What are the best software for making visual effects?

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    #1Blender

    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

    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. "
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    #2Filmora

    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

    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."
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    #3HitFilm Pro

    HitFilm Pro

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $299

    Nemo McAlias
    Written on November 8, 2018
    "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 3D models in your video and create advanced particle systems using a powerful physics system or fractal displacement. Express is free (but can "add-on" more FX modules for a fee). Pro comes with all the optional Express modules and other exclusive features. For Vegas Pro editors, you have can send media from Vegas to Hitfilm for VFX and the Hitfilm filters will render in Vegas, a bit like Abode's Ae/Premiere linking."
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    #4Autodesk Flame

    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.

    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."
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    #5Hitfilm Express

    Hitfilm Express

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Andy001z
    Written on November 8, 2018
    "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 believe me checkout Hitfilm on YouTube."
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    #6Natron

    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

    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!"
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    #7UVLayout

    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

    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. "
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    #8Boujou

    Boujou

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    kulai sulaiman
    Written on October 26, 2018
    "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 the majority of your shots can be matchmoved automatically. No manual tracking required, saving you time and resources. boujou 5 works through a frame by frame comparison, enabling the user to intervene as needed and making the entire process significantly faster than reviewing the entire shot before delivering a solve."
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    #9Adobe After Effects CC

    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

    $20.99- Free trial available

    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."
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    #10Fusion 9

    Fusion 9

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Inverseelity
    Written on March 23, 2019
    "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"
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    #11Ultimate Unwrap 3D

    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

    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. "

Summary

Best What are the best software for making visual effects
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BlenderSoftware 8 Free
2FilmoraSoftware 7 Free
3HitFilm ProSoftware 2 Paid
4Autodesk FlameSoftware 2 Paid
5Hitfilm ExpressSoftware 2 Free
6NatronSoftware 1 Free
7UVLayoutSoftware 0 Paid
8BoujouSoftware 0 Free
9Adobe After Effects CCSoftware 0 Paid
10Fusion 9Software 0 Free
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