Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Windows

Popular Alternatives to Adobe After Effects for Windows. Explore 13 Windows apps like Adobe After Effects, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production.. If your 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: 3/19/2018 7:25:00 PM

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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. Guest • Dec 2015 • 13 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 11 agrees and 2 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 • 10 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Mostly because its free. But not just that, it can do much more than just video composting. For me its a win-win. Plus, did I mention it is way lighter than AE and open source? Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 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 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is mainly a 3d modeling application. After effects is focused on motion graphics, video editing and compositing. Guest • Nov 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 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 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is a 3D modelling & game engine tool; different field. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • blender is modeling and animations, after effects is video editing Guest • Nov 2017 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blender is a 3D editor. After Effects is a video editor. Blender has a video editor and effects but no video editing. After Effects edits videos and adds effects. Guest • Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • After Effects is a VFX and MoGrahp software (focusing compositing, masking...), while Blender is a 3D computer graphics software (focusing modeling, rendering...). Guest • Jan 2016 • 2 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • FXhome HitFilm

    HitFilm merges FXHome VisionLab Studio , FXHome Effectslab and FXHome CompositeLab into one software. HitFilm is a layer-based editing and compositing package. HitFilm Ultimate gives you blockbuster quality visual effects and compositing at an indie price. You have full control to create your own unique effects using cutting edge technology.

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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. Guest • May 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The only one in the list that has more similarities with the After Effects Workflow Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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". Guest • 6 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • 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.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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. Guest • Aug 2017 • 9 agrees and 3 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its simple (when you get the arrangement) but still very powerful, easily works with Blender and its free!! Guest • Apr 2017 • 6 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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    • It's really powerful, but also very difficult to understand. Maxi_MegaNov 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It may not be entirely free, but still works VERY WELL if I could only understand it XD Guest • Jun 2016 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    • There is a free commercial version, nuke is also more industry standard for compositing Guest • Dec 2016 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Liconcomp

    Liconcomp can compose videos, text, and camera images live and play them back in real time. It's perfect for the playback of content on large screens, LED walls, scrolling LED displays, LED perimeter systems, and screens in custom formats. Liconcomp can combine different content like videos or tickers and output them to the screen. Control is based on scripts, that is, your programmer can customize the software to your exact needs.

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.2, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • BluffTitler

    BluffTitler is a Windows desktop app for creating, rendering and playing 3D video effects. With BluffTitler you can create short, spectacular 3D animations: -video titles -intro videos -outros -bumpers -promos -special effects -logo animations

    Commercial Windows

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  • TimeLineFX

    Export the particle effects as static animations onto sprite sheets, animation strips or image sequences in PNG format, or if you develop for the iPhone or iPad, you can export using the PVRTC format (Mac only). If you program games using the powerful Blitzmax programming language, you can also use the effects directly using the TimelineFX Module.

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows BlitzMax

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  • ParticleIllusion

    particleIllusion 3.0: award-winning standalone particle effects application that enables you to quickly and easily add a huge variety of particle effects to your images, animation, or video.

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Adobe After Effects

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  • Solar

    Lightstream Solar is a new GPU-accelerated high-end compositor for VFX work. The software provides a node and tree-based workflow, and offers the range of tools one would expect in an app of this type, including layer management tools, colour correction and grading, and additional tools like particle systems and caustics. The system is compatible with standard editing hardware, including Bluefish, AJA and Blackmagic Design boards.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Sensei Format

    Sensei Format & the Blender Crash Course were created with each other in mind (blendersensei.com/blender-crash-course). The idea being, make Blender easier to learn and use. Sensei Format removes tedious and difficult to remember steps from hundreds of common 3D modeling and animation tasks. Learning a 3D program is similar to learning a programming language. Once learned, transferring your skills is fairly simple. Sensei Format helps you learn core CG disciplines faster.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Blender

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