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Best software for making visual effects

1.Blender

Free download
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.

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  • Julia Flores

    by Julia Flores

    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 o More

  • Lauren Griffin

    by Lauren Griffin

    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, c More

  • Thomas Tran

    by Thomas Tran

    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 ge More

  • Julie Santos

    by Julie Santos

    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  More

2.Filmora

Varies by plan

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.

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  • Benjamin Williams

    by Benjamin Williams

    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 rese More

  • Zoe Sheng

    by Zoe Sheng

    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  More

  • Aaron Gomez

    by Aaron Gomez

    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 hel More

3.HitFilm Pro

Paid: $299

Hitfilm Pro is an editing software created by FX Home. It is designed for editing content with features like compositors, animation tools, and more than 820 VFX. It supports all type of media and can edit even 8K resolution UHD.

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  • Nemo McAlias

    by Nemo McAlias

    Hitfilm aims to be an all-in-one video editor, compositor and VFX creation suite, and does quite well. Edit video, do 2D and 3D compositing, place

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  • Lynn Cress

    by Lynn Cress

    Pretty much the Swiss army knife for compositing and editing. Direct 3D model import, lighting, 2D tracking, green screen, nested comps, timeline edit More

4.Autodesk Flame

Paid: $500 Monthly. Free trial available.
This software offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects, finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, color grading, conform, editorial, and look development.

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  • Nicholas Hall

    by Nicholas Hall

    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.

  • Doris Patel

    by Doris Patel

    This is really good to use when I'm trying to put together a presentation for work. I can see this being very efficient.

  • Emma Reynolds

    by Emma Reynolds

    I enjoyed using this software. It seems simple, functional and effective. I could create visual effects easily using it.

5.Hitfilm Express

Free download

HitFilm is a free motion graphics and video editing software that enables users to color grade, edit videos, and compose, all on the same software. It also has advanced tracking and 3D modeling tools.

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  • Andy001z

    by Andy001z

    Packed full of great vfx out of the box and all FREE. You want more then pay for what you need with bolt ons. Been using this software for over 4yrs and it just keeps getting better. Your can create some seriously cool scenes with it. Don't believ

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6.Natron

Free download
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.

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  • Janet Castillo

    by Janet Castillo

    Natron has the open source that everyone needs. Easy platform to work with and very high tech too. Definitely user friendly and excellent quality. Sup More

  • Albert Mason

    by Albert Mason

    I really like that this solution is open source. It also seems to support a large amount of third party plugins which is nice.

7.UVLayout

Paid: $200 Varies by plan
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.

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  • Larry Sims

    by Larry Sims

    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  More

  • Christina Weber

    by Christina Weber

    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.

  • Chen Cui

    by Chen Cui

    A oft used software for visual effects which likely offers all the tools one would want in visual effects.

  • Stephanie Snyder

    by Stephanie Snyder

    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 l More

8.Boujou

Free download

Boujou (currently version 5) is a filmmaking software which allows users to integrate computer-aided graphics and animations into a video footage. Requires at least 1 GB RAM, 1 GHz processor, and Windows 7.

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  • kulai sulaiman

    by kulai sulaiman

    boujou 5 allows you to solve complex shots and to step in and work directly with the data. It has a unique way of solving which radically accelerates your results, solving more shots in less time. Take the headache out of matchmoving. Two clicks and  More

9.Adobe After Effects CC

Paid: $20.99 Free trial available
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.

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  • Cynthia Wood

    by Cynthia Wood

    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  More

  • Shirley Lawson

    by Shirley Lawson

    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 mak More

  • John Pierce

    by John Pierce

    I got after effects and it made all my videos far better than they were.

10.Fusion 9

Free download

Fusion 9 is a free advanced compositing software by Blackmagic Design used to create graphics, dramatic titles and visual effects. It has a range of tools from advanced keyframing, GPU acceleration and many more. It has a paid Pro version.

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  • Inverseelity null

    by Inverseelity null

    it is a very good vfx software it comes with a free and expensive version and its by blackmagic (creators of cameras , ext, and davinci resolve

11.Ultimate Unwrap 3D

Paid: $49.95 $59.95
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.

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  • by Amanda Pierce

    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 typicall More

  • Brittany Woods

    by Brittany Woods

    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.

  • Sarah Hamilton

    by Sarah Hamilton

    Software to help take apart 3d images to modify the parts and change them

  • Tyler Rose

    by Tyler Rose

    Ultimate Unwrap 3D is the best way to create the best visuals no matter what kind you are looking to make~

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