There are other programs out there that are just as powerful as Blender
Other Programs Helpful Websites:
If you use photoshop for textures, Colorgrading or whatever than the websiteplanet.com website has great links to free Plugins and filters.
iclone 7 has a lot of character features, and seems to have really good lip sync software. Blender might take notice of some of these features. Iclone 7 has an export to blender.
Materialize allows you to make an diffuse or image bump or normal map. Very useful for turning your images into pbr materials.
ArmorPaint is like substance Painter for free. ($20?) He has a link to github that might still be free.
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com -- free studio quality editing software with compositing Davinci resolve. Better than Blenders compositor. Similar node trees for compositing.
https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/?sessionInvalidated=true - UNreal is the premiere game engine that's bleeding into the 3d visual effects world with real time abilities and quality assets using Megascans.
Unity Real-Time Development Platform | 3D, 2D VR & AR Engine -- Unity is the runner up for game engines and seems to be used more for mobile app development.
Boris FX | Particle Illusion -- stand alone particle generator - its an older thing but it has some nice presets if your not interested in using a 3d software. I can see using it for some effects works done for editing jobs.
https://www.daz3d.com -- Hub for all the amazing characters and outfits - render in daz comp in the bgs - posing in this program is the best i’ve seen so far - why can’t other 3d software pose this easily. Uses iray to render which uses gpu as well as cpu!! Characters can be exported to blender.
https://inspirationtuts.com -- VFX blog site - industry news. (nice site)
3D and 4D Technology Market by Solution Type, End-use Application | COVID-19 Impact Analysis | MarketsandMarkets™ -- want to know where 3d and animation is going - check out this marketing info site to help you make business decisions using 3d and animation.
LW - Community Lightwave blog