Thanks for your answers… I’ve only got the 'net while in house at work at the moment, though I’ve been playing with your suggestions and am pulling together something of a tutorial at the moment on the basic steps. My scribbled note at this time amount to…
- Set up wndows as such…
[node editor] [preview]
[ … VSE … ]
[ … buttons … ]
Hit render once (should show a cube) and change preview windows to “IM: Render Result”
Node editor: Click the face and also “Use Nodes”
Name the Scene “Scene01”
Node editor: Add > Input > Image and direct to your movie
Hit “Load New” and link to the film.
Wire the “image” to the “composite” node
Change the frames in the image node (Frs) to match the film
In Render buttons, make “Do Composite”
Change scene length (End) to match your film (Frs).
Optional: You MAY hit the car symbol on the image node to make update in realtime when moving the sliderbar, but it slows Blender down horribly. I prefer to just hit F12 for updates.
===> Delete render layer node?
We want to basically add a new movie with the same settings as the last scene, just change the movie file and framelength settings.
Scene: Add New =>>> Full copy
Change Scene name to “Scene02”
This now plays a second scene but it is a copy of the first.
Hit “Load new” and change movie to new one
Update times of Node (Frs) and scene frame length (End)
Scene: Add New =>>> Empty
Change its name to “Edits”
In the VSE editor, hit Add >> Scene
…choose Scene01 when asked. Position is at frame 1
Now hit Add >> Scene for the next scene
…choose Scene02 when asked. Position is where needed. The sequencer looks downwards along the timeline, only seeing the first strip.
UNSELECT “Do Composite”
SELECT “Do Sequence”
You are now pretty much set up. Use the “Edits” scene to slice’n’dice the movie, and the node editor scenes (Scene01, Scene02 etc) to add node effect filters etc. A good feature is that if you move the timeline in the VSE, it will be in the correct place when moving to the Node Editor scene (does not work the other way).