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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 HitFilm Pro (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!

Adobe After Effects alternatives are mainly VFX Software but may also be Motion Graphics Software or Video Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe After Effects.
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  1. Expressive Animator icon

    Expressive Animator

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Save time and energy and create advanced 2D motion graphics and vector animations in minutes.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Expressive Animator, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ PortableExpressive Animator can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Automated TweeningExpressive Animator can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersExpressive Animator supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineExpressive Animator can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ LightweightExpressive Animator consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeExpressive Animator supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  2. Autodesk Smoke 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.

    ⚫︎ Picture in PictureAutodesk Smoke allows you to put a video, web page or app in a floating window (always on top of other windows).
    ⚫︎ Node BasedAutodesk Smoke supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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    Cavalry

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    Cavalry is a brand new 2d animation application combining the power and flexibility of 3d with the ease of use of 2d.

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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.

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    EbSynth

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    EbSynth brings art to life with 2D motion capture. It's a tool for converting video footage into stylised 'motion paintings'.

    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the EbSynth.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in EbSynth, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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  5. Tooll icon

    Tooll

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Windows

    Tooll is an open-source solution for creating interactive 3d content and animations. It combines the best aspects of animation, compositing, and coding into a lightweight and intuitive UI. Your designs can be shared as executable or rendered to movies.

    ⚫︎ Node BasedTooll supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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    Simmetri

    • Windows
    • Steam

    Simmetri is a creative toolbench and sandbox for building interactive 3D experiences for VR and screens.

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  7. Notch icon

    Notch

    • Windows

    Notch is the game-changing real-time visual creation engine that keeps up with your ideas. From motion graphics to interactive installations to VR experiences to the largest performances on earth, it helps creators rediscover the joy of creating.

    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenNotch supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Notch.
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    Bink Video

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Bink 2 is massively better than Bink 1. You'll be shocked at how low you can drop the data rate while maintaining beautiful quality.

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    Dancing Letters

    • Windows

    Animate logos, slogans, headline and letter badges.

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    ScreenSpace

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Make your product shine! Craft choose-your-own-adventure experiences that inspire story  value 朗 and excitement 拾.

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