Adobe After Effects

Motion graphics and VFX solution for graphic designers

About Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a motion graphics and VFX solution designed to help businesses create cinematic title animations, introductory videos, and transitions via a unified platform. It enables graphic designers to remove unwanted objects and add fire or rain animation and visual effects in videos.

Adobe After Effects allows organizations to animate logos or characters, edit text, and combine videos and photos to create media clips. Professionals can use the application to design virtual reality (VR) videos, configure keyframes, and capture and store digital content in a centralized repository.

Adobe After Effects lets administrators import files from various Adobe applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Character Animator, Animate, and more.

Pricing starting from:

US$20.99/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$20.99/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Adobe After Effects

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Features

Total features of Adobe After Effects: 17

  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Video Editing
  • Animations & Transitions
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Media Import
  • Media Library
  • Motion Tracking
  • Preview Functionality
  • Rendering
  • Text Editing
  • Text Overlay
  • Video Content
  • Video Editing

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VEGAS Pro

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Adobe Premiere Pro

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(113)
Value for Money
4.2/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
3.8/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Sunjida A.
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best Motion and Video Creating Software I have ever used.

Reviewed on 10/6/2022

Adobe After Effects is one of the best video editing software in the current market. It integrates...

Adobe After Effects is one of the best video editing software in the current market. It integrates seamlessly with other Adobe software, making it easier to use. You can do nearly any kind of visual effects using this software and it would improve the post-production quality of the video. You can make an intro or high-quality outros for your videos and it's got a great overlay concept as well. It gives you total control, and it makes it easy for you to decide because you know what you want to do. I will recommend others to use it.

Pros

I have been using After effects for three years now for my video editing work and it has helped me a lot in my work. Adobe After-effects have all the capabilities possible for motion graphics, visual effects, compositing, and VFX. I enhanced my VFX skills with this software. It also features advanced tools like cutting Chroma keys, text animation, visual effects, motion, and movement tracking, and more. It can be a great tool for novices.

Cons

Sometimes, Adobe After Effect can be time-consuming for rendering if the computer is slow. But if we have a powerful machine, then it's certain that it can export within minutes. All other features are outstanding, with no negatives.

Alternatives Considered

DaVinci Resolve

Reasons for Choosing Adobe After Effects

It doesn't have advanced features and can't meet my goal. The rendering time is so long.

Switched From

Camtasia

Reasons for Switching to Adobe After Effects

Adobe is the most popular video editing tool and the user interface seems pretty cool and it is handy to use.
Chelsea C.
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Highly Recommended Video Editing Software!

Reviewed on 3/6/2022

I would say that in my case, the pros outweigh the cons. I love this video editing software as it...

I would say that in my case, the pros outweigh the cons. I love this video editing software as it can do a lot of things that other editing softwares that I've used cannot do. It has many features that allow the user to express their creative freedom and be as precise as they want to be with their projects. And not to mention, the software always promotes a professional-looking finished product.

Pros

I love this software because no other editing software that I've used compares to it. No other softwares have the number of available features that After Effects does. The capability to be as precise as I can when creating transitions and animations cannot be found in any other software. I also have the creative freedom to make as many changes and alterations to video clips and images with the number of special effects that are readily available to me. Furthermore, each of those special effects can be personalized and further edited. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless with this editing software.

Cons

The few things that I don't like about this software is that it is definitely not beginner-friendly. It is very intimidating at first sight. There are a lot of panels and buttons and as someone who started off as a beginner, I was immediately scared off after my first impression. Another feature that I don't like about After Effects is the Rendering feature. The new versions of After Effects got rid of the H.264 video format (which allows users to export their videos in HD) and in order to be able to use it, Adobe Media Encoder (another Adobe software) needs to be installed. It was completely unnecessary to get rid of this one very important feature, and I think it needs to come back. Having to download a whole extra application for this feature alone is absurd as it takes up too much space on my computer.

Hailey W.
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  • Industry: Fine Art
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

If you use this, invest in courses on how to use it

Reviewed on 2/6/2022

If I had the budget and determination, I would keep the software and invest in classes on how to...

If I had the budget and determination, I would keep the software and invest in classes on how to use it best. However, after the monthly payments it just isn't worth it for me.

Pros

Super simple formatting and easy to look at.

Cons

It seems all Adobe products require users to either take a course on how to use all their software, and this one is included. I ended up using a different software.

Priyansh K.
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  • Industry: Animation
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The cornerstone of our Video Editing Business

Reviewed on 20/5/2022

Would say that this is the best software we found for editing and with plugins it is versatile...

Would say that this is the best software we found for editing and with plugins it is versatile enough to fulfill all our requirements.

Pros

We have been using After Effects for about 10 years now. We started with basic editing and with various plugins like Element 3D, we are able to create good animations all inside After Effects. I would say that there are a lot of pros:

1. Student discount and subscription model.
2. Very easy learning curve.
3. Amazing fluidity with other Adobe products.
4. Less system requirements to start.
5. Has hundreds of plugins.
6. Well documented on the Internet.

Cons

- There are various updates that occur periodically, often they might break a plugin.
- Crashes, there are at least 1-2 crashes a day.
- Bugs are still present in every iteration.
- Need Adobe Media Encoder to render.

Alternatives Considered

VEGAS Pro, Final Cut Pro and Maya
César C.
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  • Industry: Computer Hardware
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The #1 animation software

Reviewed on 19/5/2022

I've used After Effect for a long time and it's the best experience I've ever had in terms of...

I've used After Effect for a long time and it's the best experience I've ever had in terms of creating animations and transitions, the number of tools it has is simply ridiculous, and the plugins and integrations with other software improve what seems unbeatable. The video creation is very good, and even the text animation is excellent. It is a 10/10 service, if you want professional jobs this should be your first option.

Pros

After Effect is the best tool to work with animations and transitions, you can do everything with After Effect, from editing, creating, and animating videos, to modeling and rendering 3D animations. Integration with the Adobe ecosystem is key because it helps compliment the entire experience. The ability to install plugins is also a big plus point. The export and import tools are very powerful and efficient. It has all the fundamental tools of Photoshop and Premiere, so we can only expect a quality experience. In conclusion, After Effect is the king when it comes to animations and transitions, it is the best option in this area.

Cons

The learning curve when starting the program can be slow and it can be scary because the interface is not quite minimalist. Animation rendering is very slow, which can make the whole process tedious and stressful. It is a program that requires very sophisticated specifications that cannot be accessed by the general public.

Alternatives Considered

iMovie

Switched From

VEGAS Pro
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Adobe After Effects offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$20.99/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Adobe After Effects has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Adobe After Effects supports the following languages:

English

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Adobe After Effects offers the following support options:

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