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Is there a After Effects like software for Ubuntu (or for free)

Adobe After Effects is a compositing, compositional and post-production video tool. If you think about green-screening, those cool titles/credits, overlays with people's names, infographics... it's all that stuff, and a lot more. Like motion photoshop, in full hd.

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@sepp2k: I think After Effects is well known enough that it's not necessary. –  DLH Aug 5 '10 at 14:55
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as sepp2k said, more details wouldn't hurt. –  Weboide Aug 9 '10 at 1:36
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Never heard of it. –  Scaine Feb 6 '11 at 10:24
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After Effects is a compositing, compositional and post-production video tool. If that doesn't mean anything to you, then think about green-screening, those cool titles/credits, overlays with people's names, infographics... it's all that stuff, and a lot more. Like motion photoshop, in full hd. –  danp Jul 21 '11 at 0:32
    
vote up danp comment please, because its the true and very usefull. I work with AE (After Effects) and wanna see this question growing up. JFR should copy this into his question too, imho. @danp –  H_7 Mar 3 '12 at 15:26
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There is lots of high end (and sometimes quite expensive) video software for linux.

There is a wikipedia page that has a list of available software (both commercial & open source) for multiple operating systems.

One interesting software project which is not on that list yet is Ramen that is designed for 64 bits Linux operating systems.

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+1 for Ramen. That one is new to me. I would also throw Blender into the mix. While it's better known as a 3d animation tool it also includes a node based compositor and NLE. –  3dinfluence Sep 3 '10 at 0:21
    
Do you work with any of this @JanC ? –  H_7 Mar 3 '12 at 15:27
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There's PiTiVi which is included by default. And there is LightWorks which is opensource.

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PiTiVi is not up to the level of After Effects but Cinelerra is. –  akshatj Aug 5 '10 at 16:39
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LightWorks is not available yet, and I am starting to wonder if it ever will be... –  TheX Oct 15 '10 at 15:50
    
cinelerra is really nice. –  danp Jul 21 '11 at 0:38
    
PiTiVi is a editor tool as Final Cut Pro. This answer is incorrect. –  H_7 Mar 3 '12 at 15:27
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There are several alternatives, see here.

When looking for applications, don't forget to search/browse the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Also there is a website (http://www.osalt.com) that compares proprietary and open source software.

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Also, there is a list of sites to help you find alternatives here –  jumpnett Aug 5 '10 at 17:20
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I've been an After Effects user for 12+ years and I have not found anything really comparable on linux platforms. Cinelerra is probably the closest and looks promising, but I have little experience with it (basically since my clients are dedicated to AE). The other apps listed by others above are primarily video editors; and as I'm sure you're aware, that is not After Effects primary niche.

Cinepaint, developed for the motion picture industry says that they may eventually add features in the direction of AE.

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Although this is a rather old question, for the benefit of new users / searchers, I think blender needs a more prominent place in the answers than as in a comment. With the finalization of project mango, called Tears of Steel, blenders abilities in regard to post production are stronger than ever -- the node based compositor is very powerful indeed. You need to get used to blender, but it's worth it.

Update: Blender 2.69 was just released a couple of days ago, with many improvements in camera tracking, motion tracking, ...

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