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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free After Effects Replacment

From: mray
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free After Effects Replacment
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 17:05:34 +0200
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On 07.04.2016 13:18, Fabio Pesari wrote:
> On 04/07/2016 09:26 AM, mray wrote:
>> In my eyes you perfectly sum up the current situation in that matter.
> Thanks, but I'd really like to hear the opinion of video professionals
> who use free software for their work.

I'm very interested to hear a word from them, too - but I doubt that
they exist.

>> Maybe a short version is: There is no free After Effects. Only workarounds.
> I really don't think there should be. Imitating another program is a
> recipe for running into its limitations, without the same budget to work
> around them.

I think this is backwards. We currently have a quite depressing
situation concerning motion graphics. There is just *no* replacement for
AE (not even one that *tries* to imitate it). Blender and Synfig come
closest to it but really fall into different categories of software.
Having this gap in Free Software tools is the real limitation.

> I think people who expect to move to free software and find the same
> program but with a different interface present a huge issue.
> It's a huge issue for Gimp, which is constantly expected to be a
> Photoshop clone; it is an issue for LibreOffice, which has to suffer
> complaints like lacking a ribbon interface or having (very minor)
> incompatibilities with MS Office; and it's a huge issue in the audio
> world, where many producers and musicians are afraid to migrate to
> software that isn't Ableton Live or Renoise, even now that we have
> excellent free DAWs (LMMS, Ardour, Qtractor and Non) and I'd sure like
> more libre LV2 plugins!
> I think many people overestimate the initial commitment of getting used
> to a new program. In the case of free software, it's pretty much a
> zero-cost guaranteed lifetime investment in nearly all cases!
> A while ago I proposed organizing crowdfunding campaigns to buy the
> rights of proprietary programs to free them. If we really want free
> versions of specific programs, perhaps that's what we should do.

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