Natron is a rather serious video editor that uses the principle of Node-Based compositing based on the work with nodes (nodes). In addition, Natron is a free analogue of the Nuke editor, which is often used to create modern movies.
Unlike the layer-based editors (e.g. Adobe Premiere), Natron does not have the usual timeline timeline, but uses a different principle - linked nodes (a bit like mind-maps). This approach is used to create complex compositions with a large number of multi-level effects.
Natron's capabilities are extensive: it has everything you need to process footage, arrange and apply effects, and master video. The program can combine video elements into a single composition, subtract a chromakey mask, create combined effects, add CGI objects and scenery (it is possible to integrate with Blender), coordinate motion (Match Move) and tie the camera to moving objects, use particle generators and much more.
In case the built-in tools are not enough, it is possible to connect OpenFX plugins. Both free and commercial extensions are supported. The program also has a built-in interpreter of the Python language, where scripts can be used to automate and perform specific tasks, as well as to write your own plugins.
For the final rendering of projects Natron can use graphics processors of video cards and use the computing power of computers connected to the local network.
- free video editor for compositing;
- nodal editing structure;
- a large number of tools for working with video;
- a lot of different filters;
- OpenColorIO color management system;
- support for free and commercial OpenFX filters;
- a built-in Python interpreter;
- a lot of training material;
- the ability to distribute computing power between computers on the local network;
- the ability to use the GPU;
- support for a large number of formats;
- fully customizable interface;
- is optimized to work with two monitors.