9 Best Animation Tools For Motion Designers (Free & Paid Tools)

Have you seen Sci-Fi movies? Ever wondered how to make those effects and animations? Do you aspire to be a motion graphics designer or a VFX artist? Don’t know which program to pick up for animation?

Yes, I got you. In this article, I will share with you some of the best animation software that you can use for motion graphics. So, choose one and start learning (I will share the best tutorials for each in upcoming articles). Once you are a pro in any of this software, you will be able to make amazing animations for websites, do freelancing, make VFX for videos, & a lot more.

Best Animation Softwares For Motion Designers

We have listed the best animation software for motion designers. Below we are listing the 10 best, so let’s see!

1. Adobe After Effects

After Effects is best for motion graphics. You can do any type of animation with this software including kinetic typography, explainer videos, simulation effects, 3D compositing, VFX, animations & more. The software integrates with 3D software like Cinema4D. The integration allows you to make 3D object animations and then import them into AE to make the video better.

You can use many effects in this software to produce amazing visual effects and animations. Create templates to sell them, do color correction and editing, layout and compositing, do motion tracking, particle effects, & more.

2. Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is the best software for video editing and the best part is its tight integration with After Effects which will help you get the animations that you did in After Effects in the form of motion graphic templates which you can import and edit inside the Premiere Pro software.

Motion designers need to have this software as well as After Effects. Import your motion templates, VR Editing, titles, effects, transitions, cut clips, add music, finishing touches, & all the video editing stuff. Even though you can do video editing and all inside AE as well but it’s much better to do it in Premiere Pro.

3. Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D is an advanced motion graphics and 3D animation software. Once you got a grip on adobe software like AE and PR, try out this one for better 3D animations. If you want a free alternative, try Blender.

It’s a very user-friendly software compared to Blender. The amazing integration with After Effects makes it my no.1 choice for motion designers who primarily use AE software.

4. DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is the best FREE software for VFX compositing, video editing, keying, tracking, text animations, motion graphics, 3D animations & more. Now that fusion is built into DR. It’s much better software for motion graphics and animations compared to AE and that too for FREE.

You can do 3D animations, import 3D models, create particles, and do spline-based animations. You can even create your own templates that you can later sell on the marketplace or keep for your own use.

Download it today by clicking the button below and start learning!

5. Blender

Blender is the best free & open-source 3D software. It supports many tools to help a motion designer create amazing animations for free. The only issue that most new users who pick up this software face are the complexity of the user interface. Recently the UI has been updated a lot and it is much better now compared to before.

This software includes all the tools for Rendering, Modeling, Sculpting, Animation & Rigging, VFX Editing, Simulation, Scripting, Game Making, Motion Graphics, Video Editing, & more.

Blender does not have an integration like Cinema 4D with After Effects that allows you to import your animations into AE (there is a plugin available on AE scripts that allows it, but it’s still nowhere near the integration that AE + Cinema 4D allows).

6. Maya

7. Natron

8. Adobe Animate

9. Pencil2D

Wrapping Up

So, these are the list of the 8 best animation software for motion designers. Try any of them out according to your needs. Start learning it and share your progress!

Share with your friends and leave a comment if you have any questions regarding any of this software and we will do our best to answer them for you.

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