Thanks for the comments!
I really need a more complete website and more docs about the program.
First, some history:
I work as a freelance compositor. As I know C++, over the years I made a
series of command line tools to complement my work. Some are based on
my code and other on external libs like Motion2D, the klt tracker, …
At some point it became inconvenient to use them together so I wrote a
minimal node editor based in FLTK.
Some months ago I started a rewrite using QT and had the idea of open sourcing it,
to get help for development, porting, documentation, … so it can become a complete
The best things right now are the optimization to process only the needed part of each
image in the composite, the caching of result images in ram, and ease of writting new nodes.
I think the design is flexible and there is a posibility to override graph traversal, interface display and
user interaction at every node.
The app is portable. It’s only I don’t have a windows machine to build and test.
I’ll work on reducing the dependencies. I’m using ASL for the range based algorithms,
any_regular and poly. I look forward to use the property model and layout libraries.
I think I can copy these files inside the source code. Same for Loki, AGG, Vigra and
some other libs. Intel TBB is included in modern linux distros and I don’t see it as a problem.
Conditional compilation of nodes should also reduce the dependencies. FFTW is needed by
the tonemap node. I’ll also work on that.
No KDE libraries needed.
The roto tool is being rewritten. The previous version was a prototype. Expect bezier shapes with
inside/outside feather and motion blur.
About blender’s compositor, I used it for some jobs and I like it. But it’s limited in many areas.
I see it more as a tool to merge render passes and apply some post-processing than as a complete compositing solution. Also, for people only interested in compositing maybe learning blender is too much.
After effects is the standard for motion graphics work. Nuke is very good and also very expensive.
Shops here in Spain keep using Shake. In advertising, Discreet’s Flame, Smoke, … are most used.