Adobe After Effects Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, Web and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 24 apps similar to Adobe After Effects.

Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. If your looking for more info about Adobe After Effects like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 10/25/2018 5:14:00 PM

Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for all platforms with any license

  • Blender

    Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

    • AE's main purpose: Video effect editing. Blender has a whole range of possibilities, but it's hard to get into and it's not designed to be used solely for video effect editing. danielmichelNov 2017 • 22 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Yeah, you can edit videos with it... But it's not made for it in specific and isn't it's main purpose. It has lots of purposes. Guest • Dec 2015 • 15 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It clearly doesn't look like after effects and has a pretty steep learning curve, but it can do anything that after effects can do. Guest • Jan 2016 • 13 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is not typically used for editing and compositing videos, although it has some functionality in such Guest • Sep 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender has a steep learning curve and it meant for 3d modeling and animation. it is a more powerful program that AE but not recommended as an alternate Guest • Nov 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Adobe After Effects is created specifically for video montage, adding special effects, etc. While Blender is, first of all, a 3D-rendering software. Guest • Nov 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is for 3d modeling and editing, not video editing.. Completely different. Guest • 4 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • its not a video editing software. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Has nothing to do with special effects Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It may have a very different UI, and be 3d instead of 2d, HOWEVER it's still good for doing similar things if you can't afford After Effects. (Armature can replace puppet pin, you can choose to import images under User Preferences, etc.) Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is made for animation; After Effects is primarily made and advertised to combine animation with camerawork, not as a standalone animation creator. You can edit video on Blender, but it is sort of a loophole and very difficult to get started with. Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • after effects is for animation and effects.. blender is a 3d modeling / animation program Guest • Jul 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It can be used as an alternative to After Effects, and is more powerful since it is a full 3D graphics software. Guest • Jan 2016 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Mostly because its free. But not just that, it can do much more than just video composting. For me its a win-win. Plus, did I mention it is way lighter than AE and open source? Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a multi-purpose software with capability to things that After Effects can do, like adding special effects. It is free and best video editing software for linux. Guest • Feb 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is mainly a 3d modeling application. After effects is focused on motion graphics, video editing and compositing. Guest • Nov 2017 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is a 3D modelling & game engine tool; different field. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • blender is modeling and animations, after effects is video editing Guest • Nov 2017 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is a 3D editor. After Effects is a video editor. Blender has a video editor and effects but no video editing. After Effects edits videos and adds effects. Guest • Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • After Effects is a VFX and MoGrahp software (focusing compositing, masking...), while Blender is a 3D computer graphics software (focusing modeling, rendering...). Guest • Jan 2016 • 2 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku AmigaOS MorphOS

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  • FXhome HitFilm

    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.

    • It has a free version, also has a lot of built-in tools to help you achieve everything you can imagine. It has TRUE 3d space, unlike *some* other solutions. Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The only one in the list that has more similarities with the After Effects Workflow Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has some nice features to make 2D and 3D compositings. Very easy to use and free. In this case, free does not mean "cheap". Guest • May 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it has a better alternative when it comes to editing Guest • Oct 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Natron

    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.

    • Awful documentation (blank page); The versions change so much that the old tutorials don't help at all; Difficult to learn by just messing around; High learning curve. Guest • Aug 2017 • 10 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A Node based approach for not only vector and raster image processing and animation but also for OpenGL effects and shader authoring. Also supports OFX. Mainly targeted for VFX compositing. fahadhasanpathikJan 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's more of like a basic thing. MrJangoonOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!! Guest • Apr 2017 • 8 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Blackmagic Design Fusion

    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.

    • It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand. Maxi_MegaNov 2017 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It may not be entirely free, but still works VERY WELL if I could only understand it XD Guest • Jun 2016 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • High level composition software. Guest • Sep 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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  • NUKE

    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.

    • There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing Guest • Dec 2016 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Apple Motion

    Motion is a compositing application used to create and edit motion graphics, titling for video and film production, and 2D and 3D compositing for visual effects. Motion is now included in the Final Cut Pro X video post-production suite. Designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work.

    • Cheap, not free, and there are some plugins. Guest • Jan 2017 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • better than ae and one-time payed Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac

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  • ButtleOFX

    ButtleOFX is a simple, user-friendly and open source compositing software. It is based on TuttleOFX,  an open source, modular and sustainable image processing architecture. ButtleOFX allows you to easily create special effects for your photos and videos thanks to its features.

    • Discontinued as evidenced by their github page, the team is no longer developing it any further. They are looking for a maintainer. The last commit is over a year old.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Snowmix

    Snowmix is a video mixer tool for mixing live and recorded video and audio feeds. It supports clipping, scaling and transparent overlay of video, png graphics and text. It supports animation of video, images and texts through native commands changing scale, placement, transparency and rotation. Animation and actions can also be controlled through native scripting and an embedded Tcl interpreter.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • BluffTitler

    BluffTitler is a Windows desktop app for creating, rendering and playing 3D video effects. With BluffTitler you can create short, spectacular 3D animations: -video titles -intro videos -outros -bumpers -promos -special effects -logo animations

    Commercial Windows

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  • Liconcomp

    Liconcomp can compose videos, text, and camera images live and play them back in real time. It's perfect for the playback of content on large screens, LED walls, scrolling LED displays, LED perimeter systems, and screens in custom formats. Liconcomp can combine different content like videos or tickers and output them to the screen. Control is based on scripts, that is, your programmer can customize the software to your exact needs.

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.2, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • TimeLineFX

    Export the particle effects as static animations onto sprite sheets, animation strips or image sequences in PNG format, or if you develop for the iPhone or iPad, you can export using the PVRTC format (Mac only). If you program games using the powerful Blitzmax programming language, you can also use the effects directly using the TimelineFX Module.

    Commercial Mac Windows BlitzMax

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  • ParticleIllusion

    particleIllusion 3.0: award-winning standalone particle effects application that enables you to quickly and easily add a huge variety of particle effects to your images, animation, or video.

    Commercial Mac Windows Adobe After Effects

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  • Autodesk Smoke

    Autodesk® Smoke® software 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.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • PixelConduit Complete

    PixelConduit Complete is an add-on pack of PixelConduit(free) that provides even more functionality for advanced tasks. If you need to automate live video or post-production workflows, record video streams to disk, or create complex live shows, then PixelConduit Complete is the solution. Render Automation Create batch actions to automate operations and effect setups in PixelConduit. Export multiple formats and 3D left/right images at once.

    • Discontinued Website link is dead, does not come up in Google searches at a new address.

    Commercial Mac

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  • Solar

    Lightstream Solar is a new GPU-accelerated high-end compositor for VFX work. The software provides a node and tree-based workflow, and offers the range of tools one would expect in an app of this type, including layer management tools, colour correction and grading, and additional tools like particle systems and caustics. The system is compatible with standard editing hardware, including Bluefish, AJA and Blackmagic Design boards.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Dead Deer

    Dead Deer is a 3D modeler, 3D game maker, and a 3D demo maker designed to create games. The scripting language allows you to code interactions in pseudo-C with the animation and synthesizes your rendering with your shaders. Dead Deer has support for Direct3D9 and ShaderModel3, Direct3D10 and ShaderModel4, Direct3D11 and ShaderModel5, OpenGL and GLSL, GLES and GLES20, and METAL for OSX and iOS.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Windows Phone Daydream

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  • Notch

    Notch is the game-changing real-time visual creation engine that keeps up with your ideas. From motion graphics to interactive installations to VR experiences to the largest performances on earth, it helps creators rediscover the joy of creating.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • PixelConduit

    PixelConduit is a realtime video and graphics compositing tool that's... Fast. Render in realtime even above HD resolutions. Thanks to the optimizing Conduit Effect System, you can combine dozens of full-quality effects such as keyers, blurs and tone curves while still editing live. Precise. Conduit always works in floating-point color (128-bit RGBA), so you never have to worry about color artifacts like clipping or banding again. Affordable.

    Free Mac

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  • Action Pro

    Record and build 3D animations in one piece of software using Action Pro Beta. Make your move, build your animation Tired of tedious keyframing? Take animating into your own hands (literally) with our brand-new motion-building software: Action Pro Beta. Easily transform real-world motion (from your mousepad or Leap Motion device!) into professional 2D and 3D animations. No clunky graphs. No numbers. Record your moves and watch your animation come to life.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Shotbrander

    Shotbrander.com is an online curated video-library, where users without prior technical knowledge can customize shots and create premium quality branded video content for their businesses within minutes.

    • Not like Adobe After Effects at all, nor is it really "free" (the free option has a watermark and low res). Even the paid version is only 720p at best. It's a single template with very limited customization, nothing more. Guest • Jan 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Web

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  • Sensei Format

    Sensei Format & the Blender Crash Course were created with each other in mind (blendersensei.com/blender-crash-course). The idea being, make Blender easier to learn and use. Sensei Format removes tedious and difficult to remember steps from hundreds of common 3D modeling and animation tasks. Learning a 3D program is similar to learning a programming language. Once learned, transferring your skills is fairly simple. Sensei Format helps you learn core CG disciplines faster.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Blender

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