"HitFilm 3 Pro"

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TheCGBros had the opportunity to take a look at the recently released software product called HitFilm 3 Pro. It is designed for filmmakers at all levels of post-production and touts itself as a high-quality post-production powerhouse of tools that combine 3D compositing & 3D object rendering, along with an industry leading particle simulator and fully advanced toolkit for professional level color correction and grading.
It also includes over 180 fully customizable visual effects, plus 130 plugins you can use in Sony Vegas, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion. We found it hard to believe that all of this could fit into a single product, and for less than $299/£229, so the Bros just had to take it for a spin!
Installation was straight-forward and we eagerly launched into the toolset, finding the newly redesigned interface to be pleasantly intuitive and much easier to navigate. We were looking forward to checking out the new features including the 3D textures for particles, auto-tracking masks, OpenFX support, 3D fractal particle shapes, 3D camera projection and professional de-noising. [SignupToUnlock showsidebar=”NO” sidebartemplate=”Select Sidebar Template” pagetemplate=”template1″ dapproductid=”8″ submiturl=”/dap/dap_wordpress_signup_submit.php” redirecturl=”” termslink=”%20%3Ca%20href%3D%27http%3A//YOURSITE.com/terms%27%20target%3D%22_blank%22%3E%3Cspan%20style%3D%22color%3A%20red%3B%22%3ETerms%20and%20Conditions%3C/span%3E%3C/a%3E%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20″ submitsuccessmsg=”Thankyou%20for%20completing%20the%20signup%21″ firstnamemissing=”Sorry%2C%20missing%20Firstname.%20Please%20enter%20firstname%20to%20proceed” emailmissing=”Sorry%2C%20missing%20Email.%20Please%20enter%20email%20to%20proceed” tandcalert=”Please%20check%20the%20T%26C%20box%20to%20proceed%21″ cookieexpdays=”999″ msg=”%3C%21–%20CSS%20–%3E%0A%3Cp%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C/p%3E%0A%3C%21–%20END%20CSS–%3E%0A%3Cp%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C/p%3E%0A%3C%21–%20DAP%20Form%20HTML%20Starts%20here%20–%3E%0A%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22dap1-sign-up-form%22%3E%3C%21–%20Form%20–%3E%3Cform%20id%3D%22formdap1%22%20class%3D%22dap1-form%22%20action%3D%22%22%20name%3D%22formdap1%22%3E%3Cfieldset%3E%3Clegend%3ESign%20Up%20For%20FREE%21%20To%20Read%20The%20Reviews%3C/legend%3E%20%3C%21–%20Field%20–%3E%0A%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22dap1-form-name%22%20class%3D%22dap1-input-container%22%3E%3Cspan%20class%3D%22icon%22%3E%3Cimg%20src%3D%22i/spacer.gif%22%20alt%3D%22%22%20width%3D%221%22%20/%3E%3C/span%3E%20%3Cinput%20id%3D%22first_name_dap%22%20class%3D%22dap1-input%22%20onfocus%3D%22if%20%28this.value%20%3D%3D%20%27Your%20First%20Name%27%29%20%7Bthis.value%20%3D%20%27%27%3B%7D%22%20onblur%3D%22if%20%28this.value%20%3D%3D%20%27%27%29%20%7Bthis.value%20%3D%20%27Your%20First%20Name%27%3B%7D%22%20type%3D%22text%22%20name%3D%22first_name_dap%22%20value%3D%22Your%20First%20Name%22%20/%3E%3C/div%3E%0A%3C%21–%20END%20Field%20–%3E%20%3C%21–%20Field%20–%3E%0A%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22dap1-form-email%22%20class%3D%22dap1-input-container%22%3E%3Cspan%20class%3D%22icon%22%3E%3Cimg%20src%3D%22i/spacer.gif%22%20alt%3D%22%22%20width%3D%221%22%20/%3E%3C/span%3E%20%3Cinput%20id%3D%22email_dap%22%20class%3D%22dap1-input%22%20onfocus%3D%22if%20%28this.value%20%3D%3D%20%27Your%20E-mail%20Address%27%29%20%7Bthis.value%20%3D%20%27%27%3B%7D%22%20onblur%3D%22if%20%28this.value%20%3D%3D%20%27%27%29%20%7Bthis.value%20%3D%20%27Your%20E-mail%20Address%27%3B%7D%22%20type%3D%22text%22%20name%3D%22email_dap%22%20value%3D%22Your%20E-mail%20Address%22%20/%3E%3C/div%3E%0A%3C%21–%20END%20Field%20–%3E%20%3Cinput%20id%3D%22productId%22%20type%3D%22hidden%22%20name%3D%22productId%22%20value%3D%228%22%20/%3E%3C/fieldset%3E%3C%21–%20Action%20Button%20–%3E%0A%3Cdiv%20class%3D%22dap1-actions%22%3E%3Cbutton%20id%3D%22complete%22%20class%3D%22dap1-btn%22%20name%3D%22complete%22%20type%3D%22submit%22%3EUnlock%20My%20Content%21%3C/button%3E%3C/div%3E%0A%3C%21–%20END%20Button%20–%3E%3C/form%3E%3C%21–%20END%20Form%20–%3E%3C/div%3E%0A%3C%21–%20END%20DAP%20Form%20HTML%20–%3E” ]

The fist thing we did was check out the eye candy from the new video effects. We had an absolute blast using 3D wireframe and the over 20 new effects are well selected and look great -finding especially useful the heat distortion and auto volumetrics features.

HitFilm3 now has the ability to directly import and animate 3D models supporting 3DS, OBJ and LWO formats. Together with the new Unified 3D Space that allows 3D models and particles to intermingle in the same 3D space is one of the strongest selling points of the new version 3.
We loved playing with the updated particle system and were able to generate thousands of customizable particles in true 3D space, and easily create believable effects such as snow, debris, dust, insect swarms, and armies of invading tanks. While nice to edit, we found that navigating the dozens and dozens of particle attributes somewhat challenging to do easily when we had several systems in the scene.
Performance also took a slight hit when we launched into the thousands of particles realm, and crawled along when we used the particles themselves as particle emitters. However, with high levels of particle and scene complexity -the ability to actually do particle sims at all impressed us. Also, the ability to use 3D Models as particle emitters is very cool addition indeed.
The redesigned editing timeline gave us access to all the tools we regularly need and use including slip, slice, ripple and roll edits, audio meters, key-framing and a new trimmer for fine control. We were able to switch between multiple 3D compositing timelines with ease by simply switching between tabs.
It looks like beginners will need to spend a bit more time learning about the basic tools and practicing navigating nested lists, but they’ll find the reward well worth it as HitFilm3 delivers with advanced professional features that they’ll need to take their work pro.
This is a significant boost over version 2, allowing artists to creating higher levels realism in shots that combine both models and particles. While the package comes with the simple ability to define 2D shapes as collision objects, this is a far cry from the ability to creating true 3D collisions.
Something that really surprised us was that HitFilm 3 Pro includes an Academy Award-winning, although limited, version of Imagineer Systems Mocha planar tracking tool, that provided top notch mask tracking and 3D camera solving both created outstanding quality results for us.
For the professionals, there are a lot of highend features that one can use to increase productivity and quality and we found that background proxying for complex VFX and a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline makes this version of HitFilm 3 Pro an exciting choice for anyone looking to produce higher quality post-production results.

Bottom Line:

We were truly amazed by HitFilm 3 Pro’s extensive and quality suite of tools, finding them easy to understand and use, and helped make the usually daunting tasks of modern digital filmmaking such as editing, VFX, colorizing and motion graphics a whole lot easier, putting it within any artist’s reach.
It has a solid ability to combine videos, images, 3D models and particles elements all into a single unified 3D compositing environment. Greater control of animation curves is needed and would be a welcome addition, We’d also really like to see ‘true’ 3D particle/model collision detection to future versions.
So, if you are into creating anything ranging from films to documentaries, Youtube, commercials to music videos, HitFilm 3 Pro handles the heavy lifting with powerful features for both the beginner, the expert, and everyone in between. HitFilm 3 Pro is a lot of fun to use and gave us everything we needed for creating the most sophisticated, engaging and compelling video content – and all for an incredible bargain of a price.

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