If you want the ability to automatically create thousands of videos, render & store them on the cloud, Plainly is the best Nexrender alternative. Thanks to our intuitive user interface, you can easily set up projects, use our API, and enjoy the same (and more) features of Nexrender without writing a single line of code.
An honest, head to head comparison of Nexrender and Plainly
When it makes sense to use Nexrender over Plainly
We give credit where credit’s due. Nexrender is great for developers who are looking for a tech playground and want to explore this free open-source project to automate After Effects.
You can download binaries directly from Nexrender’s releases section, or install them using npm. If you’re a tech-savvy person and want to play around, then paying for a Plainly subscription doesn’t make sense.
Network rendering vs cloud rendering
With Nexrender, it’s possible to set up a minimal rendering flow using local CLI machine rendering. If you want to start rendering on a remote machine or to reduce load while working on your local machine, you need to spin up your own rendering cluster.
In contrast, Plainly handles video rendering for you, and it happens in a secure cloud environment. You can render up to 20 minutes of video on the cloud even with our lowest $59/month plan. Plus, the rendering process is lightning fast.
Free vs paid
Nexrender is free to use. It’s an open-source project that allows you to dynamically change layers of an After Effects composition. However, since Nexrender works as an intermediary and coordinator for a variety of complex technologies, problems do occur.
Plainly is a paid tool with transparent pricing. Price varies depending on the length of the video, the amount of storage you need, and the video retention time.
Extensive documentation vs customer support
If you’re a developer, both Aerender and Nexrender can help you build whatever system you want. There is extensive documentation you can study through and the community is pretty lively. The question is – do you really want to spend your time on that?
With Nexrender, you’re left to your own means to figure things out. Plainly also offers documentation (duh), but our support won’t leave you hanging. We will help you resolve any issue in under an hour.