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Free MotionBuilder Alternatives

The best free alternative to MotionBuilder is Blender, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to MotionBuilder and 12 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to MotionBuilder are Bforartists, Sketchfab, 3D Faceworx and Awakening.

MotionBuilder alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be 3D Animators or VFX Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MotionBuilder.
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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 the strongest altertive to motionbuilder it doesnt do 100% what motionbuilder does but it can do alot

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    Blender have almost every required tools for 3d animation.

    In terms of motion builder alternative, it have complete rigging toolset including pose library and also graph editor gives control in tweaking the motion.

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    Bforartists

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS

    Bforartists is a complete 3D suite to create 3D content. It offers you the full 3D art pipeline to create game graphics, prerendered movies and stills.

    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Bforartists.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Bforartists, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBforartists is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightBforartists consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBforartists offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    dustinmeyer

    this has the base version of blender under the hood but more user friendly so there are tools in the NLA editor to work with motion capture

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    Sketchfab

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

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

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingSketchfab offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Built-in viewerSketchfab shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
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    Browse a huge archive of content
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    dustinmeyer

    motionbuilder is made for cleaning up motion capture sektchfab is for posting 3d objects made on the web

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    3D Faceworx

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Created a 3D model from photos with two standard front and side view of a head, the user has to various reference points and contours for the face, nose, ears, etc.

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    dustinmeyer

    this creates 3d models based on photos not to edit motion capture

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    Awakening

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Awakening is a powerful professional real-time 3D solution. With it, you can easily create eye-catching interactive 3D presentations, brief films, games...

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    Discontinued

    Last update was in 2011, and the official website is unavailable.

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    dustinmeyer

    more options for editing meshes and scenes than motion capture

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    MeshMagic 3D Modeling Software

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Working with 3D files using MeshMagic free 3D modelling software is intuitive. Quickly draw a 2D design and expand it to a 3D mesh. Import an existing STL file or other 3D file and modify it.

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    dustinmeyer

    this software is editing meshes not motion capture

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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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    MagicaCSG

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    A lightweight signed distance field editor and renderer.

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  9. PhotoAnim

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    PhotoAnim is a free Windows program to edit and animate photos.

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    dustinmeyer

    this is to animate photos not 3d motion capture

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  10. Dead Deer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows Phone
    • Daydream

    Dead Deer is a 3D modeler, 3D game maker, and a 3D demo maker designed to create games.

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    dustinmeyer

    there is alot of 3d modeling options but not much in ways to edit motion capture

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