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​Free (Or Cheaper) Alternatives To After Effects

​Free (Or Cheaper) Alternatives To After Effects

​Free (Or Cheaper) Alternatives To After Effects - Motionmile Blog

Whilst After Effects is an amazing tool to design, create and experiment with effects and transitions, it does come at a price. For the latest build of Adobe’s After Effects software, you will need to subscribe to their CC or Creative Cloud platform, which will cost you £241.43 ($239.88) for a years use of After Effects, quite a hefty sum. We understand that your budget might not stretch that far, but fear not! Because not all software costs that much, here we have listed some of the cheaper alternatives to After Effects, so you can start building your way up to really heavy duty software.

Wondershare Filmora

Filmora is the first one we will recommend as a starting point, it does have a free download version without a usage limit so you don’t have to pay the much cheaper price of £46.11 ($59.99) straight away. Whilst it is more limited in the features it offers, it has all of the basics you need to start growing your experience.

What can it do?

  • Full 4K Support
  • Noise Removal
  • Social Integration
  • Frame by Frame Preview
  • Pan
  • Zoom
  • Image Layering
  • Text Editing
  • Green Screen
  • Split Screen
  • 3D Lut
  • Tilt Shift
  • Scene Detection


Wax, whilst it may not look like it’s up to the job, has a whole list of useful features to let you add special effects. It is totally free, and it comes ready to be integrated into any other software you have or will have in the future like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.

What can it do?

  • Graphics acceleration
  • 2D and 3D transitions
  • Easily create explosive effects
  • Particle Generation
  • Extensive project management tools
  • Support for all major video and image formats


Blackmagic Design’s Fusion software has the capability to create a whole host of different visual effects, motion graphics and 3D animations. It does have a free download version, but with a slightly smaller list of functions than the paid version which will cost you a substantial £765.54 ($995), but it is one the world's leading visual effects software packages.

What can it do?

  • Create 3D models
  • Animations
  • Particle effects
  • Unique Interface
  • Stereoscopic Workflow
  • Range of filters
  • Advanced effects
  • 2D & 3D text controls
  • Team collaboration
  • Deep pixel compositing
  • 3D geometry import
  • Apply textures and materials to render objects and scenes
  • Automatic tracking
  • Image transformations

Hopefully, with these few examples (there are plenty of other alternatives with varying functionality and pricing, these are just our favourite) you can kickstart your interest in Visual Effects into a career or a more experienced hobby. 

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