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Apple Motion Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Apple Motion for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Apple Motion and 18 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Apple Motion are Natron, Adobe After Effects, Camtasia Studio and HitFilm Pro.

Apple Motion alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be Video Editors or VFX Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Apple Motion.
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  1. 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.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    ⚫︎ Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBlender is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
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    Blender is great, but it is no where near a tool oriented for creating motion graphics for video production. Yes, it can generate animation, but it isnt designed to fit into a NLE workflow.

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    Blender is an alternative, not a good one, though. At least it depends on the perspective. Blender is extremely versatile and feature rich. Motion graphics and compositing are just two features while those are the main purposes of Apple Motion. So differs the learning curve. Apple Motion is a lot easier to get started with. Blender improved over the years but its unconventional already in the user interface. I would say Apple Motion is the easier choice on macOS.

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    Blender is more of a (failed) animation program.

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    Natron

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    ⚫︎ Node BasedNatron supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Natron, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ PortableNatron can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Is also node based and it's open source

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  3. Adobe After Effects is the premiere digital video effects software used industry wide for film making and TV production as well as creative work including high-end video intros and audio-reactive music visualizers.

    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Adobe After Effects.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Adobe After Effects, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KAdobe After Effects supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    ⚫︎ Node BasedAdobe After Effects supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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  4. Produce videos for the web using the industry-leading H.264 format. No tweaks or technospeak, just sparkling HD-quality video with compact file sizes...every single time. Two existing production presets (blog and web) and three new presets (YouTube, HD display, and Screencast.

    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenCamtasia Studio supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
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  5. HitFilm merges FXHome VisionLab Studio , FXHome Effectslab and FXHome CompositeLab into one software.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in HitFilm Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Colour GradingHitFilm Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeHitFilm Pro doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Chroma Key / Green ScreenHitFilm Pro supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableHitFilm Pro is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Hitfilm Express

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

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

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersHitfilm Express supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ Node BasedBlackmagic Design Fusion supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Colour GradingBlackmagic Design Fusion lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blackmagic Design Fusion.
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    NUKE

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    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    ⚫︎ Node BasedNUKE supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the NUKE.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in NUKE simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningNUKE has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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    picoCAD

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    picoCAD is a program to build and texture lowpoly 3D models. Programs for modelling are overly complicated, picoCAD aims to make it fun, easy, and accessible by focusing on the bare essentials. This program was made using pico 8.

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  10. 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.

    ⚫︎ Picture in PictureAutodesk Smoke allows you to put a video, web page or app in a floating window (always on top of other windows).
    ⚫︎ Node BasedAutodesk Smoke supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
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