Adobe After Effects is the premiere digital video effects software used industry wide for film making and TV production as well as creative work including high-end video intros and audio-reactive music visualizers. With a full gamut of professional features, the software is capable of handling practically any imaginable visual task.
After Effects utilizes a powerful layer-based approach to compositing and masking with a familiar timeline for arranging and manipulating visual elements in time. Layer properties such as position, scale, and rotation are easily animated using configurable key frames on the timeline while layer styles and blend modes make it easy to mix imagery in sophisticated ways.
Originally available under a version-based, one-time purchase, After Effects is now available strictly through a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud service.
Blackmagic Fusion (formerly known as Fusion and eyeon Fusion) is an image compositing software program created by eyeon Software Inc, now developed by Blackmagic Design. It is typically used to create visual effects and digital compositing for movies, TV-series and commercials. It employs a node-based interface in which complex processes are built up by connecting a flowchart or schematic of many nodes, each of which represents a simpler process, such as a blur or color correction. This type of compositing interface allows great flexibility, including the ability to modify the parameters of an earlier image processing step "in context" (while viewing the final composite). Upon its acquisition by Blackmagic Design, Fusion was released in two versions: the freeware Fusion, and the commercially sold Fusion Studio.
HitFilm merges FXHome VisionLab Studio , FXHome Effectslab and FXHome CompositeLab into one software.
HitFilm is a layer-based editing and compositing package.
HitFilm Ultimate gives you blockbuster quality visual effects and compositing at an indie price. You have full control to create your own unique effects using cutting edge technology.
FXhome's revolutionary video post-production software combines cutting edge visual effects and compositing with non-linear editing. Transform your film productions with integrated 3D model animation, advanced particle simulation and a sophisticated 3D compositing environment.
Autodesk Smoke is a leader in editorial finishing for high-quality commercial and broadcast projects. Smoke offers an end-to-end finishing toolset that combines intuitive timeline navigation with advanced 3D finishing tools. Native support for industry-standard media formats and GPU-accelerated interactivity when compositing means you can finish projects faster and deliver your best work even against tight deadlines.
Natron is an open source, cross platform nodal compositing application. It is built around industry standard open source tech such as OpenFX, OpenEXR, OpenColorIO and OpenImageIO. The feature set includes realtime playback/RAM cache, multi-threaded rendering, 2d tracking, rotoscoping, grading, animation via f-curves and 3rd party OpenFX plugin support. All contained within a familiar, intuitive interface with an XML based project file format.
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, rigid body, fluid, cloth and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.
Blender is Free Software. Free to use for any purpose. Forever.
Chaos Player is a professional image sequence player designed for fast and smooth playback.
Play back your own or your team’s animation output as soon as rendering is complete. Review new and updated frames in an instant. Chaos Player also lets you perform basic compositing, color grading, and editing in real-time, even while playback is running. And so much more.
It supports most industry standard file formats including EXR, HDR, DPX, CIN, R3D, TGA, SGI, IFF, PIC and VRIMG. Multiple layers can be color-corrected and composed together in real time.
NUKE is a powerful compositing application that delivers unparalleled speed, an efficient multi-channel scanline rendering engine, and a first-class feature set that is unrivalled in the desktop market. If you are in the business of creating high-quality digital images Nuke is a production proven visual effects tool that brings speed, functionality and flexibility to your VFX pipeline.