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    Adobe After Effects Alternatives

    Arguably one of the best video effects editors in the business, Adobe After Effects provides users with a robust suite of tools and documentation to enable both novice and professional video editors to do what they need to in order to create stunning visual effects for video and film.

    Alternatives with a similar workflow include Small HitFilm Pro iconHitFilm Pro (which has a free option available), Blackmagic Design Fusion, and NUKE.

    For more especially purposed programs that are concentrated on 3D modeling, screen capturing and recording, and advanced motion tracking instead of post-processing and video effect editing, you've come to the right place!

    This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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    1. 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.
      Natron vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Most users think Natron is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
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      Natron can import SVG image and edit node. However, Natron cannot export SVG file.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      ahmed52 free ,open source a bit hard to use at first
      Top positive comment  4 months ago

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      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.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      gauthierhaas00 Bad support for zoom-in on SVG and fonts
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      POX Free and open-source node based alternative to After Effects. It's pretty similar to Nuke, but doesn't cost anything.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Rotchka22 Its hard to understand at first, but once you know what you're doing, every things is worth it
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      fahadhasanpathik 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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    2. HitFilm merges FXHome VisionLab Studio , FXHome Effectslab and FXHome CompositeLab into one software.
      HitFilm Pro vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Almost everyone thinks HitFilm Pro is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      The only one in the list that has more similarities with the After Effects Workflow
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      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.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      Ryvaa The closest thing to the After Effects experience but lacking on some parts.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      it has a better alternative when it comes to editing
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      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".
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    3. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.
      Blender vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Some users think Blender is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects, some don't.
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      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.
      Top positive comment  over 6 years ago

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      sas_ja Blender is has a bit different workflow, that doesn't make it worse than AE. People think that Blender is only a 3D program, but it fact it has greasepencil (2d animation tool), and it also includes node-based compositing, video editing and video tracking. With Blender you can combine 2d animations, 3d renderings and video footage without using any external program.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      danielmichel 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.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      Blender is a 3D suite and the node based compositing workflow differs a lot from after effects.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      It is free and u can use it for everything. You can Design you own things
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Blender is a very powerful tool, don't get me wrong, but Blender is not focused on video effects. Blender is more focused on 3d modeling and animation. Blender can do what After Effects can do, but only to a certain extent.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Blender is free, open source, and constantly updating. Plus, there are thousands of free add-ons to expand Blender's capabilities.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    4. 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.
      Blackmagic Design Fusion vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Most users think Blackmagic Design Fusion is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      It may not be entirely free, but still works VERY WELL if I could only understand it XD
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

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      POX Great software and well integrated with DaVinci Resolve.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      High level composition software.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Very hard to understand alone.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      Maxi_Mega It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    5. 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.
      NUKE vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Most users think NUKE is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    6. 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.
      Apple Motion vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Most users think Apple Motion is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      POX A great software for motion design and 2D/3D animation, especially if you're already using Final Cut Pro.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      better than ae and one-time payed
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Cheap, not free, and there are some plugins.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    7. Free video-editing and video-composition software in one, with the option of buying fx-packs.
      Hitfilm Express vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Hitfilm Express is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      It's free I have used black magic's da'vinchi resolve. After effects is mainly for vfx. Hitfilm too is! As per its latest update it has been optimised to a high level.no lag. It's really good.its forums are very active! I don't think any free software can compete with hitfilm express in case of VFX:)
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Because it can do precisely similar things to what things Adobe After Effects can do.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    8. OpenToonz is an animation program that is a free software version of Toonz, the animation software used by Studio Ghibli, amongst others.
    9. Enve is a free and open-source 2D animation app. It can create both vector and raster animations and even use sound and video files. It has been created with flexibility and expandability in mind.
      enve vs Adobe After Effects opinions
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      groundjet Free and open source, much easier on the memory; still a lot of bugs and features missing but it is an absolutely amazing piece of software that will hopefully one day do to Adobe what Blender did to Autodesk.
      Positive comment 8 days ago

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      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.
      Most users think Snowmix is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
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