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Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Adobe After Effects for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac 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 many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Adobe After Effects are HitFilm Pro, Blender, Blackmagic Design Fusion and NUKE.

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.
This page was last updated Jun 3, 2022
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  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.

    Natron vs Adobe After Effects opinions
    Most users think Natron is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
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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.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!!

    Top positive comment  about 5 years 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  almost 5 years ago
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    ahmed52

    free ,open source a bit hard to use at first

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    gauthierhaas00

    Bad support for zoom-in on SVG and fonts

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    Natron can import SVG image and edit node. However, Natron cannot export SVG file.

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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.

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  2. HitFilm merges FXHome VisionLab Studio , FXHome Effectslab and FXHome CompositeLab into one software.

    HitFilm Pro vs Adobe After Effects opinions
    Almost everyone thinks HitFilm Pro is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
    Ryvaa

    The closest thing to the After Effects experience but lacking on some parts.

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    It has some nice features to make 2D and 3D compositings. Very easy to use and free. In this case, free does not mean "cheap".

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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    it has a better alternative when it comes to editing

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    The only one in the list that has more similarities with the After Effects Workflow

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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    It has a free version, also has a lot of built-in tools to help you achieve everything you can imagine. It has TRUE 3d space, unlike some other solutions.

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  3. 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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    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  over 6 years ago
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    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.

    Top positive comment  over 6 years ago
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    danielmichel

    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.

    Top negative comment  over 4 years ago
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    Blender is a 3D suite and the node based compositing workflow differs a lot from after effects.

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    It is free and u can use it for everything. You can Design you own things

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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.

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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.

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  4. 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.

    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  about 6 years ago
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    Maxi_Mega

    It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    POX

    Great software and well integrated with DaVinci Resolve.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    High level composition software.

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    Very hard to understand alone.

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  5. 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.

    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

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  6. Apple Motion

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    Motion is a compositing application used to create and edit motion graphics, titling for video and film production, and 2D and 3D compositing for visual effects.

    Apple Motion vs Adobe After Effects opinions
    Most users think Apple Motion is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.

    Cheap, not free, and there are some plugins.

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    better than ae and one-time payed

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    POX

    A great software for motion design and 2D/3D animation, especially if you're already using Final Cut Pro.

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  7. HitFilm Express is a free editor & compositor for Mac & PC. Includes over 410 powerful effects & presets.

    Hitfilm Express vs Adobe After Effects opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Hitfilm Express is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.

    Because it can do precisely similar things to what things Adobe After Effects can do.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    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:)

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  8. OpenToonz is an animation program that is a free software version of Toonz, the animation software used by Studio Ghibli, amongst others.

  9. 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.

  10. Cavalry

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    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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