Let us enumerate some of its most significant features to shed some more light on this amazing application:
• 32 bits floating point linear color processing pipeline.
• Colorspace management handled by the famous open-source OpenColorIO library.
• Dozens of file formats supported: EXR, DPX,TIFF, PSD, SVG, Raw, JPG, PNG…thanks to OpenImageIO. and FFmpeg.
• Support for many free and open-source OpenFX plugins:
▪ OpenFX-IO : to read anything else than standard 8-bits images (bundled with pre-compiled versions of Natron).
▪ OpenFX-Misc : A set of basic nodes, such as Transform, chroma keyer, etc… (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
▪ OpenFX-Arena : A set of extra nodes (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
▪ OpenFX-OpenCV : A set of plugins based on OpenCV.
▪ OpenFX-Yadif deinterlacer : An open-source efficient de-interlacer.
▪ OpenFX-Vegas SDK samples
▪ OpenFX samples (in the Support and Examples directories)
• Support for commercial OpenFX plugins: (these are proprietary software and not free)
▪ RevisionFX products
▪ NeatVideo denoiser
▪ Furnace by The Foundry
▪ KeyLight by The Foundry
▪ GenArts Sapphire
▪ Other GenArts products
▪ And many more.
OpenFX v1.4 supported
Natron’s main purpose isn’t breaking habits, because it provides familiar and intuitive user’s interface. Characteristics like great performance and multi-tasking are also worth mentioning. The interface is quite flexible and easy to customize to personal preferences. Thanks to all those features working with Natron is fast and interactive and real-time playback works instantly. The software is still developed and improved, as we know from the source, the future versions will bring such functions as: optical flow, natural matting, deep data, and 3D workplace.
The whole program is a very powerful and flexible tool for producing various visual effects. Every editor should at least try it, and draw their own conclusions. It’s totally free!