Full-featured free version, intuitive user interface, very fair add-on pricing system that doesn't break the bank
HitFilm has come a long way in the past few years, adding GPU acceleration, higher resolutions, greatly improved speed and stability, better motion tracking, 3D environment workflows (not just 3D animation, but tracking 2D footage to add 3D objects, backgrounds etc), better sound, and compatibility with files and plugins from other film editing software ecosystems. The free version does not come with the best plugins, nor does it have the best motion tracking built-in, but it is still a very capable non-linear and composite editor, as well as allowing 3D animations. Well worth a try, you will be impressed.
Hitfilm Express is an exceptionally good video editor. It has a lot of features that you would find in Adobe Premiere. However, it is not perfect. There are some features missing in the app that would be nice to have. It should have more audio effects such as a limiter, compressor, etc. Since I use OBS to record, you are not able to drag in clips that have multiple audio sources inside of the file. It is extremely specific, but it is kind of a dealbreaker. That is only my problem with Hitfilm. But there are plenty of good things in Hitfilm Express. Such as their video effects, they are amazing! They are always improving Hitfilm and I recommend it for beginners.
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