Free 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: 2/21/2020 9:50:00 AM

Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for all platforms with Free License

  • 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.

    • Free and open-source node based alternative to After Effects. It's pretty similar to Nuke, but doesn't cost anything. POXApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!! Guest • Apr 2017 • 12 agrees and 15 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its hard to understand at first, but once you know what you're doing, every things is worth it Rotchka22Mar 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 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 • 10 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 26 agrees and 19 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's more of like a basic thing. MrJangoonOct 2016 • 2 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Blender

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

    • 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 • 59 agrees and 21 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 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • While Blender itself is undoubtedly a quite extensive 3D graphics software it simply does not play the same role which After Effects does. One may argue that some functions of After Effects can be replicated in Blender the overall Workflow is entirely different (and not for the better). Guest • May 2019 • 16 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is mostly used for CGI and model creation. After Effects is for video editing and VFX. Yes, these two programs are sometimes used together, but they are not alternatives. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 27 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is for 3d more than after effects which is for a different style animation Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is not typically used for editing and compositing videos, although it has some functionality in such Guest • Sep 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is animation software, not compositing. Just because you can edit video doesn't mean you can do VFX as well. Guest • 11 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is a 3D creation tool, not a video editing software. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • New blender now had video editing Guest • Apr 2020 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 • Nov 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
    • 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 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is mainly a 3d modeling application. After effects is focused on motion graphics, video editing and compositing. Guest • Nov 2017 • 2 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 • 19 agrees and 12 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 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Steam

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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 may not be entirely free, but still works VERY WELL if I could only understand it XD Guest • Jun 2016 • 8 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • High level composition software. Guest • Sep 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Great software and well integrated with DaVinci Resolve. POXApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand. Maxi_MegaNov 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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  • Hitfilm Express

    Free video-editing and video-composition software in one, with the option of buying fx-packs.

    • 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:) Guest • Feb 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Because it can do precisely similar things to what things Adobe After Effects can do. Guest • Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    • Discontinued
      Based on the support forum being removed, the blog no longer being available, the release of all formerly paid features as a free upgrade, the developer now working at Facebook, and seeming lack of any social media presence in the past 6 years...it looks like this may have been discontinued.

    Free Mac

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