Hitfilm 4 Pro provides a unique combination of Editing, Compositing, VFX and 3D Animation tools, as well as a suite of about 150 Plug-ins for other NLEs (including Vegas, FCPX, Avid, Premiere, AE and Resolve, among others), Mocha planar tracking for roto and 3D camera solves, and the 3D Objects Module from Boris Continuum, all with a three computer installation license for under $400.
As a VFX/Compositing program, Hitfilm is first-rate. Whether one needs basic chroma/luma keying of actors over backgrounds, integration of 3D models and particle systems with camera solved footage, advanced color grading, or one wishes to create motion graphics and complex procedural animations, Hitfilm has a lot to offer. While not offering all the raw power of After Effects, Hitfilm 4 Pro is often faster to use and easier to set up that AE. Unlike AE, a Hitfilm purchase is a BUY, not a RENT. No monthly subscription holding your projects library hostage! Additionally, AE would require VideoCoPilot's Element 3D add-on and Red Giant's Trapcode Particular add-on to perform things Hitfilm has built-in.
In the hands of a skilled artist, Hitfilm is capable of stunning results that certainly meet standards for current television production. I've seen shots from skilled Hitfilm artists that could even hold up in a feature film!
Hitfilm's layout and workflow is fast an intuitive, especially if one is already familiar with any other layer-based compositor.
As an editor, Hitfilm provides all the basic tools needed to cut a narrative project from start to finish. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.