5 Best-rated animation software

Published on 26/04/2022 by Ojasvini

Animation software helps users create professional animated videos, images, and logos. These animations can then be used on social media platforms, websites, and for other projects. In this article, we have given a list of the five best-rated animation software with a minimum of 4/5 star user ratings.

Animation software help users create professionally animated images, videos, logos and backgrounds

Animated videos can help organisations enhance a continuing relationship with their customers and simultaneously promote their products and services. An animated video might offer more flexibility to promote a product or service than a live-motion video —a recorded version of still or moving objects. Moreover, in an animated explainer video, brands can even zoom in and show the audience the minutest detail of their product and how the features work. Animation software in such a case can help businesses create brand-specific and entertaining animated videos to gain user attention and customer loyalty.

In this article, we have listed the five best animation software with top average overall ratings. The tools have been selected based on considerate factors such as having user ratings above 4/5 stars and the presence of more than 20 user reviews in the past two years. The full methodology for selecting these tools can be found at the bottom of this article. The following tools are arranged in alphabetical order.

1.Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D allows users to create videos of their preferred pixel quality
Checking object alignment using the Cinema 4D dashboard [Source: GetApp]
  • Value for money- 3.8/5
  • Features- 4.7/5
  • Ease of use- 4.3/5
  • Customer support- 4.3/5 

Cinema 4D is animation software that helps users create professional 3D videos. The tool offers a pre-made collection of 3D models and animation presets, which can help users create high-quality animated videos. Users can also merge or import their preferred designs from Illustrator or Photoshop. The tool allows users to create videos of their desired pixel quality. In addition, users can also rotate any object in a video by 360 degrees. 

The platform also provides the drag and drop feature that allows users to select an object or element and move it to the desired location. In addition, the tool offers various 3D modelling tools such as polygonal modelling which can be used for creating car designs, parametric modelling for creating motion designs and broadcast graphics, and sculpting, meaning to manipulate a digital object as one would do to clay. The tool can also be used for creating 2D cartoon-styled characters, motion graphics, and animations. Cinema 4D also provides an ‘object library’, which includes varied 3D files and pre-made templates. This software supports Adobe and other visual software integrations such as Sketchfab, Unity, Archicad etc. This tool does not have a free version, and additional details on the paid plans can be found at cinema4d.com.

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2. CreateStudio

CreateStudio helps users create doodle animations and custom animated videos
Selecting pre-made templates using the CreateStudio dashboard [Source: GetApp]
  • Value for money- 4.8/5
  • Features- 4.6/5
  • Ease of use- 4.6/5
  • Customer support- 4.8/5 

CreateStudio is an animation tool that helps users create custom animated videos. With the help of this tool, users can animate any object with respect to scale, rotation, position, filters, and colours. Users can also animate written text having complete sentences, words, or even alphabets, and create catchy animations. CreateStudio also provides users with the ability to generate doodle animations and a variety of templates to choose from. Other helpful features of the tool include a vector shape library for adding different shapes, a content library for importing media files including MP4, SVG images, and audio tracks, and offers unlimited file exporting. 

This tool also helps users to drag and drop special 3D effects into their videos and adjust the interface as needed for social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Users can add shadows, borders, create two-dimensional components, and add other inclusive design elements to their videos. This tool also lets users add animated shapes and details to their videos. With this tool’s ‘timeline editor’ feature, users can drag and drop their videos and simultaneously edit them using animation presets. This software does not offer a free version or a free trial. Additional information on the paid version can be found at createstudio.com.

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3. Renderforest

Rederforest allows users to add voiceovers to their animated videos
Character animation feature in Renderforest [Source: GetApp]
  • Value for money- 4.5/5
  • Features- 4.6/5
  • Ease of use- 4.8/5
  • Customer support- 4.8/5

Renderforest, as an animation tool, offers branding tools to help users create high-quality graphics, videos, logos, and animations. Users can find a different variety of video templates —from music visualisations to explainer animation videos— and create promotional videos out of them. With the help of this tool, users can upload visuals, select font, colour, drag and drop images and videos, select templates from the content library, and style and create custom animation as per their brand’s style. Users can also choose from various music tracks available, upload their own audio tracks, or add a voiceover. 

Renderforest helps users create animated videos of lengths of up to 60 minutes. The tool presently offers three types of video export quality —360p, HD 720, and HD 1080. The software provides a ‘pay-per-product’ feature, using which users can create their preferred animation, and pay for exports as per the project quality requirements. Users can also create personalised logos for their brand using Renderforest or create two-dimensional elements. Moreover, users can write their brand name and requirements, and the tool will design the logo based on their description. This tool has a free version available, and additional information on the paid plans is available at renderforest.com.

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4. SVGator

SVGator allows users to choose CSS or JavaScript as their preferred animation type
Rotating an object using animation via SVGator [Source: GetApp]
  • Value for money- 4.4/5
  • Features- 4.3/5
  • Ease of use- 4.6/5
  • Customer support- 4.9/5 

SVGator is a tool that helps users create animated illustrations, logos, icons, backgrounds, and more. Users have the ability to choose between CSS or JavaScript as their preferred animation type while exporting the content. The tool offers the ‘full-timing control’ feature via which the users can control their animations using presets and fine-tune the timing, path, and even the speed of their animations. Users can also take advantage of the ‘stroke offset’ and ‘stroke dash’ features, which can be used for handwriting, self-drawing or self-erasing elements. Other helpful features include a drag and drop editor, two-dimensional drawings and an assets library consisting of various templates, and audio and video clips.

Users also have the option of using a ‘pen tool’ via SVGator to create proportional shapes such as rectangles, circles, and polygons. The tool allows users to edit their animation live and view the changes in real-time. Users can also rotate, colour, morph, and even add filters to their animations. They can also export their animated video files and embed them into their websites. The software allows users to create animations up to a timeline of 5 minutes. The tool has a free version available and additional details on the paid plans can be found at svgator.com.

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5. Vyond

Vyond allows multiple people in the organisation to work on the same video
Adding pre-built templates to videos using the Vyond dashboard [Source: GetApp]
  • Value for money- 4.4/5
  • Features- 4.4/5
  • Ease of use- 4.6/5
  • Customer support- 4.6/5 

Vyond is an online animation tool that helps businesses create professional animated videos for different industry types such as marketing, e-learning, and training. Users can create their videos from scratch or use the pre-made templates offered by Vyond. The tools allow users to create custom characters and choose from over 1,000 props and advanced movements available in the content library. Apart from this, the software also offers free music choices and multiple animation styles. The other features that the tool offers include dragging and dropping content directly into the videos, creating 2D elements, and uploading additional assets for customisation. 

Another helpful feature of Vyond is that it enables characters in the video to lip-sync with a recorded voice-over. Alternatively, users can try the tool’s ‘text-to-speech’ feature which automatically transforms written text into spoken words. The platform also has a ‘character studio’ that allows users to select and alter many aspects of the video subjects such as the hairstyle, apparel, and facial expressions. Vyond also offers the ‘team collaboration’ feature which allows different people in the organisation to work on the same video. This tool does not provide a free version, and more details on the paid versions can be found at vyond.com.

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Methodology
To be considered for this article, the tools had to meet both the market definition of animation software and a minimum review count of 20 over the past two years. For the best-rated animation software listed above, the following factors were considered:
  • All the five tools justify Capterra’s definition of animation software: animation software allows for the creation of moving graphics on a frame-by-frame basis. Each frame is the equivalent of a single drawing or image. Depending on the particular program, users can animate some variation of 2D, 3D, hand-drawn, or computer-generated graphics.
  • The tools have the following core features: animations and transitions and media import.
  • The five software have had a minimum of 20 reviews over the past two-year period (31-03-2020 to 31-03-2022).
  • Have average overall user ratings of over 4/5 stars.
  • Out of our resultant list, we then chose five top-rated software having ratings of more than 4/5 stars.
  • All these tools also have the highest ratings in terms of the following four features compared to other products —customer support, ease of use, value for money, and functionality.

This article may refer to products, programs or services that are not available in your country, or that may be restricted under the laws or regulations of your country. We suggest that you consult the software provider directly for information regarding product availability and compliance with local laws.


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Content Analyst for Australia. Focusing on insights about software technolgies critical to SMEs. Insipred by growing tech trends and how these help SMEs to grow.

Content Analyst for Australia. Focusing on insights about software technolgies critical to SMEs. Insipred by growing tech trends and how these help SMEs to grow.