What are the best software tools with layer-based compositing?

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    #1VEGAS Pro 16

    VEGAS Pro 16

    VEGAS Pro 16 is a professional video editing software used by professional filmmakers. It is capable of editing professional video and audio material and exporting outputs with a high-resolution quality of up to 4K.



    $599- Free trial available

    Janet Martinez
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "I was looking for a way to composite layers on some pictures and videos I had made. I tried Sony Vegas Pro and it was an excellent way to edit videos and audio and composite layers in video. But it was not very good as an image editor; best look elsewhere for that as this is not designed for that."
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    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Harry Parker
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "For a free bit of software, this is fantastic and highly recommended. Not quite the same power or flexability as Photoshop but for free, it's amazing and very impressive."
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    #3Apple Motion

    Apple Motion

    Motion is a motion graphics and video editing software capable of creating 2D and 3D titles and fluid transitions. It can also import wide color images and export in either standard or wide Rec color space.




    Amber Garza
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "You can create beautiful 2d and 3d titles that can be animated with drag and drop features and intuitive animation tools. Very professional quality. would recommend for any grade or quality of editing and creative project. has everything you could possibly need."
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    #4Hitfilm 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.


    Windows, Mac


    Shreya Sengupta
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Ok so this is awesome. Why? Because not only is it compatible with Windows and Mac (a huge problem solver right there) - its also...wait for it....FREE! Intuitive, easy to use - excellent for anyone anyone just getting into vfx. And, wait, did I mention, it's free?"
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    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.

    Windows, Mac


    Benny Xia
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "This program does exactly what I needed it to do. This is a great high quality program that works well on my system. It doesn't slow down my PC or anything either. Very user friendly as well."


Best What are the best software tools with layer-based compositing
1VEGAS Pro 16Software 6 Paid
2GimpSoftware 6 Free
3Apple MotionSoftware 3 Paid
4Hitfilm ExpressSoftware 3 Free
5NatronSoftware 2 Free

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