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Avid DS Alternatives

Avid DS is described as 'high-end offline and finishing system comprising a non-linear editing system and visual effects software' and is an app in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Avid DS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam and Adobe After Effects. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Avid DS are Adobe After Effects, MAGIX Vegas Pro, HitFilm Pro and Blackmagic Design Fusion.

Avid DS alternatives are mainly Video Editors but may also be VFX Software or Motion Graphics Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Avid DS.
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Avid DS is a high-end offline and finishing system comprising a non-linear editing system and visual effects software.

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  1. Blender icon

    Blender

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • BSD
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    • Haiku
    • Steam
    149 alternatives to Blender 

    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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    1.  3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    5.  Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    6.  Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    7.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    8.  Parametric ModelingBlender can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    9.  Support for scriptingBlender supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Strong support of subdivision and displacement with Adaptive subdivision, Catmull-Clark and linear schemes, Displacement and Bump mapping.
  2. Adobe After Effects icon

    Adobe After Effects

    • Mac
    • Windows
    36 alternatives to Adobe After Effects 

    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.

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    1.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Adobe After Effects.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Adobe After Effects, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Support for 4KAdobe After Effects supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    4.  Works OfflineAdobe After Effects can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenAdobe After Effects supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    6.  Node BasedAdobe After Effects supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    7.  Colour GradingAdobe After Effects lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    8.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe After Effects can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    9.  Support for LayersAdobe After Effects supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    MAGIX Vegas Pro

    • Windows
    • Steam
    96 alternatives to MAGIX Vegas Pro 

    VEGAS Pro leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to bring your video production two steps ahead. It offers an extremely flexible user interface, comprehensive media management, advanced audio editing and mastering with the included SOUND FORGE Pro, plus industry-leading...

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    1.  Colour GradingMAGIX Vegas Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsMAGIX Vegas Pro support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  Support for 4KMAGIX Vegas Pro supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    4.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MAGIX Vegas Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    5.  Hardware AcceleratedMAGIX Vegas Pro can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
    6.  Text to SpeechMAGIX Vegas Pro allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    7.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMAGIX Vegas Pro can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    8.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenMAGIX Vegas Pro supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    9.  Transitions EffectsMAGIX Vegas Pro allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
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  4. HitFilm Pro icon

    HitFilm Pro

    • Mac
    • Windows
    76 alternatives to HitFilm Pro 

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

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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in HitFilm Pro, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  Colour GradingHitFilm Pro lets you manipulate color in creative and artistic ways.
    3.  Ad-freeHitFilm Pro doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Chroma Key / Green ScreenHitFilm Pro supports chroma key to replace the background with an image or video backdrop.
    Editing
    Drag and drop Presets - 3D Effects - Muzzle Flashes-M16
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    Blackmagic Design Fusion

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    21 alternatives to 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.

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

    84 alternatives to Sketchfab 

    Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins.

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    1.  3D SculptingSketchfab offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    2.  Built-in viewerSketchfab shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    Browse a huge archive of content
    Full community features
  7. NUKE icon

    NUKE

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    23 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Node BasedNUKE supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    2.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the NUKE.
    3.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in NUKE simultaneously.
    4.  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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    Apple Motion

    • Mac
    32 alternatives to Apple Motion 

    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.

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    1.  Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Apple Motion.
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      Autodesk Smoke

      • Mac
      24 alternatives to Autodesk Smoke 

      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.

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

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      17 alternatives to Liconcomp 

      Liconcomp allows live content compositing to display screens for digital signage, scoreboards, LED installations, ....

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      1.  Support for scriptingLiconcomp supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
        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.

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