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HitFilm Express Supported File Formats

If you are looking for a cross-platform, free yet professional-level video editing tool without the professional-level price tag, HitFilm Express is absolutely your best choice. For people who have downloaded HitFlim Express to do some footage trimming, color tweaking or apply filters and special effects, you may often have problems to directly import the video to Hitfilm Express, the following article will show you what HitFilm Express supported file formats and how to import unsupported video to HitFilm Express.

Hitfilm Express 4 supported file formats

Video: QuickTime, AVCHD, AVI, M2T, M2TS, MOV, MP4 (AVC/H264 & AAC), MPEG-1 & MPEG-2 (TS, PS, MPE, MPG, MPEG, M2V), MTS, MXF (DVCPro HD), DV, HDV, WMV

Audio: AAC, MP3, M4A, MPA, WAV, WMA

HitFilm Express 2017 supported file formats

AVI (including 10-bit and 12-bit GoPro Cineform) (Windows only)
MP4 (AVC/H264 &AAC)
QuickTime MOV (including 10-bit and 12-bit Pro-Res) (requires that an up to date version of Quicktime is installed on your computer)


Import unsupported file formats to HitFilm Express

From above lists, we can see that although this remarkable free video editor can handle various common file formats, however, you may fail to load some uncommon and new camera/camcorder footage formats such as H.265, XAVC/XAVC S, XDCAM/XDCAM HD MXF, AVid MXF, XDCAM EX, etc into HitFilm Express 4 &2017.

To get any footage video loaded into HitFilm Express, it would be much ideal for you to download a HitFlim Epxress Video Editor assistant - Pavtube Video Converter. The program can assist you to transcode all the unsupported formats and codec listed above to HitFlim Epxress editable formats with super fast encoding speed. Apart from that, since HitFilm Express has high system requirements, you can compress 4K to 1080p or 720p to get better performance if your computer is a little old or slow.

Trim/Crop/Watermark/Apply Effect to video

For people who wish to complete some basic video editing tasks such as trimming unwanted footage, remove some black edges, you can also take good use of the simple video editing functions offered by our application, which can assist you to easily trim or cut video to leave only your wanted parts, crop video to get off the unwanted size are, add transparent text watermark, apply special rendering effects, insert external subtitles, etc.

For Mac users, please switch to download the Mac version - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to do the same conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite and Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

How to Import Unsupported Video to HitFilm Express 4 & 2017?

Step 1: Load unsupported files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import unsupported video files into the program.

Import unsupported video

Step 2: Specify output file format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of HitFilm Pro supported editing formats such as "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category. You can also choose other editing formats according to your own needs.

Choose output file format

Step 3: Edit video with built-in editing tools.

Select an item to activate the Edit menu. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, or insert external subtitle.

Edit video

Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from unsupported video to HitFilm Express supported editing formats.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to import any unsupported video to HitFilm Express for professional post editing workflow.

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