When comparing Final Cut Pro X vs HitFilm, the Slant community recommends Final Cut Pro X for most people. In the question“What are the best non-linear editors (NLEs)?” Final Cut Pro X is ranked 1st while HitFilm is ranked 7th.
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Pro GPU utilization
Pro Powerful Media Organization
Pro Real-Time Graphics and Effects
Pro Native format support
Pro 64-bit architecture
Pro Full high-quality Pro-Res Support
Pro ColorSync-managed color pipeline
Pro Resolution independence
Pro Multicam Editing
Pro Integration with Motion
Pro Beginner friendly
Amazing all-in-one starter software thanks to a lot of powerful presets and a simplified workflow. There are tips, guides, explanations and easy access to community support. The interface is intuitive and easy to overview.
Pro Combines editing, VFX and 3D tools in one package
True 3d that handles particle-effects and 3d models in unified space, optical flow 2d tracking, 3d planar tracking with a lightweight version of Mocha, color-correction and color-grading.
Pro Import 3D models
You can import .obj, .lwo or .3ds models right into your composites, then texture and animate them. No 3rd party plug-in required.
Pro Real 3D
Particles, models, lights, camera tracking, effects, etc are all in true 3D space. You don't have to manage object or effect depth or angles by obfuscation.
Pro Powerful presets & visual effects
Color grading, motion blur, lights, flares, 3D muzzle flashes, procedural fire, etc. They both work out of the box and can be heavily customized. More than 150 visual effects and more are added constantly.
Pro 3D camera data support
Pro Splash screen
Gives access to community.
Pro Mac & PC support
Works on both Mac OS X and Windows.
Pro Powerful particle simulator
Physics based 3D particle simulator that can interact with surfaces and forces. You can have custom particles, size randomness, bounce, different emitters, etc. It can even be set to animate based on audio waveforms.
Pro 2D & 3D motion tracking
A 2D track is built in HitFilm and the "Camera Solve" part of Mocha comes integrated with the software
Con You need lots of plugins
For example tracking is something Final Cut can't do. Only with a plugin which costs (example) around 100$.
As well as for advanced colour correction you have get a third-party plugin
Con Works only on OS X
Con Color grading is unfamiliar and nonprofessional
especially compared to Premiere's Lumetri Color Panel in 2015 cc
Con Important compatibility and format issues
Breaks compatibility with previous versions of FCP and does not support industry standards such as EDL, OMF, AAF. You can export to their version of XML and use third-party tools for a workaround (with limited success).
Con No OMFI support
Open Media Framework Interchange (OMFI) is a platform-independent file format intended for transfer of digital media between different software applications.
Con Lack of audio tools
HitFilm can playback, cut & rearrange audio, but it lacks even basic tools like EQ.