What are the best software for making visual effects?

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    Vimeo

    HJ
    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "very popular website to watch and share videos"
    1. 12
      Blender
      Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
      Software

      Mac, Windows

      Free

      JF
      Julia Flores
      Written on March 30, 2017
      "Blender helps your creativity come alive. What does it do? It does whatever you need it too, and then of course it helps you find new ideas and ways of doing even more. It..."
      JF
      Julia Flores
      Written on March 30, 2017
      "Blender helps your creativity come alive. What does it do? It does whatever you need it too, and then of course it helps you find new ideas and ways of doing even more. It edits, creates 3D, helps with VR, helps create games, and create new drawings and pictures, that is just some of it. Go exploring and don't forget to take your imagination with you."
      LG
      Lauren Griffin
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Blender is Free, let's start there. FREE, and you can use it in so many ways to make visual effects. Photos, of course, but so much more. Animation, creating games, work simulations? If you can think it up, Blender can probably do it for you. Creativity and Imagination, you bring, Blender provides the tools to unlock what you dream up."
      TT
      Thomas Tran
      Written on January 5, 2017
      "Blender is a free tool that lets you make visual effects and other realistic camera footage. It has a steep learning curve that will take awhile to get used to. Due to the fact it's free, this is a no brainer to try and see if it works for you."
      JS
      Julie Santos
      Written on February 5, 2017
      "I'm surprised that this offers so many options and features for free. I love how flexible it is and how many tools it offers. The platform is easy to use and lets me be truly creative. Highly recommend Blender!"
    2. 9
      Autodesk Flame
      This software offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects, finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, color grading, conform, editorial, and look development.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      $500 - Monthly. Free trial available.

      NH
      Nicholas Hall
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Autodesk Flame is an advanced 3D visual effects software. There is a free trail available for those wishing to trail the software prior to purchase."
      NH
      Nicholas Hall
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Autodesk Flame is an advanced 3D visual effects software. There is a free trail available for those wishing to trail the software prior to purchase."
      DP
      Doris Patel
      Written on March 6, 2017
      "This is really good to use when I'm trying to put together a presentation for work. I can see this being very efficient."
      ER
      Emma Reynolds
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "I enjoyed using this software. It seems simple, functional and effective. I could create visual effects easily using it."
    3. 7
      Filmora

      Filmora is a simply elegant video editing software geared toward beginner, novice, and casual users. Anyone can learn to use this software, regardless of their skill level, and the end results look and sound fantastic.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free - Varies by plan

      BW
      Benjamin Williams
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "Well I got in the mood for making some fun videos on youtube with my friends, and windows movie maker just was not cutting it anymore. After some research I was able to find a..."
      BW
      Benjamin Williams
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "Well I got in the mood for making some fun videos on youtube with my friends, and windows movie maker just was not cutting it anymore. After some research I was able to find a software that made some nice visual effects called Filmora, its ran really good with my computer and I absolutely love it."
      AG
      Aaron Gomez
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Filmora has been very helpful for me when it comes to editing my videos for youtube.I have been using this site for a while now and it always been helpful with its great tools and features"
      ZS
      Zoe Sheng
      Written on February 14, 2017
      "Filmora helped solve my problem by teaching me how to make visual effects when I was just a beginner. Now I can create them on my own with absolutely no problem!"
    1. 5
      Adobe After Effects CC
      Adobe After Effects CC is a video editing software offered by Adobe Systems and is a part of their Creative Cloud applications. It is capable of creating visual effects and motion graphics, aside from keying, tracking, and compositing.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Varies by plan

      CW
      Cynthia Wood
      Written on March 31, 2017
      "I am a yoga teacher and I have been looking to branch out into starting a video channel of yoga practices. Until I found After Effects I did not know how to make my videos..."
      CW
      Cynthia Wood
      Written on March 31, 2017
      "I am a yoga teacher and I have been looking to branch out into starting a video channel of yoga practices. Until I found After Effects I did not know how to make my videos stand out. Now I have beautiful graphics and effects that flow well with my videos. I am able to reach a wider audience with my professional looking videos."
      SL
      Shirley Lawson
      Written on March 16, 2017
      "after effects helps make visual effects for even novice users for a small fee. The software runs you through the process and provides the tools to make visual effects for any occasion professional or personal."
      JP
      John Pierce
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "I got after effects and it made all my videos far better than they were."
    2. 3
      Natron
      Natron is a free cross-platform open-source compositing software that features support for various open-source and commercial Open FX plugins. It also has support for different file formats such as EXR, DPX, TIFF, and more.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

      JC
      Janet Castillo
      Written on April 3, 2017
      "Natron has the open source that everyone needs. Easy platform to work with and very high tech too. Definitely user friendly and excellent quality. Superb to add plugins and..."
      JC
      Janet Castillo
      Written on April 3, 2017
      "Natron has the open source that everyone needs. Easy platform to work with and very high tech too. Definitely user friendly and excellent quality. Superb to add plugins and even though it looks high tech it is user friendly. Definitely a great software to have!"
      AM
      Albert Mason
      Written on March 29, 2017
      "I really like that this solution is open source. It also seems to support a large amount of third party plugins which is nice."
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      Ultimate Unwrap 3D
      Ultimate Unwrap 3D is a Windows UV mapping tool for unfolding and unwrapping 3D models. The software comes with and easy to use UV editor and a set of UV mapping projections like planar, box, cylindrical, and spherical.
      Software

      Windows

      $49.95 - $59.95

      AP
      Amanda Pierce
      Written on March 14, 2017
      "This is a great program for making visual effects. It is very fast and supports many different kinds of files (more than 100!). However, I am typicallymore familar with..."
      AP
      Amanda Pierce
      Written on March 14, 2017
      "This is a great program for making visual effects. It is very fast and supports many different kinds of files (more than 100!). However, I am typicallymore familar with Apple products, and this program is Windows only. For the moment, there is no Mac version available, so I cannot use it on my primary computer, which is a Mac. I am not a developer, but my best friend is, and this is one of his main tools in his developer toolkit."
      BW
      Brittany Woods
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "Great software! It has all the bells and whistle. I can use all the UV tools. It also has several formats that I can use to create a masterpiece."
      TR
      Tyler Rose
      Written on November 14, 2017
      "Ultimate Unwrap 3D is the best way to create the best visuals no matter what kind you are looking to make~"
      SH
      Sarah Hamilton
      Written on January 20, 2017
      "Software to help take apart 3d images to modify the parts and change them"
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      UVLayout
      UVLayout is a software used and developed for the creation and editing of UV texture coordinates for 3D polymeshes, subdivision surfaces and UV mapping. It has a professional environment and interface and it is used by actual professional teams on games and VFX industries, but it 's also ideal for hobbyists and students.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      $200 - Varies by plan

      LS
      Larry Sims
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "As a graphics designer I’m always looking to improve my craft. I need a new software for making visual facts in order to take my products to the next level. UVLayout gave me..."
      LS
      Larry Sims
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "As a graphics designer I’m always looking to improve my craft. I need a new software for making visual facts in order to take my products to the next level. UVLayout gave me all I needed in one software package. A must have for all designers."
      SS
      Stephanie Snyder
      Written on November 15, 2017
      "Website is very basic and does not reflect price point for product. It is very daunting to get started with. Very intimidating with all the text and lack of guidance in use."
      CW
      Christina Weber
      Written on April 30, 2017
      "I use this all the time when I'm working on YouTube videos. It's one of the best visual effects programs I've ever tried."
      CC
      Chen Cui
      Written on June 17, 2017
      "A oft used software for visual effects which likely offers all the tools one would want in visual effects."

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    Best software for making visual effects
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Blender Software 12 Free
    2 Autodesk Flame Software 9 Paid
    3 Filmora Software 7 Free
    4 Adobe After Effects CC Software 5 Paid
    5 Natron Software 3 Free
    6 Ultimate Unwrap 3D Software 1 Paid
    7 UVLayout Software 1 Paid
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