Free Adobe After Effects Alternatives

Popular free Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, iPhone and more. Explore 11 apps like Adobe After Effects, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

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: 10/11/2018 11:26:00 AM

Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for all platforms with Free License

  • Blender

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

    • 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 • 14 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 15 agrees and 4 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 • 11 agrees and 6 disagrees 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
    • Blender is not typically used for editing and compositing videos, although it has some functionality in such Guest • Sep 2018 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 • 9 days ago 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 • 8 days ago 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'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
    • 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 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
    • 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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  • 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 5 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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!! Guest • Apr 2017 • 7 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

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Web

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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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