5 Best Adobe After Effects Alternatives for Windows & Mac


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 an extensive range of effects and plugins that can be utilized by web developers, post-production artists, and animators as well. This post would reveal the some of the best Adobe after effects alternatives for Windows, and Mac users.

Adobe After Effects Alternatives
Adobe After Effects Alternatives

There’s something for everyone in it. Be it a web designer looking to spice things up, or a five-year-old who’s had enough. I mean that’s the dream, isn’t it? Using a hair dryer to disintegrate your annoying neighbor’s sound system, does look tempting.

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 alternatives for the Adobe After Effects, and have come out with the following list.

1. Blender

Blender is a free 3-D creation suite that is 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 colors 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 view port preview, it does sound like a sweet deal indeed. Bet the neighbor’s sound system stands no chance against this.

2. Wax

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 lot of beautiful things, and cool stuff with this tool and it is free!

3. Fusion 8 РBest After Effects Alternative

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!
It 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.

It 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!

4. Corel VideoStudio Pro X9.5

The latest offered by the VideoStudio series includes various features such as normalization of audio, motion tracking, subtitle editor, screen capture, an integrated audio library and cool time-lapse effects.
The VideoStudio Pro X9.5 is optimized 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’s got a screen, the VideoStudio X9.5 will get your video up and run on it.

5. Autodesk 3DS MAX

If video games are what you’re working on, then look no further. The tool is by far the best available on the web 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 picturesque 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, because 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.

Conclusion :

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.

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