Footage--no more transcoding required!

NEW: SUpport for High DPI Monitors

NEW: Export Queue, with built in Presets and user editable Presets.

NEW: Export Queue is Persistent across Edit sessions.

UPDATED: RAM Preview cache is no longer limited to 4GB.

Effects and Rendering

NEW: Dynamic Reflections. Photo, Video, Text and Generated Planes can now reflect each other.

UPDATED: Fractal Noise has three new types of noise.

UPDATED: Bulge Filter has new shapes.

UPDATED: Sphere Filter now can interact with scene lights.

UPDATED: 2D Point Tracking now has updated options to make it easier to offset tracked points to avoid occulsions or objects moving off screen.

 Audio Mixer Panel

NEW: Per track, and master track, audio mixing faders.

NEW: Levels keyframing.

NEW: Balance (panning) keyframing.

NEW: Solo and Mute.

NEW: Audio sync your clips with your audio.

 Editing Tools

UPDATED: New keyboard shortcuts to set the in and out points in the trimmer.

UPDATED: Editing tools including J and L cut keyboard modifiers.

UPDATED: New shortcuts to link and un-link media on the timeline.

 User Interface

UPDATED: Full Retina and HiDPI support on Mac and Windows.

NEW: Dynamic Toolbox property searching.

NEW: Dynamic Timeline layer & effect property searching.

UPDATED: Project remembers toolbox tree state and search states when switching between Composite Shots.

NEW: Effect presets added to many effects greatly increasing the ease-of-use of many tools.

NEW: Press Ctrl (CMD on Mac) in the viewer to scale object relative to opposite corner.

UPDATED: All keyboard shortcuts can now be edited, and may have been added.

 The table below compares the Effects Panel in Hitfilm Express 2017 with Hifilm Pro 2017. Items in ITALICS  (in the PRO column)  are available in the listed Add-On Pack for Express. Items in BOLD ITALICS are unique to Pro and cannot be added with any Add-On Pack.

 

HF Express 2017 Effects

HF PRO 2017 Effects

 

360 Video

360 Video Transform (renamed from Environment Map Transform)

360 Video Viewer (renamed from Environment Map Viewer)

 

 

360 Video

360 Text

360 Video Transform (renamed from Environment Map Transform)

360 Video Viewer (renamed from Environment Map Viewer)

 

AUDIO

Audio Reverse

Balance

Cathedral

Channel Levels

Echo

Large Room

Medium Room

Pitch

Shortwave Radio

Small Room

Telephone

Tone

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

Audio Reverse

Balance

Cathedral

Channel Levels

Doppler Shift

Echo

Equalizer (Starter Pack)

Large Room

Medium Room

Noise Reduction (Repair Pack)

Pitch

Shortwave Radio

Small Room

Telephone

Tone

 

Blurs

Angle Blur

Blur

Diffuse

Lens Blur

Motion Blur

Radial Blur

Zoom Blur

 

 

Blurs

Angle Blur

Bilateral Blur (Repair Pack)

Blur

Diffuse

Lens Blur

Motion Blur

Radial Blur

Zoom Blur

 

BCC 3D Objects (Add-on Only)

Extruded EPS

Extruded Spline

Extruded Text

Layer Deformer

Title Studio

Type On Text

 

BCC 3D Objects

Extruded EPS

Extruded Spline

Extruded Text

Layer Deformer

Title Studio

Type On Text

 

Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel

Channel Blur

Channel Mixer

Channel Swapper

Channel Time Shift

Color Space Converter

Color Correction

Auto Color

Auto Contrast

Auto Levels

Brightness/Contrast

Color Balance

Color Temperature

Crush Blacks/Whites

Curves

Gamma

Hotspots

Hue/Sat/Lightness

Levels Histogram

White Balance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Correction

Auto Color

Auto Contrast

Auto Levels

Brightness/Contrast

Color Balance

Color Correction Wheels (Starter Pack)

Color Temperature

Crush Blacks/Whites

Curves

Custom Grey

Exposure (Starter Pack)

Gamma

Hotspots

Hue/Sat/Lightness

Levels Histogram

Pro Skin Retouch (Repair Pack)

White Balance

YUV Color Correction

YUV Color Transform

 Color Grading

Day For Night

Hue Colorize

Hue Shift

Invert

Three Strip Color

Two Strip Color

Vignette

Vignette Exposure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Grading

Bleach Bypass (Film Looks Pack)

CineStyle (Film Looks Pack)

Classic CineStyle (Film Looks Pack)

Color Cycle

Color Map

Color Phase

Color Vibrance (Colorist Pack)

Day For Night

Duo Tone (Film Looks Pack)

Grading Transfer (Colorist Pack)

Hue Colorize

Hue Shift

Invert

LUT (Colorist Pack)

Shadows & Highlights (Colorist Pack)

Three Strip Color

Two Strip Color

Vibrance (Colorist Pack)

Vignette

Vignette Exposure

Distort

Bulge

Chromenator

Derez

Displacement

Heat Distortion

Insect Vision

Magnify

Mosaic

Twirl

Waves

Witness Protection

 

 

 

 

Distort

Bulge

Chromenator

Derez

Displacement

Energy Distortion (Destruction Pack)

Fluid Distortion (Destruction Pack)

Heat Distortion 

Insect Vision

Magnify

Mosaic

Smoke Distortion (Destruction Pack)

Twirl

Waves

Witness Protection

 

Generate

Caustics

Clouds

Dimension Rift

Drop Shadow

End Credits Crawl

Fractal Noise

Grid

Letterbox

Lightsword 2-point Auto

Lightsword 4-point Manual

Lightsword Glow Only

Pond Ripple

Radio Waves

Reflection

Sphere

Tile

Timecode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generate

3D Extrusion (Starter Pack)

Animated Lasers (Sci Fi Pack)

Audio Spectrum (A/V Pack)

Audio Waveform (A/V Pack)

Auto Volumetrics

Caustics

Clouds

Dimension Rift

Drop Shadow

End Credits Crawl

Fractal Noise

Grid

Hyperdrive (Sci Fi Pack)

Letterbox

Lightsword 2-point Auto

Lightsword 4-point Manual

Lightsword Glow Only

Lightsword Ultra 2-point Auto (Sci Fi Pack)

Lightsword Ultra 4-point Manual (Sci Fi Pack)

Lightsword Ultra Glow Only (Sci Fi Pack)

Neon Path

Pond Ripple

Pulp Sci Fi Title Crawl (Sci Fi Pack)

Radio Waves

Reflection

Sphere

Split Screen Masking (Starter Pack)

Tile

Timecode

Wireframe

 

Gradients/Fills

4-point Color

Color Gradient

Fill Color

Radial Gradient

 

Gradients/Fills

4-point Color

Color Gradient

Fill Color

Radial Gradient

 

Grunge

Grain

Half Tone

Jitter

Noise

Shake

Stutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grunge

Film Damage (Destruction Pack)

Film Grain (Film Looks Pack)

Flicker (Starter Pack)

Grain

Half Tone

Half Tone Color (Starter Pack)

Jitter

Lens Dirt (Lighting Pack)

Noise

Scan Lines (Starter Pack)

Shake

Stutter

TV Damage (Destruction Pack)

 

Keying/Matte Enhancement

Alpha Brightness/Contrast

Crush Black/White Alpha

Erode White

Invert Alpha

Light Wrap

Matte Cleaner

Remove Color Matte

Set Matte

Spill Removal

Chroma UV Blur

Color Difference Key

Demult

Difference Key

Hue/RGB Key

Luma Key

 

 

Keying/Matte Enhancement

Alpha Brightness/Contrast

Crush Black/White Alpha

Erode White

Invert Alpha

Light Wrap

Matte Cleaner

Remove Color Matte

Set Matte

Spill Removal

Chroma Key

Chroma UV Blur

Color Difference Key

Demult

Difference Key

Hue/RGB Key

Luma Key

 Lights & Flares

Auto Light Flares

Glow

Light Flares

Neon Glow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lights & Flares

Anamorphic Lens Flare (Lighting Pack)

Auto Light Flares

Auto Volumetrics (Lighting Pack)

Gleam (Lighting Pack)

Glow

Light Flares

Light Leak (Lighting Pack)

Light Rays (Lighting Pack)

Light Streaks (Lighting Pack)

Neon Glow

 

Particles and Sim

Lightning

Rain on Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Particles and Sim

Atomic Particles (A/V Pack)

Blood Spray (Destruction Pack)

Fire (Destruction Pack)

Gunfire (Destruction Pack)

Lightning

Particle Simulator

Rain on Glass

Shatter (Destruction Pack)

 

Quick 3D

Bonfire

Falling Debris

Fire Explosion

Fluffy Cloud

Missle Smoke

Rain

Sci-Fi Shockwave

Smoke

Sparks

Storm Cloud

 

Quick 3D

Bonfire

Falling Debris

Fire Explosion

Fluffy Cloud

Missle Smoke

Rain

Sci-Fi Shockwave

Smoke

Sparks

Storm Cloud

 

Scene

Parallax

 

 

Scene

Parallax

Projector

 

Scopes

 

 

 

 

 

Scopes

Histogram

Parade

Vectorscope

Waveform

 

Sharpen

Sharpen

Unsharpen

 

Sharpen

Sharpen

Unsharpen

 

Stylize

Cartoon

Emboss

Find Edges

Glow Darks

Oil Painting

Photorama

Posterize

Solarize

Threshold

Tint

 

 

Stylize

Cartoon

Emboss

Find Edges

Glow Darks

Leave Color (Starter Pack)

Oil Painting

Photorama

Posterize

Solarize

Threshold

Tint

 

Temporal

Echo

Motion Trails

Speed

Time Displacement

Time Reverse

 

Temporal

Echo

Motion Trails

Speed

Time Displacement

Time Reverse

 

Video Clean Up

Clone Stamp

DeInterlace

 

 

 

 

 

Video Clean Up

Clone Stamp

DeInterlace

DeNoise (Repair Pack)

Grain Removal (Repair Pack)

Rolling Shutter (Repair Pack)

Wire Removal

 

Warp

Action Cam Lens Distort

Bezier Warp

Perspective Warp

Polar Warp

Quad Warp

Spherical Warp

Vortex Displacement

 

 

Warp

Action Cam Crop

Action Cam Lens Distort

Bezier Warp

Perspective Warp

Polar Warp

Quad Warp

Spherical Warp

Vortex Displacement

 Additional Features Unique to Hitfilm Pro 2017. 

Use third-party OpenCL effects from companies like Red Giant, NewBlue and others.

Project Sizes up to 8K (HFE 2017 2017 tops out at 4k)

Maximum media sizes up to 8k (HFE 2017 tops out at 4k)

32-bit colorspace (HFE 2017 maxes out at 8-bit)

Scopes Panel--Yes I'm counting scopes twice. The Scopes Panel allows working with Scopes like most other NLE's. The Scopes EFFECTS allow rendering your scopes to your projects. That might be unique to Hitfilm. I can't think of another NLE that can render its scopes.

External Monitor Support--run a full-screen preview of your project on a second screen.

Import and Animate 3D Models.

Import Alembic or FBX Animation data for 3D Models.

Generate Depth Maps/Mattes for automatic occlusion between 3D models, particle systems and 3D media layers.

Activate Hitfilm Pro on up to three computers, Mac or PC! (Express activates on one computer)

And, of course, Hitfilm Ignite--add Hitfilm effects to Vegas, Avid, Premiere, AE, FCPX, Motion, Resolve and more.

 And that's about as close as you're ever going to get to the definitive list of what's different between HF Express 4, Express 2017 and Pro 2017…

Thanks to @Ady The overviews given to beta testers made it a lot easier to compile this listing.

 If anyone catches an error or something I missed, point it out and I'll correct/add it.

Comments

  • Now that makes sense why it's called "PROFESSIONAL" :)

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Yeremyah ayup! 

    @TriFlixFilms since you'd asked for a breakdown, I figured I would just make it a thread. 

  • edited May 22

    @Triem23 how did you do that effect on the HitFilm logo in HitFilm? The first 10 seconds in first video.

    And I did read once that many users are jumping on the Davinci cause it supports 4K and Hitfilm Express didn't, so good to see Express now supporting 4K for those who can use it, and will promote many to use HitFilm over Davinci.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Yeremyah that logo transition would require the Destruction add on pack in Express. It's basically two instances of the Shatter effect where I cranked up the viscosity settings and turned down gravity so the pieces would come to a complete stop. Then the "reform" segment was Time Reversed. A heaping helping of light rays disguises the cross-dissolve between the two shots. I might do a quick tutorial and build a template for Hitfilm Preset Marketplace. 

  • Aha! that would explain the hexagonal shape of the rotating shatter particles.

    I hadn't thought they'd be useful, but you showed they are. Nice! ;)

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Palacono yeah, well my custom shatter map wasn't working right, so... Hex it was... 

  • Sounds awesome @Triem23 :)

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Yeremyah honestly, it's pretty simple. 

  • edited May 24

    @Triem23 "Simplicity" is relative and very subjective to an individual.  It all comes down to personal mental faculties, cognitive function, overall reasoning and mental health, current awareness, knowledge and experience in a particular area, and current conditioning.

    What may be "simple" for one person, may be very challenging and difficult for someone else.


  • You're crazy, Mike.

    I blame the spider!

  • Does HFE limit project size to if you don't meet the GPU or other minimum requirements?

    I am running HFE 2017 (5.0.0067) on  a Macbook Pro 13" with integrated graphics (which I know does not meet min. requirements) and everything seems to function fine but the largest project size in my list is 2K and I cannot create a custom size beyond 2048px in height or width.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @digitaloxygen correct. Hitfilm will limit project sizes depending on your GPU. On my machine, I'm limited to 3820 wide by about 2500 tall. A tad over 4k. That's on an Nvidia 980m (about equal to a desktop Nvidia 770).

  • edited June 12

    @Triem23 thanks for the confirmation!

    Must say I'm very impressed with HFE so far.  Briefly tried Davinci Resolve and although it would open (with a big warning about GPU support) it would crash immediately when I tried to do anything.  Even if it worked I suspect it would be much more sluggish than HFE (speculation though) as it's seems like it has a lot more overhead.

    HFE has been lightweight and stable.  Perfect for the simple Timelapse projects I've been starting out with.  Looking forward to more editing and being able to share projects between my laptop and main editing rig when necessary.

    https://youtu.be/qAjC3CesMoc

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