Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Adobe After Effects for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Adobe After Effects are HitFilm Pro (Freemium), Blender (Free, Open Source), Blackmagic Design Fusion (Freemium) and NUKE (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 2, 2021

    Platforms

    × Clear
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Steam
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Adobe After Effects
    • Java
    • BlitzMax
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku

    Features

    • Video editing
    • 3d animation
    • Animation
    • Node Based
    • Motion tracking
    • 3D modelling
    • 3d renderer
    • Keyframe animation
    • Special effects
    • Support for scripting
    • Non linear editor
    • Motion Capture
    • Nodal Compositing
    • Compositor
    • Mockup generator
    • Portable
    • Chroma Key / Green Screen
    • Color correction
    • Colour grading
    • Customizable

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 20 alternatives to Natron
      Most users think Natron is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Natron vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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 3 years ago

      11
      Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!!
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      -1
      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 4 years ago

      8
      gauthierhaas00 Bad support for zoom-in on SVG and fonts
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      0
      Natron can import SVG image and edit node. However, Natron cannot export SVG file.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      0
      POX Free and open-source node based alternative to After Effects. It's pretty similar to Nuke, but doesn't cost anything.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Rotchka22 Its hard to understand at first, but once you know what you're doing, every things is worth it
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    • Providing the best tools for indie filmmakers. Free software great for composting and editing. All in one single app!. View 68 alternatives to HitFilm Pro
      Almost everyone thinks HitFilm Pro is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      HitFilm Pro vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      The only one in the list that has more similarities with the After Effects Workflow
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      3
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      3
      Ryvaa The closest thing to the After Effects experience but lacking on some parts.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      0
      it has a better alternative when it comes to editing
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      0
      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".
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      5


    • 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. View 142 alternatives to Blender
      Some users think Blender is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • Steam
      Blender vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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 5 years ago

      26
      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 5 years ago

      7
      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 3 years ago

      43
      Blender is a 3D suite and the node based compositing workflow differs a lot from after effects.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      0
      It is free and u can use it for everything. You can Design you own things
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      2
      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 about 1 year ago

      0
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    • Fusion is the world’s most advanced compositing software for visual effects artists, broadcast and motion graphic designers and 3D animators. View 21 alternatives to Blackmagic Design Fusion
      Most users think Blackmagic Design Fusion is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Blackmagic Design Fusion vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It may not be entirely free, but still works VERY WELL if I could only understand it XD
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      3
      POX Great software and well integrated with DaVinci Resolve.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      3
      High level composition software.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      6
      Very hard to understand alone.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
      Maxi_Mega It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      6
    • 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... View 23 alternatives to NUKE
      Most users think NUKE is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      NUKE vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      5


    • Free video-editing and video-composition software in one, with the option of buying fx-packs. View 85 alternatives to Hitfilm Express
      Almost everyone thinks Hitfilm Express is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Hitfilm Express vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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:)
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      4
      Because it can do precisely similar things to what things Adobe After Effects can do.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      1
    • Houdini covers all the major areas of 3D production, including:* Modeling - All standard geometry entities including Polygons, (Hierarchical) NURBs/Bezier Curves/Patches &... View 48 alternatives to Houdini
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Houdini vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 12 months ago

      1
      absolutely different software
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      0
      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 about 2 years ago

      -1
    • Cavalry is a brand new 2d animation application combining the power and flexibility of 3d with the ease of use of 2d. View 7 alternatives to Cavalry
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Cavalry vs Adobe After Effects
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
    • Part game-builder, part sandbox, Simmetri lets you experiment and play as you build. View 8 alternatives to Simmetri
      • Windows
      • Steam
    • EbSynth brings art to life with 2D motion capture. It's a tool for converting video footage into stylised 'motion paintings'. View 2 alternatives to EbSynth
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