Natron – compositing software for VFX and motion graphics

Natron is a free and open-source node-based compositing software. It has been influenced by digital compositing software such as Nuke, from which its user interface and many of its concepts are derived, and Abode After Effects.

Natron offers robust and efficient tools for compositors to get their job done fast with high quality results.

It is portable and cross-platform (Linux, macOS and Windows).

Features include:

  • Flexible Rotoscoping – multi-layered rotoscoping with stroke capability.
  • Tracker – powerful 2D and Planar tracker for tracking jobs.
  • Keyring tool – various keying tools for your production needs.
  • Curve and dope-sheet editor.
  • Render multiple graphs simultaneously. It can also be used as a background process in headless mode.
  • GPU and network rendering.
  • OFX compatible.
  • Python scripting integration:
    • Parameters expressions
    • User-defined parameters
    • Nodes groups as Python scripts
    • Script editor to control the application overall
    • User-defined python callbacks to respond to particular checkpoints of the internals of the software (change of a parameter, before rendering a frame, etc…)
    • Integration of Pyside to the GUI so that the interface is extensible with new menus and windows
  • Shadertoy and G’Mic OFX plugins.
  • Over 250 community plugins.

Website: natrongithub.github.io
Support: Wiki, Forum, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Alexandre Gauthier, Frédéric Devernay and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

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