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    Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Linux

    Adobe After Effects is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Natron, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Adobe After Effects and 14 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Adobe After Effects are Blender (Free, Open Source), Blackmagic Design Fusion (Freemium), NUKE (Paid) and OpenToonz (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 7, 2022

    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.
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      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  over 1 year ago

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      ahmed52 free ,open source a bit hard to use at first
      Top positive comment  16 days 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  over 4 years ago

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      gauthierhaas00 Bad support for zoom-in on SVG and fonts
      Negative comment about 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 almost 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 almost 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 about 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.
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      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  about 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  over 1 year ago

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      Blender is not typically used for editing and compositing videos, although it has some functionality in such
      Top negative comment  over 3 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 over 1 year ago

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      It is free and u can use it for everything. You can Design you own things
      Positive comment over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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.
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      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  over 5 years ago

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      POX Great software and well integrated with DaVinci Resolve.
      Top positive comment  almost 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 over 3 years ago

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      Maxi_Mega It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    4. 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.
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      NUKE vs Adobe After Effects opinions
      Most users think NUKE is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing
      Positive comment about 5 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.
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    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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      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.
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      Most users think Snowmix is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
    7. 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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    8. 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.

      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.

      Most users think ButtleOFX is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
    9. 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...
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      Houdini vs Adobe After Effects opinions
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      Houdini is a fantastic application for simulation and 3D graphics. It may have some niche functionality overlap with After Effects but the intended use of the application is wildly different.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      absolutely different software
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      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.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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