While it might take you a while to get accustomed with it, Natron features an intuitive interface displays all options within reach. The Node Graph enables you to get a glimpse at all the opened viewers and assign them images and the preview pane displays the output in real time.
Natron is compatible with various graphic formats, enabling you to work with files such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, DPX, EXR, YUV, VQL, VSM and many more. Its functionality can be extended through the use of OpenFX plugins, that is, if the default toolkit does not satisfy you.
Robust rendering engine and editing toolset
The application comes with a plethora of editing options that, used wisely, can help you obtain the desired result. With a multi-threaded rendering engine and multi-tasking capabilities, Natron can display results as you make changes to the design.
It features colorspace management functions (saturation, contrast, gamma, offset, shadows, midtones, highlights adjustments), image resizing, cropping and transforming tools, dainterlacing and noise reduction and a series of filters that enable you to enhance your pictures. Furthermore, the built-in curve editor helps you deal with keyframes and animate visual effects.
Next-level digital compositing
Relying on a powerful multi-threaded rendering engine, Natron can help you mix image sections together so as to make them look as if they were part of the same scene. Its rich editing options and the powerful internal renderer, combined with digital compositing know-how allow one to deliver impressive results.
New in version 2.0.0 (March 12, 2016)
• Python: PyPlugs can now be used to create toolsets, such as Split And Join in the views menu
• New Glow PyPlug
• New bloom node
• The HSVTool node now has an analysis button to set the src color
• The file dialog performances have been greatly improved
• It is now possible to list all available drives in the file dialog on Windows
• New progress panel to manage renders to cancel, queue, pause or restart them
• EXR format reading/writing speed has been greatly improved
• ReadFFMPEG/WriteFFMPEG performances have been improved
• WriteFFMPEG has now a better interface to display possible format/codec combination
• The viewer now has the ability to pause updates so that no render is triggered upon any change that would modify the displayed image
• User interface for parameters has been improved and requires less mouse clicks
• Undo/Redo shortcuts (CTRL-Z or CMD-Z on Mac) now follow the mouse over focus indicated on the interface tabs
• The curve editor has received major speed enhancements when manipulating thousands of keyframes
• The dope sheet zoom is now always appropriate, even for still images
• Fixed issues on Linux/Windows where Natron interface would not display correctly on screens with high DPI
• Fixed issues on Windows where file paths with non ASCII characters would not be read/written correctly
• Fixed issues on Windows where reading from/writing to a network share would not work correctly
• Value parameters can now have Python expressions written directly in their spinbox and can be used as calculators
• A new demo project from Francois Grassard is available at downloads.natron.fr
• It contains a fully-featured project demonstrating the use of a complex node-graph including usage of PyPlugs
OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32/64-bit)