What are the best animation editors?

asked by Mekayla Ray
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    #1Moho Anime Studio

    Moho Anime Studio
    Moho Anime Studio is a perfect solution for professionals of animations who are looking for an alternative to classic animation. It comes with features like Smart Bones, Smart Warp and Beziers tools that give the drawer and animator a handy and efficient set of tools for their production. Draw and animate with motion tracking, motion graphics, physics simulator, 64 bits architecture. 


    Mac, Windows


    Jose Larson
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "I do freelance animation for commercials and websites, and needed a package with some cool effects that didn't cost thousands. Moho packs a ton of features into an easy-to-use package that was very affordable for me."
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    #2Synfig Studio

    Synfig Studio
    Synfig Studio is an open source 2D animation software that allows professionals and amateurs to realize incredible animations on 2D with a professional result. With tools as layers animation, bones rigging and skeleton distortion that creates realistic movements and animations. It comes with a soundtracking for syncing the animation to music or sounds.

    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Mark Wagner
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "i like animation software to mess around with things. ive never used this but it does looks interestin"
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    #3Cinema 4D

    Cinema 4D
    Cinema 4D is considered one of the fastest growing and widely used solutions for content creation. This software is a fully integrated 3D modeling, animation, and rendering package. 

    Windows, Mac

    $3510.25- Free trial available

    Edward Hicks
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Cinema 4D is one of the best animation editors. It renders really fast and has the best graphics out of all the other programs."
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    #4Autodesk Maya

    Autodesk Maya

    Autodesk Maya is a 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software that provides an integrated, powerful toolset. Use it for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation.


    Windows, Mac

    $190- Varies by plan

    Vibhore Khan
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "The best animation editor is Autodesk Maya. Used for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation, Maya provides an integrated, powerful toolset for professionals. It helps artists work faster with enhancements to existing workflows and new tools."
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    #5Digicel Flipbook

    Digicel Flipbook
    Digicel Flipbook is a 2D animation software that allows you, whether you are a skilled professional or a learning amateur, to directly draw in flipbook with your wacom or digital tablet, or scan your pencil drawings, lip sync to the dialogue, accurate painting, and a wide range of tools that will help you to create astonishing animations. 

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

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    #6Lightwave 3D

    Lightwave 3D
    LightWave 3D is a professional 3D animation software tool that combines rendering with intuitive modeling and animation tools. It's been one of the most popular tools for studios and artists so far.

    Mac, Windows

    $995- Free trial available

    Charles Nguyen
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I tried the Autodesk programs, Maya and 3DsMax, and found them to be a steep learning curve that was a bit more than I was ready for. Then I discovered Lightwave 3D, and gave it a trial test. The results are professional quality, and I found the program to be much easier to absorb and learn. My adventures in computer modeling and animation are rolling right along. Hollywood look out! There's a new kid on the block! "
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    #7Spine 2D

    Spine 2D
    Spine 2D is an animation tool for games. Developers can animate 2D characters for video games with useful tools. The animation tool creates an animation based on skeletal simulation and it can be integrated into videogames.


    Windows, Mac

    $99- Varies by plan

    James Peterson
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "Spine 2D has been imperative in my animation editing career. It has helped me to craft beautiful animations for the video game I am working on and has seamless integration. It is very powerful software that can be an asset to anyone that is in need of such software. Highly recommended to anyone who is a software guru!"
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    #8Animation Desk

    Animation Desk
    Animation Desk is an animation app designed by Kdan Mobile Software Company. It's a great drawing application that helps us flesh out every creative idea into animated figures, animated movies and e-cards.

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Really easy to use and intuitive software to create unique animation."


Best What are the best animation editors
1Moho Anime StudioSoftware 18 Paid
2Synfig StudioSoftware 13 Free
3Cinema 4DSoftware 10 Paid
4Autodesk MayaSoftware 8 Paid
5Digicel Flipbook Software 6 Free
6Lightwave 3DSoftware 5 Paid
7Spine 2DSoftware 4 Paid
8Animation DeskApps 2 Free

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