Best Video Effects Software

With video effects software, users can alter video files with custom or preconfigured effects. Features can range from title and credit creation to special effects such as inserting computer-generated imagery and manipulating visual appearance, depending on the depth of the program. These programs are most commonly used by special effects engineers and artists during the production of films, TV shows, and other media, to add visual details, manipulate scenes, or edit out unwanted objects. Video effects software often integrates with video editing tools, as well as animation or 3D design software.

To qualify for inclusion in the Video Effects category, a product must:

  • Allow users to overlay or alter video files with preconfigured, imported, or custom effects
  • Provide an effects creator that allows users to mold specific effects to their liking
  • Integrate with other video products and export finished files into a variety of file types

Video Effects Software Grid® Overview

The best Video Effects Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Adobe After Effects
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders. High Performers include: Nuke and Trapcode Suite
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Motion
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Blender and Fusion
G2 Crowd Grid® for Video Effects
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    Animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists

    Motion features a familiar interface that lets you easily create titles, transitions, and effects for Final Cut Pro.

    A unique and seamless combination of visual effects, editorial timeline and finishing, NUKE STUDIO lets you composite, conform, edit, color-correct, add effects and playback at 4K.

    The industry-standard package for motion graphics in After Effects.

    Advanced Visual Effects Compositing

    Blender is an open source 3D creation suite that supports the 3D pipeline, modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking, video editing, and game creation.

    Red Giant Effects Suite is a set of 9 tools that have served the visual effects community for years, delivering the creative freedom to produce professional effects.

    3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services.

    Corel MotionStudio 3D is packed with easy-to-use tools for 3D graphics, animated text, particle effects, motion blur and more.

    A unique mix of video editing, visual effects and 3D compositing for filmmakers and professional motion artists. Everything you need in one product. Free edition HitFilm 3 Express also available. From short films to documentaries, commercials to vlogging - HitFilm has features for beginners and experts alike, combining depth and sophistication with an intuitive simplicity. Chief among the advancements are a powerful video editor, greater realism when rendering 3D scenes, advanced animation controls and a refined interface. Also included is HitFilm Ignite (over 140 plugins for all major video platforms), mocha HitFilm and BorisFX 3D Objects to create incredible title sequences.

    3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services.

    Use ManyCam to add awesome webcam effects and graphics to your photos and videos!

    Free and open-source compositing software, available for MacOS X, Windows and Linux.

    TimelineFX can create a full range of particle effects for games, applications and videos.

    Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software.

    Jahshaka currently runs on Linux, Windows Xp, Vista, 7 and 8 as well as older Macs.

    The Monsters GT accent to Sapphire adds 59 ultra-artistic effects to your toolkit.

    Everything for pro-quality realtime video in one amazing free app

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