If you’ve seen a video where a 5-year-old kid using his mother’s hair dryer as a death beam from the future, you’ve probably witnessed the amazing functions the Adobe After Effects can perform.
This bit of software comes with a broad range of effects and plugins that can be utilised by web developers, post-production artists, and animators as well. It does come with a monthly subscription of about 1400 INR if you intend to use it for a year.
But this isn’t the only video effects tool there is. So we’ve looked at some of the Adobe After Effects alternatives, and have come out with the following list.
Blender is a free 3-D creation suite that can be used for animation, among other things. VFX professionals claim this to have the best tracker on the market.
Blender features a flexible Python controlled interface, which enables users to change fonts, layouts and colours quickly. Add that to a list of over 100 add-on’s, and you have some of the most powerful video effects available.
Coupled with ultra-real effects rendering, and real-time viewport preview, it does sound like a sweet deal indeed. Bet the neighbour’s sound system stands no chance against this.
Wax is a freeware video editing tool that is often used as an alternative to Adobe After Effects, as it features both modes, a standalone application, or as a plugin.
Wax comes with a broad range of effects, some of which include creating dangerous effects, particle effects for rain, smoke or fire, painting over video, creating 3-D text, all done in real time. You can do a bunch of cool things with this tool and its free!
4. Fusion 8 – Best After Effects Alternatives
This is a big one. Fusion has found work with Hollywood Blockbuster films such as Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2, as well as hit television shows that include Breaking Bad and Battlestar Galactica!
Fusion features a different approach that implements its effects via nodes, which are primarily small icons that represent effects, filters and other functions which can be connected easily to perform complex tasks efficiently, and adjusting a single aspect of the primary function becomes easy by changing a single node, or as required.
Fusion also has some of the best particle effects and also has some of the best 3-D renderings that are available, as the rendering is distributed across a large number of computers connected to the network that improves the speed of rendering, without any loss in the final quality. Just brilliant!
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The latest offer by the VideoStudio series includes various features such as normalisation of audio, motion tracking, subtitle editor, screen capture, an integrated audio library and cool time-lapse effects.
The VideoStudio Pro X9.5 is optimised for the 6th generation of Intel chips and now, also has HVEC support. And if you’d like to make these videos for your phone or tablet, the VideoStudio Pro X9.5 will make it compatible as per your needs, providing full support for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and the Sony PSP, along with your Windows or your Android smartphone. If it is got a screen, the VideoStudio X9.5 will get your video up and run on it.
And it has a subtle learning curve, so even if it’s just basic video editing you require, the VideoStudio won’t take long to learn.
If video games are what you’re working on, then look no further. This is by far the best in the market for 3D character modelling, rendering, and animation. This is a benchmark for how amazing video game graphic processing can be.
But despite having a fantastic interface and graphic rendering capabilities, one needs to be sure of this craft, as it only makes sense to invest shy of 10 grand INR a month if video games are what you need this tool for.
Although it excels in 3D rendering, it isn’t the best for compositing and special effects, and if that is all you need out of this, it makes more sense to choose After Effects, because when it comes to it, After Effects is way better in that regard.
Although, as mentioned before, if 3D rendering and character modelling are what you need, then you can’t get better than the Autodesk 3DS. I mean just look at that beautiful Ferrari in the picture! And the 3DS MAX is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as well.
The video editor you choose should satisfy your basic needs, and when you need to get the best of video effects out there, this list should help you out. The Adobe After Effects, being one of the best in the business, still matches up to all the ones mentioned above, but each of them has their kinks that need to be worked on, much as the After Effects does.
There are a few other powerful video editing tools not included in this list, which do put up a good fight against the Adobe After Effects, but the After Effects wins over them just by the sheer quality of the final edits Adobe offers.
The ones mentioned above though, do give Adobe a run for their money. Do share your thoughts if you’re using any of the After Effects alternatives. Some are a free and open source, so you can give them a try.