The best After Effects alternatives

The logos of three of the best After Effects alternatives
(Image credit: Artlist / Blackmagic Design / Apple)

Looking for the best After Effects alternatives? We're here to help. After Effects does so many different things that there's really no single After Effects alternative that provides the exact same feature set. But there are alternative apps that can handle many specific tasks that you might want to use After Effects more.

Whether you don’t like the way After Effects handles things, you want more powerful features or you want to pay less than the monthly Creative Cloud subscription, there may be an After Effects alternative for you - perhaps even one of the best free After Effects alternatives. We compare their features, usability, capabilities and costs.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.