A Newbie Interface
I'm not sure how interested the Hitfilm business model is in video editing newbies. The following comment will have value only to the degree Hitfilm hopes to attract newbies and move them up the sales chain.
The awesome power of Hitfilm is a great asset to users, except when they are new to Hitfilm, or especially if they're new to video editing. As with any powerful software, a lot of prospects will get lost forever if they don't survive the learning curve.
What if when Hitfilm launched the user was presented with a very simple screen which allowed them to choose the interface best suited for their level of experience? A menu at top of screen could allow users to switch interfaces at any time.
The beginner interface would hide many of the more advanced features. It could present a quite simple video editor, with just a video track and audio track, clip bin, timeline, some basic effects and transitions.
The beginner interface might have levels, so that when the user was ready to learn more, they could choose Beginner Level 2, which would add more features to the interface. Once those features were mastered they could continue to Beginner Level 3, 4, 5 etc.
At least in regards to newbies, the program is going to have to teach them the basics of video editing. The fundamental principle of effective teaching is a divide and conquer strategy. It's really a psychological management strategy designed to provide the user with a series of small successes which build upon each other over time, keeping the student motivated and engaged.
This "less is more" teaching strategy can often come in to conflict with programmer and sales culture. Programmers naturally want to provide users with a much power as they can, that's their job. The sales team understandably wants lots of features they can brag about.
At least in regards to newbies, it seems a mistake to dump all the many features in their lap at once. Such generosity places a huge obstacle in their path, and many or most won't find their way through the learning curve.
Again, whether any of this is useful depends on how important video editing newbies are to the Hitfilm business plan, a factor I'm not yet in a position to understand.