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What is a good open source animation software?

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Blender is a good open-source animation program, according to the New York Film Academy. Other highly rated free options include Pencil, Bryce, Synfig Studios and Stykz.

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Blender is an open-source 3D animation program available for Linux, Windows, Mac and FreeBSD operating systems. Its features include an advanced rendering engine, 20 sculpting tools and an integrated compositor. The program contains a full suite of rigging tools for skeleton building, skinning, mirroring and weight painting.

Blender offers a range of simulation tools, including hair, smoke, fluid, cloth and particles. The simulation suite also features a rigid body physics engine that simulates object destruction and collisions between objects.

Blender includes a 3D game engine, which allows users to export designs into a game without exiting the program. Users may code and implement game logic from within Blender. The software also makes it easy to export work into other game design programs.

Blender's huge extension library undergoes continual expansion and refinement in the open-source community. Popular extensions include terrain generators and 3D printing tools. Other extensions allow users to import from and export to programs such as DirectX, AfterEffects and the Unreal Game Engine.

Blender incorporates a video editor. Its features include splicing, masking and audio integration. Each video may include up to 32 video, graphics and audio tracks.

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