Adobe After Effects Alternatives and Similar Software

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 any license

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TimeLineFX

    Export the particle effects as static animations onto sprite sheets, animation strips or image sequences in PNG format, or if you develop for the iPhone or iPad, you can export using the PVRTC format (Mac only). If you program games using the powerful Blitzmax programming language, you can also use the effects directly using the TimelineFX Module.

    Commercial Mac Windows BlitzMax

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