Many tools and functions in HitFilm can be selected or accessed using keyboard shortcuts. Getting familiar with the keyboard shortcuts can greatly speed up your workflow. In addition, many shortcuts can be edited, so you can assign whatever key or key combination you desire. The Keyboard Shortcuts editor can be accessed by opening the HitFilm Options screen on Windows (HitFilm Preferences on Mac) then clicking the Shortcuts tab.

The keyboard shortcuts are divided into several groups, based on the area of the interface in which they apply. If you prefer to use your own shortcut settings, rather than the defaults, any shortcut can be edited to suit your preferences.

To edit a shortcut, click on the current key combo to select it, then type in the new key combo you wish to use.

To the right of each shortcut is a Reset button, which can be used to reset that shortcut to its default setting. At the bottom of the Shortcuts tab is a Reset All Shortcuts button, which will reset all shortcuts to the defaults listed below.

General

Undo - Ctrl+Z
Redo - Ctrl+Y
New Project - Ctrl+N
Open Project - Ctrl+O
Save Project - Ctrl+S
Save As - Ctrl+Alt+S
Exit - Alt+F4
Delete - Del
Rename - F2
Cut - Ctrl+X
Copy - Ctrl+C
Paste - Ctrl+V
Duplicate - Ctrl+D
Select All - Ctrl+A
Reset - Ctrl+R
Create New Composite Shot - Ctrl+Shift+N
Create New Plane - Ctrl+Shift+A
Import Media - Ctrl+O
Switch to Home screen - Ctrl+1
Switch to Project screen - Ctrl+2
Switch to Edit & Effects screen - Ctrl+3
Switch to Export screen - Ctrl+4

Common Timeline

Set In Point - I
Set Out Point - O
Set In and Out Points to Content - P
Set In and Out Points to View - (no default)
Move Playhead to Start of Timeline - Home
Move Playhead to End of Timeline - End
Jump to time - Ctrl+J (highlights current time indicator)
Play/Pause - Space
Previous Frame - ,
Next Frame - .
Jump Back by 10 Frames - Shift+,
Jump Forward by 10 Frames - Shift+.
Previous Edit Point - Page up
Next Edit Point - Page down
Increase Timeline Scale - Ctrl++
Decrease Timeline Scale - Ctrl+-
Scroll to Playhead - Ctrl+Home
Previous Keyframe - Alt+,
Next Keyframe - Alt+.
Add/Remove Keyframe - Alt+T
Slice Selected Objects/Layers - Ctrl+Shift+D

Editor sequence timeline

Snap On/Off - S
Select tool - V
Hand tool - H
Slice tool - C
Slip Edit Tool - Y
Slide Edit Tool - U
Ripple Edit Tool - R
Roll Edit Tool - E
Ripple delete - Alt+Delete
Make Composite Shot - Ctrl+M

Composite shot timeline

Snap toggle - S
Select tool - V
Hand tool - H
Slice tool - C
Open New Layer Menu - Ctrl+Alt+N
New Plane Layer - Ctrl+Alt+A
New Camera Layer - Ctrl+Alt+C
New Light Layer - Ctrl+Alt+L
New Grade Layer - Ctrl+Alt+G
New Text Layer - Ctrl+Alt+T
New Point Layer - Ctrl+Alt+P
Move Layer(s) to Playhead - (No Default)
Make Composite Shot - Ctrl+M

Trimmer

Set In Point - I
Set Out Point - O
Previous Frame - ,
Next Frame - .
Move Playhead to Start - Home
Move Playhead to End - End
Play/Pause - Space
Toggle Loop Playback - Ctrl+L
Shuttle Left - J
Shuttle Right - L
Shuttle Stop - K
Insert Media on the Current Timeline - B
Overlay Media on the Current Timeline - N

Viewer panel

Select tool - V
Hand tool - H
Text tool - T
Rectangle mask tool - R
Ellipse mask tool - E
Freehand mask tool - F
Orbit tool - B
Set Mask Point(s) to Linear - Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L
Set Mask Point(s) to Curved - Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C
Move Position Left by 1 Pixel -  Left arrow
Move Position Right by 1 Pixel - Right arrow
Move Position Up by 1 Pixel - Up arrow
Move Position Down by 1 Pixel - Down arrow
Move Position Left by 10 Pixels - Shift+Left arrow
Move Position Right by 10 Pixels - Shift+Right arrow
Move Position Up by 10 Pixels - Shift+Up arrow
Move Position Down by 10 Pixels - Shift+Down arrow