Commercial 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 FXhome HitFilm iconFXhome HitFilm (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!

The list of alternatives was last updated: 2/7/2020 9:08:00 AM

Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for all platforms with Commercial License

  • 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 • 5 agrees and 2 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 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The only one in the list that has more similarities with the After Effects Workflow Guest • Sep 2017 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it has a better alternative when it comes to editing Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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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 • 10 agrees and 6 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.

    • A great software for motion design and 2D/3D animation, especially if you're already using Final Cut Pro. POXApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Cheap, not free, and there are some plugins. Guest • Jan 2017 • 7 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • better than ae and one-time payed Guest • Feb 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac

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  • Houdini

    Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including: * Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches & Trims, Metaballs * Animation - Keyframed animation and raw channel manipulation (CHOPs), motion capture support * Particles * Dynamics - Rigid Body Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wire (Curve) Dynamics, Cloth Simulation * Lighting - node-based shader authoring, lighting and re-lighting in an IPR viewer *...

    • While one could argue that many 3D packages include functionality similar to the one of After Effects, that alone does not make said package a valid alternative. The overall workflow of the application has to taken into account too, and that is where things diverge greatly. Guest • May 2019 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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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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  • 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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  • Dancing Letters

    Create stunning animated text logos, slogans and headlines! Export and save animations as GIF images, ready for sharing on websites and social media networks.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Simmetri

    Simmetri is a creative toolbench and sandbox for building interactive 3D experiences for VR and screens. It's powerful enough for stadium-filling professional VJ's, while accessible and educational enough for VR-creation-hungry students, designers, artists, programmers, and educators.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows Steam

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