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Sometime soon The Foundry will be releasing a free non-commercial version of their Nuke VFX software. The program is fairly intuitive for beginners and will let you get started with learning visual effects right away.


In general you can't create visual effects with one single application, because there are too many different departments like: Match moving Keying / Rotoscoping Modeling Texturing Animation Simulation Lighting / Rendering Compositing Some of them are more artistic and other very technical tasks. For every task there are 2+ specific applications to solve ...


After Effects is probably the easiest if those are the types of effects you want. It's not free, but I'm pretty sure it's cheaper than most alternatives for effects or compositing & has tons of online resources to learn with. Premiere Pro has some similar features (masks, shape layers, animation w/keyframes, etc), but not as robust or easy to use. You ...

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