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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free After Effects Replacment

From: Fabio Pesari
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free After Effects Replacment
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:14:29 +0200
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Premise: it's not really my field, but the short answer is Blender and
the long answer, well, it's probably Blender, with some considerations.

Blender isn't really user-friendly when it comes to things that aren't
3D modelling, and many people don't even know it can do video editing,
compositing, animation, post-production as well as a lot of other stuff
(physics simulation, motion tracking, videogames, etc.), so for your
average user who wants something easier to use it's probably not a good

On GNU/Linux we tend to use different programs for different things.
Kdenlive is an excellent video editor, for example, and Natron is great
at node-based compositing. OpenShot and Cinelerra do both video editing
and compositing, and perhaps it'd be best to recommend one of them.

Now, if animation is also involved then things might get a bit more
complex. Synfig and OpenToonz (soon) are excellent at 2D animation, and
Blender is of course the best at 3D animation.

So, yes, Blender covers all bases, and has pretty good documentation,
but it looks and feels like a 3D program. Too bad that they didn't find
a way to better separate its countless functionalities.

If your target is big studios, then Blender. If not, well, it depends,
but I would say either Kdenlive, OpenShot or Cinelerra (experts, please
aid me here!).

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