2022 Toolfarm Awards Results are IN!
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)
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.
Favorite Chroma Keying Tool for Video
Previous Winners: Favorite Chroma Keying Tool for Video
Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool
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.
Previous Winners: Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool
Favorite Particle or Fluid Generating VFX Tool
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.
Previous Winners: Favorite Particle or Fluid Generating VFX Tool
Favorite 3D Modeling, Painting, or Sculpting Software
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.
- Autodesk 3ds Max
Previous Winners: Favorite 3D Modeling, Painting, or Sculpting Software
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.
Previous winners: Favorite 3D Rendering Software
Favorite Non-Linear Editor
Previous winners: Favorite Non-Linear Editor
Favorite Color Grading and Finishing Tool
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.
Previous winners: Favorite Color Grading and Finishing Tool
Favorite AR / VR / 360° Tool
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.
- Unreal Engine
Previous winners: Favorite AR / VR / 360° Tool
Favorite Audio Plugins
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.
Previous winners: Favorite Audio Plugins
Posted by Michele Yamazaki