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Paul77
02-17-2013, 04:39 PM
Anyone know if there is a free special effect software for a Mac?

Anything at all. I have seen some videos on here lately and it has really got me thinking!!!!

HELP!

leetvfilms
02-17-2013, 04:54 PM
Anyone know if there is a free special effect software for a Mac?

Anything at all. I have seen some videos on here lately and it has really got me thinking!!!!

HELP!

I don't know of any free FX software out there. Download the 30 day free trial of After Effects CS6 :)

Havey
02-17-2013, 05:13 PM
Yep. Get the trial. But be sure you get the version for Mac.

I promise you after you do the trial you will want to buy it. Look for a copy on ebay or something. Its worth the money.

leetvfilms
02-17-2013, 05:16 PM
Yeah hit up Video Copilot.net and look at their tutorials on there. Or on youtube and search for whatever FX you are looking to learn :)

Havey
02-17-2013, 05:19 PM
Agreed. Videocopilot is THE place to go if you want the best tutorials. Be sure to do their basic training first though.

And don't get aggravated with it. Its a complex software. But it is so good.

leetvfilms
02-17-2013, 05:23 PM
Yeah for sure. Take what you learn from there and apply it to whatever footage you are working on. Make it different. I see quite a few fx clips out there that pretty much mimic the content thats on video copilot and then slap the whole "this is my demo reel" on it. Use the tools you will learn and make something intriguing :)

Paul77
02-17-2013, 05:32 PM
WOW! Thanks guys! I will look into everything you guys said

Vance Baryn
02-17-2013, 06:37 PM
I just posted this in another thread recently, but since it's so relevant to this question, I'll post it here, too. Adobe has made their version 2 creative suite available for free, including After Effects 7.0. I don't think free visual effects software gets any better than that!

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads

Note that I'm not sure how well this old software runs on recent versions of the Mac OS, but the Windows versions run fine up to Windows 7, and since it's free, might as well give it a shot.

leetvfilms
02-17-2013, 07:56 PM
Yeah, I'd take advantage of that :)

Jimmy
02-17-2013, 10:52 PM
Found this forum from some google searches, and I must say this answered my question i have been asking for about 3 months, thank you Thewhixfx

leetvfilms
02-17-2013, 10:55 PM
No prob :)

Charles
02-17-2013, 11:25 PM
I just posted this in another thread recently, but since it's so relevant to this question, I'll post it here, too. Adobe has made their version 2 creative suite available for free, including After Effects 7.0. I don't think free visual effects software gets any better than that!

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads

Note that I'm not sure how well this old software runs on recent versions of the Mac OS, but the Windows versions run fine up to Windows 7, and since it's free, might as well give it a shot.

Believe it or not, you just helped me out TONS! Thank you. Anyone know how to add points to a person for useful posting?

Director
02-20-2013, 11:24 AM
Wow, I can't believe no one here has told you about Blender. Go to blender.org - Home (http://www.blender.org/)
This is a free, open source effects and compositing software that works on Mac, or PC. This software does the same thing as Maya, or 3D Max.

The cool thing about Blender, other than the fact that it's free, is that there are many tutorials on youtube that can teach you how to use it. Also, on the Blender site are groups that meet up to teach each other and help you learn.

However, depending on what you want to achieve, you may still need software like After Effects, which is not free.

Have fun!

leetvfilms
02-20-2013, 11:30 AM
Yeah Blender is a good program. I've seen some pretty neat stuff on youtube.

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-16-2013, 03:47 PM
Blender is pretty good. Personally, I find it more confusing than AE, but at least it's free!

-AF

Mark
04-16-2013, 03:49 PM
I find blender to be VERY confusing as well :)