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    Adobe After Effects Alternatives: Video Editors

    The best Video Editor alternative to Adobe After Effects is Natron, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Adobe After Effects and eight of them are Video Editors so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Video Editor alternatives to Adobe After Effects are HitFilm Pro, Blender, Apple Motion and Hitfilm Express.

    Adobe After Effects is mainly a Video Editor but alternatives to it may also be 3D Modelers or Animation Makers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe After Effects.
    This page was last updated Feb 1, 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  5 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  almost 5 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 about 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 about 2 years ago

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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.

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      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.

      Most users think ButtleOFX is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
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      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.
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      Lightstream Solar is a new GPU-accelerated high-end compositor for VFX work.
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