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2022 Toolfarm Awards Results are IN!

2022 Toolfarm People's Choice Awards

A big thank you to everyone who voted in the 2022 Toolfarm Awards. The big winners this year were Adobe and Maxon. We also had showings from Blackmagic Design and iZotope. Congratulations to all of the winners! Below, see how your favorite VFX, 3D, Motion Graphics, Video, and Audio tools fared!

I’m a nerd for data. For fun, I’ve listed the previous few year’s winners. We changed our voting format in 2019 to simplify the process. We can safely say that the more things change, the more things stay the same! Next year, I will add more plugins back into the questions.

We’ll be contacting the winners of our drawing later today.


Favorite Bundle or Product Suite (VFX, 3D, Audio)

Adobe Creative Cloud 2022 People's Choice Awards

Winner: Adobe Creative Cloud

With 42.9% of the vote, Adobe Creative Cloud wins this category in a landslide. Adobe Creative Cloud does have everything a digital artist would need… photo editing, video editing, motion graphics tools, print tools, web, and much more.

Runners up:

Previous Winners: Favorite Bundle or Product Suite (VFX, 3D, Audio)

2021 winner: Adobe Creative Cloud
2020 winner: Adobe Creative Cloud
2019 winner (tie): Adobe Creative Cloud, Boris FX Continuum


Favorite Chroma Keying Tool for Video

Adobe After Effects 2022 People's Choice Awards

Winner: Adobe After Effects

After Effects took 46.6% of the vote. The 2nd and 3rd-place runners-up were VERY close in votes.

Keylight in After Effects has been a favorite for years.

Runners Up:

Previous Winners: Favorite Chroma Keying Tool for Video

2021 winner: Adobe After Effects
2020 winner: Adobe After Effects
2019 winner: Adobe After Effects


Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool

Adobe After Effects 2022 People's Choice Awards

Winner: Adobe After Effects

After Effects took over 41% of the vote, while Mocha came in with about 35% in a close second.

After Effects has the Roto Brush and Refine Matte tools for Rotoscoping, or you can do it with the pen tool. It also has a built-in Tracker.

Runners Up:

Previous Winners: Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool

2021 winner: Adobe Creative Cloud
2020 winner: Boris FX Mocha Pro
2019 winner: Boris FX Mocha Pro


Favorite Particle or Fluid Generating VFX Tool

Trapcode Particular 2022 Toolfarm People's Choice Awards

Winner: Red Giant Trapcode Particular

Trapcode took a comfortable lead with over 36% of the vote. X-Particles didn’t do too shabbily, however with almost 20% of the vote.

In recent releases, they have a Designer that opens which makes it so easy and visual. It’s no surprise that so many After Effects depend on it.

Runners Up:

Previous Winners: Favorite Particle or Fluid Generating VFX Tool

2021 winner: Trapcode Particular
2020 winner: Trapcode Particular
2019 winner: Trapcode Particular


Favorite 3D Modeling, Painting, or Sculpting Software

Maxon Cinema 4D 2022 Toolfarm People's Choice Awards

Winner: Maxon Cinema 4D

Another massive triumph, Maxon Cinema 4D took half the votes. Cinema 4D has all of the features a 3D artists needs: modeling, texturing, lighting, Pyro, and other simulation tools. Not only that, Maxon is always improving it and adding new features! Maxon Cinema 4D is available by itself or as part of Maxon One.

Runners Up:

Previous Winners: Favorite 3D Modeling, Painting, or Sculpting Software

2021 winner: Maxon Cinema 4D
2020 winner: Maxon Cinema 4D
2019 winner: Maxon Cinema 4D


Favorite 3D Rendering Software

Winner: Redshift by Maxon

Redshift had a comfortable lead with almost 35% of the vote. Arnold Render had a close 4th place.

Redshift from Maxon is the world’s first fully GPU-accelerated, biased renderer, and it’s very popular with Cinema 4D users in particular. Artists depend on Redshift for realistic, accurate renders.

Runners Up:

Previous winners: Favorite 3D Rendering Software

2021 winner: Redshift by Maxon
2020 winner: Redshift
2019 winner: Redshift


Favorite Non-Linear Editor

Adobe Premiere Pro 2022 People's Choice Awards

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro creamed the competition with 59% of the vote! If you’re a Premiere Pro user, you already know how it’s powerful and full of features. It’s so well integrated with After Effects too.

Runners Up:

Previous winners: Favorite Non-Linear Editor

2021 winner: Adobe Premiere Pro
2020 winner: Adobe Premiere Pro
2019 winner: Adobe Premiere Pro


Favorite Color Grading and Finishing Tool

DaVinci Resolve 2022 People's Choice Awards

Winner: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic swept this category with almost 45% of the vote. It’s a powerful tool with gobs of features at a fantastic price point! Professional Editing, Color, Effects, and Audio Post! Resolve’s got it all.

Runners Up:

Previous winners: Favorite Color Grading and Finishing Tool

2021 winner: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve
2020 winner: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve
2019 winner: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve


Favorite AR / VR / 360° Tool

Creative Cloud and Unity - 2022 Toolfarm People's Choice Awards

Winner (Tie): Adobe Creative Cloud, Unity

Not the most popular category, the field of winners was pretty evenly matched, with Unreal Engine missing the tie for first by only a few votes.

Runner Up:

  • Unreal Engine

Previous winners: Favorite AR / VR / 360° Tool

2021 winner: Adobe Creative Cloud
2020 winner: Adobe Creative Cloud
2019 winner: Mettle Mantra VR


Favorite Audio Plugins

iZotope Ozone 2022 Toolfarm Awards

Winner: iZotope Ozone

It was a close race this year between iZotope Ozone and RX. Ozone won it by a nose.

iZotope Ozone 10 is the industry’s most advanced audio mastering software, enabling creators to master faster than ever before with intuitive, AI-powered modules.

Runners Up:

Previous winners: Favorite Audio Plugins

2021 winner: iZotope RX
2020 winner: iZotope RX
2019 winner: iZotope RX

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki