An old thread and maybe there is a more current one about the autosave features but I couldn't find one....
I also think there could be some improvement in the autosave feature. For one, there could at least an option to NOT delete the autosave files when a manual save happens and/or when the program is closed. Even if Hitfilm doesn't crash and the OS doesn't crash, project files can still get corrupted. Users can easily unknowingly make changes to their project that they don't realize until later (after a manual save or even on a different day). Since autosaves and even history are cleared after the program closes, it will be impossible to recover those changes unless the user manually does periodic incremental saves along the way. A quick "incremental save" feature would be nice such as "CTRL+SHIFT+S" which saves the project as a new name incremented by an appended number at the end or something. Anyway, I really like Hitfilm Pro. I have been using it for several weeks now and I am getting the feel of it but I really feel it lacks in this area.
This IS a very old thread. Feel free next time to make a whole new one.
I save my project files incrementally. So I may start with Project01, then I save it as Project02, etc.... Every time I make a big change, I up the number. The reason is because sometimes the HitFilm file gets corrupted, or for some other reason I cannot reload it when it crashes. So I save incrementally. Yes, it is a pain and takes extra time, but I feel it is well worth it, especially on my lower quality computer which when I add one more major effect can crash and not be recovered.
Well, it does highlight that 6 years later not much has changed. It's down to the user to be responsible for backups.
Software like LightWorks and Scratch have had a flawless autosave for years. They save everything you do as you do it... they don't add any latency to the UI since they're not doing a full save every few minutes like Resolve used to (now it has live save...)
Periodic automatic project increments should be a core feature though. When you're busy working you shouldn't have to go and create a new project backup... that should be automatic, so that you don't have to distract yourself from your work to do it.
Also keep in mind that FXHome can't actually guarantee that HitFilm will be stable all the time, because there's too much out of their control. There's nothing that the developers can do to prevent HitFilm from tripping over a glitchy nVidia or Intel display driver, or if the computer crashes from overheating, and that sort of thing. If another piece of software blows up the display driver and crashes the machine... etc.
That said, it is impressively stable, but FXHome isn't in control of the foundation it's running on.
And that's where things can go awry.
That's precisely why the likes of FilmLight and SGO for a long time sold ONLY turnkey systems...
What @FilmSensei speaks is truth. Do not rely on auto-save in any software package. The user is responsible for their own file management. Get in the habit of saving incremental versions as you go - file001, file002, file003, etc. Nothing is perfect. At some point your system will lock up whether you're in Blender, AE, Photoshop, HF, ...
Sooner or later your system will crash no matter what package you're in. It's nobody's fault, it just happens. Protect yourself and save incremental versions. This practice also allows you to experiment further and maintain a version that you are happy with without destroying it if you goof up.
This thread is 6 years old. What's changed in Hitfilm? It still throws away your project after a crash if you say "no" to the save-recovered-file question - because you'd like to try and remove the effect that made it crash first. What other software does this? What's wrong with adding an auto-incrementing number to save file names (make it an option?) when you save? Make it Ctrl-Shift-S instead of Ctrl-S, if you want to keep it a separate option.