What Other Video Editors Do You Use?

ThankGodItsFriday Posts: 25 Just Starting Out*
edited September 23 in General

Here's an interesting topic that maybe people are afraid to ask, but I'm sure are also curious to know. Regardless of your license with HitFilm (i.e. are you using HitFilm for free, are you paying for a subscription, or did you pay a one-time perpetual fee?), what else do you use in conjunction with HitFilm?

Keep in mind that this poll is about video editing software. This doesn't include image editors like Photoshop, or audio editors like Audacity (although you're welcome to discuss these things in the comments). This question is also by a regular user of the software; none of those involved in HitFilm asked me to post this, so please don't get the wrong idea!

It's a good idea also that only HitFilm users answer this question, as I'm not promoting the competition (at least, not in this poll). To be fair, I'm planning on testing DaVinci Resolve myself, and I may even end up liking it, but I absolutely love HitFilm's capabilities, especially with the Free license, and don't want to get rid of it as my main editor of choice. I've already tried LightWorks, ShotCut, and OpenShot, and while each has unique features, they each have problems which has caused me to abandon the software.

Finally, you don't have to state on whether you're paying for the alternate video editing software (even if it has no free version); that is not important.\

A mostly complete list can be found on Wikipedia, in case you forgot what you've used in times past.

Note: Since this is not a multiple choice poll, you can choose what you use more often with HitFilm, then state other software you use in the comments if you like.

What Other Video Editors Do You Use? 11 votes

DaVinci Resolve
hms666ThankGodItsFriday 2 votes
An Adobe video editor (Express, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.)
FilmSensei 1 vote
A Windows video editor (Video Editor, Photos, Movie Maker, etc.)
Andy001z 1 vote
An Apple video editor (Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Photos, etc.)
GrayMotionpremiere_studios 2 votes
Magix Vegas Pro / Magix Movie Edit Pro
Lars_HTriem23ManhitReyfox1 4 votes
FOSS video editor (Blender, OpenShot, Kdenlive, etc.)
...Something else I missed? Let me know in the comments!
tddavis 1 vote


  • triforcefx
    triforcefx United StatesPosts: 1,641 Moderator

    The very first videos I made were on Windows Movie Maker… probably 15 or so years ago.

    I then graduated to Pinnacle Studio when my Dad bought it to try converting home videos on VHS tapes. I used that for years.

    Then I discovered a new program… HitFilm 3 Express… it was SO much more capable than anything I had used before, and it was free! I’ve been using HitFilm ever since.

    Over the years, I’ve played around with other editors (and compositors… before HitFilm, finding a decent, reasonably priced compositor was next to impossible!), but nothing has really stuck. HitFilm isn’t perfect, but it does many things very well and the rest of it isn’t (usually) bad either. For me, HitFilm fulfills all my needs. That being said, there are plenty of other amazing products out there. I would encourage anyone to play around with other software suites, even if you’re comfortable where you’re at. It’s good experience, and you may find something you love!

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Posts: 3,153 Expert
    An Adobe video editor (Express, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.)

    If I am delivering a finished product render to a client, I use HitFilm to edit, because they will never see the project files. However if I am doing work for the company I'm employed with, I use Adobe Premiere Pro. My boss wants the project files in PP.

  • leesang
    leesang Posts: 50 Just Starting Out*

    유료 버전에 제한되지만 LightWorks 올해 오디오(VST) 플러그인 및

    OFX 지원을 업데이트 했다.

    LightWorks 베가스와 베가스 이펙트(히트필름)처럼 타임라인에서 Blackmagic 

    Design Fusion Studio 를 불러올 수 있습니다.

    (상호 작용합니다.)

    LightWorks 보기에는 레이어 기반처럼 보이지만 이펙트 창을 보며 노드 기반임을

    알 수 있습니다.

    LightWorks 레이아웃 설정은 어떤 프로그램보다 유연합니다.

    LightWorks 마크 인.아웃은 정말 매력적입니다.

    다른 프로그램들도 마크 인.아웃을 지원하지만 LightWorks처럼 작동하지 않습니다.

    그리고 Create Studio Pro 프로그램을 좋아합니다.

  • tddavis
    tddavis Posts: 5,219 Expert
    ...Something else I missed? Let me know in the comments!

    I started with Pinnacle Studio 8 and kept upgrading as needed to 16 before I started using Hitfilm more and more but with the Pay-What-You-Want deals from a site that the name escapes my at the moment I have kept it up to Version 23. I use it now mostly for mastering DVDs and BluRays, but I just dove back into it to create a slide show for this Wedding project I am editing. I find I have missed the drag and drop Transitions and the Titler a lot. I may upgrade to V26 soon.

  • FilmSensei
    FilmSensei Posts: 3,153 Expert
    An Adobe video editor (Express, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.)

    @tddavis I used Pinnacle Studio for years before switching to HitFilm. I currently have Version 24.

    Like you, I love the "Smart Movie" feature as well as the ability to burn DVDs and Blue Rays. The built in transitions are crazy and cheesy. I would never use any of those for a professional project, but they are sure fun to play with! 😁

    BTW, there is a free video editor call MiniTool Movie Maker that has a similar feature to the "Smart Movie" feature that Pinnacle Studio has. They contacted me and asked if I would do a review on my channel. I played around with it for a while and ultimately decided not to do a review.

  • tddavis
    tddavis Posts: 5,219 Expert
    edited September 25
    ...Something else I missed? Let me know in the comments!

    I generally stick to the standard wipes/fades and page curls for slide shows, but I did use a couple of Wedding specialty ones in this latest one very sparingly...like once each. Currently running an old Sony camera footage through Hitfilm to clean it up and denoise a bit. It isn't as low light sensitive as the new 4K Minolta or the daughter's iPhone so it's kind of grainy from the candlelight ceremony. Things get a little better for it when I kick on the little LED light that came with the 4K camera. That thing was a HUGE plus.

  • Reyfox1
    Reyfox1 Posts: 16 Just Starting Out*
    Magix Vegas Pro / Magix Movie Edit Pro

    The title of this post is "What other video editors do you use?".

    I ticked Resolve and then ticked Vegas, which removed the tick from Resolve. So I left the Vegas tick since I use it more.

    Also a Pinnacle Studio user. I've used Pinnacle since 2002 starting with DV500 and Premiere 6. Favorite Pinnacle product by far was Avid Liquid.

  • Wiew
    Wiew Posts: 25 Just Starting Out*

    I ticked Vegas

    Started with Pinnacle , I think it was version 9 used it a lot untill version 22.

    Started with Vegas version 15 now using 19 , together with Hifilm for compositing it was a perfect match.

    Now that the connection between Hitfilm and Vegas is gone, I'm thinking about how to proceed....

    Resolve is not an option, I am not a lover of nodes

    Premiere + After effects is quite expensive

    Vegas Post...but Vegas doesn't have Mocha HitFilm and Sonic Foundry 3D Tracker.

    Choices , choices , choices ....

  • ThankGodItsFriday
    ThankGodItsFriday Posts: 25 Just Starting Out*
    edited October 4
    DaVinci Resolve

    Okay, so a brief history...

    I practically was weaned on Linux, so I know of a bunch of video editors for the platform that my family used - Avidemux was one of them. When I got my first computer, I used OpenShot on Ubuntu and Windows Movie Maker under Windows 7. I was very nieve, so making videos with either was not something I could do very well; also, I assumed OpenShot's regular crashing was due to the lack of processing power of my laptop.

    It wasn't until I was gifted with a custom-made computer tower for Christmas that I realized that OpenShot really just... stunk. It never stopped crashing on Windows 8.1 and Windows 11, so I used ShotCut. It worked somewhat better, but I noticed a lot of problems with it, also. I decided to migrate towards proprietary non-commercial software, even though I still love open-source programs, and tested Lightworks... which I ended up disliking due to the lack of free features.

    Then... HitFilm. No need to elaborate there - I'm still using it, ain't I? 😉 Now, I also have been trying out DaVinci Resolve for the first time, and I'm thinking about using it some, too. That's pretty much it; I haven't really used anything else much, if at all. If I find a good open-source video editor, I might give it a try, but right now it's HitFilm and DaVinci for me.

    EDIT: Just remembered - I also gave Blender's 2D animation tools a try, but since Blender is so advanced, it's gonna take some time to learn how to use it properly as a video editor. Still, that's an option, too.

  • triforcefx
    triforcefx United StatesPosts: 1,641 Moderator

    @ThankGodItsFriday ShotCut and Kdenlive were my favorite of the FOSS editors, though I haven’t touched them in years. OpenShot was definitely pretty unstable. There were a lot of programs that were quite clunky, ugly, and hard to use though… just the nature of free projects sometimes.

  • spyresca
    spyresca Posts: 277 Enthusiast
    edited October 7

    Kdenlive has actually gotten to be pretty decent. It's not a compositor, of course, but I just finished a project that was mostly just editing, and it worked really well. It even has some features that HF pro currently can't touch (decent audio handling, automatic sub-titling, easy, effective built in transcoding, proxies that actually work well even if you don't have a great computer, etc.).