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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free After Effects Replacment

From: mray
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free After Effects Replacment
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 17:01:47 +0200
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On 07.04.2016 19:55, Fabio Pesari wrote:
> On 04/07/2016 05:05 PM, mray wrote:
>> I'm very interested to hear a word from them, too - but I doubt that
>> they exist.
> They do exist:

Well, maybe there is a misunderstanding. Of course video professionals
using free software exist. I assumed you mean they they exclusively use
free software, or mainly or at least heavily. My impression is that free
software in the world of motion graphics (especially the 2D Video
Effects category as After Effects covers it) does not play any notable
role. By that I mean that most professionals don't even know about free
software alternatives (like Photoshop users at least know or used

Compared to other things motion graphics is really a black hole.

Photoshop -> Krita+GIMP
InDesign -> Scribus
Illustrator -> Inkscape
3DStudio -> Blender
AfterEffects -> ... ... ...(Blender/Synfig/Natron?)

That is not to say that it is impossible or that nobody has ever done
professional work with other free software.

>> 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.
> In my opinion the only reason a lot of people (we're talking
> "Youtubers", right?) use After Effects is because they want to be "like
> the pros", not because free software isn't good enough (at least in
> terms of video editing and post-production; haven't tried Natron for
> compositing).

No After Effects *really* covers ground that no free software comes
close to. It is not some skewed perception of Adobe Fanboys on Youtube

> I really would like the opinion of people who are really knowledgeable
> about the field, so I'm putting the founder of in CC.

I'd absolutely be delighted to be proven wrong by Alexandre Prokoudine! :)

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