Free Animation and VFX Software, Plugins and Apps

Hi fellow enthusiast, Purpose of this post is to provide latest updates about professional Animation and VFX software, plugins and apps which are not only free but also available for commercial use, if I have missed any of the popular software, plugin or app please do comment below. I’ll be updating this post regularly so bookmark this page and keep visiting for latest updates.

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3D Animation

Blender: Blender is a full featured 3D software for modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, dynamics, lighting, rendering, compositing, camera tracking, video editing, Python scripting and much more. It is open source so you have the power of modification as well.

OS: Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista),  Mac OS X (10.6+), GNU/Linux



blender_demo is a cloud-based 3D modeling, animation and rendering application that runs in web browser without any installation of any kind. You’ll get 5GB cloud storage, unlimited public scenes, 10 private scenes, 1 hour personal rendering, unlimited rendering jobs, WebGL embeds, V-Ray embeds in Basic (Free) plan.

Browser: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.  To check if your browser is qualified, visit




VFX Compositing

Fusion: Fusion is a node-based full featured 2D and 3D compositing and motion graphics software. It has tools for every kind of work such as roto, paint, keying, 3D animation and particle system, GPU acceleration, Python and Lua Scripting and just keep counting. And everything about Fusion is Blackmagic.

OS: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux


Natron: Natron is a node-based compositing software similar to a popular commercial compositing software. It supports 32-bit floating point linear color, OpenColorIO, a broad range of read and write formats,  OpenFX plugins, Python scripting, etc. It is open source so you have the power of modification as well.

OS: Windows (7, 8, 10), Mac OS X (10.6+), GNU/Linux




HitFilm 4 Express: HitFilm 4 Express is a layer-based video editing, 2D and 3D compositing software. It has all the tools a professional video editing software should have, along with keying, tracking, 3D workspace, 148 effects, color correction and grading tools, distortion and warp effects for 2D and 3D compositing.

OS: Windows (7, 8, 10), Mac OS X (10.9+)


Sequence Player

DJV Imaging: DJV Imaging is a real-time image sequence player and supports standard formats such as Cineon, DPX, OpenEXR and QuickTime. It also provides command line utilities for batch processing.

OS: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux




JefeCheck: JefeCheck is a sequence player which supports upto 4K playback with many formats such as DPX, OpenEXR, TIFF, TGA, JPEG, etc. It also provides real-time transformations (zoom, pan, flip, flop).

OS: Window, Mac OS X, Linux


Duke: Duke is a high resolution image sequence player developed by Mikros Image and dedicated to visual effects and post-production. It supports LUT’s, split view to compare tracks, basic color grading, 3D support, etc.

OS: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux


Image Editing

GIMP: GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a image editor which provides all the necessary tools to graphics designers, photographers and artists with a wide range of supported file formats. It also supports Python, Perl and more for high level of customization.

OS: Windows, Mac OS X (10.6+), Linux, Sun OpenSolaris, Free BSD





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