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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is well suited for creating short video projects that require intricate animation, like 5 minute or 1-minute countdowns, credit roll-ins, outros, and video bumpers. It is also useful for creating animated elements that can be incorporated into video projects, like animated key titles. For longer videos, I would recommend using Adobe Premiere Pro instead.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

Scenarios where Autodesk 3ds Max is well suited: 1. Modeling less complex geometries. 2. For beginners it is good, meshes, poly's, vertexes etc can be easily understood. 3. Easy UI and interoperability. Scenarios where it is less appropriate: 1. Inbuild Rendering (Scanline) can be made better. 2. Performance over low end/Old Pc's need refinement. 3. Bulky Size on disk. 4. Animation is the area which can be made better also.
Jitendra Choubisa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe After Effects

  • After Effects is great for creating motion content once and easily exporting it to various formats such as web, broadcast, GIF, etc.
  • After Effects is the industry standard for motion graphics. While I’m an Apple user and have used Motion in the past it is not as feature rich and most clients will expect you to use After Effects.
  • After Effects is great for complex UI animation. Tools like principle and Flinto are great but are quite cumbersome for complex UI animations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • V-Ray 3ds Max is an awesome third-party plugin for architecture renders in 3ds Max.
  • Complicated models can be made in a simple way in 3ds Max also P-particles, M flow works better then before.
  • Interface is very easy to use. Very open, attractive, and very much ease of use for new users.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe After Effects

  • Little more flexibility with video editing- I know it's not a video editing tool but still, it's good to have some features
  • Vector based animations should be much more compatible with other device/codes
  • Some more effects and presets to make it easier
Romi Kalathiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • working in 2d is very frustrating and unreliable. It just lacks the precision
  • How scaling affects units (or doesn't) There needs to be a way for modifiers to address a change of scale in the object.
  • Booleans are not intuitive. Especially for architecture, creating an opening and putting a door or a window is an incredibly cumbersome process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects 9.3
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I will renew my use of After Effects since it's affordable and always has been reliable. They also always continue to update new features and add new things to compete with other software out there. I also like all the 3rd party plugins out there that keep my interest for the future and new toolsets and creative solutions.
ANDREW TOUTANT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

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Usability

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects 8.6
Based on 3 answers
If you have a good computer setup then the program gives you no issues whatsoever. Only if you decide to run multiple tasks on a lower end unit will you then get bottlenecking which really isn't Adobe's fault to begin with. I used to have problems in the past but with newer technology, it has since been a smooth ride.
John Zelayandia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

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Support Rating

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects 8.9
Based on 7 answers
Adobe customer support is wonderful. They genuinely care about their product and the end user experience. The products they create have always been innovative and continue to improve. They have a huge chunk of the user market in their field and still strive to improve. This is such a big deal for me and other small business/organizations that need their products and don't have a large voice on our own.
Nicole Rayne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe After Effects

I find Adobe After Effects to be superior to iMovie and Final Cut Pro in that I am able to do much more with the software. It isn't as limiting as the other two. I also like that it isn't an Apple product. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Apple. There is a bigger learning curve with After Effects, but once you get the hang of it, there's really no comparison.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

[Most] people like to use Maya for modeling but Maya is only good for soft surface modeling not for hard surface. The [Autodesk 3ds] Max has no limitations in this field, it is open to [making] hard or soft surface modeling. [It] even has great command on fx effects [made] by thinking particle.
Arbaz Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe After Effects

  • It's helped me get more clients by keeping people's attention in videos I use to promote my business. My Facebook clicks went down in cost by 75% since the videos were better at grabbing attention.
  • It didn't take as long to learn the program since I know Photoshop. I saw that other software was going to have a bigger learning curve AND they couldn't do as much animation.
  • The only negative is that I'm again at the point where I need to buy another computer with more RAM. I wish Adobe could make their programs not be so huge and so cumbersome.
Isabel Sam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • Allows us to meet deadlines quickly - render times are minutes, not days.
  • Digs into profits due to licensing fees - just a single seat can set us back thousands.
Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe After Effects

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$20.99 Per User Per Month

Adobe After Effects Editions & Modules

Edition
Annual Plan (Paid Monthly)$20.991
Annual Plan (Prepaid)$239.882
Monthly Plan$31.493
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Autodesk 3ds Max

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Autodesk 3ds Max Editions & Modules

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