After seeing a lot of the helpful tips shared by @Triem23 regarding the benefits of transcoding footage before editing, I decided to give it a go with my next HitFilm Quick Tip project. Let's just say that things aren't going nearly as smoothly as I expected.
After recording the screen capture video (just shy of 20 minutes long) using Quicktime , I ended up with a 488MB MOV file with H.264 encoding. I decided to use HitFilm to transcode that to ProRes 422, which gave me a 17GB file. I've only got 8GB of RAM in this Mac Mini, but HitFilm Express 2017 didn't appear (initially) to choke after importing the video file -- it was playing and scrubbing the video without a single hiccup -- so I thought it wouldn't be a problem. And then the freezing began.
Not five minutes into editing, HitFilm froze. I thought it might've been a fluke, so I forced it to shut down, restarted it, opened my project again, and kept going. Again, it froze after about five minutes, and all I'm doing is scrubbing, trimming, and dragging clips on the editor timeline. Nothing fancy.
I thought that a reboot might help, so I did that. Same thing.
Should I ditch the transcoded file and just edit with my original footage, even though it's not in an editing-optimized format?