This year has seen some incredible advancements in the VFX industry. We’ve covered so many new VFX tools and plugins on our blog throughout the course of the year, so we’re here to help you keep track of the top six that we found most exciting.

Beyond the obvious Netflix, Hulu, and now Disney+, even platforms such as Youtube and Facebook have put serious dollars behind their own original series. With a boom in sci-fi and fantasy on these services especially, we’ve been treated to some of the best VFX ever seen outside of a movie theater in the last few years.

Hollywood has a long history of using tracking markers on set to help aid VFX artists with motion tracking and rotoscoping. With so many advances in tracking algorithms in software like Mocha Pro, should you even bother with tracking markers these days? The answer is: it depends.

Horror is flexible, situational, and perfect in bite-sized short film formats. Effects have always defined the genre, from prosthetics, to digital knives, to buckets of fake blood. In the digital age, there are more options than ever to take your horror short to the next level!