Apr 5 2014

HitFilm Plugins in the news

Posted by Simon K Jones on April 5, 2014

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NAB 2014 has only just opened its doors but the HitFilm Plugins have already started getting people's attention.

First up we have Scott Simmons over at Pro Video Coalition who wrote a great preview of the new product.

Referring to HitFilm 2 Ultimate, Scott writes:

Particle effects, bullet hits and “genuine 3D compositing” are all things that make HitFilm a surprisingly capable package. There’s even a version of mocha for HitFilm so these guys are serious.

Some thoughts on HitFilm Plugin performance:

Depending on the effects I was able to get some decent realtime playback in both FCPX and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The license you get for $499 allows you to install on any two machines regardless of host package or operating system.

Both the standalone HitFilm 2 Ultimate software and the new HitFilm Plugins have been designed to provide high quality, high value effects. This is something PVC pick up on in their article:

HitFilm has a good following as their software has offered some amazing capability at a very affordable price.

Meanwhile, Lester Banks also posted over on his blog, focusing in on three specific aspects of the plugins which make them "incredibly relevant" for After Effects users. The three top factors for Lester are the focused, workflow-based nature of HitFilm plugins, the GPU-acceleration and the 16-bit rendering quality.

Lester elaborates on the GPU-acceleration aspect:

I can’t really stress how fast ALL the effects are. The performance on a single AE layer is impressive. Pick an effect, change its attributes, scrub the timeline as fast as you can, and you can see the effect update in real time.

HitFilm 2 Ultimate users have come to expect this kind of rendering speed but it's not always the case in other host platforms. We're excited that HitFilm Plugins will be setting a high performance standard right from the start - one of the benefits of sharing technology across all our products.

Make sure you swing by the Sony stand at NAB on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 1pm to see us showing the HitFilm Plugins in action. Alternatively, for a more informal chat come along to our meet-up at the West Wing Bar on Monday at 10pm.



Posted on 05 April 2014 - 10:40 PM

Awesome!!! :)


Posted on 06 April 2014 - 03:55 AM

Those are good write-ups. Especially the speed. One reason Hitfilm is increasingly replacing BCC in my work is that BCC has beautiful effects, but they render very slowly.

El Cuajinais

Posted on 07 April 2014 - 12:02 AM

Having Hitfilm run inside FCPX makes me giddy with excitement. However I have some questions:

1. Will there be an upgrade price for current Hitfilm ultimate users? $500 is too steep for me (and possibly the indie crowd).

2. How fast does it run? In FCPX I can live-preview any effect on my Retina MacBook Pro. No rendering or "Ram Preview" required.

3. Will the Mocha Planar Tracker still run outside the app or have they managed to run it inside FCPX/Premiere? Because that would be amazing!

Simon K Jones

Posted on 07 April 2014 - 09:49 AM

Thanks for your questions, Cuajinais.

1. There will be an special price for HF2U users. More details on that at release.

2. The plugins run very fast - dependent on your machine, of course. Different host platforms perform slightly differently due to how they work, but overall it's all very snappy. Some effects won't always be real time - for example, an atomic particle effect with thousands of particles.

3. The plugins are taking the effects from HF2U and making most of them available in other platforms. It doesn't affect other features like mocha, which aren't effects.


Posted on 07 April 2014 - 07:05 PM

Wonderful reviews! Yay!


Posted on 07 April 2014 - 07:27 PM

Can you please make the HItfilm Plugin available for the new Davinci Resolve 11?  They just improved their editor to a major degree. http://www.blackmagi.../davinciresolve


Posted on 07 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

I have to say this is exciting news, I am constantly hopping in and out of FMPX and Hitfilm, this will save me a stack of time. Great work Simon and the team at Hitfilm and don't let The Foundry buy you out, eh.