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    Free Adobe After Effects Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Adobe After Effects is Natron, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Adobe After Effects and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Adobe After Effects are Blender, Blackmagic Design Fusion, Hitfilm Express and OpenToonz.

    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 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  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. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. OpenToonz is an animation program that is a free software version of Toonz, the animation software used by Studio Ghibli, amongst others.


    6. 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 14 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

      Discontinued

      Updated project here: Pencil2D

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      The future of 2d Animation.
      Cavalry vs Adobe After Effects opinions
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      Mosrod Wow! Cavalry is one of the closest free softwares I have seen with a similar interface and flow to After Effects. Although Cavalry doesn't contain all the bells and whistles of After Effects, it is a great and free software that allows you to create advanced compositions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to composite within 2d and doesn't want to pay the expensive fee of After Effects.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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