Exporting to your computer


HitFilm can export to your computer in a variety of formats. To export a file switch to the Export screen and choose the Computer option.

There are numerous options for exporting.

General

Timeline - choose which timeline in your project you want to export.
Export area - you can export either the entire timeline, the part of the timeline containing actual content, or only the area specified by your work area's in and out points.
Length - the duration of your video.
Format - the format of your export. HitFilm can export to MP4, AVI and image sequences.
Export video/audio - you can enable and disable video and audio separately.

Video properties

These properties will vary depending on your Format choice.

MP4

Codec - the compressor/decompressor to use on your video.
Width & Height - the resolution for your exported video file.
Scale mode - if your timeline is in a different aspect ratio to your chosen Width and Height, this will determine how it is adjusted to fit. Center retains the original size of your timeline, Ignore aspect ratio stretches it to fill the frame, Keep aspect ratio resizes it and uses letterboxing to retain the aspect ratio and Keep aspect ratio by expanding resizes it until there is no letterboxing required (this option may crop your project). If your timeline is already the correct resolution this option will be disabled.
Frame rate - the frame rate of your exported video in frames per second.
Aspect ratio - the shape of the individual pixels, which in turn affects the shape of the video frame. Some formats use non-square pixels to create widescreen aspect ratios, so make sure you check your camera's specification if your video looks stretched or squashed.
Color depth - if you want to retain alpha channel (transparency) information in your exported file this should be set to 32-bit (RGBA). If alpha channel is not important this can be set to 24-bit (RGB) to reduce filesize.

Some formats do not support 32-bit (RGBA).

Profile - the quality of the compression. High provides the greatest potential quality export.
Level - the performance of the decoder. Higher resolutions and framerates will require higher levels.
Encoding - constant bitrate encoding uses the same bitrate throughout the video. Variable bitrate encoding adjusts the bitrate based on the amount of data being processed, which can result in better use of space but longer export times.
Bitrate - only available when using constant bitrate encoding.
Target bitrate - when using variable bitrate encoding the video will aim to be close to this bitrate.
Max bitrate - when using variable bitrate encoding the video bitrate will not increase above this value.

AVI

Codec - the compressor/decompressor to use on your video.

Uncompressed video exports progressive video. The DV codecs always export interlaced video.

Width & Height - the resolution for your exported video file.
Scale mode - if your timeline is in a different aspect ratio to your chosen Width and Height, this will determine how it is adjusted to fit. Center retains the original size of your timeline, Ignore aspect ratio stretches it to fill the frame, Keep aspect ratio resizes it and uses letterboxing to retain the aspect ratio and Keep aspect ratio by expanding resizes it until there is no letterboxing required (this option may crop your project). If your timeline is already the correct resolution this option will be disabled.
Frame rate - the frame rate of your exported video in frames per second.
Aspect ratio - the shape of the individual pixels, which in turn affects the shape of the video frame. Some formats use non-square pixels to create widescreen aspect ratios, so make sure you check your camera's specification if your video looks stretched or squashed.
Color depth - if you want to retain alpha channel (transparency) information in your exported file this should be set to 32-bit (RGBA). If alpha channel is not important this can be set to 24-bit (RGB) to reduce filesize.

Some formats do not support 32-bit (RGBA).

Image sequence

When exporting to an image sequence your timeline is exported as several still image files. This can be useful if you are using other software that can only import image sequences.

Exporting to an image sequence can be a good idea if you are rendering a complex or lengthy project which is going to take a long time. In the event of a power failure or other interruption, you can simply resume the export from the last good exported image. This is not usually possible when exporting to a video format, when you would have to start again from the beginning.

Prefix - each image file will use this prefix as the filename, plus the frame number and filetype suffix.
Codec - the format to use for your images.
Width & Height - the resolution for your exported images.
Scale mode - if your timeline is in a different aspect ratio to your chosen Width and Height, this will determine how it is adjusted to fit. Center retains the original size of your timeline, Ignore aspect ratio stretches it to fill the frame, Keep aspect ratio resizes it and uses letterboxing to retain the aspect ratio and Keep aspect ratio by expanding resizes it until there is no letterboxing required (this option may crop your project). If your timeline is already the correct resolution this option will be disabled.
Color depth - if you want to retain alpha channel (transparency) information in your exported file this should be set to 32-bit (RGBA). If alpha channel is not important this can be set to 24-bit (RGB) to reduce filesize.

Some formats do not support 32-bit (RGBA).

Audio properties

Codec - the compressor/decompressor to use on your audio.

Sample rate - the sample rate is determined by your Editor sequence properties.

Bitrate - quality of the audio.

RECAP HitFilm can export to multiple formats, depending on what you need.