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Visual effects

Visual effects (VFX)

Visual effects professionals combine live-action footage and digital 3D assets to create compelling experiences that entertain, engage, and convince audiences. Whether you create films, television shows, or commercials, Autodesk provides the visual effects software to help bring your vision to life. Use our software for:

  • 3D modeling and character animation
  • Hair, fur, cloth, and fluid simulation
  • Shading, texturing, and rendering
  • 3D compositing, color grading, and editing

Featured 2D to 3D software

Maya 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software

Maya software offers 3D modeling, animation, simulation, and rendering tools on an extensible production platform.
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MotionBuilder 3D character animation software

Create high-volume animations, previsualizations, and virtual movies with this 3D character animation software.
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Flame Premium 3D visual effects and finishing software

Flame Premium
Get VFX tools and real-time color grading in Flame Premium creative finishing software for high-end post-production.
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Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software

Create production-ready 3D assets with intuitive Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software.
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Smoke professional video editing and post-production software

Smoke video post-production software integrates editing and visual effects tools within a standard timeline environment.
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Media & Entertainment Collection
Media & Entertainment Collection offers end-to-end creative tools for animators, modelers, and visual effects artists.
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3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software

3ds Max
3ds Max software offers integrated modeling, animation, and rendering tools for out-of-the-box productivity.
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FBX data exchange technology

Transfer files across platforms and between many Autodesk 3d animation tools with FBX data exchange technology.
Download for free

Free software for students & educators

We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same 2D drafting and drawing software as top professionals around the world.

Free software for nonprofits

Are you a nonprofit or entrepreneur working to create positive impact through design? Learn more about our Technology Impact Program and see if you qualify for free design and engineering software.

Additional visual effects resources

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Autodesk University MasterClasses
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