Video effects and compositing with Natron

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The developers are already busily working on the next version of Natron, and version 2.1 should be available by the time you read this article. That version will focus on improving the rotoscoping tool and integration with Blender. Moreover, a single read/write node will make the numerous individual nodes currently used in reading and writing obsolete; that is, nodes such as ReadFFMPEG and WriteOIIO go away.

For the most part, you have to research the functions and numerous Natron buttons yourself. The little help provided consists of paltry entries in a wiki [5] and a few tutorials [6]. Plans for versions beyond 2.2 promise, among other things, better support for 3D, including a 3D camera and a 3D tracker. Also in the offing is integration of the GMIC filter, a favorite with Gimp users.

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