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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 visual effects software

Autodesk VFX software spans the digital entertainment creation pipeline—from previsualization to post-production—to help you create more realistic, higher-quality visual effects.

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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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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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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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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MotionBuilder 3D character animation software

Create high-volume animations, previsualizations, and virtual movies with this 3D character animation software.
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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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Entertainment Creation Suite 3D animation software

Entertainment Creation Suite
Entertainment Creation Suite 3D animation software offers modeling, animation, and VFX tools at a significant cost savings.
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FBX data exchange technology

Transfer files across platforms and between many Autodesk 3D animation tools with FBX data exchange technology.
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Free visual effects software for students

Join our Education Community to access free downloads of Autodesk visual effects software.
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