The Generate effects are used to create new visual elements. These can be applied to layers like any other effect.

3D extrusion

Extruding creates the appearance of 3D depth in a flat 2D layer. This is often used to enhance titles but can be used on any layer.


3D extrusion can use the 3D lights in your scene. The material behaviour of the extrusion can be adjusted in the Illumination property group.

For 3D extrusion to cast shadows the layer must also be set to 3D.

Another layer can be used as an environment map for extruded text. This is effective for creating reflective text or for inheriting some of the lighting in a background plate.

extrude envmap


Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Simulates the distortion caused by viewing through a body of water.


Generates a moving, randomly generated cloud texture.


Drop shadow

Adds a drop shadow to the layer. You can change the scale, distance and appearance of the shadow, or choose to render the shadow without the layer.

Drop shadow

Fractal noise

Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Generates a range of textures using procedural methods.


Each fractal method includes a range of properties for customizing the appearance of the effect.


Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Creates a grid pattern. You can adjust the spacing and size of the grid lines.



The fastest and easiest way to add letterboxing to your movie. Presets enable you to quickly pick from standard film aspect ratios.


Pond ripple

Creates ripples which expand and distort the layer.

The size and behaviour of the ripples can be adjusted.

Pond ripples

Radio waves

Creates geometric shapes that can be warped and animated. Shapes can be heavily customized.

radio waves


A quick and easy way to create a reflection of the layer.



Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Creates a sphere that reflects its surroundings.


The sphere can be heavily customized with separate layers for the optional surface texture and environment map.

The refractive index property can be used to accurately simulate refraction from real world materials. A list of common refractive indices can be found on Wikipedia.


Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

A quick and easy way to tile the layer without needing to create duplicates.



Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Generates a counter showing the current position in time of the layer or timeline.