June 12, 2022 Hana Trieu

The best free animation software in 2022

Working with the greatest animation software will help you stand out from the crowd. Also, it changes your workflow considerably. This helpful guide includes the best free animation software you should know in 2022. We are going to go over all the benefits and drawbacks of each software, the users for whom it targets, and the hardware required to run it as well. Let’s determine which is ideal for you.

Top 4 best free animation software in 2022

1. Blender - The beast of the best free animation software of all time

Blender includes an impressive set of free modeling and rigging tools. It is increasingly being utilized for a variety of short films, ads, TV series, and feature films because of its high-quality rigging and animation tools.

Specifications: 

        • Platform: Windows, Mac, and Linux
        • Ideal for: Beginners, hobbyists, and professionals

Pros:

        • Full animation solution
        • Free and open source

Cons:

        • Steep learning curve
        • Confusing UI

Blender is a must-have for any list of the top animation software. Its animation toolkit is of high quality. It includes a character animation pose editor, forward / inverse kinematics, and sound synchronization. Which makes animating your next professional or hobby project a breeze. It is particularly useful since you can use it for more than just animation. Blender users can use it to sculpt, model, render, and so on. You can also use the Grease Pencil tool to work on 2D projects and the Python API for scripting and app extension customization.

2. Synfig Studio

Synfig Studio is a powerful and open-source animation software you should try. 

Specifications: 

        • Platform: It runs with Windows, Mac, and Linux
        • This software is ideal for beginners and hobbyists

Pros:

        • It has digital tweening
        • It supports vector

Cons:

        • Steep learning curve
        • The software sometimes crashes

Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation program. It is a robust industrial-strength solution for making film-quality animation with vector and bitmap artwork. It reduces the requirement for frame-by-frame animation. Therefore, it allows you to develop higher-quality 2D animation with fewer people and resources. This software has comprehensive controls that allow you to link the parameters of numerous layers. That enables you to create advanced character puppets and other dynamic structures. It is more robust than other free and open-source animation software.

Synfig Studio has more than 50 layers to pick from. They include geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, and fractals. However, that’s not all. This software also comes with a full-featured bone system. The system is for rigging vector artwork or creating cutout animation with bitmap graphics. One drawback is its steep learning curve. However, if you’re up for the challenge,  Synfig Studio is a terrific program for both beginners and experienced hobbyists.

3. Open Toonz

Open Toonz is a professional animation tool. It is one of the best free animation software currently. You had better give it a try.

Specifications: 

        • Open Toonz runs with both Windows and Mac
        • It is ideal for beginners, hobbyists, and professionals

Pros:

        • It offers plugins and an SDK
        • It has a professional-level output

Cons:

        • Light learning curve
        • It is a little buggy at times

This free and open-source tool is a powerhouse. It is designed based on the software Toonz, which was created by Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy. And Studio Ghibli customized it. You can use it to make both simple and complex animations.  This software is powerful and simple to learn. As a result,  it is a great choice for the classroom.

4. Pencil2D Animation

Pencil2D Animation is excellent for 2D hand-drawn animations.

Specifications: 

        • Platform: Windows, Mac, and Linux
        • Ideal for: Beginners and hobbyists

Pros:

        • Simple user interface
        • Supports raster and vector

Cons:

        • Limited tools
        • No 3D support

Pencil2D Animation is a good place to start if you are searching for a lightweight animation solution. Also, it is totally open-source and free, as well as simple to learn. You can concentrate on what matters most, your animations, thanks to its simple UI design. This cross-platform software is available on macOS, Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD. It is a beginner-friendly tool you should try. Also, it supports both raster and vector graphics. Which makes it a great choice for both hobbyists and beginners.

Above are the 4 best free animation software we want to share with you. They are appropriate for beginners, hobbyists, and professionals as well. Hope with all the provided information, you will find one suitable software for your projects.

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