FXhome Review (2022)

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Review Summary

The bottom line

FXhome is worth a try if you’re looking for simple yet powerful video and image editors with a built-in library of audio and VFX assets that support 8K resolution. The Free plan is the best way to test it for yourself and decide based on your experience. At $6.25–$9.99 per month, the subscriptions are fairly priced and affordable for beginners and pros alike.

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Pros

  • Up to 8K video resolution.
  • An active community of like-minded creatives (6.8+ million).
  • Easy to get started with HitFilm thanks to built-in educational walkthrough videos.
  • The option to get a lifetime license (12 months of updates).

Cons

  • HitFilm doesn’t integrate with Artgrid (only Artlist).
  • No free trial for the Pro version.
  • Not as powerful as Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Who Should Use FXhome?

Anyone who needs an 8K video editor that performs well even on low-spec devices and/or an image editor that can do chroma-key and other basic and advanced edits will find use in FXhome. This includes amateurs, freelancers, students, and also more seasoned video editors who know their way around object tracking, 3D editing, and green screens.

However, FXhome probably isn’t the best option if you want a state-of-the-art editor like Adobe Premiere Pro and a built-in professional library, Adobe Stock.

What Is FXhome?

FXhome is an online toolkit that combines video editor HitFilm and image editor Imerge into a powerful combination for visual creators. Because Artlist recently acquired it, the video editor now offers stock music, sound effects, and templates.

There’s also a thriving community of videographers and photographers like yourself with which you can connect on forums, YouTube, Discord, and Twitch, or you can learn more from their blog.

FXhome at a glance

  • Video editor (HitFilm) and image editor (Imerge)
  • $0.00–$9.99 per month
  • Plugins that extend the functionality
  • Artlist integrated into HitFilm
  • Community of other creatives on various platforms

How Much Does FXhome Cost?

FXhome is available in three plans and one custom plan for enterprises, starting from $0.00 per month for the free plan and up to $9.99 per month for the Pro plan. Keep in mind that these are special prices available only shortly after the launch, which reduces the cost by around 20%.

Free plan

The Free plan is ideal for testing FXhome, but it is too limited for serious work.

  • Software: HitFilm Free, unlimited exports of up to HD videos.
  • Assets: 10 songs, 25 sound effects, and 5 templates.
  • Cost: $0.00 forever.

Creator plan

The Creator plan is good for amateurs and beginners who are just getting into video editing, but pros will find themselves needing more. With this plan, you get advanced image and video editing tools. The premium customer support you get includes an expansive FAQ section and priority ticket handling when you send a message to the team.

  • Software: HitFilm Creator, Imerge Creator, unlimited exports of up to 4K UHD videos.
  • Assets: 100 songs, 100 sound effects, and 25 templates.
  • Cost: $6.25/month (temporarily reduced from $7.50/month).

Pro plan

The Pro plan is ideal for advanced video editors because you get access to everything FXhome offers with no limits.

  • Software: HitFilm Pro, Imerge Pro, Mocha HitFilm, BorisFX 3D Objects, Foundry 3D Camera Tracker, unlimited exports of up to 8K videos.
  • Assets: 200 songs, 200 sound effects, and 50 templates.
  • Cost: $9.99/month (temporarily reduced from $12.50/month).

Perpetual plans

In addition to monthly subscriptions, you can also get 12-month plans. However, these are now called “legacy” plans, so they might not be around for much longer. They are a good choice for those who need multiple licenses or already own the software and want to renew.

  • HitFilm Pro ($349/ye): a 3-seat license for 12 months. You get HitFilm Pro, 950+ VFX & presets, advanced 3D camera tracking, and other tools.
  • Imerge Pro ($199/ye): a 2-seat license for 12 months. You get Hollywood-level composites with flexible layers, 87 professional filters, and reversible changes.
  • HitFilm Pro + Imerge Pro ($493.20/ye): a 3-seat license for 12 months. You get a combination of the HitFilm Pro and Imerge Pro plans described above but with a 10% discount.
  • HitFilm Pro Renewal ($279.20/ye): This plan allows you to renew your HitFilm Pro license at a 20% lower price.
  • Imerge Pro Renewal ($159.20/ye): This plan allows you to renew your Imerge Pro license at a 20% lower price.
  • Hitfilm + Imerge Pro Renewal ($394.56/ye): This plan allows you to renew your HitFilm Pro + Imerge Pro license at a 20% lower price.

HitFilm Review

HitFilm is a VFX and video editing software available in three versions (Free, Creator, and Pro), which unlock different features—the Pro gives you all. This video editor sports 8K resolution exports, 8-times faster playback, 2-times faster exporting, and 32-bit color depth.

It has built-in presets, including color grading, transitions, and text. You can also create your own presets and customize the ones you get. We also liked transitions, which are easier to use than in other online video editors, which have clumsy controls or even require you to split videos to add transitions.

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Like Adobe Premiere Pro, which has an integrated library of Adobe Stock assets, HitFilm gives you access to a library of stock music, sound effects, and templates available at Artlist.

We were very impressed by motion tracking, a must for a modern video editor. It works smoothly but sometimes has issues tracking objects that are not obvious. However, this is an issue we also see with most other video editors.

Other notable features we liked include keying, which can change the background and fix edges in green screen footage, and adding lighting and lens flares. Yet, you should use these sparingly. You can also easily add text (titles, subtitles) and sync audio with one button click.

We found that we could quickly get started with HitFilm, despite using it for the first time, thanks to dozens of short tutorial videos that explain how the editor works. The only downside to educational videos is that you cannot enlarge them, so they are restricted to a small portion of your screen. Thus, sometimes it isn’t easy to see what the tutor in the video is doing, especially if you have a small-res laptop.

Useful plugins

The Pro plan includes three plugins, a great addition for advanced video editors.

  • Mocha HitFilm: enables rotoscoping, the technique of tracing a subject to create special visual effects (i.e., glowing lightsabers in Star Wars).
  • Boris 3D objects: This text tool lets you animate, warp, and distort texts to create 3D effects. It also includes hundreds of presets and rendering options.
  • 3D camera tracker: This plugin lets you track an object even when zooming and panning, where this object might partially get cut out of the screen.

Imerge Review

Imerge reminded us of Luminar Neo, which is like a simplified version of Photoshop powered by AI. It can do basic edits, such as fixing exposure and contrast, but it also has advanced tools such as masks, blurring, and flares.

It has a built-in chroma-key tool that lets you remove the green screen background and add a custom image behind your subject. It also matches the new color, so the results look more realistic.

At the same time, it works with 16-bit color depth and supports RAW files with 38 filters, including color correction, dehaze, and clarity. It is also a non-destructive image editor, so all changes you make are reversible.

Imerge Pro also supports GPU acceleration and multicore processing, which speeds up RAW file processing by up to 2x, so even high-resolution image files won’t slow you down. If you have to adjust a whole album of images, you can use the batch tool that applies the same edits to all of them.

Although it isn’t as powerful as Lightroom or Photoshop, it’s easier to learn and can be less specs-demanding. And at $9.99 per month, it’s equally priced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is FXhome trusted?

FXhome is a legit and safe toolkit for video and image editing. It was recently acquired by Artlist, a popular library of stock music, audio, and SFX. It also owns Artgrid, which offers stock footage. All Artlist companies, including FXhome, are safe to use.

Is FXhome better than Adobe?

Adobe and FXhome both offer image and video editing tools, but Adobe’s tools are more advanced and come with a larger collection of images, video, audio, templates, and effects. But Adobe also costs more. Therefore, FXhome is better for those on a low budget, while Adobe is better for professionals.

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Matic Broz is a photographer, graphic designer, and stock photographer. For over ten years he's been helping photographers improve their photos and graphic designers find the best images for their designs. His work has been featured by Lifewire, Skylum, and PetaPixel. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and petting random dogs. Read more

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