Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Linux

Adobe After Effects is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small Natron iconNatron, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 28 alternatives to Adobe After Effects and nine of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Adobe After Effects are Small Blender iconBlender (Free, Open Source), Small Blackmagic Design Fusion iconBlackmagic Design Fusion (Freemium), Small NUKE iconNUKE (Paid) and Small Snowmix iconSnowmix (Free, Open Source).

Industry leading motion graphics and visual effects software for post-production and creative video work. If you're 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: 1/11/2020 4:41:00 PM

Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for Linux with any 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.

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • It's more of like a basic thing. MrJangoonOct 2016 • 2 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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 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. Guest • 3 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is free, open source, and constantly updating. Plus, there are thousands of free add-ons to expand Blender's capabilities. Guest • 14 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is animation software, not compositing. Just because you can edit video doesn't mean you can do VFX as well. Guest • May 2020 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

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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.

    • 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
    • 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

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  • NUKE

    NUKE is a powerful compositing application that delivers unparalleled speed, an efficient multi-channel scanline rendering engine, and a first-class feature set that is unrivalled in the desktop market. If you are in the business of creating high-quality digital images Nuke is a production proven visual effects tool that brings speed, functionality and flexibility to your VFX pipeline.

    • There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing Guest • Dec 2016 • 10 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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.

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  • Houdini

    Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including: * Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches & Trims, Metaballs * Animation - Keyframed animation and raw channel manipulation (CHOPs), motion capture support * Particles * Dynamics - Rigid Body Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wire (Curve) Dynamics, Cloth Simulation * Lighting - node-based shader authoring, lighting and re-lighting in an IPR viewer *...

    • While one could argue that many 3D packages include functionality similar to the one of After Effects, that alone does not make said package a valid alternative. The overall workflow of the application has to taken into account too, and that is where things diverge greatly. Guest • May 2019 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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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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  • Talos VFX

    Talos is an open source, node based particle effect editor that can be used in game development. It features a powerful but intuitive, drag-and-drop interface with the ability to import legacy LibGDX files for easy, visual editing. FEATURES - Node based particle engine and editor - Import (and batch import) from https://alternativeto .

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Java

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