FXhome is making HitFilm 2 Express, its surprisingly powerful editing, compositing and effects package, available for free to anyone willing to sign up for its newsletters and spread word of the offer on social media.
The software, which usually costs $149, includes features more commonly found in more expensive tools, including 3D compositing, 2D tracking and image stabilisation, and basic particle effects.
One drawback is that it only supports footage up to 1080p in resolution, but you can currently upgrade to its big sibling, HitFilm 2 Ultimate, from $201.75. As well as supporting 4K footage, the Ultimate edition adds 3D tracking, 3D particle simulation, and more advanced colour correction tools.
So what’s the catch?
In return for getting HitFilm 2 Express for free, FXhome is asking people to share news of the offer on Facebook or Twitter. (You can actually proceed to the download without doing so, but that’s not really in the spirit of things.)
You also have to sign up for the developer’s email newsletters.
Unless you’re really determined to keep your inbox free, it sounds like a pretty good deal to us. The offer runs until 4 February 2014, and applies to both Windows and Mac OS X versions of the software.